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Archive for 2003

CEO Interview: Victor Yodaiken of FSMLabs

December 17, 2003

This interview with FSMLabs CEO Victor Yodaiken is the first in LinuxDevices.com's new “CEO/CTO Interview Series.” Yodaiken addresses general trends in the embedded market, as well as specific projects his company is involved with. (more…)

Java-powered home audio device frees music files from computers

December 16, 2003

A new Java powered home entertainment audio device design promises to simplify sharing computer music files among computers and stereos in connected homes. Gloolabs's Gloo is Java middleware that puts an iPod-like interface on music files it “discovers” around the network. (more…)

Samsung debuts Linux-powered smartphone in China

December 16, 2003

Samsung has begun shipping a new Linux-powered smartphone in China. The Samsung SCH-i519 smartphone supports both Chinese and English, and works with the CDMA2000 1x network of China's #2 wireless provider, Unicom. (more…)

Intel Developer Forum to focus on converging technologies

December 16, 2003

Intel announced that its worldwide Spring 2004 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) conference circuit begins February 17-19 in San Francisco. According to Intel, the Spring IDF series focuses on “converging technologies” and, as always, showcases Intel's technology for implementers, developers, and business executives with the goal of helping enable development-related decisions. (more…)

CEO Interview: Victor Yodaiken, FSMLabs

December 16, 2003

This interview with FSMLabs CEO Victor Yodaiken is the first in LinuxDevices.com's new “CEO/CTO Interview Series.” Yodaiken addresses general trends in the embedded market, as well as specific projects his company is involved with. (more…)

Device Profile: Samsung SCH-i519 smartphone

December 16, 2003

Samsung is shipping a high-end smartphone powered by embedded Linux from Mizi Research that supports both Chinese and English. The device is being distributed in China, initially, where it works with #2 China wireless provider Unicom's CDMA2000 1x network. This confirms an earlier rumor that Samsung would ship a Linux smartphone in 2003. (more…)

Kit supports H8S designs with small-footprint, Linux-like RTOS

December 15, 2003

Lineo Solutions Inc. (Japan) has released a hardware/software evaluation kit for Renesas Technology's H8S integrated microcontroller which includes a port of uBooster, Lineo's small footprint “Linux-like” real-time operating system (RTOS), running on an H8S-based reference board. (more…)

“Compatibility layer” migrates VxWorks apps to Linux-like RTOS

December 15, 2003

LynuxWorks today announced a VxWorks Compatibility Layer (VCL) package to help developers port VxWorks code to LynxOS, the company's Linux-like proprietary real-time operating system (RTOS). LynuxWorks says VCL enables legacy VxWorks code written for VxWorks's flat-memory model to be quickly ported to LynxOS, where it can run with memory protection and other benefits of a true multi-threaded,… (more…)

POSIX real-time standards revised

December 15, 2003

The IEEE-SA Standards Board approved two new POSIX real-time standards on December 10, 2003:

  1. REVISION P1003.13/D3 (C/PA) Standard for Information Technology -Standardized Application Environment Profile – POSIX Realtime and Embedded Application Support (AEP) (more…)

NEWS FLASH: China launches Linux-based smartphone

December 15, 2003

A Chinese company based in Shanghai named “E28” has quietly been selling Linux-based smartphones in China since August, and today launched its Linux device in Hong Kong. The company also claims to be in talks with US and European companies to bring the device to those regions, according to one source. (more…)

Programmable SOCs gain Linux RTOS, tools support

December 15, 2003

Citing heavy customer demand for embedded Linux, QuickLogic Corp. says it has partnered with TimeSys to offer ready-to-run Linux RTOS software development kits (SDKs) for its QuickMIPS family of programmable system-on-chip (SOC) processors. The QuickMIPS SOCs target networking, communications, telecom, and industrial control applications. (more…)

Three from IBM — Debugging compiles, SVG and XForms, Java benchmarking

December 12, 2003

IBM has published the following three technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its developerWorks Website. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics. Some require free registration. (more…)

Embedded Linux distribution boots from USB thumb drive

December 12, 2003

Linux Mobile System (LMS) is an implementation of embedded Linux for USB “thumb” drives that can boot most any x86 computer into a Linux environment. Unlike so-called “live CDs,” LMS allows files to be stored and information exchanged between systems. An an optional boot floppy is also available, for systems' whose BIOS can't boot from a USB device. (more…)

Article series on porting drivers to the 2.6 Linux kernel

December 12, 2003

LWN.net has published an extensive series of articles on porting device drivers to the 2.6 Linux kernel. The LWN.net Driver Porting Series consists of almost 40 highly technical, detailed articles describing how the kernel programming interface has changed between the 2.4 and soon-to-be-released 2.6 kernels. (more…)

Linux-powered industrial switchbox manages eight power mains

December 11, 2003

The Utronix IP-SwitchBox800 uses embedded Linux to provide remote control of power mains and a serial device. The IP-SwitchBox800 can switch up to eight 230-Volt mains, with maximum combined current of 16 amps, and attach to and control one machine through a serial port. (more…)

Yopy 3700 review: nice PDA, too bad about the software

December 11, 2003

A Linux Journal review of the G.Mate Yopy Linux PDA praises the keyboard and overall design, but criticizes the choice of GTK/X, which limits the amount of commercial and free PDA software available in comparison with Sharp's Qtopia-based Zaurus PDAs. (more…)

First CoM with IXP425 runs embedded Linux

December 11, 2003

Kontron announced what it claims is the first Computer-on-Module (COM) based on Intel's XScale IXP42x network processor. The EB425 “E2Brain” module features high integration density, measures 2.95 by 4.33 inches (75 x 115 mm), targets low-power real-time applications, and supports embedded Linux and VxWorks. (more…)

Chinese design center spins Linux-based “computing client” designs

December 11, 2003

Chip houses Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and BLX IC Design Corp. Ltd. (BLX) have jointly launched a Computing Client Development Center in Beijing, chartered to produce reference designs targeting thin-client, mobile client, and access/networking applications. (more…)

Free OpenML SDK beta available

December 11, 2003

The Khronos Group today announced the first beta release of the Software Development Kit (SDK) for OpenML 1.0. OpenML is an API for capturing, processing, synchronizing, and playing digital media content that, if widely adopted, would enable digital content authoring application developers to easily integrate video, audio and graphics capabilities into their application suites, and also makes these… (more…)

OpenSSL certification could expand U.S. government’s Open Source horizons

December 11, 2003

OpenSSL could soon provide a validated mechanism through which a variety of applications could satisfy U.S. Government requirements for encryption, increasing the availability and lowering the costs of secure software for use by the Government. This will be possible if OpenSSL can secure National Institute of Science and Technology's (NIST) FIPS 140-2 level 1 cryptographic validation. (more…)