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Archive for June, 2005

Linux box serves up embedded Java

June 24, 2005

Sun Microsystems, Via Technologies, and iGoLogic Inc. will debut an x86-based development kit for embedded applications based on Sun's Java 2, Standard Edition (J2SE), next week at Java One. The compact, fully packaged system is supplied with a choice of Linux or Sun's Solaris operating system. (more…)

RFID reader development kit includes Linux BSP

June 24, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ->Embedded Planet is shipping a compact, “low cost” RFID reader development kit that includes Linux support and a sample RFID application. The kit comes with a PC/104 form-factor single-board computer (SBC) and a PCMCIA-based RFID reader engine. (more…)

Data center monitor goes Linux

June 24, 2005

AKCP has converted its data center security monitor from a proprietary RTOS to embedded Linux. The SensorProbe8Linux uses a variety of open source software to monitor server status, and a variety of attached sensors to monitor server room physical security. (more…)

Seven from IBM — Multimodal I/O, recursive coding, Graphviz, Eclipse…

June 24, 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…)

Linux distributor ships security appliances

June 24, 2005

Astaro has embedded its own Linux distribution for enterprise firewalls and VPN routers into a line of Linux-powered firewall appliances. The Astaro Security Gateway family includes three models that support between 80 and 420 Mbps of firewalling throughput, and 26 to 270 Mbps of VPN throughput. (more…)

Device Profile: AKCP SensorProbe8Linux data center security monitor

June 24, 2005

AKCP has converted its data center security monitor from a proprietary RTOS to embedded Linux. The SensorProbe8Linux uses a variety of open source software to monitor server status, and a variety of attached sensors to monitor server room physical security. (more…)

WPS heads for mobile Linux devices

June 23, 2005

Skyhook has introduced a wide-area positioning system based on WiFi radio signals, rather than satellite or cellular technology. The company says its WPS (WiFi Positioning System) is faster, works better indoors, and supports more existing devices. The company plans to support mobile clients running Linux. (more…)

GPL’d kernel module improves long-distance Internet communication

June 23, 2005

Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has released a GPL-licensed Linux kernel module that can improve long-distance communications and media streaming quality over broadband Internet connections. PSPacer 1.0 suppresses traffic bursts to minimize packet loss, with a single PC able to smooth up to 100 connections. (more…)

Tiny Linux board web-enables embedded designs

June 23, 2005

SSV is shipping a tiny Coldfire (68K) SBC that fits in a 169-pin Socket3 PGA socket. The DIL/NetPC PNP/5280 has several Ethernet port options, and is available with an embedded Linux starter kit. It targets telematics applications and is useful for network-enabling existing embedded product designs, (more…)

Freescale demos UWB-enabled media server

June 22, 2005

Haier Corp. and Freescale Semiconductor jointly demonstrated a UWB (Ultra-Wideband) high definition (HD) television and digital media server, wirelessly broadcasting HD video and audio streams across a stage. The demonstration, which occurred at Freescale's annual Technology Forum, showcased a “critical milestone for wireless home entertainment systems,” (more…)

Freescale vaunts Linux-based AdvancedTCA platform

June 22, 2005

Freescale Semiconductor is showcasing Linux-based AdvancedTCA designs at its developer event in Orlando this week. Freescale's Open AdvancedTCA Development Platform includes reference designs for an AdvancedTCA blade and Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) supporting Serial RapidIO and Ethernet backplanes, and a “DSP farm module” AMC based on an eight-way StarCore DSP. (more…)

AdvancedTCA blade and PMC card support Linux

June 22, 2005

Artesyn is sampling an AdvancedTCA blade and a ProcessorPMC mezzanine card based on Freescale's fastest PowerPC chip. The KatanaQp blade features dual MPC7448 processors, while the PmPPC7448 card runs a single MPC7448. Both boards support Wind River's Carrier Grade Linux and VxWorks, and target telecom equipment. (more…)

Wind River showcases Freescale partnership, adds ATCA support

June 22, 2005

Wind River says it has partnered with Freescale's network processor group to ensure that its embedded Linux tools and vertical market platforms support Freescale's latest PowerPC and PowerQUICC processors. Wind River's Carrier Grade Linux offering, Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition, supports a Freescale PowerPC-based AdvancedTCA platform from Artesyn Technologies. (more…)

IBM’s BlueGene/L tops supercomputer list

June 22, 2005

IBM-built machines accounted for over half the listings on this year's TOP500 supercomputer rankings. IBM's BlueGene/L supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory earned the top spot on the list, followed by a similar BlueGene machine at IBM's own Watson Research Center in New York. (more…)

Telematics tools support embedded Linux on Freescale PowerPC

June 22, 2005

Encirq is shipping telematics tools that support embedded Linux on Freescale's MPC5200 processor. The Encirq Data Foundation Framework generates ANSI C code from high-level scripts, and includes cross-platform target libraries supporting Linux and other embedded OSes. It targets telematics control units, driver information and navigation systems, and instrument cluster control. (more…)

TimeSys touts Freescale Linux tools, services, successes

June 22, 2005

TimeSys has launched new network-based embedded Linux tools and services for companies designing with Freescale processors, a group it says includes numerous large aerospace, military, industrial, and enterprise customers. The Freescale Linux Component Repository includes kernel patches, drivers, updates for processor revisions, Linux source and binary packages, and reference distributions. (more…)

Linux powers low-cost petabyte-level storage

June 22, 2005

Capricorn Technologies says it has completed delivery of more than a petabyte of storage to the Internet Archive, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco that creates periodic snapshots of the Internet. Capricorn's PetaBox products are based on Via mini-ITX boards running Debian or Fedora Linux, (more…)

Embedded SDIO stack available for Linux/Bulverde

June 21, 2005

EmbWise has ported its embedded SDIO Linux stack to MontaVista Linux CEE (consumer electronics edition) running on Intel's newest mobile multimedia processor, the XScale PXA270 (Bulverde). Additionally, the Chennai, India based startup has joined MontaVista's third-party partner network, it says. (more…)

Linux tops in embedded, but not without challenges

June 21, 2005

Linux is the star of embedded, according to an introductory feature at Design News. Once viewed skeptically by industry pragmatists, embedded Linux has been ported to every embedded processor and is considered for every embedded project. However, embedded Linux adopters may face unanticipated challenges, according to the Design News article. (more…)

Nokia ‘net tablet prototype nifty but logy

June 21, 2005

[Updated June 22, 2005] — Nokia's 770 Internet Tablet is well-conceived as a single-purpose device for web and email, but may be too sluggish to achieve widespread success, according to a reviewer at InformationWeek who got the chance to play with a prototype for an hour. (more…)