Embedded software android development

Pebble Bay, Hitex UK and MCG Embedded Announce Worldwide Cooperation with ADLINK Technology for Android Development

Building on the recent announcement of a closer working partnership between Hitex UK Ltd., Pebble Bay Consulting Ltd. and LiPPERT ADLINK Technology GmbH for Linux device driver development, we are proud to announce that, in conjunction with MCG Embedded Systems Ltd., the partnership has now been extended so that Hitex UK, Pebble Bay and MCG Embedded are now official worldwide Android development partners for LiPPERT ADLINK Technology GmbH.

ADLINK has a world-class range of embedded computing solutions, encompassing industrial single-board computers, rugged systems and microprocessor modules for a variety of processor families, all of which already have BSP support for a number of operating systems such as Linux and Windows Embedded. However, with the increasing worldwide adoption of Android as a viable industrial operating system—in particular for user interface and point-of-sale applications—the need arose to identify an experienced partner to rapidly expand Android BSP support across ADLINK’s product range.

To allow ADLINK to focus on their core technology and embedded software android development, it was an obvious choice to turn to Hitex UK and Pebble Bay for assistance with Android after highly successful projects developing Embedded Linux custom drivers; Android is based on Embedded Linux but has its own peculiarities and challenges. Hitex UK then turned to another partner, MCG Embedded Systems, to complete the ecosystem by offering Android App development to demonstrate the use of the BSP and drivers.

“The combination of ADLINK’s hardware and Linux expertise, Pebble Bay’s embedded Linux and Android expertise, MCG Embedded’s Android app expertise and Hitex UK’s experience of the entire embedded arena is an extremely powerful one that knits together the best aspects of our partners,” said Richard Gledhill, Design Manager at Hitex UK. “With our combined know-how, there is almost nothing that we can’t provide to our global customers – from the smallest tweak to complete turn-key systems. This is how we respond best to such a challenge – bring together the best people for the job and work together to produce world-class solutions”.

“ADLINK’s goal is to offer solutions that allow our end customers to focus on their areas of expertise when designing their retail or other industrial application,” said Dirk Finstel, Executive Vice President of ADLINK’s Global Module Computer Product Segment. “By building a partner ecosystem that can offer strong embedded firmware and software knowledge, we can help our customers accelerate time-to-market on their Android-based designs.”

The first project will be to add Android BSP support to a forthcoming ADLINK ARM-based module, with others to follow suit.