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Archive for October, 2004

Reference design for new Intel network processor runs Linux

October 26, 2004

ADI Engineering is readying a Linux reference design for access/edge equipment based on Intel's newest network processor (NP). The Roadrunner design is based on Intel's IXP2350 chip, and targets gigabit Ethernet applications not based on AdvancedTCA platform. (more…)

RISC/DSP embedded Linux dev kit targets “PDT” apps

October 26, 2004

Empower plans to ship a Linux development kit for a dual-core RISC/DSP SoC (system-on-chip) from Texas Instruments. The LinuxDA Embedded OS (LEOs) development kit for the Texas Instruments OMAP5910 includes a development module with processor, Linux OS, and tools. The kit targets the portable data terminal (PDT) market, including industrial, (more…)

Motorola taps TimeSys for VME board Linux

October 26, 2004

TimeSys is shipping a real-time Linux development kit for a PowerPC-based Motorola VMEbus board said to septuple throughput compared to other VMEbus boards. The TimeStorm LDK (Linux development kit) for the MVME6100 board includes a 2.6-series Linux kernel with advanced real-time capabilities, and the Eclipse-based TimeStorm (more…)

Device Profile: Fluke Networks EtherScope handheld network analyzer

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…)

Linux-based portable multimedia player launches in UK

October 25, 2004

< !-1 2 3 4 5 ->The Register reports that iRiver has launched its embedded Linux-based portable multimedia player in the UK market. The PMP-120 and PMP-140 models offer 20GB and 40GB hard drives, respectively, and 3.5-inch LCD screens supporting video playback in a number of formats. (more…)

Wireless gateway ref design does VoIP, runs Linux

October 25, 2004

Micrel, LSI Logic, and Arcturus Networks have teamed up on a reference design for wireless VoIP routers based on embedded Linux. The design targets the residential and small-office gateway markets, where VoIP is expected to grow quickly, the companies say. The design supports 2-8 VoIP ports. (more…)

New Sharp Zaurus Linux PDA boasts 4GB harddrive

October 25, 2004

[Updated Oct. 26, 2004] — Conics.net has published a page of specifications and a page of photos about a new Sharp Zaurus clam-shell Linux PDA. The website accepts pre-orders for the Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000, priced at $749 with a 1-year warranty. It also sells older Sharp (more…)

Linux-powered device brings legal music sharing to MIT

October 25, 2004

Two MIT students relaunched MIT's believed-legal music sharing network today, using a Linux-based consumer audio device that also launches today as a commercial product. The “Library Access to Music Project” (LAMP) system was first launched a year ago, but shut down after its content supplier encountered (more…)

Device Profile: StreetFire Sound RBX1600 CD audio jukebox frontend

October 25, 2004

Two MIT students are using a newly-available hacker-friendly embedded Linux consumer audio device to re-launch MIT's believed-to-be legal network-based interactive music distribution system, Library Access to Music Project (LAMP). (more…)

Security appliance platform comes with Linux

October 22, 2004

< !-1 2 3 4 ->ADI Engineering is shipping an Intel iXP425-based OEM platform and reference design for network security devices. Diamondback is packaged in a compact, ready-to-use enclosure and is priced at $150 in OEM quantities. It comes with “GPL Linux” and also supports MontaVista Linux. (more…)

Report: IP STBs poised for major growth

October 22, 2004

ABI Research says it expects the market for IP set-top boxes (IP-STBs) to grow at least four times faster than that for cable or satellite-based boxes. While the CAGR of worldwide cable and satellite STB shipments is forecast at a modest 13-14 percent over the next five years, IP-STBs will (more…)

XScale-based “PC” runs Debian ARM-Linux

October 22, 2004

Developers targeting the ARM platform may be interested in an ARM-based desktop PC style system that can run Debian Linux. The Iyonix PC is based on an Intel XScale 80321 processor. A variety of models and configurations are available. (more…)

Tiny “DSP Stamp” runs uClinux on a DSP

October 22, 2004

[Updated 1 P.M.] — Cambridge Signal Processing (CSP) is shipping a 1-inch-square module based on a digital signal processor (DSP) that runs uClinux natively. The DSP Stamp comes preinstalled with a serial bootloader and uClinux, and a development board is also available. A Bluetooth camera reference (more…)

TimeSys ships first Carrier Grade Linux 2.0 registered distro

October 21, 2004

TimeSys has delivered on its earlier commitment to ship a Linux distribution compliant with version 2.0 of the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) specification by Q3 of this year. The company says that in doing so, it is the first Linux vendor to ship “CGL-Registered” Linux, and that CGL-Registered TimeSys Linux (more…)

ARM7/9 tools target Linux drivers, modules, apps

October 21, 2004

First Silicon Solutions (FS2) and Viosoft have collaborated on a hardware-assisted toolsuite targeting embedded Linux driver, module, and application development for ARM7 and ARM9 targets. The suite includes Viosoft's Arrriba embedded Linux development environment and FS2's System Analyzer for ARM cores. (more…)

ARM9 Linux gains 3D audio

October 21, 2004

SRS Labs has announced that its audio “enhancing” technology supports a MontaVista Linux distribution optimized for ARM9-based consumer electronics devices including mobile phones. The company says WOW XT for Mobile on MontaVista Linux Consumer Edition (CE) will bring 3D stereo imaging and heavy bass performance to music, ring tones, and (more…)

Intel upclocks Pentium M

October 21, 2004

Intel is shipping a new mobile processor built on 90nm process technology that clocks up to 2.1GHz. The Pentium M 765 includes 2MB of integrated L2 cache and a “power optimized” 400MHz system bus and enhanced “Speedstep” power saving technology. The 765 appears in Centrino laptops that launch this (more…)

New ARM 32-bit PrimeXsys platform includes Linux

October 21, 2004

ARM Ltd. has released the PrimeXsys Platform that supports its ARM1176JZF-S 32-bit processor core, and has disclosed that the first licensee of the platform is STMicroelectronics (ST), which will incorporate it into ST's Nomadik family of multimedia application processors. The ARM1176JZF-S PrimeXsys Platform will also be implemented in (more…)

Major flash boost for SIM cards coming

October 20, 2004

Flash memory pioneer M-Systems — famous for its DiskOnChip and DiskOnKey solid state disk replacements — has revealed plans to produce mobile phone SIM cards with a significant amount of built-in flash memory storage. The cards, dubbed MegaSIM, will be available in the second half of 2005, with flash storage capacities initially ranging from 16 to 256 MB. (more…)

Atmel ships $3-$4 SoCs. But will they run Linux?

October 20, 2004

Atmel is officially shipping the first two chips in its very-low-cost line of ARM7-based SoCs. Atmel's 32-bit SAM7S-series SoCs target the 8-bit microcontroller (uC) market, where Atmel says it can offer better real-time performance and “secure operation functions” such as watchdog timers. The question is, though: will they run Linux? (more…)