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Archive for August, 2005

Wireless Internet table radio runs Linux

August 25, 2005

A high-end British loudspeaker vendor is prepping a wireless Internet table radio based on embedded Linux for the holidays. Acoustic Energy's prosaicly code-named “Wi-Fi internet radio” will support “all three major streaming formats,” it says, to tune in a claimed 99 percent of online radio stations. (more…)

WiFi endpoint authentication software gains features, flexibility

August 25, 2005

Meetinghouse has released a new version of its 802.1X WiFi authentication platform for wireless network access devices. Version 4 of the AEGIS Authentication SDK (software development kit) adds standards-based security control and flexibility, the company says, and targets wireless access points, wired/wireless routers, and switches. (more…)

PC/104 module adds GSM, GPS to embedded Linux systems

August 25, 2005

Parvus has released a PC/104 module that combines a tri-band GSM/GPRS modem with a 12-channel GPS receiver. The OrbiTrak GSM is aimed at intelligent vehicle and airborne applications and is compatible with most embedded operating systems, including embedded Linux, according to the company. (more…)

Renesas samples mysterious multi-core mobile phone processor

August 25, 2005

Renesas is sampling a highly integrated mobile phone processor combining an SH-Mobile-based application processor with a “dual baseband processor” supporting both W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS. The chip was jointly developed with NTT-DoCoMo, and targets dual-mode W-CDMA-GSM/GPRS handsets that will help NTT-DoCoMo and others promote their 3G services globally, Renesas says. (more…)

Linux software turns NAS devices into media servers

August 25, 2005

Twonkyvision is demonstrating a small-footprint, embeddable media server running on an inexpensive NAS (network-attached storage) appliance, at IDF this week in San Francisco. MediaServer aggregates local media files, advertising and serving them to UPnP-compatible clients. (more…)

Customizable ARM-based SoC runs Linux

August 25, 2005

Faraday Technology is sampling an “application-specific structured ASIC” chip that incorporates an ARM processor core, USB, Ethernet, on-chip encryption, and other useful IP blocks. The Peripheral Composer-1 (PC-1) supports Linux, comes with development tools, and targets low-volume devices requiring low NRE costs (non-recoverable expenses), according to Faraday. (more…)

Innovation squeezes alphabet keys into normal-sized keypads

August 25, 2005

Digit Wireless has created a mobile device keypad approach that adds a full alphabet's worth of buttons to a standard numeric layout. The company claims FasTap, which it is showcasing at the Intel Developer Forum this week, is no larger than a typical mobile phone keypad. (more…)

Device Profile: Acoustic Energy WiFi Internet radio

August 25, 2005

A high-end British loudspeaker vendor is prepping a wireless Internet table radio based on embedded Linux for the holidays. Acoustic Energy's prosaicly code-named “Wi-Fi internet radio” will support “all three major streaming formats,” it says, to tune in a claimed 99 percent of online radio stations. (more…)

Pentium M processor module supports Linux

August 24, 2005

SBS Technologies has unveiled a compact SBC in the Processor PCI Mezzanine (PrPMC) form-factor, supporting Pentium and Celeron M. The PSL09 PrPMC module supports Linux and targets “demanding applications” such as flight computers, software defined radio, and command, control, and communications systems, according to the… (more…)

Article explains use of Eclipse Voice Tools

August 24, 2005

IBM's DeveloperWorks website has published an article on how to obtain and use open source voice-development tools from the Eclipse Voice Tools Project (VTP). VTP, an offshoot of the Eclipse Web Tools Project, is designed to create a common set of standards-based voice development tools based on the Eclipse SDK. (more…)

Embedded object database rides into limelight on GPL

August 24, 2005

Databases embedded in applications for mobile devices are based increasingly on non-relational, open source software, according to research sponsored by a company offering an object-oriented DBMS under dual licenses. Db4objects says its db4o Java/.NET database has become the “world's most popular object database” since it was released under the GPL eight months ago. (more…)

Industrial automation vendor seeks Linux app partners

August 24, 2005

Industrial automation specialist Moxa Technologies has kicked off a partner program aimed at enticing software vendors to build Linux applications for its family of embedded computers. Participants in the “Moxa Software Partner” program will receive extensive embedded Linux resource material, customer referrals, and help building customized applications for special projects, the Taiwanese company says. (more…)

IP PBXs invade corporate phone closets

August 24, 2005

The number of IP PBX lines shipped is projected to exceed those of traditional PBXs this year, for the first time, according to In-Stat. While the traditional PBX is in “rapid decline,” In-Stat says it expects IP PBXs to grow at 6.6 percent compounded annually through 2009. (more…)

Industrial controller runs Linux, converts serial, digital protocols

August 23, 2005

Industrial automation specialist Moxa will ship in September a low-power, fanless, XScale-based industrial controller featuring eight lines each of digital input and output. The UC-7408 comes with embedded Linux pre-installed, and targets industrial automation and manufacturing applications integrating serial… (more…)

“World’s tiniest” Linux SBC gains Windows cross-hosting

August 23, 2005

SSV has added Windows XP hosting to the embedded Linux starter kit it offers for its Coldfire-based DIL/NetPC PNP/5282, which it describes as the “world's tiniest Linux system.” The “CoLinux Cross Tools” include a GNU-based uClinux build environment that runs in a window on XP, the company… (more…)

Intel tips low-power multicore processor plans

August 23, 2005

The microprocessor industry is tracking a “performance-per-Watt” course, according to Intel CEO Paul S. Otellini. Otellini announced a power-efficient micro-architecture due in Q2, 2006, demonstrated three power-efficient multi-core chips built on 65-nanometer process technology, and alluded to “handtop PCs” in his… (more…)

Market analyst outlines trends in embedded OSes, tools

August 23, 2005

The embedded OS and tools markets are healthy, driven by robust consumer electronics and telecom sectors, and by innovations such as Linux, Eclipse, and open source, according to Venture Development Corp. (VDC). VDC has published whitepapers on both markets, based on summary findings from its annual study of embedded markets. (more…)

Tiny low-power 802.11b/g platform supports Linux

August 23, 2005

Redpine Signals has introduced what it claims to be the world's lowest power licensable 802.11b/g platform — requiring just 35.6mW during VoIP calls. The Pine1-LP Wireless LAN reference design is supported by Linux drivers, and targets mobile handsets, PDAs, digital cameras, MP3 players, gaming, and printing platforms. (more…)

Updated BIOS-replacement firmware offers secure “root of trust”

August 23, 2005

Phoenix Technologies has released a new version of its BIOS firmware that aims to protect x86-based computing devices and data before the operating system and applications are loaded. TrustedCore SP2 incorporates firmware security enhancements that “fundamentally transform” legacy BIOS technology, according to the company. (more…)

Article highlights PDA security threats

August 23, 2005

An article in the current issue of [In]Secure magazine suggests that the perception of PDAs as “simple devices” has left many corporate networks vulnerable to attack. Not only can the PDAs themselves be compromised, but PDAs can also be used as trojans to attack a network, writes author Seth Fogie. (more…)