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Archive for October, 2005

Tracking device for large shipping centers runs Linux

October 31, 2005

Homeland Integrated Security Systems (HISS) has used embedded Linux to build a device aimed at tracking trucks at large shipping centers such as marine ports, among other applications. (more…)

Linux misses out on record connected PDA shipments

October 31, 2005

Worldwide PDA shipments increased nearly 21 percent year-over-year in Q3, and are on track to reach record levels in 2005, said Gartner today in a report that seems to contradict pessimistic PDA market reports from competing research firms. Linux accounted for a paltry 0.7 percent of shipments, according to Gartner. (more…)

Insurance product targets enterprises using open source

October 31, 2005

Three companies will create an insurance product for large corporations using open source software. Open Source Compliance Insurance will be underwritten by Kiln of London, and brokered in England and the US by Miller Insurance Services. Open Source Risk Management (OSRM) will serve as advisor and exclusive worldwide risk-assessor. (more…)

High-def DVD SoC supports HD-DVD, BlueRay, Linux

October 31, 2005

STMicroelectronics (STM) is sampling an SoC (system-on-chip) that it says supports all required HD-DVD and Blu-Ray codecs and security schemes. The STB7109 is based on an SH-4 core, and supports Linux and other embedded OSes, along with codecs and security schemes from both Microsoft and international standards bodies. (more…)

Device Profile: HISS Cyber Tracker GPS tracking unit

October 31, 2005

Homeland Integrated Security Systems (HISS) has used embedded Linux to build a device aimed at tracking trucks at large shipping centers such as marine ports. The Cyber Tracker is based on an Intel XScale PXA255 processor, Linux, and an IBM J2ME (Java-2 micro-edition) runtime environment. (more…)

FSF edges toward GPL 3.0 draft

October 28, 2005

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) will release guidelines next month defining a process for discussion and comment on the GNU GPL 3.0, eWEEK.com reports. General Counsel Eben Moglen says the FSF hopes to give the community time to “absorb the process” prior to unleashing a draft GPL 3.0 in January. (more…)

Linux kernel 2.6.14 release impacts nearly every architecture

October 28, 2005

Linux Torvalds has given his blessing at last to kernel 2.6.14, following delays caused by “false alarms,” the Linux creator said in a message to the Linux kernel mailing list today. Torvalds plans to accept code merges for two weeks only, before freezing features for a 2.6.15 release candidate phase. (more…)

Configurable SoC cores gain SIMD instructions, support Linux

October 28, 2005

A provider of configurable, licensable CPU/DSP core IP (intellectual property) for system-on-chip (SoC) processors is adding SIMD (single-instruction, multiple-data) instruction support. ARC's forthcoming Multimedia Subsystem will support 104 new 128-bit-wide SIMD instructions that can reduce power and improve performance in mobile applications by exploiting the parallelism inherent in multimedia… (more…)

Eight from IBM — metaprogramming, Cell blades, Groovy, GUIs, RFID…

October 28, 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…)

Two new Linux phones coming in Japan

October 27, 2005

Japan's largest mobile carrier last week announced six new phones with support for PTT (push-to-talk), multiple numbers, and other advanced features. NTT/DoCoMo's 902i-series phones includes Linux-based models from NEC and Panasonic, as well as Symbian-based models from Fujitsu, Mitsubishi,… (more…)

PowerPC development board available with Linux tools, chassis

October 27, 2005

IBM's DeveloperWorks has reviewed an inexpensive PowerPC development board aimed at Linux and eCos projects. The $650 TAMS 3011 “Moab” SBC (single-board computer) is a PCI card for use with passive backplanes. (more…)

Project aims to bring native Linux apps to Motorola phones

October 27, 2005

A project to create an open source Linux 2.6 kernel for Linux-based Motorola mobile phones is underway. The “OpenEZX” project aims to allow users to install and run native Linux applications on their Motorola Linux phones. (more…)

Traditional PDAs continue downward spiral

October 27, 2005

In contrast to yesterday's Canalys report of booming sales of converged mobile devices, IDC reported today that the worldwide market for handhelds suffered its seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year decline. (more…)

Mobile Linux computing coding contest underway

October 27, 2005

A contest to create applications and find bugs in a mobile “Linux desktop server” is underway. Realm Systems will award $75,000 for the best entertainment, security, IT infrastructure, productivity, and “other” applications for its Black Dog Linux device, as well as for “most bug… (more…)

A technical introduction to MiniGUI

October 27, 2005

Foreword — This article describes the features and capabilities of MiniGUI, a lightweight graphics framework for embedded systems based on uClinux, Linux, eCos, or proprietary real-time OSes. The article is written by Wei Yongming, who wrote MiniGUI for a CNC (computer numerical control) system, then released it to open source seven years ago. (more…)

Converged mobile device shipments skyrocket

October 26, 2005

Canalys has released data for worldwide shipments of smart mobile devices during the third quarter of this year. With global shipments up 75 percent year-over-year, the numbers signal a continuing shift from standalone handhelds to “converged smart mobile devices.” Motorola showed spectacular growth, attributed to sales of its Linux smartphones in China. (more…)

NTT DoCoMo licenses push-to-talk for its FOMA Linux phones

October 26, 2005

[Updated Oct. 27, 2005] — NTT DoCoMo has licensed Embedded Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PoC) software from Ecrio Inc. for use in its 3G FOMA handsets. The technology will initially be deployed on DoCoMo's 902i series handsets, introduced today. (more…)

DSP architecture targets multimedia handhelds, supports Linux

October 26, 2005
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A maker of licensable DSP (digital signal processor) cores this week unveiled its next generation architecture for use in SoCs (system-on-chips) targeting high-performance mobile phones and portable multimedia devices. The StarCore V5 architecture is scalable to over 1 GHz, and includes an MMU function that allows it to run Linux, according to the company. (more…)

Maemo developers appraise the Nokia 770

October 25, 2005

[Updated Oct. 26, 2005] — A number of open source software developers have published brief reviews of Nokia's forthcoming 770 Internet tablet. The reviews are based on early 770s that Maemo developers are allowed to purchase from Nokia at a discount. (more…)

Tux rides shotgun in ad-enabled taxis

October 25, 2005

Multimedia ads are coming to taxi cabs in New York City and elsewhere. Secure electronic payment expert Verifone and NYC taxicab fleet management specialist TaxiTronic have formed a joint venture around Verifone's MX870, a Linux-based PIN-entry pad that doubles as an advertising kiosk. (more…)