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Archive for October, 2004

Linux dev kit brings ZigBee data to industrial apps

October 29, 2004

[Updated Oct. 29, 2004] — Arcom has partnered with wireless chip-maker Ember on a Linux development kit that aims to integrate ZigBee wireless network data with business applications using IBM WebSphere middleware. (more…)

Smallest in-car navigation system runs embedded Linux

October 29, 2004

< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 ->The TomTom Go is a Linux-based in-car GPS navigation system available with or without preloaded maps. The device mounts to the dashboard or windshield, providing a 3D view of the road ahead, as well as text-based and spoken driving directions. (more…)

Six from IBM — short circuiting code, perl, 64-bit PPC, Derby, JDK 5.0 . . .

October 29, 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…)

An introduction to PCI Express

October 29, 2004

What are those weird-looking expansion slots (the black ones)? New PCs and servers are beginning to emerge with expansion slots that look different from the PCI slots we've come to know and love over the past decade. The change signals the arrival of PCI Express — (more…)

uClinux on Blackfin and other DSPs

October 29, 2004

LinuxJournal has published a story about DSP Linux. Entitled “uClinux as an Embedded OS on a DSP,” the story looks at the differences between Linux and uClinux, uClinux development on an ADI BlackFin DSP processor, DSP limitations and advantages, uClinux's real-time capabilities, and more. (more…)

Article series discusses boot time reduction for telemetric apps

October 29, 2004

LinuxJournal has published a three-part article series discussing approaches to speeding up Linux boot time for use in automotive telematics systems, which are increasingly becoming a target application for embedded Linux. (more…)

Device Profile: TomTom Go in-car GPS navigation system

October 29, 2004

The TomTom Go is a Linux-based in-car GPS navigation system available with or without preloaded maps. The device mounts to the dashboard or windshield, providing a 3D view of the road ahead, as well as text-based and spoken driving directions. TomTom claims it is the smallest car navigation device available. (more…)

Introducing PCI Express — the new I/O solution of choice

October 29, 2004

Foreword: New PCs and servers are beginning to emerge with expansion slots that look different from the PCI slots we've come to know and love over the past decade. The change signals the arrival of PCI Express — an interface that may well become the next decade's I/O expansion solution of choice in a wide range of client and server systems. (more…)

Open source compiler demos speed, compactness with boottime compile trick

October 28, 2004

A project to build a C compiler small enough to enable C to be used as a scripting language has released an impressive technology demonstration: a bootloader that uses the Tiny C Compiler (TCC) to compile a Linux kernel from source at boot-time in as little as 15 seconds. (more…)

Wind River exec leaves for WiFi/Linux startup

October 28, 2004

< !-1 2 3 ->A 13-year Wind River executive has left the company to head up a startup focused on WiFi. Dave Fraser is now CEO of Instant802, a venture-funded company that sells Linux-oriented software stacks for wireless access points, central management servers, and network clients such as printers and projectors. (more…)

AMD ships everyman’s PC — but where’s the Linux?

October 28, 2004

WindowsForDevices reports that AMD is shipping an extremely low-cost PC that it hopes will help the personal computer achieve 50 percent market penetration worldwide by 2015. The $185 Personal Internet Computer (PIC) ($249 with a monitor) runs Windows CE, but looks capable of running Linux. (more…)

RTLinux-GPL learns to share Linux TCP/IP stack

October 28, 2004

A new open source project aims to enable RTLinux-GPL threads to use the normal Linux TCP/IP stack. The OCERA network daemon (onetd) project is part of OCERA, (Open Components for Embedded Real-Time Applications), a European Union-funded project to enhance Linux with real-time capabilities. (more…)

Italian real-time Linux distro adds support for x86, ARM SBCs

October 28, 2004

Italian embedded Linux house Koan Software says that its real-time embedded Linux distribution for industrial applications now supports several x86 and ARM-based SBCs (single board computers) from BOSER and ICOP. KLinux is based on RTAI (real-time application interface). (more…)

IP lawyer advises ESC attendees on best practices

October 28, 2004

Intellectual property (IP) lawyer Edmund J. Walsch warned attendees at September's Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Boston that unless a company has a “well-defined technical and legal strategy,” using open source software imperils IP rights and increases the risk of lawsuits. Walsh works for Boston lawfirm Wolf, Greenfield, & Sacks. (more…)

PCI-104 module supports embedded Linux

October 27, 2004

Parvus Corp. will soon ship a ULV Celeron-based single board computer (SBC) in the PC/104 Consortium's recently ratified PCI-104 module format. Based on an ultra low voltage (ULV) 400MHz Intel Celeron Processor and 815E chipset, the SpacePC 8500 can be used fanless, and targets (more…)

32-bit RISC Linux tools specialist adds partner in Japan

October 27, 2004

An embedded 32-bit RISC Linux tools specialist based in Cambell, Calif. has signed up a strategic partner and distributor in Japan. ELT, Japan, a solutions provider focused on embedded Linux development environments, will distribute and market Viosoft's Arriba suite of embedded Linux tools. (more…)

Intel, IBM, NTT DoCoMo roll “Trusted Mobile Platform” spec

October 27, 2004

< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 ->In an effort to enhance the security of “advanced” e-commerce services in mobile devices and guard against viruses and other software attacks, NTT DoCoMo, Intel, and IBM have jointly released a security specification known as the “Trusted Mobile Platform.” (more…)

Report finds handheld device market in continued decline

October 27, 2004

The worldwide market for handheld devices saw its third successive quarter of year-over-year decline in the third quarter of 2004, according to a new report released by IDC. Specifically, handheld device shipments decreased 4.6 percent sequentially and 8.7 percent year over year in the third quarter to 2.1 million units. (more…)

New Linux PDA features camera, cell-phone add-ons

October 27, 2004

Empower plans to ship a $200 Linux-based PDA with a color display by December. The PowerPlay 1x is based on a dual-core RISC/DSP Texas Instruments OMAP5910 processor, along with the company's LEOs (LinuxDA Embedded Operating System) software platform. Empower has previously sold sub-$100 PowerPlay PDAs based (more…)

Handheld network analyzer runs embedded Linux

October 26, 2004

Fluke Networks has used embedded Linux to build a handheld network analyzer intended to help network technicians and administrators install, maintain, and troubleshoot 10/100/gigabit enterprise networks. The EtherScope can quickly map, scan, and test live copper-based Ethernet LANs for configuration, wiring, and other problems. (more…)