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Archive for September, 2003

Linux CD turns Athlon 64 PC into “gaming console on steroids”

September 30, 2003

A new 64-bit Linux CD can instantly turn an AMD Athlon 64-based PC into the ultimate gaming console, according to Super Computer Inc. (SCI). The company has created a distribution of the popular America's Army multi-player strategy game on a bootable Linux CD, that it says was developed in partnership with AMD, nVidia, and the US Army. (more…)

Innominate wins Wolfsburg prize for tiny embedded Linux security device

September 30, 2003

A tiny network security device running embedded Linux has earned Innominate the Wolfsburg AG Competence Prize, this year awarded for the IT category in the field of “Network Embedded Systems.” Judges in the 25,000 Euro annual prize for industry co-sponsored by Volkswagon and the city of Wolfsburg praised Innominate for… (more…)

Another Sharp Zaurus SL-C760 review, US distribution rumored

September 29, 2003

InfoSync World has posted a mostly favorable review of an English-language version of the Sharp Zaurus SL-C760 clamshell PDA. The detailed report praises the device's full VGA display, which features excellent color depth and sharpness (no pun intended). (more…)

VIA reveals next chapter of incredible shrinking motherboard saga

September 29, 2003

VIA CEO Wenchi Chen unveiled a prototype of the next evolution of his company's continually shrinking motherboard form-factor at the VIA Technology Forum last week in Taipei, Taiwan. VIA's Nano-ITX form-factor measures just 4.7 x 4.7 in. (more…)

In-memory embedded database boasts performance boosts

September 29, 2003

McObject has released the latest version of its its eXtremeDB embedded in-memory database system (IMDS) which supports embedded Linux based systems. Additions in eXtremeDB version 2.2 include performance enhancements and features that add to developers' flexibility in building reliable, real-time data management for embedded applications, the company says. (more…)

Software tweak boots Linux in under 200 ms

September 29, 2003

Updated Sep. 30, 2003 — Real-time Linux vendor FSMLabs reports that it has created a version of Linux that radically speeds up system boot time — to less than 200 milliseconds (ms) from power-up to application code startup. The techniques are processor independent, and boot times of under 100 ms are expected in the future. (more…)

SnapGear embedded Linux distro boasts 2.6 kernel, merged uClinux

September 29, 2003

Version 3.0 of SnapGear Embedded Linux, based on Linux kernel 2.6, is now available for free download. The latest SnapGear security-oriented embedded Linux distribution is claimed to be the “world's first production Linux system powered by the 2.6 kernel” — but is also a watershed release in that for the first time, commercial developers can use a stable mainstream Linux kernel distribution, without… (more…)

Linux-based MHP STB platform lowers development costs

September 26, 2003

Zentek Technology Group says its new multimedia home platform (MHP) product family uses Linux and open standards to cut total development costs for set-top box (STB) manufacturers. Zentek's MediaStack-MHP is interoperable with products from development partners ATI and Skelmir, minimizing costs while delivering state-of-the-art STBs for digital television, Zentec claims. (more…)

Growing opportunity for Linux in retail POS

September 26, 2003

IBM Business Consulting Services has released its annual Retail CIO Survey for 2003, with findings that suggest a growing opportunity for Linux in point of sale (POS) and other retail systems. According to the report, Linux as an in-store operating environment grew from 0% in 2002 to 5% in 2003, while more than a quarter of respondents expected to implement Linux-based in-store operating environments… (more…)

10 from IBM — Device Developer, KParts, XML, Kernel, Networking, more. . .

September 26, 2003

IBM has published the following 10 technical articles, tutorials, and downloads, on its DeveloperWorks and AlphaWorks websites. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . .

  • WebSphere Studio Device Developer for Linux (more…)

Linux 2.6 (or 3.0?) — a big step for enterprise and embedded

September 26, 2003

A technical article on IBM's DeveloperWorks site characterizes the pending new stable Linux kernel as “a big step for Linux on enterprise servers as well as for embedded systems,” and reviews some of the reasons. And yes, discussion suggests the new kernel could arrive with a major release number. (more…)

Caching proxy server system lightens up X

September 25, 2003

Nomachine.com is working on software it hopes will enable remote computer use from embedded devices with slow Internet connections such as GSM modems. The company claims its NX software compresses the X protocol by 50 times, making graphical applications usable over connections as slow as a 9.6Kbps modem. (more…)

Antelope Technologies launches “Mobile Computing Core”

September 25, 2003

Antelope Technologies announced that production has commenced on its Modular Computing Core (MCC), a bare-bones computer module that measures 3 x 5 x 1 in., weighs approximately 9.1 ounces, and packs the functions of a full PC based on a 1GHz processor running Linux — minus the power supply, display, and I/O connectors. (more…)

LinuxTV 2.0 STBs and SoCs pending

September 25, 2003

German digital TV specialist Galaxis will soon ship the first set-top box (STB) based on LinuxTV 2.0, a software stack from Convergence that supports the Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) interface. (more…)

RTnet achieves milestone release

September 25, 2003

RTnet, an open source hard real-time network protocol stack for deterministic data transmission over standard Ethernet, has reached an important milestone: version 0.5.0 has been released today, with non real-time tunneling, easier installation, support for more NICs, and more. (more…)

Embedded Java taking over in consumer, mobile devices

September 25, 2003

Market researcher Venture Development Corp. (VDC) has published a report showing the proliferation of Java in the embedded systems market, especially in consumer electronics and mobile devices such as PDAs and smartphones. VDC predicts that nearly 75 million Java-enabled devices will ship this year, growing to 600 million by 2007. (more…)

Software-only VoIP solution to ship first on embedded Linux

September 24, 2003

Trinity Convergence, a developer of embedded communications software for telecommunications equipment manufacturers, has launched a unique software-only Voice over IP (VoIP) solution to beta test in Q4, 2003 and ship Q1, 2004 for embedded Linux, with support for other platforms to follow. (more…)

Linux-based terminal gains GUIs and a faster CPU

September 24, 2003

SSV Embedded Systems' embedded Linux Terminal TRM/916 and the smaller TRM/816 are now available with more powerful CPUs, support for additional GUIs, and extended operating temperature ranges. (more…)

Boot Linux faster

September 24, 2003

A free article published on IBM's DeveloperWorks Web site by IBM software engineer James Hunt presents a technique for starting some system services in parallel to speed up boot time. (more…)

PVR and VOD join forces to redefine future of TV

September 24, 2003

Video on demand (VOD) and personal video recording (PVR), the two non-linear video viewing models, will redefine the future of the television experience, according to a new study from technology research firm ABI. (more…)