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Archive for January, 2005

Plot thickens in “world’s smallest Linux board” saga

January 31, 2005

Intec Automation is shipping a $200 credit-card sized SBC (single-board computer) small enough to embed in actuators and tight enclosures, yet powerful enough to run uClinux. The SteriodMicros WildFire microcontroller is based on a 64MHz ColdFire processor, and targets industrial control and automation. (more…)

Linux PDA vendor to demo RISC/DSP wares

January 31, 2005

Canadian Linux PDA specialist Empower Technologies has opened a US subsidiary in Redmond, Wash. The subsidiary will demonstrate a Linux environment running on a dual-core Texas Instruments (TI) RISC/DSP chip at the TI Developer Conference (TIDC), set for Feb. 15-17 in Houston, Texas. (more…)

High-end access routers run real-time BSD

January 31, 2005

Juniper Networks used a real-time POSIX core from FSMLabs, along with BSD, in a line of service routers for branch offices. The J-series Service Router line runs RTCore BSD, along with Juniper's BSD-based “JunOS” operating environment, ensuring high QoS (quality-of-service) even on congested networks, Juniper says. (more…)

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Linux home music distribution system now shipping

January 28, 2005

Sonos says it is now shipping its Linux-based home music distribution system, unveiled earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Sonos Digital Music System is a multi-zone wired or wireless music networking system with a stylish Linux-based remote control. (more…)

Former Snapgear CEO founds open source KVM start-up

January 28, 2005

< !-1 ->A startup founded by former SnapGear CEO Bob Waldie will unveil a family of open source KVM switches (keyboard, video, monitor) and console management products in mid-February. Opengear will sell products based on open source KVM software that the company says it will actively support. (more…)

Real-time, embedded conference includes Linux

January 28, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ->A series of one-day conferences on embedded systems and real-time computing will be held during the next three months in cities around the US and Italy. The Real-Time and Embedded Computing Conference (RTECC) events will include embedded Linux sessions and demonstrations. (more…)

J2ME+Linux double-team mobile phones

January 28, 2005

A mobile phone software vendor will ally with a commercial Linux provider to produce a Java/Linux software stack for mobile phones. Esmertec has chosen MontaVista Linux as the reference operating system for its Jbed Advanced multitasking J2ME platform, and will market the combined solution to phone manufacturers. (more…)

Consumer electronics Linux conference overview

January 28, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 ->The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) hosted a technical conference for members and their invitees earlier this week. LinuxDevices.com's roving reporter attended an interesting session devoted to technology demonstrations — many of an experimental nature — and assembled this comprehensive report. (more…)

Whitepaper: Choosing an embedded software debugger

January 28, 2005

Foreword — This whitepaper from embedded software development tools vendor Viosoft discusses the selection of a graphical debugger, examining various considerations to help developers choose the right tool for board bring-up, kernel porting, and application development. “A good debugger should be the single most powerful weapon in your development arsenal, helping to improve the quality of your… (more…)

10 from IBM — UWB, PowerPC assembly and emulation, wi-fi security . . .

January 27, 2005

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 powers mesh router for first responders

January 27, 2005

Sensoria used Linux in a wireless mesh router that can bridge civil service radio networks, enabling first responders to communicate at emergency scenes. The EnRoute400 runs a 2.6-series kernel, along with proprietary mesh networking software. It targets emergency response, homeland security, military, and industrial applications. (more…)

Motorola set for Linux smartphone barrage in 2005

January 27, 2005

Motorola will introduce eight to 10 Linux smartphones in 2005, according to its Taiwanese division, as quoted by the DigiTimes, an IT-focused daily paper in Taiwan. More than a quarter of the company's new phone launches for the year will be Linux smartphones, the article says. (more…)

CELF conference 2005 demo session review

January 27, 2005

The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) hosted a technical conference for members and their invitees earlier this week. LinuxDevices.com's roving reporter attended an interesting session devoted to technology demonstrations, and assembled this complete list of what was there, to help our readers stay informed. (more…)

Device Profile: Sensoria EnRoute400 mesh router for first responders

January 27, 2005

Sensoria used Linux in a wireless mesh router for first responders that has also been deployed by front-line US infantry in Afghanistan. The EnRoute400 runs a 2.6-series Linux kernel, supports a variety of wireless radios, and uses a proprietary mesh networking stack that supports voice, video, and other high-bandwidth signals. (more…)

Pentium-based ETX module supports Linux

January 26, 2005

< !- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9->Adlink has released an ETX form-factor single-board computer (SBC) that supports embedded Linux on Celeron and Pentium processors. Target markets for the ETX-IM333 include medical automation, instrumentation, gaming, POS, mobile computing, and transportation, according to the company. (more…)

Tiny Linux camcorder runs ARM-no-MMU Linux

January 26, 2005

Samsung used uClinux and an ARM9-based SoC to build a tiny, high-quality diskless camcorder that doubles as a digital camera, mp3 player, voice recorder, data storage device, and web cam. The Miniket runs a 2.6-series “ARM-no-MMU” uClinux kernel that can boot to a shell in 80msec. (more…)

Linux startups among top private European companies

January 26, 2005

Several embedded Linux-oriented companies were named to a list of top privately held companies in Europe and Israel. The 2004 Tornado100 list, assembled by European tech media company Tornado Insider, includes virtual platform start-up Jaluna, Linux firewall company Astaro, and VoIP (voice-over-IP) software pioneer Skype. (more…)

Context Switching and IPC Performance Comparison between uClinux and Linux on the ARM9 based Process

January 26, 2005

Foreword: This whitepaper presents research comparing uClinux with Linux, on an ARM9 processor, in terms of context switching speeds and IPC (inter-process communication) speed. The research was done by Samsung while developing the Linux-based Miniket multi-function diskless camcorder. (more…)

Device Profile: Samsung Miniket multi-function diskless camcorder

January 26, 2005

Samsung has used uClinux and an ARM9-based SoC to build a tiny multi-function device that serves as a high-quality diskless camcorder, SVGA digital camera, mp3 player, voice recorder, data storage device, and web cam. The Miniket runs a 2.6-series “ARM-no-MMU” uClinux kernel that can boot to a shell in 80msec. (more…)

Open technology incubator ramps up in Portland area

January 25, 2005

A center for “open technology” startups will open in a Portland, Ore. suburb on February 1, the OSDL has announced. Funded by the City of Beaverton, the Open Technology Business Center will offer residencies to qualified early-stage companies, with the OSDL providing consulting around open source business models and opportunites. (more…)