Alico Systems has released Grayfox3500, a software development kit based on Linux, to support the company’s Kinetic3500 OMAP FPGA Sensor Development Kit (SDK) hardware. GrayFox3500 enables development of Linux-based FPGA and OMAP on a single platform.
GrayFox3500 provides source code for software drivers for sensory components such as GPS modules, magnetometers, gyroscopes, accelerometers, temperature sensors, and also for OMAP based I/O interfaces that include GPIO, SPI, 12C, USB and Ethernet. Test scenarios to validate NEON coprocessor and sensor drivers are included in this software development kit. GrayFox3500 also provides the source code for embedded web server and the utilities to create customized web pages.
Alico System’s GrayFox3500 also includes VHDL source code files for the OMAP-FPGA interface, and analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion interfaces. Easy integration with user’s FPGA design and speedy project turn-around time are the advantages of these source code files.
The combination of Firmware Sensor Development Kit, Kinetic 3500 HW and GrayFox3500 Software acts as a suitable platform for sensory applications. This combination can also be used to customize end user applications such as high speed video encoder/decoder applications, location tracking, robotic and vehicular applications, and also embedded industrial applications.
GrayFox3500 will be available in two license types, with each type including the Board Package Support, Web-Based GUI, on-board sensor driver software, boot-loader utility and the kernel.
Syed Akbar, President and CEO of Alico Systems, stated that their Software Development Kit could effectively reduce the time to market for developing Signal Processing and Motion Sensor products. He also said that this product is unique in terms of high speed for developing applications.