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Archive for May, 2004

Linux smartphone “killer app” ready for combat

May 28, 2004

Linux appears ready to take on Microsoft and Symbian in the smartphone market, with Trolltech's launch this week of a mobile phone app stack delivering PDA-like features on feature-phone-level hardware. Qtopia Phone Edition supports keypad and touchscreen devices, and nearly any processor that can run Linux.

When… (more…)

How Mom, Pop, and Linux will take down SBC, Verizon, and the rest

May 28, 2004

The ever-disruptive Robert X. Cringely has published a lively editorial at PBS.org describing how embedded Linux and mesh network micro-franchises will forever change the Internet and telephone access markets. (more…)

Flash drive on PMC card supports Linux

May 28, 2004

Solid-state storage specialist Bitmicro Networks is shipping a single-wide PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) version of its E-Disk non-volatile Flash IDE/ATA drive. The E-Disk PMC comes with Linux drivers, and can be used as a boot and/or storage device on CompactPCI, VME, MultiBus, and other carrier boards. (more…)

Nine from IBM — FindBugs, Linux migration, Perl, SendMail security, Grids, Eclipse . . .

May 28, 2004

IBM has published the following 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…)

Linux powers world’s first “emotional lamp”

May 27, 2004

Embedded Linux powers the first “emotional lamp,” a WiFi-connected device that can be programmed to respond to real-world events by emanating sequences of gentle color. The lamp is available at prestigious Paris department store Galeries Lafayette, or direct, for 790 Euros (about $937). (more…)

Tiny PXA255 SBC comes with Linux 2.6

May 27, 2004

Strategic Test Corp. has launched a tiny, inexpensive single board computer (SBC) based on a 400MHz PXA255, an Intel XScale processor popular in PDAs and smartphones. The Triton-Eco SBC comes with Linux 2.6 pre-installed, and costs $135/$99 in quantities of 10/1000. (more…)

Next-gen VIA mobo touts speed, security, MPEG-4

May 27, 2004

VIA will preview its next-generation mini-ITX board for the consumer electronics market at next week's Computex 2004 in Taipei. The EPIA SP features a new graphics and memory controller hub (GMCH) supporting faster front-side bus (FSB), memory, and southbridge interconnect speeds. (more…)

Device Profile: Violet Dal, the first “emotional lamp”

May 27, 2004

Embedded Linux powers the first “emotional lamp,” a WiFi-connected device that can be programmed to respond to real-world events by emanating sequences of gentle color. The Violet Dal has been available at prestigious Paris department store Galeries Lafayette since March, and is available direct for 790 Euros (about $937). (more…)

Virtualization tools startup adds EDA vet, embedded Linux partners

May 26, 2004

DoubleWide Software has appointed an experienced CEO with 20 years of electronic design automation (EDA) industry experience. DoubleWide is a startup offering development tools that target embedded Linux and other device software developers and QA teams developing on hardware that is not yet available. (more…)

Sharp Zaurus SL-6000 review

May 26, 2004

PDABuyersGuide.com has reviewed Sharp's “Enterprise” Zaurus, the SL-6000, praising the display, Linux OS, expandability, power, USB-host capability, rugged design, and data persistence across battery drainages. (more…)

Embedded Linux specialist joins connected home SoC ecosystem

May 26, 2004

MontaVista and four other companies have joined Royal Philips Electronics's “Nexperia Home Partner Program.” The program comprises 17 independent software vendors (ISVs) and other partners developing connected middleware, applications, and reference designs based on the Nexperia Home family of programmable system-on-chips (PSoCs) and companion chips. (more…)

Dev board targets low-power secure networking devices

May 26, 2004

AMD is shipping a development board for the Alchemy Au1550 network security processor. The DBAu1550 board targets developers of low-powered network access devices with integrated security, such as gateways, network attached storage (NAS) units, wireless access points, and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) devices. (more…)

Next era of explosive technology growth: device software

May 26, 2004

The “intelligent connected device” will be the next hotbed of innovation and growth in the technology sector — revolutionizing markets as they exist today, according to embedded operating system market leader Wind River. Speaking with customers in San Jose, Calif., Wind River chairman and CEO Ken Klein predicted a major shift in device software, and declared that companies not actively building… (more…)

802.11e/g/i “mini-module” designed for handhelds

May 25, 2004

Agere Systems has announced a tiny, embeddable 802.11e/g/i WLAN module intended for use in handheld consumer devices. Measuring just 20×29 mm and handling data rates up to 54 Mbit/sec, the “mini-module” targets PDAs, media players, smartphones, handheld gaming devices, digital cameras, and camcorders. (more…)

Enterprise KVM server runs embedded Linux

May 25, 2004

Open source software and embedded Linux helped Cyclades build advanced security capabilities into a keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) server that shipped last September. The KVM AlterPath also features Cat5 wiring to servers and remote access terminals, as well as Web-based IP access. (more…)

Multi-OS “virtual platform” runs embedded Linux, RTOSes

May 25, 2004

Jaluna has introduced virtual platform technology enabling multiple embedded operating systems to run simultaneously on the same hardware. The company says its Jaluna/OSware will enable companies to introduce Linux into product designs while preserving their investment in legacy RTOSes and applications. (more…)

World’s first device to run Linux on DSP?

May 25, 2004

X-Digital Systems (XDS) has launched what it claimed is the first device to run Linux natively on a single-core digital signal processor (DSP). The FlikIt IP-STB (Internet protocol set-top box) runs Softier's “MediaLinux” on a Texas Instruments TMS320DM64x DSP. (more…)

Device Profile: Cyclades AlterPath KVM

May 25, 2004

Cyclades used embedded Linux in a keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) with support for server-based authentication and other advanced security standards. The device has been available since September of 2003. (more…)

Renesas says new mobile phone chip is ready for Linux

May 24, 2004

Renesas has announced a new mobile phone processor with the power to run a general purpose operating system — such as embedded Linux. Renesas says the new SH-Mobile3 chip is more than twice as powerful as previous SH-Mobile processors, and includes a camera interface, sound, graphics processing, and more. (more…)

Software-only VoIP stack ships first on Linux, ARM

May 24, 2004

Trinity Convergence is shipping its software-only voice over IP (VoIP) suite for embedded Linux on an ARM core. The stack enables developers to build a wide range of cost-sensitive VoIP devices using standard, low-power embedded processors, rather than “costly and power-hungry” application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and digital signal processors (DSPs), Trinity says. (more…)