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Archive for August, 2004

Smartphone boom coming soon

August 25, 2004

Smartphone shipments will grow at a 44 percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate) over the next five years, but their “big breakout period” remains 12 to 18 months away, according to In-Stat/MDR, which has released a market research report on the smartphone market. (more…)

Tiny SBC boasts latest Intel mobile multimedia CPU

August 25, 2004

Strategic Test has spun a tiny SBC (single board computer) using Intel's latest embedded processor chip for mobile wireless multimedia applications. The DIMM200-sized Triton-270 will be powered by a 512MHz Intel PXA270 (formerly “Bulverde”) processor, and will come with Linux 2.6 as well as Windows CE 5.0. (more…)

Smartphone Summit heads for San Francisco

August 25, 2004

Smartphone Summit 2004, for developers and IT professionals, will happen Monday, Oct. 25, coinciding with CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2004 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The Summit aims to gather the top smartphone-based enterprise solutions covering all smartphone OS platforms including Linux, Microsoft, PalmOne, and Symbian. (more…)

Gumstix adds connectors and Bluetooth

August 25, 2004

Gumstix has revised its line of gumstick-sized SBCs (single board computers), adding a 60-pin Hirose connector and optional Bluetooth connectivity. The Gumstix PXA255-powered SBCs measure just 3-1/8 x 13/16 x 5/16 inches (80 x 20 x 7mm), and are supplied with Linux and the u-boot bootloader. (more…)

Sharp Zaurus at heart of new cyber-thriller

August 25, 2004

It's 2031, and Microsoft advertises Linux on Edinburgh's largest billboards. Duncan Steele roams a brave new world, besting techno-proles and fighting to extricate himself from a bogus murder rap, his trusty Sharp Zaurus by his side. (more…)

Portrait of a Linux smartphone

August 24, 2004

What does a Linux smartphone look like? While Windows Mobile Smartphones all tend to look alike, Linux gives developers the freedom to innovate — or imitate — as desired. E28's e2800+ (pictured here) has garnered awards for both innovation and ease-of-use. (more…)

European IHV joins MontaVista Linux self-certification program

August 24, 2004

MEN Micro has joined a MontaVista program that lets IHVs (independent hardware vendors) create and self-certify BSPs (board support packages) that can qualify for the same support terms from MontaVista as MontaVista's own internally created BSPs, or “LSPs” (Linux support pacakges) as MontaVista terms them. (more…)

Security appliance maker migrates from SCO to Linux

August 24, 2004

[Updated Aug. 25, 2004] — Security appliance vendor CyberGuard has begun migrating its operating environment (OE) from SCO Unixware to CyberGuard Linux, rebranding its entire line of firewall/VPN appliances with the new Linux-based V6 OE and encouraging existing customers to upgrade. (more…)

Chip-to-chip interfaces set to take off

August 24, 2004

DeviceForge has published a brief “key findings” report from InStat/MDR about chip-to-chip interfaces. The report suggests that HyperTransport, PCI Express, and RapidIO are poised to grow at a 173 percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate) between 2003 to 2008, replacing the PCI interface in a variety of specialized applications. (more…)

Article: Portrait of a Linux smartphone

August 24, 2004

What does a Linux smartphone look like? While Windows Mobile Smartphones all tend to look alike, Linux gives developers the freedom to innovate — or imitate — as desired. E28's e2800+ (pictured here) has garnered awards for both innovation and ease-of-use. (more…)

Windows laptop uses Linux for instant A/V

August 23, 2004

NEC is the latest vendor to announce a laptop with a built-in embedded Linux based media player option. The NEC Versa S3000 will use InterVideo's InstantOn technology to enable users to listen to music, watch DVDs, and more without having to wait for Windows to load. (more…)

Embedded Linux in consumer devices: papers wanted

August 23, 2004

A few days remain to propose papers for presentation at the 2005 Embedded Systems Conference, and the Consumer Systems Design Seminar still hopes to add papers on the use of Linux in consumer electronic devices, according Program Chair Rick Merritt. (more…)

Tiny Linux STB used in DRM-enabled VOD system

August 23, 2004

Three companies are demonstrating a secure on-demand digital content distribution system that uses tiny set-top boxes (STBs) based on embedded Linux, streaming media servers based on FreeBSD and custom Xilinx FPGAs, and digital rights management software based on patent-pending technology. (more…)

Wi-Fi tops $1 billion quarterly revenues

August 23, 2004

The worldwide market for Wi-Fi infrastructure and adapters surpassed $1.0 billion in quarterly revenue for the first time in Q4 2003, according to In-Stat/MDR. Additionally, the Wi-Fi client market is seeing a 66.2 percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate), and is shifting from removable add-on cards to embedded Mini-PCI cards. (more…)

ARM developer conference announces keynote talks

August 23, 2004

Executives from Broadcom Corp., Dolby Labs, and the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) will deliver the keynote presentations at the first-ever ARM Developers' Conference to be held in Santa Clara, Calif., Oct. 19-21. According to ARM, the conference will host over 180 classes, labs, workshops, and panel discussions “addressing design challenges and the future of the industry.”

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Debugging Linux with dynamic kernel breakpoints

August 20, 2004

IBM developerWorks has published a brief article about Kprobes, described as a “lightweight, non-disruptive” debugging tool that can be used to dynamically insert breakpoints into a running Linux kernel, freeing hackers from constant kernel rebuilds and reboots, among other advantages. (more…)

12 from IBM — Eclipse 3.0, real-time Java, Perl/Tk, Python, Power, grids . . .

August 20, 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…)

Software reference design does VoIP on XScale

August 20, 2004

eSoft is shipping a software reference design for IADs (integrated access devices) and SOHO PBXs (small office home office private branch exchanges) running Linux or VxWorks. The design was developed using Radvision tools, and can be ported easily to VoIP products based on Intel XScale IXP425 network processors, eSoft says. (more…)

Motorola launches two Linux smartphones in Japan

August 20, 2004

DigiTimes is reporting that Motorola launched two Linux-based smartphones in Japan today, and one based on Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003. Motorola expects two percent growth in the smartphone market before 2005, when smartphones will represent 10 percent of the total market, the article says. (more…)

CyberGuard ships most powerful SnapGear Linux security appliance yet

August 19, 2004

[Updated Aug. 20, 2004] — CyberGuard has added to the top of its range of enterprise security appliances powered by SnapGear Linux. The CyberGuard SG710 provides firewall, VPN, and IDS capabilities, and targets mid-market enterprises with 50 to 1,000 employees and branch offices of larger companies. (more…)