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Archive for August, 2003

Motorola ships much-anticipated A760 Linux/Java smartphone

August 22, 2003

Motorola has shipped its much-anticipated A760 Linux/Java smartphone to the Asian market. The A760 represents the first fruit of Motorola's strategy of basing high-end handsets and smartphones on embedded Linux with Java middleware. (more…)

Four embedded Linux based reference designs for communication gateways

August 22, 2003

SSV Embedded Systems has announced four reference designs that provide a hardware and software foundation for some typical Linux-based communication gateway applications with TCP/IP-based Ethernet driven by a DIL/NetPC. (more…)

Prep for POSIX Certification by participating in Pilot Program

August 22, 2003

Help the IEEE/The Open Group fine-tune its POSIX Certification test suites, and emerge better prepared to certify with a full understanding of the requirements and Web certification system. “The pilot will enable interested parties to shake down their products in preparation for certification,” said Andrew Josey of the Open Group, “and also enable IEEE/The… (more…)

MontaVista on SCO-gate: an embedded perspective

August 22, 2003

MontaVista has published an excellent paper entitled “MontaVista Software, Embedded Linux, and the SCO-IBM Lawsuit.” The work presents MontaVista's perspective on “SCO-gate,” along with a detailed and valuable summary of events citing many primary sources and references. As a leading supplier of Linux for embedded devices, MontaVista makes points that apply to much of the embedded market. (more…)

Ten from IBM — Web services, CVS, VNC, wireless encryption, more . . .

August 21, 2003

IBM has published the following ten technical articles and tutorials on its DeveloperWorks website. They cover a range of interesting (though not embedded) technical topics. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . .

  • Enter the Web Services era — First came the Document Web, created by and for scientists to share technical papers. (more…)

What does SCO-gate mean for embedded developers?

August 21, 2003

Few embedded systems are likely to use non-uniform memory access (NUMA) and other technologies being disputed in SCO's lawsuit against IBM over Linux ownership. Still, according to a recent survey by Evans Data Corp., almost two-thirds of embedded developers are looking into the intellectual property ramifications of using Linux. (more…)

Wiring a vintage teletype to the Internet using Linux

August 20, 2003

Do you have an old teletype with a 5-bit serial interface sitting around that you've been itching to hook up to the Internet? If so, this article by Henry Minsky is just what you've been looking for. (more…)

An argument for self-diagnosing embedded APIs

August 20, 2003

A recent EE Times article argues that developers of third-party APIs used increasingly in embedded systems for messaging, data management, communications, and other purposes could be doing a lot more to ensure code quality. (more…)

16-port gigabit Ethernet switch features Linux support

August 20, 2003

ZNYX Networks, a provider of embedded high-availability Ethernet for Carrier Class systems, is shipping its Intel NetStructure ZT 8102 switch with 16 gigabit Ethernet ports in a CompactPCI 2.16 form factor. ZNYX also offers a customizable version of the ZT 8102 — the ZX4800P — to OEMs. (more…)

Mistral announces embedded Linux support for TI’s OMAP SOCs

August 20, 2003

Mistral Software announced a program of engineering and support services for companies needing to develop products incorporating TI's OMAP system-on-chip (SOC) processors. (more…)

Article: Wiring a vintage teletype to the Internet using Linux

August 20, 2003

There are a number of electronic projects I have been wanting to build which require an embedded computer system. Among of these are:

  • Networked audio player for our home entertainment center
  • Networked electronic picture frame
  • Video and audio home security system
  • A web/email gateway for an antique Model 28 Teletype machine. (more…)

IDC study confirms demise of the “unconnected PDA”

August 19, 2003

A new research study from market analyst IDC confirms that potential growth for the “unconnected PDA” market is shifting to voice-enabled devices including mobile phones and “converged mobile devices,” which combine the data capabilities of PDAs with the voice communication capabilities of mobile phones. (more…)

Toolsuite creates embedded databases for Linux-based systems

August 19, 2003

Encirq Corp. announced a suite of technology, tools, and components for creating databases for embedded systems and devices. Encirq 3e Database Suite for Embedded Systems can be used to create “the world's smallest embedded databases -- often in less than 50K,” the company said. Applications are said to cover a wide range of markets including cell phones, autos, and industrial systems. (more…)

SCO desperate, Heise “intentionally misreading” law, says Moglen

August 19, 2003

Eben Moglen sees desperation in SCO's latest attacks upon the GPL, which he says are based upon an “intentional misreading” of U.S. Copyright law. (more…)

POSIX standard updated, Realtime POSIX pending

August 19, 2003

The IEEE and The Open Group have announced an extension to POSIX Certification to cover the Latest POSIX Standard. A future phase will cover the Realtime POSIX profiles. (more…)

FSMLabs RTLinux now supports Firewire “b”, GigEthernet

August 19, 2003

FSMLabs' LNet — a POSIX API real-time networking component of its RTLinux offering — now supports both the high speed “b” version of IEEE 1394 as well as Gigabit Ethernet. According to FSMLabs, LNet provides a zero copy light-weight bridge between these two networking technologies and RTLinux's low microsecond real-time threads and interrupt… (more…)

Embedded developer study probes debuggers, HW/SW focus, Linux IP concerns

August 18, 2003

Evans Data Corp. (EDC) has released data on several findings from its recently completed survey of nearly 400 embedded developers. The data sheds light on: the value embedded developers place on real-time debuggers; how much time developers spend on hardware vs. software related issues; and, the role developers play in evaluating intellectual property (IP) issues such as SCO's recent claim that Linux… (more…)

Details emerge on new $299 Linux PDA

August 18, 2003

A brand-new Linux-based PDA is due to hit the market this September, at a price of $299 (USD). Softfield, which took on support of the Agenda VR3 following the demise of Agenda Computing, said it will release the entirely-new MX-7 in early Sep., 2003. (more…)

Timesys brings embedded Linux RTOS to Kontron CompactPCI boards

August 18, 2003

Continuing its recent strategy of partnering with board-level vendors, Timesys today announced a deal to bring its embedded Linux real-time operating system (RTOS) and its suite of application development tools to Kontron's CP605 CompactPCI embedded boards. (more…)

Creditcard-sized XScale SBC boasts extensive embedded Linux support

August 18, 2003

InHand Electronics Inc. announced immediate availability of the third generation of its tiny “Fingertip” single-board computer family. The credit card sized Fingertip3 is InHand's first SBC to be based on an Intel XScale microprocessor, and also provides substantially enhanced power management capabilities and an SD Card slot. (more…)