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Archive for March, 2004

Embedded Linux powers Paris airport parking payment system

March 31, 2004

Thales Group used embedded Linux to minimize hardware resources and maximize functionality in its new parking lot fare collection system, it says. The “Largo WiLi” system has operated successfully at Paris Orly airport since May 2003, and at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport since November 2003. (more…)

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JTAG debugger gains graphical IDE

March 31, 2004

American Arium will add an integrated development environment (IDE) from SlickEdit to the software that drives its hardware-assisted debuggers. Arium's hardware-assisted debuggers target embedded Linux (and other OS) development on small systems such as cell phones lacking a serial port or LAN interface. (more…)

ESC Best of Show award winners announced

March 31, 2004

Wind River was named the overall Best of Show winner at the 2004 Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) for its full-scale replica of the VxWorks-based Mars Rover. Category winners were also announced for six device categories.

  • Automotive/Transportation: Texas Instruments, for a self-navigating vehicle assembled by the Digital Auto Drive organization that… (more…)

Linux 2.6 BSP supports IBM’s most powerful PPC chip

March 31, 2004

LynuxWorks will ship in June a Linux 2.6 based board support package (BSP) for the IBM 970FX PowerPC processor. The 970FX is a 90nm version of the 130nm PPC970 chip used in current desktop Apple Macintosh G5 systems, and is considered to be IBM's most powerful PPC chip. (more…)

A developer’s guide to the PowerPC architecture

March 31, 2004

IBM's developerWorks has published an overview of the PowerPC's architecture and application-level programming model that could be of interest to embedded developers doing kernel work on PPC-Linux systems. (more…)

PC/104 Consortium announces 2004 Design Contest winners

March 31, 2004

The PC/104 Consortium announced the winners of its 2004 Design Contest today at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco. Entries were evenly distributed over three categories . (more…)

Linux 2.6 tools target IBM’s most powerful PowerPC chip

March 31, 2004

TimeSys will ship in Q2 a Linux 2.6 based distribution and toolset supporting IBM's reference board for the PowerPC 970FX, a 90nm version of the 130nm PPC970 or G5 chip. The 970FX is IBM's most powerful PPC chip, according to TimeSys. (more…)

Free real-time Linux project achieves stable release

March 30, 2004

A project to produce a free, dual-kernel, real-time Linux distribution has achieved its first stable release. The Open Components for Embedded Real-time Applications (OCERA) project's 1.0.0 release supports real quality of service scheduling, CAN bus systems, and fault-tolerant and real-time Ethernet, along with standard Linux functionalities. (more…)

IP stack for embedded Linux supports IPv6 virtual routing

March 30, 2004

Interpeak is shipping an integrated Internet Protocol (IP) software stack it claims is the first to support virtual routing for IPv4 and IPv6. Internet Edge Software (IES) provides data routing and forwarding, user administration, secure management, and basic system services. It targets edge equipment developers, along with session control, DSLAM, B-RAS system, and IP-Service platform developers. (more…)

Real-time Linux RTOS, tools support quad-PPC VME-bus board

March 30, 2004

TimeSys has delivered a real-time Linux operating system and software development kit (SDK) for a high-end VME-bus board. The combination targets communication- and processing-intensive applications such as digital signal processing (DSP) for software radio, communications, medical imaging, and… (more…)

Java tool, runtimes support embedded Linux, J9, real-time Java

March 30, 2004

Apogee Software has revised its Java development and runtime environment, adding J9 virtual machine technology and support for the Real-time Specification for Java. Apogee's Aphelion supports LynuxWorks BlueCat Linux, and targets wireless communication, process control, industrial gateways and monitoring/diagnostics, factory floor automation, automotive, point-of-sale, and consumer devices. (more…)

Secure embedded Web server gains PHP support

March 30, 2004

Mbedthis Software has added support for the PHP scripting language to its high-security HTTP server for embedded devices. AppWeb 1.1 implements PHP support as a loadable module, and is currently available as a development release. Mbedthis offers AppWeb under GNU and commercial licenses, along with support and security enhancement services. (more…)

Interview with Mot exec suggests Linux smartphone by year end

March 30, 2004

Business Week has published an interview with Michael Sudol, general manager of Motorola's Linux phone division, discussing Motorola's decision to use Linux in some smartphones. The interview suggests Linux-based phones will appear on the global market — possibly including the U.S. — just before the Holidays. (more…)

Programmable logic tools gain Linux hosting, platform wizards, and more

March 30, 2004

Field programmable gate array (FPGA) specialist Xilinx has revised its embedded system development tools, adding Linux hosting support, concurrent hardware and software debugging, automatic generation of MontaVista board support packages (BSP) and sample applications, and the ability to design hardware and software intellectual property (IP) suitable for use with both hard PowerPC processors and Xilinx… (more…)

SuperH embedded Linux dev tool adds JTAG, ICE debugger

March 30, 2004

Lineo Solutions will add support for a JTAG in-circuit emulator (ICE) debugger from Kyoto Micro Computer's (KMC) to its uLinux Elite development environment. The support, expected late April, will work with two System-on-Chips (SoCs) based on SuperH RISC cores, and several development boards from SuperH chipmaker Renesas. (more…)

Virtual device tool vendor gains graphical test manager, embedded Linux partner

March 30, 2004

DoubleWide Software has added a graphical test configuration tool to its platform virtualization technology for embedded Linux development. The company has also announced a partnership with MontaVista to promote both companies' embedded development solutions. Both announcements came at this week's Embedded Systems Conference (ESC). (more…)

LynuxWorks demo’s Eclipse-based, Studio.NET IDEs for kernel 2.6

March 30, 2004

As expected, LynuxWorks has introduced an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE), which it is demonstrating at this week's Embedded Systems Conference, along with a preview version 5.0 of its VisualLynux IDE that supports Linux 2.6 development. (more…)

Five SBC makers launch mid-sized embedded SBC standard

March 30, 2004

As though in answer to LinuxDevices.com's suggestion of a need for an intermediate-sized embedded single-board computer (SBC) form-factor midway between (more…)

Project builds alternative Linux for MP3 player, USB drive

March 29, 2004

This article describes a project to develop a free, open, alternative Linux distribution for the Terapin Mine, a small portable device that can function as a USB hard drive, MP3 player, or photo slide show viewer. (more…)

Boot loader launches Linux from DR-DOS

March 29, 2004

Devicelogics is shipping a DR-DOS based Linux loader that loads the Linux kernel while preserving DR-DOS in memory so that, upon Linux session completion, the system returns to DR-DOS. “DRLX” targets companies migrating embedded systems from DOS to Linux, as well as single-board computer OEMs wishing to simplify Linux installation. (more…)