Creating a custom Linux Distribution can seem daunting when looking to bring a device to market. Not only from the hardware side, but the software instead.
Custom Linux Distribution on SiP (System in Package)
If only there was a way to simplify the process and integration?!
Maybe there is…
Witekio and Octavo Systems decided to explore just this in our webinar: Custom Linux Systems Made Easy.
And today I’m outlining my top takeaways for anyone who doesn’t have the time to watch the full recording – >
Simplification and Optimization: Streamlining Design and Maximizing Efficiency with SIP
If you’re here, you’re probably thinking about using a System in Package for your next device, you might have used the hardware before or even read why it offers significant advantages in terms of design simplification and optimization.
Octavo Systems Neeraj Dantu explained how SiP just makes things easier, as it can integrate multiple components, such as microprocessors, power management schemes, DDR memory, and non-volatile memory, all in one.
It’ll help you with the design process, reduce the number of components you need and ultimately – help speed up design cycles.
Size Reduction: Compact Solutions with SIP for Space-Constrained Environments
If you want to create a size-constrained device, having a giant clunky piece of hardware just won’t work.
An Octavo SIP will help reduce the overall footprint of the system, which means smaller form factors which = a smaller hardware footprint.
Leveraging Existing Software Platforms for Efficient Linux Development
Custom Linux platforms don’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel. There is serious time-saving value in reusing existing software platforms or development boards.
Why? Because reusing a pre-existing platform can save time and effort by leveraging established drivers, compatibility, and performance optimizations.
We suggest you stay as close as possible to the reference bootloader and kernel to simplify debugging and customization.
Plan for Updates, Upgrades, and Component End-of-Life
You bring something to market, maybe it’s using an open-source code from Yocto, and then after two years the Kernel goes end-of-life.
You suddenly find yourself in a position where your team need to take on the lengthy and sometimes difficult task of maintaining your software. And if your device is connected to the internet – ensuring security is vital.
And it’s not just software maintenance, what about updates to the kernel, components, and bootloader? Do you need an OTA solution?
Don’t put your head in the sand – plan ahead or have a service provider on hand to help ensure you’re not left trying to maintain your product yourself.
Automated Testing, Issue Detection, and Traceability for SIP Custom Distributions
The benefits of integrating continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) practices into the software development process are huge!
Why? Because CI/CD allows for automated testing, early issue detection, and streamlined development cycles.
Witekio offers testing tools such as Pluma to help you keep development moving and production on track.
By carefully considering the insights above, your developers can optimize the development of your software for SIP solutions, leading to more efficient and maintainable systems and ultimately Custom Linux Systems – made easier.
Event: Custom Linux Systems Made Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Adrien Leravat, US Solutions Director – Witekio
Neeraj Dantu, Systems and Application Engineer – Octavo Systems
- Benefits of using System-in-Package solutions for embedded processing
- Best practices for software development for embedded Linux systems
- Strategies for long-term maintenance of embedded Linux systems
- How Octavo and Witekio solutions can be integrated to create custom embedded Linux systems.