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Archive for August, 2005

Rugged Linux thin client targets industrial applications

August 31, 2005

Neoware is shipping a rugged thin client aimed at industrial applications such as retail distribution centers, transportation hubs, and manufacturing shop floors. The e900 comes stock with Neoware's custom embedded Linux OS, but can be modified to run other OSes, the company says. (more…)

Device Profile: Neoware e900 rugged thin client

August 31, 2005

Neoware is shipping a ruggedized thin client designed to support industrial applications such as retail distribution centers, transportation hubs, and manufacturing shop floors. The e900 comes stock with a Neoware's custom embedded Linux OS, but can be modified to run other OSes, the company says. (more…)

New IrDA spec shoots for 100Mbit/s data rates

August 30, 2005

The Infrared Data Association (IrDA) has adopted a protocol that could support transfer rates of 100Mbit/s, or 25 times greater throughput than current infrared communications protocols. “IRSimple” offers improved data throughput on current IrDA hardware (with a software upgrade), and so far, has been demonstrated at 16Mbit/s on prototypical hardware, the IrDA says. (more…)

Wireless surveillance cam runs Linux

August 30, 2005

Taiwanese ODM/OEM DigitalMicron has used Linux as the embedded software platform inside a wireless 802.11b security camera targeting commercial security and surveillance applications. The IP500 features JPEG/MPEG-4 compression, a microphone, remote pan-and-tilt, TV-out, and controls for up to four lights, alarm… (more…)

GSPx 2005 conference adds wireless tutorials

August 30, 2005

The 2005 Global Signal Processing Expo (GSPx 2005) will feature three new wireless tutorials covering WiMAX, WiFi, and ZigBee/UWB. The event, Oct. 24-27 in Santa Clara, Calif., also features 18 workshops, 200 whitepapers, vendor exhibits, a “new products” forum, and keynotes from Freescale and Qualcomm executives, organizers say. (more…)

New Philips IP-STB reference platform supports Linux

August 30, 2005

Royal Philips Electronics will debut a new IP set-top box (STB) reference platform at IFA 2005 in Berlin next week. The STB810 IP-STB targets IP and broadcast STBs with “advanced features such as video telephony, picture improvement algorithms, time-shift recording, DVD… (more…)

IBM publishes Cell processor docs

August 30, 2005

IBM has published an overview and specifications of the Cell processor architecture — formally known as the “Cell Broadband Engine Architecture” (CBEA) — on its developerWorks website. The overview, written by IBM architect Dr. H. Peter Hofstee, provides a brief introduction to the processor's unique structure and its programming implications. (more…)

Device profile: DigitalMicron IP500

August 30, 2005

Taiwanese ODM/OEM DigitalMicron has used Linux as the embedded software platform inside a wireless 802.11b security camera targeting commercial security and surveillance applications. The IP500 features JPEG/MPEG-4 compression, a microphone, remote pan-and-tilt, TV-out, and controls for up to four lights, alarm… (more…)

New version of Qt app tester Squish released

August 29, 2005

Froglogic GmbH is shipping a new major version of its automated, cross-platform GUI testing framework for Qt applications. Squish 2.0 features automated test script creation and an improved point-and-click interface. It works with applications written using Trolltech's Qt GUI toolkit. (more…)

IDF photos prove universal truth

August 29, 2005

The Intel Developer Forum last week in San Francisco was sparsely attended and boring, opines columnist John Dvorak, who has published an amusing photo essay at PC Magazine. Dvorak shows empty registration lines, people snoozing and reading mail, and unattended booths — and how making journalists wait for free food can prove perilous, at best. (more…)

Hardware-assisted debug vendor supports AMD embedded processors

August 29, 2005

Macraigor Systems has added support for AMD's Geode NX family of high-end x86-compatible embedded processors to its line of hardware-assisted on-chip debuggers. Additionally, it has added configurations for AMD evaluation boards to its collection of free, pre-built GNU tools suites, and pledged to… (more…)

Skype offers “mini Skype” API to application developers

August 29, 2005

Skype has opened up several APIs behind its popular peer-to-peer VoIP and instant-message (IM) software, in hopes of increasingly interoperability with other IM networks. The SkypeNet API allows software developers to embed “mini Skype” clients that provide presence and text messaging, while the SkypeWeb allows presence detection from Web applications. (more…)

PalmSource stock spikes on acquisition rumor

August 29, 2005

Palm may buy back software spin-off PalmSource, according to rumors that have caused a 20 percent spike in the company's stock price, BargainPDA says. Unclear is how such an acquisition would affect PalmSource's focus on Linux mobile phones. (more…)

Seven from IBM: self-healing apps, Cell “broadband engine,” REXX scripting…

August 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. (more…)

TimeSys drops distro model, embraces “roll-your-own” embedded Linux services

August 29, 2005

TimeSys has embraced an intriguing new business model based on just two relatively inexpensive service/subscription products. LinuxLink Access and LinuxLink Developer target embedded Linux developers “rolling their own” — that is, assembling their own custom embedded Linux distributions from freely available… (more…)

Wireless conference highlights “explosive growth” of wireless

August 26, 2005

CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2005 comes to San Francisco Sept. 27th through 29th. Billed as a “comprehensive wireless data event,” the conference targets the use of mobile and wireless technologies in the enterprise, in consumer devices, in machine-to-machine applications, and in remote monitoring and control, according to event organizers. (more…)

Open source eCos RTOS adds ST Micro ST40RA support

August 26, 2005

eCosCentric is shipping a “starter kit” aimed at helping developers evaluate the open-source eCos RTOS on STMicroelectronics's ST40RA embedded processor, using the processor vendor's evaluation board. The ST40RA processor is based on a 32-bit SuperH4 core, and integrates a 64-bit FPU, DMA, PCI interface, synchronous serial ports, timers, and real-time-clock. (more…)

Pentium 4 mini-ITX SBC runs Linux at 3 GHz

August 26, 2005

Kontron has introduced a highly integrated mini-ITX motherboard with Pentium 4 and Celeron processor options up to 3 GHz. The 886LCD/mITX includes an AGP/DVO slot and supports Linux, and is aimed at CPU-intensive, cost-sensitive industrial applications, according to the company. (more…)

Motorola, Intel aim CGL, ATCA at open IMS

August 26, 2005

Motorola has announced a joint proof-of-concept project with Intel to show that open, standards-based communications servers running Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) are suitable for IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) service deployments. (more…)

Mobile phone shipments surge in Q2

August 26, 2005

Gartner Group has reported that in the second quarter of 2005, the mobile phone market experienced its second-strongest sales period on record. Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 190.5 million units in Q2 2005, a 21.6 percent increase from the same period last year, and second only to Q4 2004, when sales surpassed 195.3 million units. (more…)