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Archive for January, 2004

H.264 decoder for Linux supports DVD-quality VoD over DSL

January 23, 2004

Digital video products and technology specialist Sentivision is shipping an H.264 decoder for Texas Instruments MD64x digital media processors that it says can bring DVD-quality, real-time video-on-demand (VoD) to Linux systems over broadband and wireless Internet connections. (more…)

MacOS X apps on Zaurus project seeks developers

January 23, 2004

Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller reports progress in the mySTEP project to run MacOS X applications on the Sharp Zaurus. Though not yet ready for production, the newest release brings more maturity and features, and Dr. Schaller invites anyone interested in integrating mobile, low-cost handheld computers with MacOS X-based IT applications to contact the project. (more…)

“Pervasive Internet” will soon be pervasive, study finds

January 23, 2004

Harbor Research has published a 210-page research report examining the current state of Internet-enabled device networking — the “Pervasive Internet” — at the start of 2004. The report asserts that “we are clearly on the verge of large-scale adoption” of pervasive Internet technology. (more…)

Tools aim to smooth RTOS-to-Linux porting

January 22, 2004

MontaVista has partnered with code analysis tool specialist Klocwork on tools and services to help port applications from legacy RTOSes (real-time operating systems) to MontaVista Linux. The partnership revolves around Klocwork's inForce and inSight products, which the companies say have been enhanced with custom reports targeting deployment on MontaVista Linux. (more…)

Installing Debian Linux on a Pentium-M based mini-ITX SBC

January 22, 2004

This article explains how to install Debian Linux on a Lippert Thunderbird mini-ITX motherboard based on a Pentium-M processor. Though not specifically an embedded project, it does involve a form-factor — mini-ITX — that's increasingly popular with embedded device and system developers. (more…)

Embedded Linux powers Taiwanese video instruction system

January 22, 2004

Schools in Taiwan will soon use embedded Linux based systems to provide continuing education courses to teachers through inexpensive video-on-demand (VoD) devices. Additionally, by Q3 2004, some 100,000 educational VoD units are expected to roll out for use by Taiwanese students. (more…)

New Red Hat technical journal comes with code

January 22, 2004

Red Hat will launch a bi-monthly technical magazine in March called Wide Open. Each issue will feature three CDs of software such as new Fedora project releases. Yearly, six-issue subscriptions cost $59.70, with an introductory price of $35.95. Wide Open adds to the Red Hat Magazine Red Hat has published in Europe for some time. (more…)

Installing Debian Linux on a Pentium-M mini-ITX SBC

January 22, 2004

This article explains how to install Debian Linux on a Lippert Thunderbird mini-ITX motherboard based on a Pentium-M processor. Though not specifically an embedded project, it does involve a form-factor — mini-ITX — that's increasingly popular with embedded device and system developers. (more…)

Linux application analyzer adds Itanium support, open drivers, more

January 21, 2004

Intel has released a new version of its VTune Performance Analyzer for Linux, featuring fully Linux-native support for Itanium processors, a command-line interface, open source drivers that support custom kernels, and more. Intel says the tool targets mainly the optimization of financial, engineering, scientific, and multimedia applications. (more…)

Rendering technology optimizes viewing of Web content on mid-size displays

January 21, 2004

Opera Software has announced “Medium-Screen Rendering” (MSR) technology similar to its Small-Screen Rendering (SSR) technology for rendering Web content on small displays. While SSR targets mobile phones and other sub-VGA displays, MSR targets PDAs in landscape mode and low-resolution TV displays, saving users from scrolling… (more…)

Red Hat unveils protection from copyright “infringement issues”

January 21, 2004

Following in the footsteps of similar programs from HP, the OSDL, and Novell/SuSE, Red Hat today unveiled an “Open Source Assurance” program that includes an Intellectual Property Warranty stating that Red Hat will replace any code with an… (more…)

Opteron systems to ship with real-time 64-bit Linux

January 21, 2004

Concurrent Computer Corporation expects to ship dual-Opteron systems running real-time Linux in February or early March of 2004. It has already supplied one system to an early, unnamed customer. (more…)

OSDL forms Desktop Linux Working Group, notes surge in interest

January 21, 2004

LinuxDevices.com's sister site DesktopLinux.com reports that the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has formed a Desktop Linux Working Group, which will work to recommend improvements to Linux that will increase its use as a desktop operating system. The report offers some impressive statistics and predictions about the growing use of Linux as a desktop operating system. (more…)

“EDGE” reference design supports Linux-based mobile device apps

January 20, 2004

Texas Instruments (TI) has released the first of several planned mobile phone reference design chipsets supporting the “Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution” (EDGE) high-speed mobile data standard. The half-business-card sized design supports embedded Linux and other popular mobile device operating systems, and targets smartphones, feature phones, and PDAs. (more…)

First 2.6-based “commercial” embedded Linux distro ships

January 20, 2004

LynuxWorks is shipping BlueCat Linux 5.0, its first production release based on Linux kernel 2.6. LynuxWorks calls the release “the industry's first commercially available embedded Linux distribution based on Linux 2.6,” although SnapGear earlier released a free embedded Linux distribution based on 2.6 which it… (more…)

VME/PCI-X bridge septuples throughput

January 20, 2004

Motorola Computer Group has announced a single board computer (SBC) with a VMEbus interface more than seven times faster than typical. The $3,995 (estimated) MVME6100 is expected to ship in May of 2004, with Linux and VxWorks board support packages. (more…)

Linux-powered PCI card guards PCs from friendly fire, Windows worms

January 20, 2004

CyberGuard Corp. says its new embedded Linux powered PCI-card firewall can protect PCs against security breaches originating on other PCs within a LAN environment. The $399 CyberGuard PCI635 card updates the $299 PCI630(more…)

SIP soft phone for Linux offered as free download

January 20, 2004

Zultys Technologies has released a free soft-phone that runs on Linux and provides many of the features of the company's embedded-Linux-based Zip 4×4 SIP phone, without requiring a separate handset. (more…)

Kevin Dankwardt responds to editorial in EE Times by GHS CEO O’Dowd

January 19, 2004

This open letter to the EE Times responds to an editorial by Green Hills Software CEO Dan O'Dowd, in which O'Dowd denies the existence of a market for embedded Linux development tools. The letter was written by Kevin Dankwardt, a respected embedded Linux instructor and LinuxDevices.com contributing editor. (more…)

Embedded Linux: a million high-end DVD players can’t be wrong

January 19, 2004

If you have a high-end DVD player with built-in networking, or an IP set-top-box (STB) with a built-in DVD player, odds are that Linux runs in your family room. Sigma, which claims to be the marketshare leader in “IP STB” chips, says it has shipped “about a million” DVD player system-on-chip processors that run its… (more…)