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Archive for October, 2003

Eight from IBM — Oprofile, vi, perl, web services, grids, XUL…

October 24, 2003

IBM has published the following eight 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 . (more…)

MontaVista named 5th fastest-growing private company in Silicon Valley

October 24, 2003

MontaVista Software ranks fifth among the fastest growing privately held companies in the Silicon Valley, according to an Oct. 24, 2003 article in the Silicon Valley and San Jose Business Journal. The company's 2002 revenue grew 612.42% over 2000, placing it behind only Open Harbor, (more…)

Linux-based industrial controller line gains iptables, SNMP

October 24, 2003

Sixnet is offering new security and management add-ons for its IPm line of distributed data acquisition and industrial controller devices. The add-ons include a firewall based on Linux iptables and a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) module. (more…)

New Zaurus Linux PDA rumored to debut in January

October 24, 2003

Sharp will introduce a new model of Zaurus in the U.S. in Jan. 2004, according to a post at ZaurusUserGroup.com. The Zaurus SL-6000 will be slightly larger than previous Zauri and will have a tablet shape with… (more…)

How to make deb packages

October 24, 2003

Debian ranks as the fourth most-used distribution for embedded development, according to LinuxDevices.com's annual Embedded Linux Market Survey, with a rising rate of adoption. Developers wishing to distribute software binaries and source for use with Debian systems will want to learn the basics of… (more…)

How to boot Linux faster

October 23, 2003

Everyone wants to boot their OS faster, but quick power-up is especially important for developers of appliance-like embedded devices, which are expected to turn on and start running instantly. This article shows how to improve the boot speed of your Linux system without compromising usability. (more…)

IP-based set-top box market taking off

October 23, 2003

Last week's ITU conference in Geneva demonstrated that the telecommunications companies and broadband providers have more viable choices than ever before to compete against cable's “triple play” of video, voice, and data. The Internet Protocol (IP) set-top box (STB) market, still small compared to the size of the digital cable STB market, is ready to take off. (more…)

Article: How to boot Linux faster

October 23, 2003

This article shows you how to improve the boot speed of your Linux system without compromising usability. Essentially, the technique involves understanding system services and their dependencies, and having them start up in parallel, rather than sequentially, when possible. (more…)

Motorola reveals “revolutionary” cellphone-on-module technology

October 22, 2003

Motorola's semiconductor division (Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector, “SPS”) has unveiled an approach to implementing multimedia mobile devices that it calls “revolutionary.” SPS says its new “Mobile Extreme Convergence” (MXC) architecture will squeeze all the functions required by high-performance mass-market mobile devices into a module the size of a postage stamp — a significant space reduction… (more…)

Nordic trains, buses, and ferries run on Linux

October 22, 2003

In Nordic countries, Volvo telematics division Volvo Mobility Systems (VMS) is computerizing public transit by adding rugged, radio-connected Linux systems that keep buses and trains running on time and forecast arrival times for waiting passengers. (more…)

Motorola touts multimedia and Java support in Linux based phones

October 22, 2003

Motorola says it will deploy mobile multi-media solutions from RealNetworks in its Linux and Java based mobile phones. Additionally, the company says it has received certification on the latest Java standards, for which it will offer developer tools and support. (more…)

EclipseCon set for Feb. 2-5 in Anaheim, Calif.

October 22, 2003

Eclipse, the open community and consortium for universal tools integration, announces EclipseCon, a new technical conference that will take place February 2-5, 2004 in Anaheim, CA. Produced and managed by Eclipse consortium member the Object Management Group, EclipseCon brings together the Eclipse ecosystem: developers, software architects, technical managers, systems integrators, thought leaders, and… (more…)

Linux-based expert system device does network analysis

October 22, 2003

Netcordia's < !1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 -->Netcordia's Periscope “network analysis appliance” is a standalone expert system built on Linux and other open source software. The Periscope is plugged into a network and let to run for a day or so, at which point it should begin to display meaningful, concise, prioritized data… (more…)

ATI commits to 5-year lifecycle for Rage Mobility in embedded apps

October 22, 2003

ATI Technologies announced its commitment today to provide Rage Mobility (M and M1) to embedded device and system manufacturers for five years. ATI said it is working with distributors Arrow Electronics in the Americas and Data Display AG in Europe to ensure continued availability of its industry-recognized graphics chips for the embedded market. (more…)

CF II + MMC + X GUI = 1 flexible Linux PDA

October 22, 2003

G.Mate's $450 Yopy YP 3700 PDA is a flip-open PDA with retro-futuristic styling that features an X windows GUI and fairly ample system resources, making it possible to use a wide variety of open source programs on the device. (more…)

Device profile: Netcordia Periscope Linux appliance for network analysis

October 22, 2003

< !1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 -->Netcordia's Periscope “network analysis appliance” is a standalone expert system built on Linux and other open source software. The Periscope is plugged into a network and let to run for a day or so, at which point it should begin to display meaningful, concise, prioritized data on its “issues” interface: versions of Cisco IOS with memory leaks, duplex-mode errors between PCs… (more…)

Device Profile: Volvo ITS4mobility telematics system

October 22, 2003

In Nordic countries, Volvo telematics division Volvo Mobility Systems (VMS) is computerizing public transit by adding rugged, radio-connected Linux systems that keep buses and trains running on time and forecast arrival times for waiting passengers. VMS's latest unit, ITS4mobility, is an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) integrated with a Real-Time Passenger Information (RTPI) system that enables tracking… (more…)

New reference designs support embedded Linux on Intel network processors

October 21, 2003

GDA Technologies has released a pair of reference design kits (RDKs) that support embedded Linux based designs using the Intel IXP2400 and Intel IXP2800/2850 network processors. The RDKs are based on industry standard board form-factors, and are useful for designing a variety of network devices, according to GDA. (more…)

TimeSys secures $8M second-round funding

October 21, 2003

TimeSys Corp. reports that it has concluded an over-subscribed $8 million round of funding that it will use to pursue its long term strategy of building embedded Linux development tools. Led by Adams Capital Management, the round's additional investors include The Hillman Company, Philips Electronics (a division of Royal Philips Electronics), and TimeSys CEO… (more…)

Free mobile robot design

October 21, 2003

This article at DeviceForge introduces the “PC-bot” — a new mobile robotics demonstration platform design expected to run embedded Linux soon. The PC-bot design is being made available for free download from Roboteq. (more…)