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Archive for January, 2004

New Linux based OS for handhelds touts ease of use

January 30, 2004

Updated Jan. 31Lycoris will ship a version of its desktop Linux operating system (OS) designed specifically for handheld devices in Q2, 2004. The OS, dubbed Desktop/LX Pocket PC Edition (DL-PPC), will provide a “commercial-ready” and user-friendly OS that Lycoris hopes to license to device designers as well as market… (more…)

Hong Kong chipmaker takes on Wintel via embedded Linux

January 30, 2004

A company based in Hong Kong reports growing sales of a $15-$30 CPU chip that, in conjunction with embedded Linux, it believes can help replace costly Wintel systems in China, the world's second-largest PC market. For now, Culturecom Holdings will target its inexpensive V-Dragon chip at embedded Linux devices and special-purpose computers, but hopes one day to challenge Wintel in the Chinese… (more…)

German Linux Automation Conference 2004

January 29, 2004

A German-language conference on embedded Linux in industrial control and automation will take place March 4-5 in Hannover, Germany. Co-sponsored by the Universität Hannover, the conference provides an opportunity for European companies and computer science students to meet and learn about the rapid adoption of Linux for industrial control applications. (more…)

Talk today: the state of embedded Linux

January 29, 2004

Rick Lehrbaum, founder and editor-in-chief of LinuxDevices.com, will give a noontime keynote address today at a conference in San Jose, Calif., on the state of the embedded Linux market. Lehrbaum's presentation is also available online for the benefit of those unable to attend. (more…)

ARM encircles Triscend

January 29, 2004

ARM announced plans to acquire Triscend, a pioneer in configurable system-on-chip (CSoC) processors and customizable microcontrollers. Founded in 1997, Triscend is a 41-person, privately-held, venture capital-funded company based in Mountain View, Calif. (more…)

Company forming around gumstick-sized Linux SBC

January 29, 2004

A new single board computer (SBC) company plans to form around a chewing gum-sized SBC running embedded Linux currently being prepared for market. “Gumstix” plans to launch as a company within two to three weeks, according to sources close to the Gumtix project. (more…)

CEO Interview: Dr. Inder Singh of LynuxWorks

January 28, 2004

This interview with Dr. Inder Singh, CEO of LynuxWorks, is the second in LinuxDevices.com's CEO/CTO interview series. It addresses the emergence of Linux as a standard the embedded industry can unite around, how LynuxWorks is prepared to respond to copyright infringement cases, real-time performance in the 2.6… (more…)

Tiny PPC SBC includes embedded Linux

January 28, 2004

[Updated May 6, 2004] — Data Design Corp has launched a micro-miniature single-board computer (SBC) which it claims provides a powerful Linux system on a truly tiny board. Based on a PowerPC 405GPr processor clocked up to 400MHz, the “Linux Rocket” SBC includes DDC's custom PPC Linux kernel and flash… (more…)

Microsoft exec discusses company’s embedded roadmap

January 28, 2004

WindowsForDevices.com has published an extensive interview with Scott Horn, director of marketing for Microsoft's Embedded Devices Group, in which Horn discusses the embedded marketplace in general and Microsoft's strategic roadmap. The interview may interest embedded Linux developers for its discussions of the embedded market as a whole, and for the view it provides of Microsoft's competitive… (more…)

NEC Soft Joins OSDL

January 28, 2004

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux, today announced that NEC Soft Ltd., one of Japan's leading software development and systems integration firms, has joined OSDL and will participate in the Lab's Data Center Linux and Carrier Grade Linux working group initiatives. (more…)

Article: CEO Interview: Dr. Inder Singh of LynuxWorks

January 28, 2004

This interview with Dr. Inder Singh, CEO of LynuxWorks, is the second in LinuxDevices.com's CEO/CTO interview series. It addresses the emergence of Linux as a standard the embedded industry can unite around, real-time performance in the 2.6 kernel, how LynuxWorks is prepared to respond to copyright infringement… (more…)

“Mini-Apache” touts security, targets embedded Linux devices

January 27, 2004

Updated 7:30 p.m. — Michael O'Brien, who wrote the hugely popular GoAhead Web server, has founded a company called “MBedThis,” which has launched its first product, a “mini-Apache” for embedded devices featuring high security and a small memory footprint. AppWeb is the first in a planned family of web-enabling products from MBedThis. (more…)

Philips rolls on with rollable displays

January 27, 2004

According to a story at DeviceForge.com, Philips has developed actual prototypes of ultrathin, large-area, rollable, organics-based displays, and has begun to move the technology towards an “industrially feasible” production process. (more…)

X11-based Linux distro available for Zaurus and other ARM PDAs

January 27, 2004

A new embedded Linux distribution with 2D accelerated graphics based on XFree86 is available now for the Sharp Zaurus SL-C700/750/(more…)

Mobile graphics and I/O chipmaker joins Consumer Electronics Linux Forum

January 27, 2004

Silicon Motion has been accepted as a member of the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF). The company makes embedded graphics and I/O chips for mobile multimedia devices, and says it will actively participate in defining key APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for CE Linux audio, video, and graphics. (more…)

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FOSDEM finalizes embedded track sessions

January 26, 2004

The program of events has been finalized for the Embedded Operating System Development track of the Free and Open Source Developers' European Meeting, Feb. 20-21, 2004 in Brussels, Belgium. The two-day program includes 10 sessions, most all of which relate to embedded Linux and/or open source software. (more…)

LR101 achieves first release

January 26, 2004

The LR101 Linux Router project has achieved its first release, after more than six months of work. LR101 aims to build a VPN router supporting all major routing protocols on a standardized hardware platform based on VIA mini-ITX motherboards running embedded Linux. (more…)

Linux headed for worldwide smartphone domination

January 26, 2004

Linux may become the preferred operating system in a full-featured mobile device and handset market in which “there is no economic reason to question why growth will not be explosive,” according to Seamus McAteer, senior analyst and managing partner, Zelos Group. “The mass adoption of full-featured handsets will be disruptive,” adds McAteer. (more…)

Highly integrated EBX SBC targets transportation, mil/aero markets

January 23, 2004

Diamond Systems has launched a “three-in-one” EBX form-factor single-board computer (SBC) that integrates a P-III processor, DC-DC converter, and analog I/O data acquisition circuit on the same board. (more…)

Eight from IBM — Linux utilities, Swing/SWT, XML, Web Services, Grids . . .

January 23, 2004

IBM has published the following eight 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. Enjoy . . .

  • The art of writing Linux utilities — Linux is famous for coming with a large toolbox and good… (more…)