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Linux ported to Archos portable multimedia player

Jul 30, 2004 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

A new project is developing a Linux port for Archos portable multimedia harddisk player/recorders. The LinAV project began in April, and has focused initially on the AV3xx-series devices, so far releasing a working kernel and a build environment for graphical applications based on the nano-X API.

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Archos products have been popular targets for hardware and firmware hackers. The RockBox project, released under the GNU General Public License, has produced a non-Linux firmware replacement for the Archos Jukebox 5000, 6000, Studio, Recorder, FM Recorder and Recorder V2 MP3 players, while the avOS Project has done some low-level work mapping the hardware and producing test binaries for the AV3xx and other Archos devices.


It lives!
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The LinAV project appears to be the first to actually achieve a Linux port to an Archos product. LinAV is based on uClinux, the version of Linux for devices based on processors without a memory management unit (MMU). However, at CEBIT last year, Archos was rumored to have a next-generation AV500 portable multimedia player that appeared to be running Linux.

Archos AV3xx series devices cost betwee $500 and $600 direct from Archos. They are based on a TMS320DSC25 processor from Texas Instruments, a RISC/DSP system-on-chip that integrates an ARM7 system controller with a TMS320C5000 DSP, NTSC/PAL controller, USB/UART, CCD controller, and external CPU Interface. The devices have a 3.8-inch color LCD and harddrives up to 80GB, and include a USB interface for downloading files from a PC.

Archos offers several attachments for its AV3xx devices, including a memory card reader, a 3.3 Megapixel still and MPEG-4 video camera, and a PVR (personal video recorder) accessory.

More details about the LinAV project are available online.


 
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