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Archive for February, 2003

PC BIOS out, “EFI” in?

February 24, 2003

This article at CNET reports that Intel has begun talking about replacing the BIOS used in PC-type systems with something Intel calls “EFI,” which stands for Extensible Firmware Interface . . . (more…)

Will the real “industry standard” CPU please stand up

February 24, 2003

David Berlind questions whether Intel's “x86” CPU architecture is truly the “industry standard” that we so often hear it called, in this interesting article at CNET . . . (more…)

Routerlinux 1.0 is released

February 24, 2003

Tony White has launched Routerlinux version 1.0, a new uClibc/BusyBox based GNU/Linux distribution that is designed to run from a DiskOnChip (or other solid-state storage device), and is intended to turn “industry-standard and affordable” embedded x86 hardware into full featured routers using 100% open source software. (more…)

Standards-based HA architecture boasts single-digit mS failovers

February 24, 2003

(PR excerpt) — Performance Technologies has introduced the Redundant Host Product Line, which is claimed to be the industry's fastest, standards-based failover architecture for high availability (HA), “always-on” embedded systems. The architecture, which targets mission critical military and time-sensitive communications applications, is intended to enable the shortening of failover time from seconds to… (more…)

GNU X-Tools update supports AltiVec-enabled PowerPCs

February 24, 2003

(PR excerpt) — Microcross today released GNU X-Tools v3.2 PowerPC Toolsuite, which includes support for AltiVec-enabled PowerPCs as well as all other variants. This GNU distribution is the latest stable toolsuite based on GNU GCC v3.2. (more…)

IBM launches Rational Software resource center

February 24, 2003

(PR excerpt) — Following IBM's acquisition of Rational Software last December, the two companies have combined forces to provide an integrated end-to-end development and deployment solution. Rational's open, industry-standard tools for developers can improve the speed, quality, and predictability of application development on J2EE, .NET, Linux, and other platforms, for a range of applications, including… (more…)

Rugged PDAs/wearables market to grow at 25-35% CAGR

February 24, 2003

Here's an interesting tidbit on the rugged mobile computer market from a newly available report published by Venture Development Corp. (VDC) . . . (more…)

Green Hills adds embedded Linux support to MULTI IDE

February 24, 2003

(PR excerpt) — Green Hills Software today announced the availability of its MULTI Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for embedded Linux systems. MULTI supports debugging Linux applications, the Linux kernel, and Linux device drivers, and works with existing GNU development tool chains for Intel/Pentium, embedded MIPS, and embedded PowerPC environments. (more…)

Embedded Linux helps adapt synchronous devices to TCP/IP

February 24, 2003

LinuxDevices.com takes a look at the SyncServer 1000, a small modem-like Linux appliance that offers easy integration of “legacy” Wide Area Networks (WANs) with IP networks. The device is intended to allow companies to transparently convert older communications transport protocols (such as X.25, Frame Relay, and SNA) to TCP/IP,… (more…)

Lineo’s former Japanese subsidiary goes independent, retains “Lineo” brand

February 24, 2003

The former Japanese subsidiary of Embedix Inc. announced today that it has been purchased in a management buyout and has changed its name from “Lineo Japan, Inc.” to “Lineo uSolutions, Inc.” Additionally, the newly independent Japanese embedded Linux supplier is getting set to announce its own embedded Linux and cross-development environment products, including a product aimed at consumer electronics… (more…)

Device Profile: SyncServer synchronous-to-IP converter

February 24, 2003

SyncServer 1000 is a small modem-like Linux appliance made by The Software Group Ltd. (TSG) that offers easy integration of “legacy” Wide Area Networks (WANs) with IP networks. The device is intended to allow companies to transparently convert older communications transport protocols (such as X.25, Frame Relay, and SNA) to TCP/IP, giving legacy applications direct access to IP-based LANs, intranets, and… (more…)

GtkPizza goes embedded

February 21, 2003

Just when you thought pizza wasn't an embedded system, along comes this announcement from the GtkPizza project . . . (more…)

Business Week discovers “The Linux Uprising”

February 21, 2003

Business Week's March 3 issue features nine articles focused on The Linux Uprising. The articles discuss the history of Linux, why Linux is gaining in popularity, the open source philosophy, the difficulty of money selling “free” software, Microsoft's reactions to the Linux “threat,” and the overall impact Linux is having throughout a wide range of companies, organizations, and industries, . (more…)

New Intel IXP42x network processors gain embedded Linux commitment

February 21, 2003

MontaVista Software will add support to its embedded Linux operating systems for Intel's newly announced IXP42x network processors, according to a statement released at the Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, CA this week. (more…)

Telecom protocol stacks support carrier grade Linux

February 21, 2003

MontaVista Software has validated the Hughes Software Systems (HSS) suite of telecom protocol stacks on the MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE), according to a statement issued by the two companies. The HSS stacks are said to support a broad spectrum of VoIP, Wireless, and Wireline protocols, including MAP, RANAP, and GTP-C/U. (more…)

What’s most important in selecting an OS?

February 21, 2003

Evans Data Corp. (EDC) asked over 400 software/hardware developers the question, “What is the most important consideration in selecting an embedded operating system?,” as part of its latest Embedded Systems Development Survey. Here's what they learned . . . (more…)

SPECIAL REPORT: Embedded Linux Consortium releases ELC Platform Spec v1.0

February 21, 2003

[Updated Mar. 4, 2003] — The Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC) formally announced its release of the ELC Platform Specification (ELCPS) version 1.0 this week. The ELC describes its new embedded Linux standard as being “aimed at rallying the industry around a single Linux development standard for new embedded products,” and says “the specification delivers a unified open platform for embedded… (more…)

ELJonline: Porting uCLinux to the MC68360-Based MTPSR2-150 Board

February 21, 2003

uCLinux is a derivative of the Linux 2.0 kernel that is intended for microcontrollers without memory management units (MMUs). uCLinux offers free, open-source code with no royalties; a small code footprint suitable for embedded and portable applications; a standard Linux API (with minor differences); high performance C libraries with a small footprint; and a variety of filesystems, including NFS, ext2,… (more…)

Wasabi to offer NetBSD-based “storage solution kits”

February 20, 2003

Wasabi Systems is developing a set of software components for developers of storage applications, according to a statement released this week at the Intel Developer Forum. (more…)

Intel upgrades Integrated Performance Primitives library

February 20, 2003

Intel has released version 3.0 of its Integrated Performance Primitives (IPP) library, reports Semiconductor Business News. The routines support Pentium 4, Xeon, Itanium 2, and XScale-based processors, and work with Microsoft Windows and PocketPC, plus versions of Linux, according to the article. (more…)