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Archive for June, 2004

Embedded Linux app development using an Eclipse-based IDE

June 24, 2004

This whitepaper from esteemed Linux author and TimeSys Product Manager William von Hagen discusses embedded Linux application development using Eclipse-based IDEs (integrated development environments). (more…)

New VIA mini-ITX board targets vertically challenged apps

June 24, 2004

[updated Jun. 26, 2004] — VIA is shipping an ultra-low profile mini-ITX mainboard suitable for Linux-based flat TVs, LCD-panel computers, and other vertically challenged devices. The Epia MS uses a minimalistic I/O backplate and SODIMM memory for a slimmer form-factor, and is VIA's first mini-ITX board… (more…)

Application development with Eclipse-based IDEs

June 24, 2004

Foreword: This whitepaper from esteemed Linux author and TimeSys Product Manager William von Hagen describes the use of Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), examines specific tasks in the embedded system and application development cycles, and discusses ways in which tools from Linux software vendors such as TimeSys provide powerful, flexible solutions to general problems. (more…)

ATA-over-Ethernet enables low-cost Linux-oriented SAN

June 23, 2004

Storage Area Networking (SAN) equipment has long been inaccessible to mere Linux-using mortals, due to the prohibitive costs of fiber channel networking equipment. A small startup has set out to change all that, by developing a SAN architecture based on the ATA-over-Ethernet protocol, which allows… (more…)

Payment terminals to drive “largest Linux device rollout yet” in Belgium

June 23, 2004

Belgian electronic payment specialist Banksys is shipping new payment terminals powered by open source operating systems. The C-ZAM/XENT terminals run Linux and eCos operating systems, and could represent one of the largest deployments yet of embedded Linux in Belgium. (more…)

Linux-powered media player features biometric DRM, self-destructing hard drive

June 23, 2004

Veritouch's iVue is a portable Linux-powered media player, video game player, and personal file storage device featuring multi-user support, biometric authentication, and pervasive security. Though it has yet to launch, the device has already drawn heated criticism and even ridicule from anti-DRM (digital rights management)… (more…)

Opie goes to LinuxTag

June 23, 2004

Representatives of the Open Palmtop Integrated Environment (Opie) project will attend the Linuxtag Fair, which starts today in Karlsruhe, Germany. Opie is a free graphical framework and application stack for PDAs, handhelds, and Webpads. Opie representatives call Linuxtag “the world's biggest conference for Linux-based business and open source solutions.”

Chief Opie Evangelist Oliver Fels… (more…)

Device Profile: Banksys C-ZAM/XENTA payment terminal

June 23, 2004

Belgian electronic payment specialist Banksys is shipping new payment terminals powered by open source operating systems. The C-ZAM/XENTA terminals run Linux and eCos operating systems, and could result in one of the largest deployments yet of embedded Linux in Belgium. (more…)

Device profile: VeriTouch iVue media player and gaming device

June 23, 2004

VeriTouch's iVue is a portable Linux based media player, video game player, and personal file storage device featuring multi-user support, biometric authentication, and pervasive security. Though it has yet to launch, the device has already drawn heated criticism and even ridicule from anti-DRM (digital rights management) quarters. (more…)

Samsung aims new NAND Flash filesystem at Linux-based gadgets

June 22, 2004

Samsung is offering a new wear-leveling filesystem for NAND Flash storage devices that it claims offers better performance under Linux than existing alternatives. “Robust File System,” or RFS, targets mobile phones and other embedded devices running embedded Linux. (more…)

Itanium/Linux confab deemed a big success

June 22, 2004

The Gelato Federation, a global research community behind Itanium Linux, held a two-and-a-half day meeting about Itanium 2 attended by 90 representatives of 30 companies. Meeting highlights included talks on the world's fifth largest supercomputer, bioinformatics research, grid computing, and more. (more…)

Linux, AdvancedTCA emerge as telecom standards

June 22, 2004

Linux and AdvancedTCA (ATCA) are emerging as open industry standards that the telecom equipment industry will embrace as it migrates away from proprietary software and hardware architectures in its quest for faster time-to-market and reduced costs. Telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) RadiSys and Kontron are separately demonstrating ATCA hardware at this week's SuperComm trade show in Chicago, while… (more…)

High integration Pentium M 745 SBC supports Linux

June 22, 2004

General Micro Systems (GMS) has announced what it claims to be the first single-board computer (SBC) based on Intel's new Pentium processor for the embedded market, the “Pentium M Processor 745” (formerly codenamed “Dothan”). (more…)

MontaVista OEMs OS for Moto telecom platform

June 22, 2004

Motorola will sell telecommunications equipment pre-installed with a telecom-specific version of MontaVista Linux, according to the terms of a “formal OEM relationship” between the two companies announced today. (more…)

MontaVista boasts of top NEP customers

June 22, 2004

MontaVista has announced that six well-known network equipment providers (NEPs) use the telecom-specific version of MontaVista Linux. Alcatel, Agilent UK, Ericsson, NEC, Nokia, and Samsung are all active users of MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE), the company says, along with three other well-known NEPs unnamed in the announcement. (more…)

Nokia funding Minimo browser project, anonymous sources say

June 21, 2004

According to a CNET story published last week, Nokia underwrote the Minimo project, an effort to create a standards-compliant browser for embedded use by shrinking Mozilla. The worldwide mobile phone leader currently uses the commercial Opera browser in most of its browser-equipped products. (more…)

P2P VoIP app available for beta testing on Linux

June 21, 2004

Skype Technologies is beta testing a Linux version of its VoIP (voice over IP) software based on peer-to-peer (P2P) networking. The Linux version of “Skype” offers the same features as the Windows version, the company says, and was developed by engineers who previously developed KaZaA, a popular P2P filesharing application. (more…)

Wind River’s Eclipse-based IDE reaches general availability

June 21, 2004

Wind River is now shipping its integrated development environment (IDE) based on the Eclipse platform. Workbench 2.0 supports Linux, in-house embedded operating systems, and Wind River's proprietary VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) and Wind River hopes it will enable companies using multiple RTOSes to standardize on a single development environment. (more…)

TimeSys stakes out Carrier Grade Linux 2.0 claim

June 21, 2004

TimeSys says it will ship a version of Linux compliant with the Open Source Development Lab Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) 2.0 specification before September. The OSDL's CGL specification defines features and functionality required by equipment running Linux in the telecommunications market. (more…)

Tiny wall-wart sized T-Engine PC runs Linux, TRON

June 18, 2004

Personal Media Corp. is selling a tiny, rugged PC that supports Linux but is meant to demonstrate the T-Engine platform for embedded systems. The $1,909.11 (207,900 Yen) “Teacube” measures 2 by 2 by 1.8 inches (52 x 52 x 48mm) and weighs 5.8 ounces (165 grams). (more…)