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Archive for June, 2004

Ref design for network devices includes hardware, uClinux

June 30, 2004

CyberGuard and Intel have teamed up on a hardware/software reference design for network devices based on uClinux. The design includes a SnapGear Linux (uClinux) development kit from Cyberguard, and an XScale based reference board from Intel. (more…)

OSDL takes Linux back to school

June 30, 2004

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) is courting institutions of higher learning through a new program aimed at attracting affiliates interested in Linux research and deployment. Several colleges and universities have already joined the program, which could increase Linux participation in a quarter already vital to Linux's success. (more…)

Browsers gang up against plugin hell

June 30, 2004

A group of web browser and plugin vendors today released an improved browser plugin API aimed at enabling web developers to make multimedia Web content more interactive. The new cross-browser API extends the Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI), and will appear in Linux, Windows, and MacOS browsers this fall. (more…)

EU-funded real-time Linux project jumps on experimental new technology

June 29, 2004

[updated June 30, 2004] The HYADES project to bring real-time capabilities to user-space Linux programs will embrace an experimental technology released just days ago. HYADES is funded through an organization promoting European Union (EU) computer technology advancement, and will begin porting RTAI/fusion to its target ia64/Linux 2.6 platform. (more…)

Rugged PPC modules gain Linux, dev tools support

June 29, 2004

Board vendor MEN Micro and embedded Linux/tools distributor Sysgo will collaborate to deliver hardware and Linux software support, respectively, for two MEN SBCs (single board computers). The two ruggedized MEN SBCs target cost-sensitive, harsh industrial environments such as man-machine interfaces, embedded terminals, and… (more…)

Free Java IDE digests huge Sun code donation

June 29, 2004

At the JavaOne tradeshow today in San Francisco, Sun Microsystems announced contributions to a new release of the free, open source NetBeans IDE that is expected to begin beta testing in July. The NetBeans 4.0 release will include full J2EE support, a performance profiler, refactoring capabilities, and expanded J2ME support. (more…)

Consumer Linux confab turns one, releases spec

June 29, 2004

The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) celebrated its one-year anniversary today by releasing its first Specification and Reference Implementation. The Specification is a 67-page document aimed at guiding system developers interested in creating or extending individual technologies in Linux for use in consumer electronic (CE) devices. (more…)

Serial-to-Ethernet adapters feature network security processor

June 28, 2004

The Moxa Technologies UC-7400 and UC-7420 “Universal Communicators” are serial-to-Ethernet adapters based on secure network processors from Intel. The Communicators come pre-installed with Linux, and enable remote serial devices in factory and building automation systems to be securely monitored… (more…)

Sun revs wireless Java development tools with beta release

June 28, 2004

Sun Microsystems has launched a beta version of its toolbox for developing J2ME wireless applications. The J2ME Wireless Toolkit version 2.2 beta includes an improved device emulator (pictured), as well as new APIs for 3D graphics, multimedia messaging, Bluetooth, and file manipulation. (more…)

Tiny SBC aims to free Linux device designers from core chores

June 28, 2004

In September, Kontron will release a powerful, fanless RISC-based SBC (single board computer) designed to enable Linux and VxWorks device developers to concentrate on product design and application-specific software, rather than on implementing their own processor cores. (more…)

Microsoft eases “shared source” restrictions

June 28, 2004

Microsoft will make its “Shared Source” embedded OS license much less restrictive, starting with the July release of Windows CE 5.0, according to an article at The new license will likely increase Microsoft's share of the roughly $1B embedded OS market, the article says. (more…)

Device Profile: Moxa UC-74xx series Serial-to-Ethernet bridges

June 28, 2004

The Moxa Technologies UC-7400 and UC-7420 “Universal Communicators” are serial-to-Ethernet adapters enabling remote serial devices in factory and building automation systems to be securely monitored and managed over computer networks. They come pre-installed with Linux, and can be customized with off-the-shelf free software or specially developed applications. (more…)

ARM1136 core pulses to fiber channel beat

June 25, 2004

LSI Logic is shipping an ARM1136-based core for cell-based ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) applications that it says is both the fastest ARM1136 core available, and the first delivered in RTL with a reference design. The ARM1136J-S core runs at 425MHz — a key fiber channel frequency, LSI says — and includes an MMU for full Linux support. (more…)

Intel rounds out Pentium M “Dothan” family

June 25, 2004

Intel is shipping two new processors in its “Pentium M” line targeting mobile and low-power embedded devices. The 1.5GHz “715” and 1.6GHz “725” are Dothan chips built with 90nm technology that will enable “a broader range of Intel Centrino mobile technology-based mobile PCs at lower price points,” according to Intel. (more…)

Free software tool automates embedded Linux implementations

June 25, 2004 has published an article introducing “umibuilder,” an interesting free software tool that “allows rapid creation of [shrink] wrapped GNU/Linux solutions which can then be distributed on flash memory or on live CD.” The tool is perhaps most useful for automating security updates of embedded systems incorporating Mandrake Linux. (more…)


June 25, 2004

Renesas has introduced a new SuperH embedded processor that supports Linux and is optimized for VoIP (voice over IP) applications. The SH7710 dual-core RISC/DSP chip can process VoIP with enough overhead to simultaneously run a firewall and security algorithms, according to Renesas. (more…)

RTEMS dev kits offered for tiny SBCs

June 25, 2004

Open source tools, training, and services vendor Microcross is offering development kits based on the open source RTEMS embedded operating system for a number of tiny SBCs (single-board computers) from Cogent. (more…)

Nine from IBM — remote compiling, config files, games, Python, Java, grids . . .

June 24, 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…)

Digital Home Network Alliance releases guidelines, changes name

June 24, 2004

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA, formerly the Digital Home Working Group), has released its Home Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines v1.0. The Guidelines define design principles needed to move content between consumer electronics devices, personal computers, and mobile devices on wired or wireless home networks. (more…)

Low volume devices gain embedded Flash player

June 24, 2004

Embedded Linux device makers wishing to license Macromedia's Flash player for use in low-volume devices can now do so, thanks to an agreement between Macromedia and embedded engineering services provider Vibren Technologies. The deal authorizes Vibren to resell Flash licenses in quantities as low as 1,000, the company says. (more…)