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Archive for January, 2005

Black Duck joins OSDL

January 25, 2005

A company specializing in intellectual property management services has joined the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL). Black Duck Software will contribute to OSDL initiatives involving legal issues, it says. Additionally, two Black Duck employees will speak at the OSDL's Enterprise Linux Summit, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, in Burlingame, Calif. (more…)

Workshop on embedded software standards seeks presenters

January 25, 2005

< !-1 ->The Object Management Group (OMG) has issued a call for presentations for its workshop on software standards for real-time systems, set for July 11-14, 2005, in Washington, DC. The workshop, entitled “Distributed Object Computing for Real-time and Embedded Systems,” will allow standards users, researchers, and implementers to share experiences. (more…)

Open Graphics Project preps Linux-friendly PC graphics card

January 25, 2005

KernelTrap has interviewed Timothy Miller, founder of the Open Graphics Project (OGP). Miller and his employer, graphics chipset vendor Tech Source, founded the OGP to produce a 2D- and 3D-accelerated graphics chipset with an open hardware specification, enabling excellent support under Linux and other open source operating systems. (more…)

Reference design targets mobile VoWLAN phones running Linux

January 25, 2005

QuickLogic and Renasas are developing a reference design for mobile VoIP (voice-over-IP) and VoWLAN (voice-over-WLAN) phones running embedded Linux. The RTS7720IPP-DS3 design is based on a Renesas SuperH-DSP SoC (system-on-chip), along with a QuickLogic low-power programmable PCI bridge. It operates under 802.11b/g networks and runs on a Linux-based operating system. (more…)

German conference on Linux in automation calls for papers

January 24, 2005

A German-language conference on embedded Linux in industrial control and automation has issued a call for papers for its second annual event, set for March 31 and April 1, 2005, in Hannover, Germany. The Linux Automation Konferenz (LAK) is described as a “platform for technical exchange” between industrial automation, real-time, (more…)

Zaurus SL-C3000 review praises versatility, usability

January 24, 2005

BargainPDA has reviewed an Anglicized version of Sharp's latest Japan-only Zaurus model, which boasts a 4GB hard disk drive. The review praises the SL-C3000's build quality and instant-on operation, while ruing the lack of built-in Wi-Fi and incomplete Japanese-to-English translation (for example, of user (more…)

Linux kernel crash dump tool supports x86-64

January 24, 2005

VA Linux Systems Japan has released a version of its open source Linux kernel debugging tool that supports the x86-64 architecture. Mini Kernel Dump (mkdump) is a Linux-based mini-kernel that runs underneath the Linux kernel, providing a stable environment for capturing and dumping crash dump data. It previously supported IA-32. (more…)

Rise of Linux buoys cross-platform dev framework

January 24, 2005

< !-1 ->Trolltech says the emergence of Linux on developer and user desktops helped make 2004 a banner year for Qt, its cross-platform development framework. Qt provides a C++ API, along with compile-time translation software that lets developers build native applications for a variety of platforms from the same code base. (more…)

Wind River scoops up ScopeTools

January 24, 2005

Wind River has acquired the tools division of a long-time partner. The embedded giant will pay Real-Time Innovations (RTI) $10 million for its ScopeTools business unit, including 11 employees and IP (intellectual property) rights to RTI's well-known ScopeTools. RTI will re-focus around data-distributing middleware. (more…)

Open source business conference includes embedded Linux

January 24, 2005

[Updated 3:15 P.M.] — The Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), April 5-6 in San Francisco, will include a panel discussion on mobile devices, analysis of Wind River's historic embrace of Linux, and exploration of other business-oriented topics. The second annual event targets IT business executives, venture capitalists, attorneys, and others (more…)

News: Soccer-playing robot runs real-time embedded Linux

January 21, 2005

This article by a PhD student at Shanghai JiaoTong University (SJTU) Research Institute of Robotics describes an RTLinux-powered robot that placed fifth in the most recent RoboCup competition. The robot has two color cameras for visual sensing along with a (more…)

Executive Interview: Michels Gien and Genard of Jaluna

January 21, 2005

This fascinating interview with two top executives of Jaluna — a company that has developed a sort of “VMware for embedded systems” that enables Linux to run alongside a real-time-control OS on gadgets like smartphones and set-top boxes — delves into the (more…)

Denx rev’s free embedded Linux development toolkit

January 21, 2005

Denx Software Engineering has updated its free embedded Linux SDK (software development kit). Embedded Linux Development Kit (ELDK) 3.1 includes native and cross-development tools, support for RTAI (real-time application interface), and tools for automating runtime creation. New features include improved native development tools, and support for newer versions of Linux. (more…)

Intel virtualization tech intriguing for embedded

January 21, 2005

Intel will add platform virtualization technology to its high-end chipsets in 2005, and to higher volume chips in 2006, according to a story at ExtremeTech. The technology — codenamed “Vanderpool” — may interest embedded developers, especially if it can simultaneously run Linux alongside legacy RTOSes (real-time operating systems). (more…)

Surveillance DVR runs Linux on Via processor

January 21, 2005

George Tang Industrial used embedded Linux to build an eight-channel surveillance DVR (digital video recorder). The GDV-08 runs a 2.4-series kernel on a Via processor, and includes a LAN interface and CD-RW. It supports dual hard drives, and features scheduled recording, motion detection, and email/phone alarms. (more…)

Soccer-playing robot runs real-time embedded Linux

January 21, 2005

Foreword — This article by a PhD student at Shanghai JiaoTong University (SJTU) Research Institute of Robotics describes an RTLinux-powered robot that placed fifth in the most recent RoboCup competition. The robot has two color cameras for visual sensing along with a laser range finder (LRF) for goalkeeper location, and a wireless LAN allows communication among the robots on SJTU's team. (more…)

Device Profile: George Tang Industrial GDV-08 DVR

January 21, 2005

George Tang Industrial (GTI) used embedded Linux to build an 8-channel surveillance DVR (digital video recorder). The GDV-08 runs a 2.4-series Linux kernel on a Via processor, and includes a LAN interface and CD-RW drive. It supports dual hard drives, and features scheduled recording, motion detection, and email/phone alarms. (more…)

Executive Interview: Michel Gien and Michel Genard of Jaluna

January 21, 2005

Foreword — This Executive Interview includes two top officials at Jaluna, a Linux-oriented virtual platform software company that was France's fourth-best funded startup in 2004. (more…)

Consumer electronics leaders collaborate on DRM spec

January 20, 2005

Several consumer electronics giants have formed a joint development association (JDA) tasked with developing content management and protection standards for manufacturers building consumer electronics devices, according to an article at DeviceForge. The Marlin JDA includes Sony, Matsushita (Panasonic), Royal Phillips, and Samsung, along with DRM (digital rights management) specialist InterTrust. (more…)

Linux OS for IP-STBs to support proprietary codec

January 20, 2005

A Linux-based operating system for IP-TVs based on single-core DSPs (digital signal processors) will support a proprietary video codec claimed to perform better than H.264, VC1, and other commonly used codecs. The VP6.2 codec from On2 Technologies will be ported to Softier's MediaLinux OS, the companies say. (more…)