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Archive for September, 2005

ARM devcon talk discusses Linux bring-up and debugging

September 26, 2005

Hardware-assisted tools vendor American Arium says its principal firmware engineer, John Overton, will speak on debugging Linux on ARM targets, at the ARM Developer's Conference next week in San Jose. (more…)

Linux powers VoIP WiFi router reference design

September 26, 2005

Broadband customer premises equipment chip vendor PMC-Sierra is shipping a Linux-powered hardware/software reference design for VoIP WiFi broadband routers. The company says high-performance Linux routing helps the design deliver PSTN-like voice quality (public switched telephone network), while… (more…)

Simulator for ARM-based boards achieves major release

September 26, 2005

An open source project to create a simulator for ARM-based development boards has achieved its first major release. SkyEye 1.0.0 targets Linux and uClinux on 11 different ARM-based board families, simulating devices such as NICs, LCDs, touchscreens, and Flash, in addition to the processor. (more…)

Opera goes ad-free, tops million downloads in two days

September 23, 2005

Opera Software released a banner-free version of its freely downloadable Web browser Tuesday, and logged more than a million downloads within two days, it says. Elimination of the ads was made possible in part by healthy revenue streams from embedded versions, a company spokesperson said. (more…)

Excerpts from “Hacking Firefox” published

September 23, 2005

Mel Reyes's recently published Hacking Firefox: More Than 150 Hacks, Mods, and Customizations (ExtremeTech, paperback) explains why Mozilla's Firefox web browser has caught on big time with users. (more…)

Tutorials help prepare for Linux certification exams

September 23, 2005

IBM's DeveloperWorks site has published a series of tutorials aimed at helping applicants pass Linux proficiency tests from the Linux Professional Institute (LPI). The “101” series exams target junior-level certification, while the “201” series target intermediate-level certification tests. (more…)

Linux special effects kit targets ARM9 dev board

September 23, 2005

An Australian company that in June ported its consumer device user interface development kit to Linux/Qtopia has now targeted its first development board. Fluffy Spider Technologies (FST) says its FancyPants graphics platform supports Aiji Systems's SMDK2410 board for Samsung's S3C2410X01, a 16/32-bit… (more…)

XScale PC/104 SBC comes with free Linux dev kit

September 23, 2005

Micro/sys is offering a free Linux development kit along with first orders of its new XScale-based PC/104 SBC (single-board computer). Aimed at point-of-sale terminals and industrial control panels, the SBC1670 includes a color flat-panel display controller, audio, debounced keypad inputs, and several PC-style… (more…)

STB-on-chip runs Linux

September 23, 2005

STMicroelectronics (ST) is sampling an SoC (system-on-chip) that integrates a VLIW-based core with an MPEG-2 decoder, and runs Linux. The STi5301 is the first in a new STx5300-series of SoCs that the company says are powerful enough for use in inexpensive, single-chipset set-top box and digital video recorder designs. (more…)

10 from IBM — Cell phones, sockets, ATX, JUnit, eBooks, AJAX

September 23, 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…)

IBM to open Cell “like Power,” architect says

September 22, 2005

IBM will release a Cell simulator before 2006, and “open” the highly parallel multi-core architecture to embedded Linux developers much as it has opened the Power architecture, according to an interview in IT Manager's Journal with Peter Hofstee, architect of the chip's synergistic processing unit (SPU). (more…)

New commercial toolsuite targets real-time, SMP embedded Linux

September 22, 2005

A systems integrator specializing in real-time and mission-critical systems has entered the Linux development tools market. Concurrent is now shipping NightStar, a suite of development and debugging tools aimed at multi-processor, multi-threaded, real-time application and kernel development on Red Hat… (more…)

Industrial PLC runs embedded Linux

September 22, 2005

Kontron is shipping a DIN-rail-mounted PLC (programmable logic
controller) that is based on embedded Linux. The ThinkIO PLC supports up to 64 modular fieldbus I/O clamps from Wago, and runs CoDeSys (controller development system) “soft PLC” software from 3S Software. (more…)

Device Profile: Kontron ThinkIO industrial PLC

September 22, 2005

Kontron is shipping a DIN-rail-mounted PLC (programmable logic controller) that runs embedded. The ThinkIO PLC supports up to 64 modular Fieldbus I/O clamps from Wago, and runs CoDeSys (controller development system) “soft PLC” software from 3S Software. (more…)

Palm lost bidding war for PalmSource

September 21, 2005

Palm (formerly PalmOne) lost a bidding war to re-acquire its software spinoff, PalmSource, Business Week reports. Palm was PalmSource's “only significant licensee” for Palm OS, but interest in PalmSource from mobile phone software vendors drove the price too high for Palm, the publication reports. (more…)

New TCP/IP tome debuts

September 20, 2005

No Starch Press is shipping a massive new TCP/IP reference book. The TCP/IP Guide: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Internet Protocols Reference, by Charles Kozierok, weighs in at 1600 pages, has 300 illustrations and 500 tables, and is the first new TCP/IP reference work in some time, No Starch… (more…)

Devicescape rounds out exec team

September 20, 2005

WiFi stack specialist Devicescape Software has promoted its top marketing employee to senior management, and has added a VP of worldwide sales. Glenn Flinchbaugh has led marketing efforts since joining the startup last year. (more…)

PC/104 consortium kicks off annual embedded design contest

September 20, 2005

The PC/104 Consortium has announced its Fourth Annual Embedded Design Contest seeking to “recognize and honor the innovative work” of embedded developers using various PC/104 technologies. Eligible entries include projects and products based on the group's PC/104, PC/104-Plus, PCI-104, EPIC, or EBX single-board computer standards. (more…)

EPIC SBC aims Linux at M2M

September 20, 2005

WinSystems has introduced an EPIC-format SBC (single-board computer) targeting M2M (machine-to-machine) applications. (more…)

MontaVista signs Sun, Artesyn for Carrier Grade Linux

September 20, 2005

Sun Microsystems says MontaVista is porting its Carrier Grade Linux distribution to AMD-based Sun server hardware based on the AdvancedTCA specification. Additionally, MontaVista says Artesyn Communications will sell MontaVista's Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) product directly, pre-installed in Flash memory on PICMG 2.16, AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, and ProcessorPMC blades and modules. (more…)