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Archive for September, 2004

Linux-based wireless mesh suite adds crypto engine support

September 24, 2004

The first commercial software product to exploit the cryptographic acceleration engine in newer Via processors has hit the market, according to Via. LocustWorld's MeshAP-Pro is a commercial version of MeshAP, Linux software for self-organizing networks of wireless access points. (more…)

PC/104 Consortium announces design contest

September 24, 2004

The PC/104 Consortium is holding its third annual PC/104 Embedded Design Contest to recognize developers who are designing creative products based the Consortium's PC/104, PC/104-Plus, PCI-104, and EBX standards. (more…)

eCos gains SPI support

September 24, 2004

eCosCentric has contributed a generic SPI (serial peripheral interface) bus infrastructure from its eCosPro product line to the public eCos project. The contribution will enable a range of developers support esoteric SPI peripherals using a unified API, the company says. (more…)

US accounts for 3/4ths of growing embedded COTS market

September 24, 2004

The embedded military COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) electronics market will grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 6.27 percent, to reach $3.25 billion by 2008, according to VDC (Venture Development Corporation). The US accounted for more than three-quarters of sales in the sector in 2003. (more…)

STPC-based SBCs boast reduced cost, power

September 23, 2004

Kontron has introduced a pair of new products based on STMicroelectronics x86-compatible system-on-chip (SoC) processors. Built in two of Kontron's standard form-factors, the ETX-e.lite and DIMM-PC/lite are both based on ST's 100MHz 486-class STPC Elite processor (with integrated floating point unit). (more…)

Linux kernel source, toolchain available for 3Com SOHO VPN router

September 23, 2004

3Com's OfficeConnect SecureRouter (3CR860-95) and OfficeConnect VPN Firewall (3CR870-95) are Linux-based VPN routers for the SOHO (small office, home office) market. 3Com offers a free but unsupported Linux-MIPS kernel source tree and cross-compiling toolchain for the devices, making them potentially interesting to… (more…)

Fast-growing thin-client vendor acquires mainframe Linux terminal line

September 23, 2004

Neoware has made another “fastest-growing companies” list, rating 18th on Deloitte's “Fast 50” ranking of technology companies in the Delaware Valley. Additionally, the Linux thin-client, server-centric computing specialist has purchased an IBM mainframe thin-client business from Visara, including assets, licenses, customer… (more…)

Book explicates open source licenses

September 23, 2004

O'Reilly has published a book that aims to help software developers and other interested readers make sense of the many open source software licenses in circulation today. Understanding Open Source & Free Software Licensing offers annotated copies of popular licenses, along with comparison… (more…)

Low-cost XScale SBC targets network storage apps

September 23, 2004

Team ASA is sampling an inexpensive single board computer (SBC) for storage and other networking applications in the SMB (small-to-medium business) and residential markets. The NPWR-LC is based on an Intel IXP425 NPU (network processing unit), and comes with embedded Linux and other open source software. (more…)

Device Profile: 3Com OfficeConnect SecureRouter and VPN Firewall

September 23, 2004

3Com's OfficeConnect SecureRouter (3CR860-95) and OfficeConnect VPN Firewall (3CR870-95) are Linux-based VPN routers for the SOHO (small office, home office) market. 3Com offers a free but unsupported Linux-MIPS kernel source tree and cross-compiling toolchain for the devices, making them potentially interesting to embedded Linux hackers. (more…)

Sun to open-source Solaris, add Linux ABI

September 22, 2004

Sun will position Solaris against Red Hat Linux in low-end servers, while embracing Linux as well. Sun's newly clarified dual-OS strategy includes plans for a Linux compatibility layer for Solaris and an open source version of Solaris, and it increasingly resembles Linux strategies adopted by traditional embedded RTOS companies. (more…)

Wireless multimedia platform uses newest Intel XScale, runs Linux

September 22, 2004

InHand plans to launch in October a hardware reference design for handheld and wireless devices. The new ATP-27X will use an Intel XScale PXA270 (formerly “Bulverde”), an ARM-based SoC (system-on-chip) optimized for wireless mobile multimedia applications. (more…)

Group bakes interface for tiny hard drives

September 22, 2004

Handheld and portable consumer gadgets may soon have their own storage interface, thanks to a new standard being concocted by Toshiba, Hitachi, Seagate, Marvell, and Intel. As reported at DeviceForge.com, the group's proposed CE-ATA (consumer electronics AT-attachment) standard will address the interface requirements of small form-factor drives used in consumer devices such as media players, GPSes,… (more…)

Embedded expo features 10 free panel discussions

September 21, 2004

Ten technology panels on embedded systems featuring 60 industry leaders will be offered at this year's GSPx workshop and expo, according to organizers. The event bills itself as the “international embedded solutions event,” and will also feature a New Products forum featuring embedded hardware, software, and tools. (more…)

Inexpensive Linux VoIP phone supports latest security standards

September 21, 2004

[updated Sep. 22, 2004] — Snom has launched a new Linux-based VoIP (voice over IP) phone that supports the latest security standards that make it “practically impossible” to tap VoIP calls, the Berlin-based company says. The Snom 190 targets business users. (more…)

Free 96-page report details benefits of Open Source software

September 21, 2004

Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) has published a 96-page report on Open Source software and its potential benefits to business and government. This whitepaper provides an introduction to the report and its findings. At the conclusion, a link is provided for downloading the full report, entitled “Open Source: Open for Business.” (more…)

Embedded SSL library gains advanced authentication

September 21, 2004

Mocana has revised its embedded-specific SSL library, adding support for new processor architectures and advanced authentication processes. Embedded Security Suite (ESS) can now be used in perimeter security devices, Mocana says, as well as to add low-footprint secure Web and SSH interfaces to embedded Linux (and other) devices. (more…)

Linux device aims to become first mass-market videophone

September 21, 2004

[Updated Sep. 23] — Amstrad has used embedded Linux to build an inexpensive videophone. The £100 (about $180) Amstrad E3 enables users to send email and SMS/MMS messages, surf the Web, and videoconference with other E3 users over a 56K modem connection to a UK service provider. (more…)

MontaVista denies Sun acquisition rumors

September 21, 2004

A senior official has denied rumors floated yesterday by PC Pro and others that MontaVista will be acquired by Sun Microsystems. No such deal will happen any time soon, according to Kelly Herrell, VP of strategic operations with MontaVista and one of several former Sun employees recently hired by MontaVista. (more…)

Low-cost Linux kit turns RISC/DSP SoC into handheld terminals

September 20, 2004

Texas Instruments (TI) is delivering embedded Linux in a low-cost development kit for an ARM-plus-DSP SoC targeting the portable data terminal (PDT) market. The $295 OMAP5912 Starter Kit (OSK) includes a board, a MultiICE JTAG interface, and MontaVista Linux, with optional third-party support packages also available. (more…)