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New GCC Toolchain Releases for Arm Cortex-A Processors

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Linaro™, the not-for-profit engineering organization consolidating and optimizing open source software for the Arm® architecture, announced today the 2012.02 release of Linaro GCC 4.6 and Linaro GCC 4.5 which offers full support for the Arm CortexTM-A processors family including the Cortex-A5, Cortex-A7, Cortex-A8, Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A15. This new release helps Linaro continue to provide companies with a foundation on which they can rapidly build and deliver innovative, differentiated solutions.

The Linaro Toolchain Working Group finalized this release during open Linaro Connect sessions on Wednesday February 8th. Over 200 engineers from more than 40 companies attended a week of sessions, planning future work and discussing challenges facing the Linux community developing solutions on the Arm architecture.

Accompanying the release are complete notes, details of bug fixes and links to the source tarballs. Downloads are available from the Linaro GCC page on Launchpad.

Linaro GCC 4.6 2012.02 is the twelfth release in the 4.6 series. Based on the latest GCC 4.6.2+svn183786, it contains bug fixes and backports Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A15 support from the FSF (Free Software Foundation) trunk. In addition to the updates to 4.6.2+svn183786 and initial Cortex-A7 support, the most interesting changes in this release are the backporting of Cortex-A15 tuning improvements from upstream and improvements to 64-bit unsigned comparisons.

Linaro GCC 4.5 2012.02 is the eighteenth release in the 4.5 series. Based on the latest GCC 4.5.3+svn183785, it is a maintenance only release.

These toolchains are the latest downloads enabling Linaro members to develop advanced products and are part of its standard monthly release cycle. The Linaro Toolchain Working Group release occurs two weeks before Linaro’s main release day which is scheduled for 16:00 UTC on Thursday February 23rd.

The releases include versions of Linaro’s binary platform images, component sources, board support packages and infrastructure/validation tools to ensure that Linaro output can be consumed most easily by the Arm development community, product builders and enthusiasts.

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