Timesys is a privately owned company that helps software development teams build and maintain a custom Linux platform for a wide variety of embedded processors from semiconductor manufacturers such as Atmel, Freescale, Intel, Texas Instruments, and Xilinx.[3]

Timesys Corporation
Privately held company
IndustryEmbedded Software
HeadquartersPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Key people
Atul Bansal, CEO[2]
ProductsLinuxLink, ReadyKit
Number of employees

The company was founded in 1996 out of Carnegie Mellon University and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company was initially known for providing the industry's first real-time enhanced embedded Linux distribution,[4][5] known as TimeSys Linux/RT. A pioneer and industry leader in embedded Linux solutions, TimeSys joined the OSDL in 2003,[6] and in 2004, was the first to register a carrier-grade Linux distribution.[7] In 2005, TimeSys open-sourced their intellectual property as a means to embrace the open source embedded Linux community,[8] and at that time, the company also launched its flagship product, LinuxLink.

LinuxLink is a software development framework[9] that helps embedded software development teams configure, patch, build and maintain an open source Linux platform. It includes a Linux kernel, GNU toolchain, packages and libraries and development tools. Subscribers are also provided with regular updates, extensive "How-To" documentation and support. All Linux platform components and updates are open source and are provided through the LinuxLink Factory custom platform builder.[10]

Embedded Linux platforms, developed and maintained through LinuxLink, exist in hundreds of consumer electronics, medical device, industrial automation and networking products.[1]


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