Linux and Android Application Development

Accelerated development from bootloader to optimization

With Linux kernel-based operating systems dominating several market applications, from consumer electronics to industrial automation, data centers to telecommunications, enabling fast deployment of robust, differentiated Linux-based products is a priority for Arm.

Despite the broad set of requirements across the different segments, some of the key challenges in software development are common. See below for information about how DS-5 Development Studio and its ecosystem can help you take your product to market ahead of the competition.


Board bring-up and bootloader development are critical stages of a project as they can delay the start of the OS porting. DS-5 bare-metal debugging capabilities such as ETM/PTM execution trace and vector catch help you get your board up and running, reducing the risk of unexpected delays. Its powerful Jython scripting also reduces the complexity of debugging modular code bases such as the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). Learn more about DS-5 support for UEFI.

OS porting

Porting the OS onto your hardware and developing all required modules and device drivers usually takes up a considerable amount of resources. But this is also when systems can turn into great, optimized ones or unreliable, kernel-crash generators. Having the right tools is essential to ensure software correctness and stability. The DS-5 Debugger has built-in awareness of Linux kernel data structures, which allow you to have full visibility into kernel and user space threads and dynamically loaded modules.

User space development

DS-5 Streamline is one of the tools that makes the DS-5 Development Studio stand out from other commercial and open source tools for application development and optimization. With an intuitive interface and comprehensive data encompassing software profiling, multicore-enabled CPU and GPU performance metrics and more, Streamline is now the industry standard tool for system analysis on Arm. Learn more about DS-5 Streamline.

See more information about the DS-5 solution for Linux and Android applications.

Power optimization

The number of energy-constrained market applications for Linux and Android seems to be growing by the minute. From battery-operated devices such as mobile phones and wearables, to energy-hungry data centers and telecommunications equipment, every new generation of product has to push energy efficiency boundaries to the next level. DS-5 Streamline enables system and software developers to visualize how efficiently software utilizes systems resources to save energy or reduce power. Learn more about DS-5 Streamline.

Develop ahead of hardware availability

Virtual platforms are a cost-effective, scalable way to start porting your boot code and kernel, and develop applications without a hardware target. Arm has available several Fixed Virtual Platforms (FVP), including for its latest processor technologies such as big.LITTLE and Cortex-A50 series. DS-5 Professional can be used for development on any Armv7 virtual platform, including of course the quad-core Cortex-A9 FVP that ships with it for you to start developing software from day one. DS-5 Ultimate Edition includes the Armv8 FVP, enabling development for 64-bit systems.