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Archive for March, 2003

SD Times: JSR-1 finally bears fruit

March 31, 2003

This article at Software Development Times offers a perspective on the recent release by TimeSys of JTime, a JVM and software development kit for real-time versions of its Linux distribution that TimeSys says is the world's first RTSJ (Real-Time Specification for Java) compliant JVM. (more…)

Hitachi SH embedded processor support added to GNU X-Tools

March 31, 2003

Microcross announced the addition of support for all current Hitachi SH embedded processor variants — including SH1, SH2, SH3, SH3e, and SH4 — to the latest version of its GNU X-Tools XScale Toolsuite (v3.0). (more…)

Eclipse project’s C/C++ milestone should help embedded developers

March 31, 2003

The Eclipse consortium's C/C++ Development Tools (CDT) project announced the release of CDT 1.0, which includes a full-featured C/C++ development environment and debugger. Support for C and C++ in Eclipse — an open-source development tools framework — now rivals that for Java, which was the initially supported programming language when the project was launched by IBM, the group said. (more…)

OpenZaurus 3.2 is released

March 31, 2003

An announcement from the OpenZaurus project at handhelds.org . . .

I hereby announce the release of OpenZaurus 3.2. OZ (OpenZaurus) is an alternative Linux distribution for Handheld devices, primarily the Sharp SL-5000D and SL-5500 PDAs. Said distribution includes the Opie graphical environment, and numerous enhancements to both kernel and userspace when compared to the stock Embedix… (more…)

Communications processors gain free embedded Linux OS

March 31, 2003

Integrated Device Technology (IDT) announced the availability of a royalty-free embedded Linux OS and toolkit for its Interprise family of integrated communications processors. The processors are intended for applications such as enterprise and residential gateways, desktop/workgroup switches, and wireless access points. (more…)

Linux-powered humanoid robot to visit San Francisco

March 30, 2003

LinuxDevices.com has learned that Wakamaru, an experimental Linux-powered humanoid robot made by Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, will make a guest appearance at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) being held April 22-26 in San Francisco. (more…)

Anticipatory scheduler ready for Linux kernel 2.5

March 28, 2003

Kerneltrap.org has some useful news and information about the new anticipatory scheduler for the Linux kernel . . . (more…)

Using the Linux proc filesystem in embedded systems

March 28, 2003

A detailed 18-page technical paper by Nicholas McGuire explores the whys, hows, and wherefores of using the Linux proc filesystem in embedded systems. Although the proc filesystem is normally thought of as mainly being useful in desktop and server Linux systems, it offers some significant potential advantages to embedded and real-time systems and devices, including footprint, performance, interface… (more…)

Bluetooth 1.1 stack supports Linux-based devices

March 28, 2003

Stonestreet One and MontaVista Software announced that they are teaming up to provide Bluetooth support for embedded Linux based device designs in the consumer, automotive, aerospace, industrial, and medical device markets. The Bluetooth support comes in the form of Bluetopia, a BQB qualified Bluetooth protocol stack, which has been ported to many operating systems, including Linux, Stonestreet said. (more…)

New Japanese Internet-enabled TV standard likely to use Linux

March 28, 2003

Five major Japanese consumer electronics manufacturers have announced that they are developing a standard for Internet-enabled digital TVs, according to a report today from the Dow Jones news service. (more…)

First word of second coming of Fujitsu Linux-powered robot

March 28, 2003

Fujitsu's Linux-based HOAP-1 robot appears to have been reincarnated as HOAP-2, according to a report at The Register. The new model looks a lot like the earlier one, and is reportedly powered by a 700 MHz Intel Pentium III running a real-time version of Linux (presumably RTLinux). (more…)

Big blue’s new storage controller runs “Little Blue Linux”

March 28, 2003

IBM has developed a new Linux-powered storage controller capable of managing two petabytes of data, according to an article at ZDNet UK. The device, called the TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller (SVC), reportedly runs an embedded Linux operating system called Little Blue, which IBM derived from SuSE Linux. (more…)

Jabber foundation releases free “one-step-install” IM server

March 27, 2003

The non-profit Jabber Software Foundation (JSF) announced immediate availability of JabberD Quickstart, a pre-packaged executable said to enable “one-step installation and use” of the open source JabberD instant messaging (IM) server. (more…)

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Article: Using the Linux proc filesystem in embedded systems

March 27, 2003

The following is a brief introduction and overview to Nicholas McGuire's technical paper on using the Linux proc filesystem in embedded systems. A link from which you can download the complete 18-page paper (PDF file) is available at the bottom . . . (more…)

Where is the embedded market headed?

March 26, 2003

The 15th annual Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), to be held April 22-26 in San Francisco, will feature a panel discussion by “industry visionaries” exploring the topic of where the embedded systems market is headed. The session will attempt to build a strategic vision of the future of the embedded systems industry, highlighting the key business and technology drivers that are fueling the embedded… (more…)

Are smart phones overtaking ordinary PDAs?

March 26, 2003

European market research firm Canalys predicts shipments of “smart phones” (phones with PDA capabilities) will double in the “EMEA” region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) this year, and will exceed those of ordinary PDA-like handheld computers by year end. (more…)

An early review of Red Hat 9

March 26, 2003

One of the first reviews of the new Red Hat Linux version 9 has been published at OSNews . . . (more…)

Tool suite simplifies Linux USB device driver creation

March 26, 2003

Jungo Software Technologies announced the release of the latest version of its driver development tool suite, WinDriver v6.0, which adds USB driver development tools for Linux based systems. This latest version of WinDriver also supports Microsoft's Windows CE.NET, the company said. (more…)

Web-enabled technology manages remote devices

March 25, 2003

ON Technology announced the availability of web-enabled support for remotely managing a broad range of fixed and mobile devices. The product, called ON iCommand, is based on a Java-based agent combined with a server-based software component. (more…)

A comparison of generalized callback mechanisms in C++ and C#

March 25, 2003

This online article from the March issue of Dr. Dobb's Journal examines two technologies that implement generalized, extensible callback mechanisms in C++ and C#. The author compares the libsigc++ class library in C++ (available under an LGPL license) to the delegate feature in C# (available from Microsoft or the Mono project), focusing on the different features and interfaces they provide. (more…)