ELCE: The state of embedded Linux
Posted Nov 4, 2010 21:26 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata
Parent article: ELCE: The state of embedded Linux
The first is the problem with "IP blocks", which are particular components that are licensed for use in system-on-chip (SoC) devices. A typical SoC "consists of a number of licensed IP blocks", and it is very hard for the kernel to determine which blocks are supported by a particular SoC.
I wish people wouldn't use "supported" this way. It's ambiguous -- there is always a more explicit, plain way to say what you mean. And its almost always inconsistent with the regular English definition of the word (to hold up; more abstractly, to assist). This article does it nine times.
So someone help me out: first, what is an IP block (what sort of component are we talking about)? And what does it mean for one to be supported by a particular system-on-a-chip (particular model of SoC, of course).
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