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Archive for July, 2005

3.5-inch SBC runs Linux on Pentium M, ULV Celeron

July 29, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 ->Arbor Technology has added a new member to its line of 3.5-inch SBCs (single-board computers). The EmCORE-i761 runs Linux on low voltage Pentium M Dothan and ultra-low voltage Celeron processors, according to the company. (more…)

Seven from IBM — client/server, HA database, FreeBSD, Enigma, Geronimo, worldwide grid…

July 29, 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…)

Embedded Linux powers hackable, sub-$150 thin client

July 29, 2005

We've discovered a $150 Linux-based thin-client PC based on a 433MHz Via Eden processor. The Ntavo NTA 6010A comes equipped with 64MB of DIMM DRAM and 64MB of CompactFlash memory, and a display controller that supports up to 1280×1024 pixels in 24-bit color. (more…)

New book focuses on Linux CLI, shell programming, editors

July 29, 2005

Prentice Hall has released a 1008-page reference guide to Linux commands, editors, and shell programming. Touted as an “essential reference for core commands that Linux users need daily,” the new book by Mark G. Sobell also provides a “superb introduction to Linux shell programming,” (more…)

Codec specialist ports wide range of codecs to Linux

July 29, 2005

MainConcept preparing to release a family of codecs that will support Linux, among other software platforms. The goal of its “Every Codec. Every Platform” strategy is “to offer all of the most-requested codec formats on all of the most-requested platforms,” including the Linux operating system and Intel's XScale embedded processors. (more…)

Wind River seminars discuss RTOS-to-Linux migration

July 29, 2005

Wind River will host three seminars focused on Linux's growing presence in the device software market, and on the trend toward migrating from legacy real-time operating systems (RTOSes) to Linux. The keynote talk at each of the three seminars will be given by “Linux pundit” (and OSDL employee) Bill Weinberg. (more…)

Free Linux certification testing for LinuxWorld delegates

July 29, 2005

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) will offer free and low-cost Linux certification at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, August 8-11. The exams are free for conference “delegates,” and will be available at the discounted price of $25 for exhibit hall attendees and exhibitors. (more…)

Device Profile: Devon Ntavo NTA 6010A Linux thin-client

July 29, 2005

Devon IT Inc. has embedded an “optimized” version of Red Hat Linux in a line of low-cost thin-client terminals ranging from the entry-level Ntavo NTA 6010A priced at $149, to the $599 NTA 6015L that boasts an integrated 15-inch, 1024×668 TFT LCD screen. The company has avoided the common practice of maximizing features and charging high prices, in favor of offering the most… (more…)

Software turns mobile phones into walkie-talkies

July 28, 2005

Esmertec is shipping software that adds real-time push-to-talk functionality to 2.5G and 3G mobile phones. The u@PoC (Push-to-talk over Cellular) client allows users to establish one-on-one or one-to-many (group) conversations, and can be ported to any platform with a C compiler, the company says. (more…)

PDA market decline persists, GPS a bright spot

July 28, 2005

The worldwide market for non-converged handheld devices (PDAs) declined for the sixth consecutive quarter in Q2 of 2005, IDC reports. Vendors offering GPS-enabled PDAs fared best. Overall, shipments were 1.7 million units, a fall of 24.9 percent from the prior quarter, and a shrinkage of 20.8 percent from Q2 2004. (more…)

Whitepaper explains use of Flash as embedded device user interface

July 28, 2005

This whitepaper from Vibren Technologies discusses the use of Macromedia Flash as a technology for creating rich, portable, maintainable, and consistent user interfaces across multiple models and generations of embedded devices, and outlines system requirements and porting issues. (more…)

RTLinux to gain UML add-on

July 28, 2005

FSMLabs will ship in August an add-on for its real-time Linux and BSD OSes that enables integration with I-Logix's suite of model-driven development (MDD) tools for embedded systems. RTCore UML Bridge will allow joint customers to use I-Logix's Rhapsody toolsuite to produce real-time C and C++ source code for RTLinux (more…)

VDC analyzes big changes at Metrowerks

July 28, 2005

This whitepaper from VDC examines organizational changes at Freescale relating to wholly owned subsidiary Metrowerks. It confirms that Metrowerks will realign itself strategically with its parent company, with the Metrowerks brand replaced by the “CodeWarrior” brand. After detailing these and other changes, the paper offers VDC's analysis and perspective. (more…)

Handheld gaming device, media player runs Linux

July 28, 2005

Gamepark has announced a new portable game- and media-player based on embedded Linux. The GPX2-F100 features dual ARM9 processors, USB 2.0, a 3.5-inch color LCD, and support for both native and emulated games. A Linux SDK (software development kit) will be available when the device ships, (more…)

Using Macromedia Flash as an embedded device UI

July 28, 2005

This whitepaper from Vibren Technologies discusses the use of Macromedia Flash as a technology for creating rich, portable, maintainable, and consistent user interfaces across multiple models and generations of embedded devices, and outlines system requirements and porting issues. (more…)

Big changes at Metrowerks

July 28, 2005

This whitepaper from VDC examines organizational changes at Freescale relating to wholly owned subsidiary Metrowerks. It confirms that Metrowerks will realign itself strategically with its parent company, with the Metrowerks brand replaced by the “CodeWarrior” brand. After detailing these and other changes, the paper offers VDC's analysis and perspective. (more…)

Device Profile: Gamepark GPX2-F100

July 28, 2005

Korean handheld vendor Gamepark has announced a new portable media player and gaming device based on embedded Linux. The GPX2-F100 features dual ARM9 processors, USB 2.0, a 3.5-inch color LCD, media playback software, and support for both native and emulated games. A Linux SDK (software development kit) will be available when the device ships, Gamepark says. (more…)

France equips footsoldiers with Linux, PowerPC, real-time Java

July 27, 2005

Aonix says its real-time Java virtual machine (JVM) will be used in a PowerPC/Linux-based armament system being developed for French footsoldiers. The PERC JVM provides a run-time environment for Java applications requiring high reliability and determinism, and will be used in France's FELEN project, Aonix says. (more…)

Embedded Linux presentations available for download

July 27, 2005

Wind River is offering audio recordings and slide presentations from its recent developer's conference, in exchange for user registration details. Of 42 presentations, 11 pertain to embedded Linux development, including talks on Carrier Grade Linux, Linux and VxWorks interoperability, and evaluating Linux suitability and security. (more…)

Companies partner to supply customizable Linux appliances

July 27, 2005

A company specializing in custom Linux distributions for device vendors and others has partnered with a vendor of off-the-shelf and custom appliance hardware. Progeny says NCS Technology can provide its customers with high-quality hardware, while Progeny can create and maintain custom Linux distributions for NCS's customers. (more…)