War Story: Using Mainline Linux for an Android TV BSP
Android TV is a relatively recent Google Initiative to use the Android Operating System for TV Set-top-boxes, reusing the Phone Operating System architecture.
In the last years, the Android Hardware Abstraction Libraries were adapted/rewritten to use the modern and recent Linux APIs like DRM/KMS, V4L2 for Video Decode, ... allowing Android to boot and work with mainline Linux.
During last year, Neil was involved into an upstream-first open Android TV BSP, aiming to fully support AOSP for TV running on a Low-Cost generally available ARM based System-on-Chip designed for TV application. Neil will overview the requirements and struggles in term of system support, upstreaming & Android tweaking to enable AOSP to boot on such device, including the whole trusted boot chain, to graphical Linux with multimedia features enabled.
Embedded Linux Expert
Embedded Linux Engineer since 2008, Neil worked on designing and supporting small in-house designed SoCs for Digital TV Content Protection, Set-Top-Box or Security Co-Processor, and is now Embedded Linux Expert in the Baylibre team. He ports, maintains and upstreams Linux support for ARM/ARM64 based SoCs from basic system support, power management to multimedia drivers. Neil experienced technical presentations during his engineering studies and within local technical events about various Open-Source technologies.