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Archive for February, 2005

Tiny IP PBX serves 50 users, runs embedded Linux

February 22, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 ->This extremely compact Linux-based IP PBX from Snom Technology accommodates as many as 50 users in a small- to medium-sized enterprise, providing both a SIP proxy and media server with a full PBX feature set, plus voice messaging, conferencing and other applications. (more…)

Low-profile system targets network devices, Internet appliances

February 22, 2005

< !- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1->WIN Enterprises is shipping a low-profile, Pentium-based system aimed at developers of mid-range “networking devices” including servers, routers, firewalls, VPN gateways, and “Internet appliances.” The 1U rack-mountable device includes six 10/100 Ethernet ports, and comes with support for Linux. (more…)

Intel puts chips on embedded path

February 22, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ->Intel Corp. announced that it will now make three recently introduced mobile microprocessors and a companion chipset available to embedded system designers. The slate consists of the Pentium 760M, Celeron 370M, and ultra-low-voltage Celeron 373 processors, plus the Mobile 915GM Express chipset. (more…)

Software turns voice into remote control

February 22, 2005

< !- 1->Opera Software has leveraged its ViaVoice collaboration with IBM to create the Electronic Program Guide (EPG) software development kit. Programs incorporating the techology will let users control their DVD players, DVRs, and digital TV set-top boxes by talking to them. The EPG's IBM voice libraries are available for Linux (more…)

Java development sees productivity gains

February 22, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ->Aonix has announced the release of a new version of its Java virtual machine (JVM) for real-time and embedded applications, delivering productivity gains of 2X to 10X and a run-time efficiency comparable to that of C++ implementations, according to the company. (more…)

Motorola’s multimedia e680 cellphone gets mixed review

February 21, 2005

The heavily multimedia-oriented Motorola E680, the company's first Linux-based mobile phone available outside the Far East, has received a mixed review at howardchui.com. The reviewer generously praises the E680's man-machine interface in all of its many aspects but pans its RF performance and quibbles (more…)

PCI Express board packs 8-port switch, supports Linux

February 21, 2005

The Model 6468 GigPCI-Express Switch board announced by DSS Networks is a flexible communications board geared to run Linux 2.4/2.6 or VxWorks 5.5. The board links an 8-port Ethernet switch to an 8-lane PCI Express host interface, with an onboard FPGA for management, control, and routing. (more…)

PCI engines optimized for open-source PBX software

February 21, 2005

Sangoma Technologies has customized its T1/E1/J1 voice/data boards to optimize their use as embedded PBX coprocessors. Dedicated PBX “engines” offload TDM voice traffic from a CPU, resulting in fewer dropped calls, less jitter and better voice quality, the company said. Sangoma's AFT (“Advanced, Flexible Telecommunications”) boards (more…)

Linux-based home appliance handles many tasks

February 21, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1->The Glaucus multipurpose appliance from Digital Glu combines home automation features, multimedia storage, Internet firewall/router, content filtering, and other tasks within a single compact, lightweight device. (more…)

Archos Linux-based portable audio/video player available online

February 18, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 ->The much-ballyhood Linux-based “fourth generation” Archos PMA400 personal video recorder/player (PVR/PVP) — with a 3.5-inch color LCD, 30GB hard drive, wireless Internet access, Qtopia PIM suite, and lots of other cool features — is now available for purchase online from Archos's website. (more…)

World’s fastest Mini-ITX mobo?

February 18, 2005

General Micro Systems is shipping what it claims is “absolutely the fastest” Mini-ITX motherboard. Powered by Pentium M processors at up to 2.3 GHz, the P620 Hawk is crammed with interfaces and expansion buses, and may also be the first Mini-ITX mobo to offer PMC expansion. (more…)

Library speeds phone interface development

February 18, 2005

Targeting low-end to mid-range mobile phones and handheld devices with communications capabilities, Kaleido Phone Library from Digital Airways provides customizable modules that accelerate MMI (man-machine interface) development for Nucleus and Linux platforms. A middleware “foundation layer” for MMI development, KPL is an extension to the Kaleido (more…)

Carrier-grade Linux gets signaling software

February 18, 2005

Ulticom Inc. has introduced Signalware for MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition 3.1, a complete software development and deployment environment based on SS7, the standard global telecommunications protocol. Previously available only on Solaris and Red Hat Linux, Signalware addresses messaging, switching, location, mobility, and payment services for Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) (more…)

Linux device secures small businesses

February 18, 2005

< !- 1 2->A new family of wireless IP security devices from SofaWare Technologies is based on Linux, Check Point firewall and VPN technology, and Cavium's Nitrox Soho Secure Communication Processors (SCPs). The [email protected] 400W security appliances feature a built-in 802.11b/g access point tightly integrated with firewall (more…)

Linux devkit for Atmel CPU includes hardware-assisted debugger

February 18, 2005

American Arium has introduced a Linux development kit based on Cogent's recently introduced CSB637 single-board computer and Arium's own hardware-assisted debugger. The LC-500C637 kit targets developers of low power, high-performance devices such as an intelligent front panels, networked building controllers, medical monitors, or industrial Ethernet-to-machine interfaces, (more…)

Viosoft’s Arriba takes a ride on Intel’s PXA270

February 17, 2005

Viosoft has announced Linux support for Intel's Mainstone board-level evaluation platform for the PXA270 processor. The Arriba Embedded Linux Edition for the Intel PXA270 addresses the main challenge with developing applications and drivers for multimedia processors: the ability to debug a live system at high speed, according to Hieu Tran, (more…)

PowerQUICC SBCs gain Linux support

February 17, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ->Arabella Software, a specialist in turnkey Linux support for Freescale's PowerQUICC family of processors, has announced support for Embedded Planet's EP885 and EP8248 single-board computers (SBCs), which are based on the latest PowerQUICC offerings equipped with security engines. (more…)

Multimedia barriers drop at CeBIT in March

February 17, 2005

The Network-Integrated Multimedia Middleware developed at Saarland University in Saarbrucken, Germany, is platform- and network-agnostic, enabling it to crash through previous barriers to distributed multimedia. At CeBIT next month, NMM will strut its stuff as representatives of the university's Computer Graphics Lab demonstrate the extraordinary flexibility (more…)

Board-level Linux engine manages wireless networks

February 17, 2005

< !- 1 2 3->Nexvision is putting Linux to work in a new single-board computer that is geared toward managing wireless IP networks in homes, factories, and buildings of all sorts. Based on a 200 MHz Samsung S3C2410A microcontroller, the SBC has a wireless GSM/GPRS interface on-board, (more…)

Great Gadget Smack-Down Round 2: Still too close to call

February 16, 2005

Ding, ding! It's the end of Round Two in the ongoing knock-down, drag-out battle between Windows and Linux for the hearts and minds of developers building gadgets like smartphones, PDAs, firewall devices, and consumer entertainment equipment. At the moment, the contest remains too close to call. (more…)