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Archive for November, 2002

Zaurus SL-C700 (VGA model) coming to the US soon?

November 30, 2002

A PC World article entitled “Gadgets Galore: Newest PDAs, Players, Phones” mentions the two recently announced models of Sharp Electronic's Zaurus Linux-based PDAs, the SL-B500 (aka SL-5600, the update to the current SL-5500 model that's… (more…)

GNU Bayonne telephony server expands support for synthetic voices

November 30, 2002

Bayonne, NJ — (press release excerpt) — With the latest GNU Bayonne beta release (1.1.2), we have greatly expanded support for and integration of automated text to speech synthesized voice systems. Using “flite” based text to speech synthesis engines, initially developed through Carnegie Mellon University, and commercial derivatives of “flite”, such as Cepstral's Theta, it is now possible to have fully… (more…)

Intel sees multi-hop wireless nets in our future

November 27, 2002

How will we build wireless networks robust enough to support the emerging multimedia-aware digital home? That tough environment will be filled with laptops, TVs, DVD players, and camcorders. (more…)

Mozilla 1.2 is released

November 27, 2002

The newest version of the popular open source Mozilla web browser and email suite has just been released. What's new? From the Mozilla 1.2 Release Notes page . . . (more…)

Free web seminar series on telematics design, technologies, standards

November 27, 2002

Ottawa, ON — Espial today announced a web seminar series beginning December 17 to help telematics developers, project managers, engineers, and marketing managers access the latest expertise and technology. Each seminar will provide practical expertise and real world working examples to address challenges faced by the telematics development community. (more…)

STB SOC enables “world’s smallest digital terrestrial STBs”

November 27, 2002

Zarlink Semiconductor (Ottawa, ON) has launched a family of highly integrated system-on-chip processors aimed at the worldwide digital TV set-top box (STB) market. Dubbed “DVB-T On a Chip” processors, the ZL10310 and ZL10311 enable the design of the world's smallest digital terrestrial STBs which comply with Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial (DVB-T) standards, according to Zarlink. (more…)

Fundamentals of grid computing [IBM developerWorks]

November 26, 2002

Hungry for facts and data about grid computing? This whitepaper at IBM's developerWorks website covers the concepts, use, and architecture of grid computing. Learn grid concepts, grid components, and grid construction — as well as what grid computing can do now and in the future, and what it can't do now and won't be able to do in the future. (more…)

New Xilinx FPGA eval platform features PowerPC, RocketIO, Linux

November 26, 2002

San Jose, CA — (press release excerpt) — Xilinx, Inc. announced the availability of its new ML300 evaluation platform to support designs based om the company's Virtex-II Pro FPGAs with immersed IBM PowerPC processors and RocketIO 3.125 Gb/s serial transceivers. (more…)

DotGNU Portable.Net 0.4.8 is released

November 26, 2002

An announcement from Rhys Weatherley of the DotGNU project . . . (more…)

Reference design supports HomePlug enabled CableHome compliant gateways

November 25, 2002

Newport Beach and San Jose, CA — (press release excerpt) — Conexant Systems Inc. and Jungo Software Technologies Inc. anounced a reference design for HomePlug-enabled CableHome-based residential and small office/home office (SOHO) standalone gateways. The design will allow multi-service operators (MSOs) to deliver home networking services over existing electrical wiring to current cable modem… (more…)

An Overview of the Boa Web Server

November 25, 2002

Writing at OSnews.com, Jon Nelson reviews Boa, a small-footprint webserver that is popular in resource-constrained Linux-based embedded systems and mobile devices. Nelson write . . . (more…)

A developer’s review of Qplus, an open source embedded Linux toolkit

November 25, 2002

In this article at LinuxDevices.com, Jerry Epplin takes a detailed look Qplus, an open source embedded Linux toolkit, examining what the project has accomplished — and what is still to be done. Epplin writes . . . (more…)

VDC report on Embedded Systems Conference Boston 2002

November 25, 2002

Venture Development Corporation (VDC) published the following report and perspective on the Embedded Systems Conference held earlier this month in Boston . . . (more…)

Microsoft targets Linux developers on Slashdot website

November 25, 2002

Microsoft has been venturing into enemy territory again in its latest bid to win converts from the Linux community, according to an exclusive story at WindowsForDevices.com. (more…)

Article: A developer’s review of Qplus, an open source embedded Linux toolkit

November 25, 2002

Background

Previous articles in this series have examined some commercial toolkits available for embedding Linux. The products from Lineo, MontaVista, (more…)

IBM leverages SoC tech in supercomputer design [EE Times]

November 22, 2002

This article at EE Times sheds further light on IBM's much heralded Blue Gene/L project. The system will have 65,000 processors in it (wow, that's multiprocessing to the max), will take up 5,000 feet of floor space (not your typical embedded system), and will consume 1.2 MW (that's megawatts, not milliwatts) of power. (more…)

New Linux PDA for the Chinese market

November 22, 2002

Group Sense PDA Ltd. (GSPDA) has introduced the Linux-based V-2002 PDA into the Chinese market. Like many recent PDA introductions, the V-2002 is based on an Intel StrongARM system-on-chip processor and provides a full-color 320 x 240 pixel LCD display. (more…)

Experimenting with New Methods in Voice over IP [Linux Journal]

November 22, 2002

This online article at Linux Journal explains how VoIP is being performed in a Linux lab using the soft switch and telephony hardware to improve sound quality. The article includes an overview of the basic concepts of IP telephony and its support under Linux. The authors write . . . (more…)

Microwindows v0.89 is released

November 21, 2002

An announcement from the Microwindows project . . .

Microwindows v0.89 is released, and available as two archives. Version 0.89 release supports multi-threading, DVDVIEW, PCF fonts, tiles/stipples

This release adds many enhancements and bugfixes. Major enhancements include support for X11 .pcf/.pcf.gz and MGL loadable fonts, Japanese JISX0213 and EUCJP encoding/fonts, multithreading… (more…)

Practical Linux Programming: Device Drivers, Embedded Systems, and the Internet

November 21, 2002

Writing at Linux Journal, Marty Leisner reviews Practical Linux Programming: Device Drivers, Embedded Systems and the Internet (Author: Ashfaq A. Khan; Publisher: Charles River Media; ISBN: 1-58450-096-4). Leisner writes . . . (more…)