Red Hat, the open source solutions provider has announced that its ARM Partner Early Access Programme has expanded to include more than 35 member companies, ranging from silicon vendors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to independent software vendors (ISVs).
Launched in July 2014 with nine participants, the programme aims to deliver, via collaboration, a singular operating platform capable of supporting multiple partner-initiated system designs based on the 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture. As a part of that commitment, programme participants have successfully completed the hardware enablement phase by incorporating necessary architectural requirements into the latest version of the development software. Based on that, Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Program participants are now expected to contribute system-specific software and drivers to an open source upstream Linux community for incorporation into future commercial offerings.
Mike Werner, senior director, Global Technology Ecosystems, Red Hat, said, “Since its launch just over six months ago, the Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Programme has achieved two critical goals, driving significant interest and participation from both hardware vendors and independent software vendors as well as the successful completion of the hardware enablement phase. The programme is a perfect example of how Red Hat, along with our vast network of partners and ISVs, drives standardisation within specific technology segments, with the ultimate goal of delivery of fully tested and certified solutions to the marketplace.”
While the initial integration is completed, the ARM Partner Early Access Programme plans to continue to accommodate future implementations and system designs by delivering development software, documentation and tooling to participating organisations.