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Archive for May, 2004

Linux-on-Hynix page launches

May 24, 2004

Pengutronix has launched a Web site and mailing list to support Linux on the popular ARM processors from Hynix. The company hopes to encourage peer review, stimulate code sharing, and generally centralize development efforts, especially around the Hynix h7202 and h7201, which Pengutronix says are interesting for low cost industrial projects like PLCs with CAN bus or machine terminals. (more…)

Linux kernel hackers must now sign patches

May 24, 2004

Linus Torvalds and the Linux kernel development team have adopted a contribution tracking system, under which developers digitally sign patches to acknowledge their right to contribute them. The system will help track contributions and ensure proper developer credit, according to the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), which oversees Linux development. (more…)

AMD stirs Athlon technology into Geode embedded soup

May 24, 2004

AMD, which in recent months has gained ground against Intel in the battle for the desktop, today announced the addition of a line of high-performance, low-power embedded processors to its Geode embedded x86 processor family. The new processors will be known as the “Geode NX [email protected]” and the “Geode NX [email protected],” reflecting a new naming convention based on relative performance and power consumption. (more…)

Interview with Linux kernel hacker Andrea Arcangeli

May 21, 2004

KernelTrap.org owner Jeremy Andrews invites LinuxDevices.com readers over to enjoy an especially good interview with well-known Linux kernel hacker Andrea Archangeli. The lengthy interview covers topics of interest to embedded Linux developers: binary-only kernel modules, alternatives to kernel pre-emption, and more than you want to know about memory management. (more…)

Linux BSPs available for custom PowerQUICC SoCs

May 21, 2004

Arabella Software has announced that its professional services group is available to port Linux to custom hardware based on the PowerQUICC architecture. The group's “Quick Start Program” can quickly deliver Linux board support packages (BSPs) even for complex system-on-chip processors such as the Freescale PowerQUICC family, the company says. (more…)

Linux fans, foes make Top Software Developers list

May 21, 2004

The SD Times has published its annual “SD Times 100,” honoring companies and organizations influencing the future of software development. Top honorees include the Eclipse Foundation and Wind River, with a number of other Linux- and embedded-oriented companies — and enemies — also rating inclusion. (more…)

Tiny Linux startup sees through HP-Dell “Recycle” scheme

May 20, 2004

A New York startup selling Linux-based thin-client management software has called foul on HP and Dell for recent efforts to fund computer recycling programs. Symbio Technologies says the computing giants stand to sell more new PCs if future diskless clients are destroyed, instead of being donated to schools or resold. (more…)

Cyberguard updates, rebrands SnapGear uClinux-based security products

May 20, 2004

CyberGuard, which acquired SnapGear in November, 2003, has re-branded SnapGear's uClinux-based network security products as the “SG series.” The company has also launched three updated Linux based SG-series devices, including a firewall/switch combination for the small office/home office (SOHO) market, and two internal… (more…)

Introducing Minimo (Mini-Mozilla) — a full-featured embeddable browser

May 19, 2004

The “Minimo” project aims to create a full-function, yet embeddable version of Mozilla. The project has reduced code and runtime footprints, with small-display optimization underway. Read on, to find out why Minimo project leaders believe Minimo will be the best browser for embedded Linux devices with 64MB of RAM. (more…)

NEWS FLASH! 2nd-gen soft-core RISC processors run uClinux

May 19, 2004

Altera has announced a new family of 32-bit soft RISC processor cores it hopes will greatly expand the market appeal for its field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The new Nios II cores support uClinux, and target software-intensive custom processor designs where application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) would be… (more…)

Embedded tools vendor RTI joins Eclipse Foundation

May 19, 2004

Real-time Innovations (RTI) has joined the Eclipse Foundation as an add-in provider. RTI will deliver its ScopeTools for embedded development as plug-ins for Eclipse, and will support the tools on Eclipse-based IDEs from MontaVista and Wind River. (more…)

An overview of the Minimo (Mini Mozilla) project

May 19, 2004

Foreword — This article by Minimo project leaders Doug Turner and Chris Hofmann provides an overview of a relatively new project to produce a fully functional, embeddable version of the popular Mozilla browser. Enjoy! . . . (more…)

Chip house supports Linux on new ARM-based offering

May 18, 2004

[Updated 9:00pm PDT] — Semiconductor specialist Cirrus Logic is supporting Linux on a new low-cost, highly integrated processor based on the ARM9 architecture. The new EP9302 chip targets point-of-sale terminals, medical instrumentation, security and surveillance, process monitoring, and digital entertainment. (more…)

Embedded Linux promise helps boost Wind River earnings

May 18, 2004

Wind River reported better-than-forecast financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2005, citing a healthier economy, improving execution, and a strategic move to a dual-OS approach including embedded Linux. Subscription-based licensing, already the norm among embedded Linux tools and services providers, was also cited as a major factor. (more…)

How embedded Linux development actually works

May 18, 2004

Businesses, not hobbyists, are the main contributors to embedded Linux, yet open source participation is growing as companies discover the benefits of shared development. This is one of several key findings from a survey of embedded Linux developers conducted jointly by MIT and the University of Munich. (more…)

Code scanning, registry services ease OSS license compliance

May 17, 2004

Black Duck has launched two services to help commercial software developers, enterprise buyers, and Linux developers manage software intellectual property (IP). One scans source code for snippets of open source software (OSS), and identifies potential license conflicts. The other is a registry for source code that passes the scan. (more…)

LynuxWorks reports growth in profitability and design wins

May 17, 2004

LynuxWorks has closed its books for fiscal 2004, announcing 21 percent year-over-year revenue growth, increased profitability and cash flow, and 165 percent design win growth, especially in the military/aerospace market. It is hiring engineers and sales/marketing people, targeting a 35 percent workforce increase over the next few months. (more…)

ColdFire gains MMU — expect ‘real’ Linux soon

May 17, 2004

[Updated 11:15 A.M., PDT] — Freescale will unveil the first ColdFire processors ever to include a memory management unit (MMU), and therefore able to run full-scale Linux, this week at the Embedded Processor Forum in San Jose, Calif. Simultaneously, Freescale tools subsidiary Metrowerks announced that it plans to offer Linux development tools for the core, and will continue to offer — and enhance… (more…)

ARM unveils multi-processor core with Linux SMP support

May 17, 2004

ARM Ltd. will unveil a unique multi-processor core technology, capable of up to 4-way cache coherent symmetric multi-processing (SMP) running Linux, this week at the Embedded Processor Forum in San Jose, Calif. The “synthesizable multiprocessor” core — a first for ARM — is the result of a partnership with NEC Electronics announced… (more…)

Munich/MIT Survey: The Development of Embedded Linux

May 17, 2004

Foreword — This article presents key findings from an embedded Linux developer survey written by Dr. Joachim Henkel and student Mark Tins of the University of Munich, with input from MIT's Eric von Hippel. (more…)