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Archive for June, 2005

Linux 2.6 kernel modeled in UML 2.0

June 30, 2005

The Software Revolution has created a complete, detailed model of the 2.6 Linux kernel using UML 2.0 (unified modeling language). The model comprises interlinked scalable vector graphics and text documents modeling all major subsystems of the kernel, including all source code fields and functions. (more…)

Partnership aims to replace Windows, Citrix with Linux

June 30, 2005

Win4Lin and NoMachine will jointly develop thin-client server software capable of securely and efficiently serving Windows thin-client sessions from Linux servers, the companies say. The product will be based on Win4Lin's hybrid Linux/Windows terminal server and NoMachine's caching proxy server, and will be positioned as a Linux-hosted alternative to Citrix. (more…)

Linux dev kit includes Ethernet debugger

June 30, 2005

Embedded Toolsmiths has announced that its software debugger is included in an AMCC Linux development kit for a general-purpose industrial PowerPC processor. Embedded Toolsmith's software-only Agile-DB Debugger comes standard with the AMCC 440EP kit, while its hardware-assisted JTAG debugger Guardian-SE is available as an upgrade. (more…)

Great Gadget Smack-Down Round 3 — Pre-game Banter

June 30, 2005

Linux versus Windows isn't just servers and desktops anymore. Smart devices are showing up all over the place, and the embedded arena features fighting just as intense. The Great Gadget Smack-Down aims to sort it out once and for all, and find out which embedded OS is best. (more…)

Codes link cameraphones to websites

June 29, 2005

OP3 AB has come up with an ingenious way for cameraphone users to quickly and easily access product- or service-related information on the Web from their phones. Once equipped with a small (18KB) freely downloadable software program, users point their cameraphones at a circular “ShotCode” pattern, (more…)

Space Shuttle control graphics software ported to Linux

June 29, 2005

Real-time animated graphics tools used in control applications for Hong Kong's subway system and NASA's Space Shuttle have been ported to AMD-64 Linux. Kinesix's Sammi application development kit for Linux includes vector graphics interface creation tools, runtimes, and network APIs, and targets aerospace, transportation, and defense. (more…)

Nokia 770 buzz builds

June 29, 2005

Nokia's forthcoming Linux-based Internet tablet continues to generate interest. Several blogs devoted to the 770 have sprung up, with detailed reviews of prototypes, news of open source software ports, and stories about open source developers helping with the device, which is expected to ship this quarter. (more…)

PowerPC Linux dev kit showcases tools

June 28, 2005

AMCC is shipping a Linux development kit for its 440EP processor for imaging and industrial applications. The kit includes a “Yosemite” board from Embedded Planet, along with tools, sample applications, benchmarks, hardware design files, and evaluation versions of embedded tools from LynuxWorks, Denx, and Embedded Toolsmiths. (more…)

Linux devices gain real-time 3D interface tools

June 28, 2005

Quantum3D is readying an OpenGL ES rendering engine for its human-machine interface (HMI) toolsuite. The IData ES engine lets engineers deploy real-time 3D interfaces such as moving maps and unmanned vehicle control applications on embedded devices such as Linux PDAs, cell phones, avionics devices, and vetronics (more…)

PowerQUICC III ProcessorPMC module has Linux BSP

June 28, 2005

Embedded Planet is readying a PowerQUICC III development board that can function as a ProcessorPMC module in CompactPCI telecom equipment, or operate standalone using a supplied wall-cube adapter. The EP85xxM targets communications, mil/aero, medical, and industrial applications, and will ship in Q3 with a Linux BSP. (more…)

Linux mobile phone has pivoting touchscreen

June 28, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 ->One of China's largest telecommunications equipment companies has used Linux and Qtopia Phone Edition to build a dual-band GSM phone with a unique pivoting touchscreen. ZTE's e3 has strong multimedia and video capabilities, along with handwriting recognition and Chinese-English translation software. (more…)

Apps drive mobile device purchases, loyalty

June 28, 2005

Third-party applications powerfully influence mobile phone and PDA purchases, according to an annual survey of 14,000 mobile content users by online retailer Handango. The survey also suggests that active mobile content users are more satisfied with their devices, and less likely to change brands. (more…)

Device Profile: ZTE e3 Linux camera phone

June 28, 2005

One of China's largest telecommunications equipment companies has used Linux and Qtopia Phone Edition to build a dual-band GSM mobile phone with a 1.3MP camera and unique pivoting color touchscreen. ZTE's e3 has strong multimedia and video capabilities, along with a full web browser and Chinese-English translation software. (more…)

Linux-friendly dev board available for 64-bit MIPS SoC

June 27, 2005

Toshiba America Electronic Components is shipping a reference board for its newest 64-bit MIPS/RISC chip. The RBTX4939 includes a TX4939XBG-400 processor module available for use in embedded designs. Toshiba is developing a Linux BSP (board support package), with BSPs also expected from MontaVista and Wind River. (more…)

PXA2xx PCI, HDD controllers gain embedded Linux support

June 27, 2005

QuickLogic has announced that its programmable PCI bridge and hard drive controller for Intel's XScale PXA2xx (Bulverde) processors are supported by Viosoft's embedded Linux Development tools. Arriba Embedded Linux Edition for the QuickLogic Mobile Applications Platform can be used to develop drivers, loadable modules, and user-mode applications. (more…)

Cell Linux port heads for mainstream kernel tree

June 27, 2005

[Updated Jun. 29, 2005] — IBM, Sony, and Toshiba have ported Linux to the Cell processor, and hope to merge their patches into the next major Linux kernel release, 2.6.13. The port includes a 64-bit PowerPC kernel, and a filesystem availing it of the chip's multiple independent vector processing units. (more…)

Open source telephony app server evolves

June 27, 2005

An open source telephony application server project has released its second major version to developers. Bayonne 2 features a simpler driver model, support for wired and protocol-stack-based drivers, and both an interface library and voice application server. The release supports SIP and H323 on Linux and other OSes. (more…)

Linux WiFi stack aims enterprise features at SMBs

June 27, 2005

Devicescape is shipping a commercial WiFi stack that it claims can bring enterprise management and security features to access points targeting the SMB (small-medium business), public safety, and other vertical markets. Wireless Infrastructure Platform 2.0 (WIP) includes a complete yet customizable Linux access point distribution, tools, documentation, and support. (more…)

Motorola readies tri-band Linux/Java phone

June 27, 2005

[Updated 12:30PM] — Motorola will ship another Linux/Java phone in Q4 2005. The E895 is a tri-band GSM cameraphone with a 1.3 megapixel camera, large TFT/LCD display, Bluetooth, and rich Internet, multimedia, and web capabilities, Motorola says. The company is demonstrating it at JavaOne this (more…)

Security processors target WiMAX base stations, CPE

June 27, 2005

Cavium has announced that its Linux-friendly line of security processors is available with microcode and SDKs supporting WiMAX access point and CPE (customer premises equipment) development. Additionally, the company says Nex-G used its Nitrox II security processor in a sixteen-sector WiMAX base station. (more…)