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Archive for February, 2004

TI unveils 2nd-gen OMAP processors for 2.5/3G mobile handsets

February 23, 2004

Texas Instruments (TI) reveiled its new OMAP 2 processor architecture for 2.5 and 3G mobile phones at a press conference at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France today. TI says its next-generation processors based on OMAP 2 will provide features such as interactive 3D gaming, 4+ megapixel cameras, digital camcorders, TV, and more. (more…)

MontaVista updates its consumer electronics Linux

February 23, 2004

MontaVista Software has released a substantial update to its Linux distribution for consumer electronics devices, the first major revision since its introduction one year ago. Version 3.1 of MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition (CEE) provides general Linux updates, security and reliability enhancements including… (more…)

Wind River partners with Red Hat on embedded Linux distro/support

February 23, 2004

Updated 2:50PM — Calling embedded Linux and VxWorks “the standards in device software development,” Wind River today announced a dual operating system strategy that adds a newly developed embedded Linux distribution — “Red Hat Embedded Linux” — alongside its proprietary VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS). (more…)

An introduction to Wireless USB (WUSB)

February 23, 2004

This technical whitepaper by Rafael Kolic, a technology marketing manager in Intel's Corporate Technology Group, introduces Wireless USB (WUSB) and explains how it will impact device performance and mobility. The latest iteration of USB technology, WUSB will offer the same functionality as standard wired USB devices — but without the cabling. (more…)

10 from IBM — 2.6, web services, Java, grids, Rexx, OS/2 – Linux migration . . .

February 20, 2004

IBM has published the following ten 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 . (more…)

New Sharp ARM922T-based SoC runs embedded Linux

February 20, 2004

Sharp Microelectronics says its highly integrated ARM922T-based 32-bit system-on-chip (SoC) processor, the LH7A404, is now available in production quantities. Sharp is targeting the 200MHz SoC processor at high-end mobile, industrial, and entertainment applications, and is supporting it with an embedded Linux tookit from Metrowerks. (more…)

Open palmtop environment for Linux gains SDK, IDE

February 20, 2004

The Open Palmtop Integrated Environment (Opie) project to develop a free graphical application environment for Linux handhelds and webpads has released a software development kit (SDK) based on the KDevelop3 open source integrated development environment (IDE). The Opie SDK provides tools for developing open, professional-class applications for Linux based mobile and embedded devices running on the Opie… (more…)

Cirrus supports embedded Linux with 10 new embedded processors

February 20, 2004

Cirrus Logic has unveiled ten new embedded processors in its ARM9-based EP9xxx family. Cirrus says the new processors are ideal for applications such as digital media servers, audio/video jukeboxes, telematic control systems, intelligent house controllers, multizoned stereo audio systems, Internet radios, industrial controls, KVM controllers, biometric security systems, and GPS devices. (more…)

Embeddable browser project hits milestone release, seeks funding

February 19, 2004

The Dillo project to build a small, fast, lightweight, standards-compliant embeddable Web browser has released a new version with “the largest set of improvements, ever,” according to project founder Jorge Cid. Dillo 0.8 includes a better, daemon-based plug-in architecture and several new plugins, among other new features. (more…)

First conformant OpenGL “Embedded” 3D graphics library

February 19, 2004

Hybrid Graphics says its 3D graphics library for embedded devices is the first to complete the conformance testing process defined by the Khronos Group for the OpenGL ES (Embedded Standard) API. Hybrid's “OpenGL ES API Framework” supports software-only, multimedia hardware, or 3D graphics hardware acceleration, depending on the platform's capabilities, and targets mobile phones and other small embedded… (more…)

Webinar explores MIPS processor architecture

February 19, 2004

Semiconductor supplier PMC-Sierra will promote the MIPS architecture in a Webinar to be held Wed., Feb. 25 at 11AM PST / 2PM EST. Entitled “Why Use MIPS?”, the Webinar will explain how, as an open standard architecture available from multiple chip and core suppliers, MIPS is the semiconductor industry's “equivalent of Linux.” (more…)

More details emerge on Mot’s new Linux smartphone

February 19, 2004

More details have emerged on the Motorola A768, a Linux-powered smartphone targeting enterprise customers now shipping in China. The A768 is essentially a revision of Motorola's first Linux-based smartphone, the A760, with… (more…)

Tool brings next-gen BIOS features to device designers

February 18, 2004

Phoenix Technologies will ship on March 1 a firmware development tool for PC and embedded computing device designers wishing to incorporate Phoenix's “Core System Software” (CSS) technology. CSS extends and replaces traditional BIOS software, adding network awareness, data security and system management features, and more. (more…)

Intel outlines ultra-wideband wireless technology platform plans

February 18, 2004

Intel outlined plans today, at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, to drive the development of a complete, standards-based, common platform for ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless technology. Intel says future UWB technology-based products built on this platform will enable high-speed transfer of multimedia content between devices in the home or office, at lower costs and without the hassle of wires. (more…)

Intel, seven other launch Wireless USB Promoter Group

February 18, 2004

Intel announced the formation of the Wireless USB Promoter Group, with an eye toward delivering the first “high-speed personal wireless interconnect.” Intel claims Wireless USB personal connectivity will bring the convenience and mobility of wireless communications to high-speed interconnects for multimedia consumer electronics, PC peripherals, and mobile devices. (more…)

Tri-core embedded microcontroller runs Linux

February 18, 2004

Infineon Technologies says it is now shipping a tri-core microcontroller (MCU) that can run Linux. The TC1130 MCU targets industrial and communications applications, such as programmable logic control (PLC) systems, high-performance motor drive systems, industrial communications devices such as switches, hubs and routers, and consumer applications such as set-top boxes. (more…)

Phoenix aims toolsuite at replacing BIOS with CSS

February 17, 2004

PC BIOS pioneer Phoenix Technologies says it's finally time for the PC BIOS to fade away — to be replaced by something Phoenix calls “Core System Software” (CSS). The reason? “Today's connected devices must deliver greater trust, usability, connectivity and manageability in a networked environment,” says Phoenix. (more…)

Optimized GNU toolchain supports Linux, NetBSD on XScale

February 17, 2004

Wasabi Systems has completed a “highly optimized” GNU toolchain for Intel XScale Technology microprocessors supporting Linux, BSD, and Bare-Metal embedded applications. Wasabi has also completed a port of Embedded NetBSD to the XScale architecture. Wasabi's toolchain and OS target storage, networking, and personal connectivity applications. (more…)

Multi-processor chipset targets multimedia wireless phones

February 17, 2004

Agere Systems unveiled a new mobile handset chipset meant to enable phone manufacturers to address the growing demand for wireless phones with multimedia functions like real-time audio and video streaming, digital photo imaging, and interactive gaming. The company says its new “Vision” mobile handset architecture combines an advanced digital baseband chipset, proven software, and state-of-the-art tools. (more…)

eCos and RedBoot support gumstick-sized SBC

February 17, 2004

SSV Embedded Systems has begun bundling an eCos starter kit with its gumstick-sized DIL/NetPC DNP/5280. The kit targets deeply embedded applications requiring networking, such as industrial control and data acquisition. (more…)