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Archive for September, 2004

Free embedded Linux presentations, training materials

September 30, 2004

An embedded Linux training and services company in the South of France has published 500 pages of embedded Linux training materials and presentations under an open source license. The materials are available in English, and have been contributed to the community by Free Electrons, based near Sophia Antipolis. (more…)

Linux thin clients on the rise

September 30, 2004

Linux thin clients are surging in popularity, buoyed by advances in embedded Linux and network computing technology. This LinuxDevices.com “Hot Topic” feature provides a brief overview of thin client technologies, summarizes recent news related to Linux thin clients, introduces our brand new “Quick Reference Guide” to thin… (more…)

Linux PDA project for Mac OS X achieves release

September 30, 2004

A project to create a Linux-based PDA software environment that integrates closely with MacOS X has achieved a new development release. The myPDA-Zaurus-Edition project test release includes libraries, a runtime component, PDA applications, and cross-compiling toolchain. (more…)

OSDL rounds out management team

September 30, 2004

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has appointed former IBM senior manager Thomas Hanrahan as director of Linux engineering. And, it has promoted founding director Timothy Witham to CTO, it announced today. (more…)

IBM claims Linux-based BlueGene/L now world’s most powerful supercomputer

September 30, 2004

IBM announced this week that a Linux-based BlueGene/L supercomputer has surpassed NEC's Earth Simulator in Japan to become the world's most powerful supercomputer. Using the industry-standard LINPACK benchmark, IBM's BlueGene/L system attained a sustained performance of 36.01 Teraflops, eclipsing the three year old top mark of 35.86… (more…)

Hot Topic: Linux thin clients

September 30, 2004

Linux based thin clients are surging in popularity, buoyed by advances in embedded Linux and advances in network computing technology. This Hot Topic reading list provides a brief overview of thin client technologies, summarizes recent news related to Linux thin clients, introduces our brand new Quick Reference Guide to thin client products that run embedded Linux, and provides a reading list… (more…)

Freescale debuts PowerQUICC III quartet

September 29, 2004

Freescale has announced four new PowerPC SoCs (system-on-chips) expected to sample in Q2, 2005. Each will use 90nm process technology said to decrease power consumption at higher clock rates. The four new PowerQUICC III chips will target enterprise networking, telecom transmission and switching, 3G wireless infrastructure, storage, and high-end imaging. (more…)

Freescale reveals plans for dual-core PowerPC

September 29, 2004

Freescale Semiconductor has outlined plans for a dual-core, low-power PowerPC-based SoC (system-on-chip), but has not yet committed to sample or ship dates. The MPC8641D will be built using 90nm SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology, and will feature dual e600 PowerPC cores. It will target networking, telecom, military, storage, and pervasive computing applications. (more…)

DSL is most popular broadband tech, DSL Forum says

September 29, 2004

Global DSL (digital subscriber line) customers increased almost 40 percent in the last twelve months, making DSL the most popular broadband technology worldwide, according to the DSL Forum, an industry consortium of DSL service and equipment providers. The data were produced for the DSL Forum by industry analyst Point Topic. (more…)

Report: ZigBee — the next revolution in wireless technology

September 29, 2004

ABI Research has released a report calling the ZigBee market a “sleeping giant,” and forecasting the deployment of 80 million ZigBee devices by the end of 2006. ZigBee is billed as a low-cost, low-power, low-data-rate wireless networking standard designed for monitoring and control applications in both industrial and home markets. (more…)

The Linux Thin Client Showcase

September 29, 2004

This continually updated guide provides pointers to LinuxDevices.com's extensive coverage of Linux-based thin client devices and systems. Thin clients are minimalist systems, often without moving parts, designed to serve programs that run on remote Linux, Unix, or Windows servers. (more…)

Rugged outdoor PDA/GPS runs embedded Linux

September 28, 2004

A company called “Node” has come out with a rugged handheld computer and GPS unit intended for location-aware interactive exploration of indoor and outdoor spaces. The Explorer v2 is based on a 400MHz XScale processor, and reportedly supports both embedded Linux and Microsoft Pocket PC. (more…)

Zaurus users gain commercial word processor

September 28, 2004

SoftMaker is offering a free download of a beta version of its commercial word processing software for the Sharp Zaurus. The company calls its TextMaker application “the most comprehensive word processor ever developed” for the Linux-based Zaurus PDAs. (more…)

Wind River touts Linux on PowerQUICC

September 28, 2004

Wind River is touting its close relationship with Freescale Semiconductor (formerly a division of Motorola), and claiming that its development tools and debugger for Linux and other embedded operating systems offer comprehensive support for the PowerQUICC II Pro and PowerQUICC III chip lines, from board bring-up to application development. (more…)

Personal security device runs eCos

September 28, 2004

A Bulgarian company has used the open source eCos operating system in a personal security device with a built-in GSM/GPRS cell phone and GPS (global positioning system) receiver. Media Systems Ltd.'s Personal Securer targets mobile operators wishing to offer tracking devices/services. (more…)

VME,CPCI PowerQUICC II boards run Linux

September 27, 2004

ACTIS Computer has dropped pricing and scaled up the processor on its VME-bus and CompactPCI-bus PowerQUICC II SBCs (single-board computers). The new VSBC-6872 (VME) and CSBC-6872 (CompactPCI) are based on a Freescale (formerly Motorola) MPC-88270 processor, and are available with optional Linux board support… (more…)

Nine from IBM — App building, wireless, Emacs, aspect-oriented Java, Grids, . . .

September 27, 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…)

Linux PDA OS ported to TI OMAP SoC

September 27, 2004

Empower has ported its Linux-based operating system for PDAs, portable data terminals, and other handheld consumer electronics devices to a dual-core RISC/DSP SoC (system-on-chip) from Texas Instruments (TI). The LinuxDA Embedded OS (LEOS) will be demonstrated running on TI's OMAP5910 at the October LinuxWorld Expo in Frankfurt, Empower says. (more…)

Linux mobile app stack ported to TI OMAP

September 27, 2004

Trolltech has announced that its application stack for Linux-based PDAs and mobile phones now supports a wireless mobile multimedia processor from Texas Instruments (TI). Qtopia for OMAP is said to give manufacturers a powerful platform to rapidly develop high-performance wireless devices based on Linux. (more…)

Qtopia-based Linux phone set to ship in China

September 27, 2004

A Chinese ODM (original design manufacturer) will ship a mobile phone based on Linux and Qtopia in Q1 of 2005. Yuhua TelTech's “Normandy” phone will use Qtopia Phone Edition (QPE), an application stack for mobile phones that includes a PIMS and other PDA-like features. (more…)