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Archive for August, 2004

Linux now top choice of embedded developers

August 31, 2004

[Updated Sep. 2, 2004] — The latest embedded market research data from Venture Development Corp. shows that Linux is now firmly in first place as the operating system of choice for smart gadgets and embedded systems. VDC's latest data indicates that Linux now accounts for 15.5 percent of embedded projects, beating out Microsoft's WinCE/WinCE.Net (2.7 + 3.3 = 6 percent) and XPe (5 percent), and… (more…)

HDMI poised to take consumer electronics displays by storm

August 31, 2004

DVI (digital visual interface) is gaining popularity in the PC market, but the newer HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) standard will find even greater success in the consumer electronics (CE) market, according to In-Stat/MDR. (more…)

Linux mobile phone progress slower but deeper than expected

August 31, 2004

BusinessWeek's “European Business” department has written about Linux's prospects in the mobile phone market, where it says Linux interest remains steadfast despite slow progress. High power consumption and unsophisticated software hold Linux behind Symbian and Windows Mobile, the article says, yet potential cost savings have galvanized industry interest in Linux. (more…)

Introduction to Das U-Boot, the universal open source bootloader

August 31, 2004

Das U-Boot is an open source bootloader available for a wide range of embedded processor architectures. This article by embedded hacker Curt Brune introduces bootloader concepts, traces the origins of Das U-Boot, and offers technical details and tips on using Das U-Boot in embedded Linux devices. (more…)

Petite PVR runs embedded Linux

August 31, 2004

Amino Communications expects to ship in October a tiny IP-STB (Internet-protocol set-top box) with built-in PVR (personal video recorder) capabilities. The AmiNet500 runs embedded Linux, and can record 40 hours of content. (more…)

Bluetooth SoC targets 2.5G/3G handsets

August 30, 2004

RF Micro Devices has announced a Bluetooth system-on-chip (SoC) supporting Bluetooth's Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) capabilities, said to provide up to three times faster throughput than current Bluetooth 1.2 devices. The highly integrated, ARM7-based SiW4000 SoC targets 2.5G and 3G handsets. (more…)

Linux thin-client vendor named 8th fastest growing company in US

August 30, 2004

Thin-client vendor Neoware ranked eighth in Fortune Magazine's 100 fastest growing US companies list, published in the September issue. The list is based on performance over the previous three years. (more…)

Slate-style mobile tablet gains Linux support

August 30, 2004

Xybernaut is offering Linux-based implementations for one of its mobile computing devices. The Atigo T is based on a Transmeta Crusoe processor, and targets enterprises and facilities with mobile workers. (more…)

Report: IP/DSL set-top box market to reach $700M by 2008

August 30, 2004

In-Stat/MDR reports that the worldwide IP/DSL set-top box (STB) market is expected to grow to over seven million units and more than $700 million revenue by 2008. Despite the segment's rosy outlook, 2003 was the first year any IP/DSL STB maker shipped over 100,000 units in a single year. (more…)

New Xine media player supports hardware MPEG-4 on latest VIA chipsets

August 30, 2004

VIA has launched an updated version of the Xine media player that supports hardware acceleration engines in two of its northbridge chips. VIA enhanced Xine Player (VeXP) version 3.0 supports hardware-based MPEG-2 decoding in VIA's CLE266, and MPEG-2 and -4 decoding in VIA's newer CN400. (more…)

64-bit MIPS specialist offers embedded Linux webinar

August 30, 2004

A semiconductor supplier specializing in broadband and storage systems will hold a Webinar on embedded Linux next week. PMC-Sierra support lead for 64-bit cores Adam Kiepul will present the webinar, which targets design, system, hardware, and integration engineers. (more…)

MontaVista opens UK office

August 30, 2004

MontaVista Software will open a United Kingdom office in Bracknell, Berkshire, located about 30 miles to the WSW of London. The office will market and support all MontaVista products, including Professional, Consumer Electronics, and Carrier Grade Linux Editions. (more…)

Article: Introduction to Das U-Boot, the universal open source bootloader

August 29, 2004

Foreword: Das U-Boot is an open source bootloader available for a wide range of embedded processor architectures. This article gently introduces bootloader concepts, traces the origins of Das U-Boot, and offers technical details and tips on using Das U-Boot in embedded Linux devices. (more…)

CEO Interview: Roger Kung, “father of the Linux smartphone”

August 27, 2004

LinuxDevices presents this informative interview with Roger Kung, Chairman and CEO of E28, a Linux smartphone startup in Shanghai, China. E28 was the first company to ship a Linux smartphone, and could unveil a Linux smartphone for the US as early as the Boston LinuxWorld Expo. (more…)

ELC seeks speakers for Consumer Linux session at ESC

August 27, 2004

The Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC) is soliciting three papers for a session at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), March 6-10, 2005 in San Francisco. The 90-minute “Design Guidance” session will be moderated by Dr. Kevin Dankwardt of K Computing, and will discuss using Linux in consumer products and systems. (more…)

CEO Interview: Roger Kung of E28

August 27, 2004

LinuxDevices presents this exclusive interview with Roger Kung, Chairman and CEO of E28, a Linux smartphone startup in Shanghai, China. E28 was the first company to ship a Linux smartphone, and could unveil a Linux smartphone for the US as early as the Boston LinuxWorld Expo. (more…)

Debian-powered surveillance bot wises up with Pentium M upgrade

August 26, 2004

ActivMedia has increased the computing power in its Debian Linux powered surveillance robot between 4 and 6 times, while raising power consumption marginally, according to SBC (single board computer) supplier VersaLogic, which will demonstrate the $30,000 “PatrolBot” at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston next… (more…)

OSDL hires general counsel

August 26, 2004

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has brought its outside counsel inhouse, hiring Diane Peters for the newly created role of general counsel. Peters will help the OSDL take a leadership role in legal issues facing Linux, according to OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen. (more…)

Data acquisition SBC supports embedded Linux

August 26, 2004

Diamond Systems has announced a new PC/104-expandable single board computer (SBC) with an on-board 16-bit data acquisition subsystem. The Athena SBC is based on VIA's low-power Eden processor, and supports Linux and several other embedded operating systems. (more…)

Contest, lectures promote open 3D APIs for handhelds

August 26, 2004

The Khronos Group has launched two initiatives to promote its open APIs for 3D graphics on handheld devices. The first is a global lecture series promising to present real-world, non-marketing-oriented information for developers. The second is a programming contest with categories for screensavers, how-to example code, and full-fledged interactive games. (more…)