Siemens Working To Upstream More Linux Drivers For Their Industrial PCs
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 16 March 2021 at 06:18 AM EDT. 6 Comments
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Siemens has recently been engaging directly with the upstream Linux kernel developers in aiming to mainline various drivers for benefiting their industrial PC platforms.

For Siemens industrial PCs like the SIMATIC IPC line-up, the German industrial giant is looking to begin upstreaming more of their drivers. The initial area includes watchdog and LED support for these x86-based industrial PCs while more platform drivers and expanded device support is expected to come with time. They do have more code internally left to be sanitized and published around hardware monitoring and other features.


The targeted devices by the initial Linux patches include the SIMATIC IPC127E / IPC227D / IPC227E / IPC277E / IPC427D / IPC427E / IPC447E systems that range from mini IoT computers to wall computers used for various industrial applications.


So for those dealing with Siemens industrial PCs, there are some patches currently under review while it looks like more should be on the way soon for bettering their mainline Linux kernel support. That's nice to see this upstream support finally coming about while Siemens' SIMATIC Industrial OS is an existing Debian-based OS carrying all of their internal/non-upstreamed patches.
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