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Archive for September, 2002

J2ME Personal Profile spec approved by Java Community Process

September 24, 2002

Santa Clara, CA and Yokohama, Japan — (press release excerpt) — Sun Microsystems today announced that the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) Personal Profile specification has been approved by the Java Community Process (JCP) and will subsequently be made available to the Java community at the second annual JavaOne Japan Developer Conference. (more…)

AMD Developer Symposium underscores growing Linux role

September 24, 2002

Sunnyvale, CA; AMD Developer Symposium — (press release excerpt) — AMD today joined with Linux partners to help further the development of their 64-bit computing platforms. The symposium, which focuses on the Linux and open source software and hardware development communities, is taking place today and tomorrow at AMD's world headquarters in Sunnyvale. (more…)

‘Fast-start’ ARM-based uCLinux training coming to Toronto

September 24, 2002

Leesburg, VA — (press release excerpt) — Embedded and Real Time Linux training specialist System Design and Consulting Services (SDCS), announces a 'fast-start' training class based on the ARM processor. This class is being conducted in association with Arcturus Networks, in Toronto Oct. 15-17 2002. (more…)

New Mot CompactPCI packet processor boasts Linux support

September 24, 2002

San Jose, CA; Communications Design Conference — (press release excerpt) — Motorola Computer Group today launched the Packet Computing Resource Board (PCRB), a high-density CompactPCI blade for high speed processing of packet data typical in today's networking systems. The PCRB is a highly integrated and optimized multi-processing resource for packet data intensive applications such as content-aware… (more…)

Tool helps port C/C++ apps from Solaris to Linux

September 24, 2002

IBM alphaWorks has posted a PortingManager, a free tool that simplifies the porting of C and C++ applications from Solaris to Linux, ensuring fast deployment of applications to the Linux platform. This porting tool provides valuable assistance at no charge as an alphaWorks non-open source download. (more…)

RTAI project announces ‘huge’ release

September 24, 2002

Here is an announcement from Paolo Mantegazza of the RTAI project . . .

The RTAI project is pleased to announce the 24.1.10 release of the famous real-time extension to the Linux kernel. (more…)

Microsoft: We’ll outsmart open source [ZDNet]

September 24, 2002

ZDNet (UK) editor Peter Judge reports on a talk by Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer in a meeting with Microsoft 'Most Valued Professionals' (MVPs) in London on Monday. Judge writes . . . (more…)

Article: uClinux: World’s most popular embedded Linux distro?

September 24, 2002

Despite claims to the contrary, uClinux may well represent the world's first, most mature, and most commercially successful embedded Linux distribution. While other embedded distributions rely on upscale processors to get reasonable performance, uClinux uses solid code, a firm guiding hand, and actual product experience with deeply embedded systems. (more…)

Broadcom dual-MIPS multiprocessor chip gains Linux support

September 24, 2002

San Jose, CA; Communications Design Conference — (press release excerpt) — MontaVista Software today announced Linux support for the SiByte BCM1250 processor, the first product in Broadcom's SiByte family of high performance, low power, and highly integrated processors. The BCM1250 is designed for use in both control plane and data plane applications across Local Area Network (LAN), Metropolitan Area… (more…)

Why .NET will conquer the world [ZDNet]

September 23, 2002

In part 2 of a 3-part guest commentary at ZDNet, John Carroll chronicles the top reasons why he believes the .NET framework will emerge as the preeminent development paradigm . . . (more…)

Connecting middleware to Apache 2.0 [IBM developerWorks]

September 22, 2002

Apache became the most popular Web server in part because of the rich availability of third-party extensions for the server, and because its open architecture made it quite easy to roll your own extensions. Of course, nothing is ever just easy enough, so in developing Apache 2.0, one of the main goals was to improve the Apache API to make it even easier to develop extensions. (more…)

First DIMM form-factor XScale-based embedded SBC

September 22, 2002

Stockholm, Sweden — (press release excerpt) — Strategic Test Scandinavia AB announced the Triton, an embedded CPU module based on the Intel XScale PXA-250 CPU. The DIMM144 format (2.7 x 1.4 in.) module offers a choice of 300 MHz or 400 MHz processors, 32/64MB SRAM, 32MB Flash, and RedBoot firmware. (more…)

Article: Using Flash memory with uClinux

September 21, 2002

Introduction

This whitepaper provides a discussion of theory and methods for building uClinux systems that boot, run, and operate using Flash memory. The paper begins with a brief introduction to Flash memory technology, followed by a discussion of the different ways uClinux system components can be laid out in Flash. (more…)

Using Flash memory with uClinux

September 20, 2002

This whitepaper, written by Greg Ungerer of SnapGear, provides a discussion of theory and methods for building uClinux systems that boot, run, and operate using Flash memory. The paper begins with a brief introduction to Flash memory technology, followed by a discussion of the different ways uClinux system components can be laid out in Flash. (more…)

‘Real’ embedded Linux and embedded GNU training announced

September 20, 2002

Embedded systems guru Bill Gatliff announces courses on embedded Linux and embedded GNU . . . (more…)

Introducing YAFFS, the first NAND-specific flash file system

September 20, 2002

In this technical article at LinuxDevices.com, the originator of YAFFS introduces the open source YAFFS flash file system, which he describes as “the only file system, under any operating system, that has been designed specifically for use with NAND flash”. Flash memory chips are commonly used in embedded systems and devices in place of much larger and more fragile hard drives, but they require special… (more…)

Fourth Real-Time Linux Workshop is announced

September 20, 2002

The Real Time Linux Foundation announced the Fourth Real-Time Linux Workshop to be held Dec. 6-7, 2002 in Boston, MA . . . (more…)

Microsoft warming to open source? [ZDNet]

September 20, 2002

ZDNet (UK) interviewed Jason Matusow, program manager of the Shared Source Initiative at Microsoft. Matusow offers insight into why Microsoft decided to open up some of its source code, and explains what is meant by 'Shared Source', who can gain access to it (and how they do that), how much source is available for various Microsoft OSes (including CE .NET), and what additional applications and tools the… (more…)

Article: Introducing YAFFS, the first NAND-specific flash file system

September 20, 2002

Overview

YAFFS stands for 'yet another flash file system' (see footnote 1). As far as I am aware, YAFFS is the only file system, under any operating system, that has been designed specifically for use with NAND flash. YAFFS is thus designed to work within the constraints of, and exploit the features of, NAND flash to maximize performance. (more…)

Building a Linux Minicluster using commodity components

September 19, 2002

The Embedded Reasoning Institute of the Sandia National Laboratories recently constructed a 4-node Linux cluster based on commodity PC/104 modules and other related components. The system was designed for use in parallel programming tutorials, demonstrations, and displays, and was showcased at the Supercomputing 2001 Conference (Denver, CO) and at the Embedded Systems Conference 2002 (San Francisco, CA). (more…)