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Archive for February, 2005

Face-recognition security comes to mobile phones

February 28, 2005

A company in Japan has developed a technology for camera-equipped handheld devices that uses face recognition technology to authenticate users. Omron says its Okao Vision Face Recognition Sensor can increase the security of mobile devices such as camera phones and PDAs, and protect the data they contain. (more…)

Network processor company ships Linux DSL networking stack

February 28, 2005

Wintegra is shipping a Linux software stack for its MIPS-based networking chips targeting D-SLAMs (digital subscriber line access multiplexers) and line cards. Wintegra Linux Services (WLS) includes data- and control-plane software and an application interface, and targets access equipment makers building low-cost, high volume devices. (more…)

Linux powers remote industrial control system

February 28, 2005

IntelliCom is shipping a modular family of remote control and monitoring products for industrial equipment. The NetBiter Remote Device Management family supports Ethernet, modem, and GSM/GPRS networks, and includes uClinux-based device adapters, a central management server, and user applications such as Web portals. (more…)

Embedded Systems Conference hits San Francisco next week

February 28, 2005

The 17th annual Embedded Systems Conference comes to San Francisco next week, March 6 to March 10. As the largest systems design event in North America, ESC San Francisco is one of the few places that brings all players in the electronics systems design industry together (more…)

Linux Wi-Fi stack aims to vastly widen wireless device deployments

February 28, 2005

WLAN software specialist Instant802 has renamed itself as Devicescape, and launched an off-the-shelf Linux Wi-Fi stack meant to speed the arrival of ubiquitous wireless networking. Universal Wireless Platform (UWP) 2.0 includes a Linux reference design and Eclipse-based tools, and targets consumer electronics devices, office equipment, and network infrastructure. (more…)

15 from IBM — Linux boot process, PPC devkit, PCI history, C++, Eclipse…

February 25, 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, primarily related to Linux and open source system development. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . . ! (more…)

OSDL Linux Summit papers now available online

February 25, 2005

A number of the presentations from the OSDL Enterprise Linux Summit held earlier this month are now available online. The presentations span a wide range of topics of interest to LinuxDevices.com readers, including open-source best-practices, issues relating to the GNU General Public License, how to submit kernel patches, and more. (more…)

SoCs target multimedia communications devices, run Linux

February 25, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ->STMicroelectronics (STM) has released three new chips in its Nomadik family of multimedia-oriented system-on-chip (SoC) processors. The STn8810/11/12 run Linux and target mobile applications requiring multimedia playback and audio/visual communications, such as mobile phones, wireless PDAs, Internet appliances, and automotive infotainment systems. (more…)

Emulator/analyzer provides Linux-aware debug

February 25, 2005

American Arium will demonstrate what it claims is the world's first in-circuit emulator/trace port analyzer with 1GB trace depth and a half-clock capture rate of 640 MHz at the Intel Developer Forum next week. The GT-1000D is “Linux-aware,” providing full source-level kernel debug and application debug (more…)

Tutorial explains how to build Linux cross compilers

February 25, 2005

< !- 1 2->IBM developerWorks has published a 17-page tutorial on building a cross compiler for Linux using the GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) within the general context of building an environment for bridging applications to different targets. Author Martin C. Brown describes the basics of compilers and gives a step-by-step tutorial (more…)

Software adds location awareness to mobile devices

February 24, 2005

< !- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1->Ekahau is offering Wi-Fi device-makers free distribution rights to its wireless device-positioning client software and source code. The “Located by Ekahau” (LBE) partner program enables device manufacturers to promote their wireless products as “location aware,” according to the company. (more…)

Rugged Linux gateway/router makes wireless connection

February 24, 2005

This compact Linux box from Arcom provides wireless network-gateway and edge-router services to industrial equipment requiring access to enterprise IT systems or the Internet. Intended for use with both fixed and vehicular telemetry and remote-access services, the WER1500 supports Nextel's iDEN network, with 802.11b optionally available. (more…)

Compact communications SBC boasts PowerQUICC III, Linux

February 24, 2005

< !-1 ->MEN Micro has unveiled a new member of its ESM family of processor boards, an embedded communications engine based on an 833 MHz PowerQUICC III. The EM03A communications engine supports Linux and several other popular embedded operating systems, targeting such applications as routers, switches, hubs, (more…)

Linux gadget builds, streams music libraries

February 24, 2005

< !-1 2 3 ->MP3tunes has introduced a Linux-powered consumer digital audio server that provides a centralized repository for music and the means to distribute it wirelessly to other devices capable of playback. These include stereos, MP3 players, computers, PDAs, or even devices at the other end of an Internet link. (more…)

Multifunction Linux mobile phone packs PDA punch

February 24, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 ->A German company named ROAD (Remote Office Access Devices) has introduced an unusual multifunction Linux mobile phone. Flipping the model S101 “Handy-PC” open reveals a keyboard and screen for interacting with computer applications. Flip it closed again, and it's a GSM phone. (more…)

COM Express module runs Linux on a 2 GHz Pentium

February 23, 2005

< !-1 ->Kontron has announced a “computer-on-module” (COM) device based on the upcoming COM Express specification developed by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG). The ETXexpress-PM supports Windows CE and Windows XP Embedded and is one of the first products based on COM Express, (more…)

Linux-powered digital photo gadget morphs into Doom console

February 23, 2005

< !- 1->Jobo AG, a specialist in digital imaging, originally fielded its Giga Vu Pro as a tool for digital photography buffs, but this small embedded computer, running a Linux 2.4 kernel, has much broader potential. A free software development kit for the device is now available (more…)

2005: The year of the Linux mobile phone?

February 23, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 ->Some believe that 2005 will become the year of the Linux mobile phone, as manufacturers flock to off-the-shelf operating systems in order to cut costs and speed time to market, while managing the increasing complexity of their wares. Yet others think (more…)

Linux device serves up music

February 23, 2005

< !-1 2 3 ->Conextion Systems Inc. is showcasing its Linux-based digital music server at the Electronic House Expo Spring 2005 conference in Orlando, Florida this week. The Digital Ambience 1010 “intuitively manages a home user's music collection” and can play different music in multiple rooms simultaneously (more…)

HOT TOPIC: Linux on a roll in mobile phones

February 23, 2005

It's only been about two years since Linux started becoming a significant factor in mobile phones, an arena that has been dominated by Symbian, Microsoft, and proprietary operating systems. (more…)