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Archive for March, 2005

Embedded earnings down, but turning around, at Red Hat

March 31, 2005

Red Hat netted more money selling subscriptions for embedded products than from retail sales, during its most recent quarter, according to its fourth quarter and annual report for fiscal year 2005, filed today. However, both retail and embedded subscriptions were down, generally, while enterprise subscriptions doubled year-over-year. (more…)

News: Linux filesystem I/O for hard real-time applications

March 31, 2005

This whitepaper by FSMLabs product manager Matt Sherer looks at “VxIT,” a VxWorks emulation layer that aims to provide developers with a strategy for transitioning VxWorks applications to real-time Linux. In particular, it shows how real-time VxWorks applications running under VxIT can transparently access the Linux filesystem. (more…)

Embedded startup offers Linux SDIO, Zeroconf stacks

March 31, 2005

< !-1 ->An embedded software startup in Chennai, India, has launched two products targeting Linux-based devices. EmbWise's SDIOWorx is a framework for SD/MMC memory cards and SDIO peripherals, while WiSe-Zeroconf implements the IETF's draft Zeroconf standard — branded “Rendezvous” by Apple — for self-configuring printers, wireless access devices, and other peripherals. (more…)

Acquisition nets net-chip vendor modules, Linux expertise

March 30, 2005

Device networking specialist Digi International, of Minnetonka, Minn., has acquired a pair of European sister companies, FS Forth-Systeme, of Germany, and Sistemas Embebidos, of Spain. The $4.4M deal brings Digi in-house Linux expertise, and expands its line of modules based on high-integration, system-on-chip (SoC) processors from NetSilicon, another Digi-owned company. (more…)

News: Do you volatile? Should you?

March 30, 2005

This article, by veteran Linux trainer Kevin Dankwardt, discusses “volatile,” a relatively unknown ANSI-C type modifier that ensures that the compiler generates code to reload a data item each time it is referenced. Volatile must be used with variables that may be altered asynchronously, (more…)

Do you volatile? Should you?

March 30, 2005

Foreword — This article, by veteran Linux trainer Kevin Dankwardt, discusses “volatile,” a relatively unknown ANSI-C type modifier that ensures that the compiler generates code to reload a data item each time it is referenced. Volatile must be used with variables that may be altered asynchronously, such as by a signal handler or mapped hardware. (more…)

DSP runs networked audio player natively

March 29, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 ->This article by the program manager of Analog Devices Inc.'s Platform Tools Group discusses the first Linux audio application to run on the Analog Devices Blackfin, which was one of the first DSPs to run Linux. (more…)

IHV ships CG Linux on AdvancedTCA signal plane SBCs

March 29, 2005

SBC (single-board computer) maker Diversifed Technology (DT) says its OEM relationship with MontaVista has enabled it to create, distribute, and support MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade (CG) runtime configurations for an AdvancedTCA blade targeting signal/data plane applications in wireless access/edge, telecom fibre transport, media gateways, soft switches, (more…)

Blackfin uClinux platform runs networked audio player

March 29, 2005

Foreword — This article discusses the first Linux audio application to run on the Analog Devices Blackfin, which was one of the first DSPs to run Linux. The application is a network music player demonstrated by ADI recently at ESC (Embedded Systems Conference). (more…)

Linux system squishes into Ethernet connector

March 28, 2005

[Updated Mar. 29, 2005] — German electronics company Kleinhenz Elektronik will ship in April a network-enabled Linux system barely larger than a standard RJ-45 Ethernet jack. “Picotux” is based on the DigiConnect ME module from Digi International, along with a 2.4.27 uClinux port developed by Kleinhenz. (more…)

Customizable ARM-based SoC boasts Linux support

March 28, 2005

< !-1 2 ->Faraday Technology has released a customizable SoC (system-on-chip) in its application-specific “structured ASIC” product family. The PeripheralComposer-1 (PC-1) is based on an ARM processor core, integrates USB and Ethernet, and is supported by a comprehensive set of software and hardware development tools, including Linux, according to the company. (more…)

Free PDA graphics framework and app stack updated

March 28, 2005

A project developing a free graphics framework and application stack for Linux-based PDAs has achieved a new stable release. Opie (Open Palmtop Integrated Environment) version 1.2 offers a new package manager, improved interface, key new applications, and support for KDE's next-generation “KitchenSync” among other synchronization protocols. (more…)

Seven from IBM — autonomic computing, Bugzilla, Eclipse tools…

March 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…)

Legendary indy director uses Linux to edge out ILM

March 25, 2005

[Updated Mar. 29,2005] — A Linux device helped legendary independent filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Desperado, Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and others) win the race with ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) to create the first movie ever to use a digital format (more…)

EBX board boasts PCI-Express, Opteron, Linux

March 24, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ->Win Enterprises has released an EBX form-factor SBC (single-board computer) featuring a 16-lane PCI-Express slot and a stackable HyperTransport connector. The MB-06047 is among the first embedded-oriented SBCs to incorporate AMD's long-life Opteron processor. It supports Linux-based operation. (more…)

Siemens terrestrial digital STB/PVR runs Linux

March 24, 2005

A Linux-based digital STB (set-top box) available in Europe has attracted a community of Linux hackers. The Siemens Gigaset M740 AV can decode satellite and terrestrial DVBs (digital video broadcasts), and supports PVR functionality through an external USB hard drive. (more…)

Tiny, low-cost RISC SBC comes with Linux, tools

March 24, 2005

< !-1 2 ->Acme Systems is shipping a tiny, inexpensive, RISC CPU-based SBC (single-board computer) that comes preinstalled with embedded Linux. The “Acme Fox” measures 2.6 x 2.8 inches, costs 99 Euros, and offers Ethernet and USB ports, along with optional surface-mount connectors supporting extensive I/O possibilities. (more…)

Build an Ogg Theora camera using an FPGA and embedded Linux

March 23, 2005

Andrey Filippov, of Elphel Photo-Electronics, has developed a Linux-based network camera around a new codec said to allow for the first time both a low bitrate and high-resolution, high-framerate video. Filippov's technical article discusses implementing an Ogg Theora encoder FPGA for Elphel's new Model 333 camera. (more…)

Linux-powered wireless media player uses dual-licensable SSL security suite

March 23, 2005

PeerSec Networks says D-Link used its suite of SSL security products in a line of Linux-based media players. The D-Link DSM series players use PeerSec's MatrixSSL embedded security suite, a modular, small-footprint, high-performance security suite available for Linux under free or commercial licenses. (more…)

MPEG-4 PC/104 module handles four video inputs, supports Linux

March 23, 2005
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< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 ->Parvus is shipping a PC/104-Plus MPEG-4 audio/video encoder card that supports up to four simultaneous video inputs. The MPEG104+ makes use of an onboard microcontroller to manage computationally intensive video compression, and is supported under Linux, among other embedded OSes, (more…)