Patches were posted this morning to the kernel mailing list for supporting the Synopsys ARC700 processors. The Synopsys ARC750D and ARC770D processors are 32-bit RISC cores embedded in SoCs and in turn found in many consumer electronic devices from TV set-top boxes to media players. The ARC700 series supports MMU with optional DSP and FPU capabilities.
The initial Linux kernel patches are enough to build the kernel and bring up a busybox shell on the console. For building for the Synopsys ARC processors is a GCC 4.4 derived compiler with uClibc. The developers are also working on a buildroot-based distribution for the platform.
This Synopsys ARC700 Linux kernel support will be potentially merged into the Linux 3.8 kernel.