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Archive for March, 2001

Former SCO exec becomes MontaVista’s new Marketing VP

March 26, 2001

Sunnyvale, CA — (press release excerpt) — MontaVista Software Inc. today announced that Sheila Baker has joined the company as vice president of marketing. Baker's extensive background of more than 20 years of related industry experience includes multiple marketing, sales and engineering management positions. (more…)

Device profile: HNT’s Linux-based Handheld Multimedia PCs

March 24, 2001

HNT Co. Ltd. of Seoul, Korea has announced a new family of Linux-based handheld multimedia PCs, called the “Exilien” series. The new HNT handheld devices come in two form-factors — a PDA-sized unit with a 3.8-inch 320×240 LCD, and a heftier device (one inch thick) with a backlit 4-inch TFT 640×480 LCD and the option of a built-in video camera. (more…)

Article: Device profile: HNT’s Linux-based Handheld Multimedia PCs

March 23, 2001

HNT Co. Ltd. of Seoul, Korea has announced a new family of Linux-based handheld multimedia PCs, called the “Exilien” series. The new HNT handheld devices come in two form-factors — a PDA-sized unit with a 3.8-inch 320×240 LCD, and a heftier device (one inch thick) with a backlit 4-inch TFT 640×480 LCD. (more…)

Hands-on Embedded Linux training comes to Texas

March 23, 2001

TrainingCity has announced a 4-day hands-on vendor neutral Embedded Linux training class in Austin, TX. The dates of the class are April 24-27, 2001. The sales pitch: “Get a heads up on the latest developments, learn the latest from our experienced design engineers and get CD's full of 'tools and tips' worth hundreds of dollars!” (more…)

IBM clocks in with Linux wrist watch update

March 23, 2001

By Stephen Shankland; Special to ZDNet News . . .

IBM has created a second-generation Linux wrist watch, this one smaller than the original and sporting a gleaming golden display, but still just as impractical. (more…)

LG demonstrates wireless Linux Web pad at CeBIT

March 23, 2001

Will Knight of ZDNet UK reports that Taiwan manufacturer LG Electronics showed off a new Linux-based wireless Web pad aimed at home users and offering Internet connectivity at CeBIT today . . . (more…)

Mitac unveils Bluetooth-connected Linux-based PDA

March 22, 2001

ZDNet UK editor Will Knight reports that Taiwan manufacturing giant Mitac unveiled a new Linux-based PDA at CeBIT this week that features Bluetooth connectivity and is expected to sell for under $200. (more…)

A closer look at Sharp’s Linux-based PDA

March 22, 2001

LinuxWorld Australia has published a description and photograph of the new Linux-based PDA, the Zaurus MI-E1, which Sharp showed off this week at CeBit in Hanover, Germany. According to the article, the device has been available in Japan for several months (apparently without Linux), and includes a 3.5 inch LCD, mini-keyboard,… (more…)

Indrema faces funding challenge

March 22, 2001

Indrema, the company which announced a Linux-based TV set-top gaming system early last year, is apparently struggling to complete its development cycle and bring its product into production. In this week's online developers chat at the Indrema Developer… (more…)

New high integration WebPad system-on-chip ships

March 22, 2001

Santa Clara, CA — (press release excerpt) — National Semiconductor today announced production availability of its Geode SC3200 WebPAD system-on-chip (SOC), along with a software development platform and reference schematic for WebPAD designs. The device features a 32-bit x86 compatible processor, a TFT video processor, core logic, and a SuperI/O block. (more…)

New SDK supports embedded Linux on TI dual-core SOCs

March 22, 2001

Boise, Idaho — (press release excerpt) — RidgeRun Inc. announced a new DSPLinux Software Development Kit (SDK) for the OMAP1510 and TMS320DSC21 processors from Texas Instruments. These new platforms combine an ARM7 or ARM9 core with a C5X digital signal processor (DSP). The DSPLinux SDK, now available in beta, includes a 2.4 version of the Linux operating system optimized for embedded devices, standard… (more…)

New Java-based UPnP SDK supports embedded devices

March 22, 2001

Fort Lauderdale, FL — (press release excerpt) — Metro Link Inc. announced today the official release of the Metro EnableWorks UPnP SDKs, supporting the Java Platform. Consisting of a UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) Device SDK and a UPnP Control Point SDK, Metro EnableWorks is designed to provide the developer with a fast, easy path to UPnP compatibility for embedded applications such as set-top boxes,… (more…)

Sharp unveils new Linux based PDA

March 21, 2001

By Stephen Shankland; Special to ZDNet News . . .

At [a] CeBit news conference, the Japanese electronics giant [Sharp] showed off a handheld computer called the MultiMedia Tool, based on the Linux operating system, that can play MPEG4 videos and MP3 music. (more…)

New Sharp Linux PDA to have wireless streaming video

March 21, 2001

Hannover, Germany; CeBIT — (press release excerpt) — Sharp Corp. and PacketVideo Corp. today announced a licensing agreement to integrate PacketVideo's industry-leading wireless multimedia delivery technology into Sharp's recently developed Linux-based wireless devices. (more…)

3Com pulls the plug on Kerbango and Audrey

March 21, 2001

Michael Kanellos and Wylie Wong of CNET's News.com report that 3Com, plagued by a larger than expected fourth quarter loss, has decided to discontinue its two Internet appliance products — the Audrey table-top Internet box, and the Kerbango Internet radio. (more…)

Article: An interview with Ericsson’s “blip” project R and D manager

March 20, 2001

Ericsson Business Innovation has announced the BLIP, a small self-contained Linux-based device that communicates wirelessly with mobile phones, PDAs, and other kinds of mobile devices that are equipped with Bluetooth short-range wireless technology. (more…)

Wi-Fi wireless (802.11B) takes a big leap forward

March 20, 2001

CNET editor Wylie Wong reports that after a year of pushing what many analysts said was a losing technology (HomeRF), Intel has now changed its tune and is instead backing Wi-Fi (a.k.a. 802.11B). Wong writes . . . (more…)

An interview with Ericsson’s “blip” project R and D manager

March 20, 2001

Ericsson Business Innovation has announced the BLIP, a small self-contained Linux-based device that communicates wirelessly with mobile phones, PDAs, and other kinds of mobile devices that are equipped with Bluetooth short-range wireless technology. It's meant for use in shopping centers, airports, railway and bus stations, and other public places. (more…)

QNX RTOS to support tiny Epson SBC

March 20, 2001

Hannover, Germany; CeBIT — (press release excerpt) — QNX Software Systems and Epson Europe Electronics today announced a technical alliance aimed at helping developers build compact, low-power embedded systems for applications such as in-car computers, network devices, and mobile test units. (more…)

Real-time VMAlloc patch available for Linux 2.4 kernel

March 20, 2001

Socorro NM — (press release excerpt) — FSMLabs has announced a kernel patch which will make RTLinux (and other real-time Linux variants) work reliably on the recent Linux 2.4 kernels. According to Michael Barabanov, FSMLabs principal systems engineer, a little-noticed change in Linux low-level memory management can produce increased timing uncertainties and unpredictable system errors in any Linux-based… (more…)