Advantech, along with AIMobile, ArcherMind, Canonical, Lineo, Retronix, RTSoft, Timesys, ThunderSoft and Witekio, have announced that they are forming the Embedded Linux & Android Alliance (ELAA). This industry alliance is committed to driving standardized board adoption of an open and unified architecture for embedded Linux and Android OS for industrial embedded and IoT application. By joining the ELAA, participants help advance industrial standards and the open-source community, which will empower Linux and Android adoption in embedded and industrial IoT applications.
According to an IHS report, demand for a large product mix from businesses in different industries will have a substantial impact on the embedded board market in the IoT era. Embedded Linux and Android solutions are anticipated to transform key growth markets with highly diversified IoT and industrial applications. However, with the lack of standards on the software and hardware side and a weak eco-system in the embedded market for Linux or Android based solution, means that the Embedded Linux & Android Alliance (ELAA) is well equipped to drive the standardised board adoption of an open and unified architecture for embedded Linux and Android OS for industrial embedded application.
ELAA unified hardware & BSP members will provide ELAA Unified Development Platform with hardware products and a BSP that will form their core value offering. Other members will provide their own carrier boards and peripherals, as well as tailor-made hardware and software services on top of ELAA Unified Development Platform for Linux or Android differentiation. The eco-system values that ELAA members want to provide to customers are: faster time-to-market, minimal development risk, extensive software offerings, and compatible peripheral integration. Through co-business development and cross marketing opportunities with the ELAA eco-system, the marketplace will expand and prosper, it says.