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Archive for November, 2005

Rugged PDA gains Linux option

November 30, 2005

An embedded software specialist has ported Linux to a rugged PDA targeting military, transportation, industrial, and public service applications. SDG Systems will resell the Tripod Data Systems “Recon” PDA pre-installed with Linux. (more…)

FOTA heavyweight targets Linux mobile phones

November 30, 2005

A top provider of “firmware over-the-air” (FOTA) upgrade technology has joined a vendor alliance aimed at creating highly integrated Linux mobile phone software stacks. Red Bend Software has joined MontaVista's Mobilinux Open Framework partner program, and will optimize its FOTA product for deployment on Linux-based mobile phones, it says. (more…)

Linux web pad buggy but seductive, reviewer says

November 30, 2005

The Nokia 770 is buggy, but offers more web-surfing and mail-reading convenience than any other device, writes PC Magazine's Sascha Sagan, in a review of the once-more-delayed Linux web pad. (more…)

Online embedded Linux development service adds MMU-ful ColdFire chips

November 30, 2005

TimeSys has added support for a pair of Freescale processors to its online service product for embedded Linux developers. LinuxLink now supports the MCF547x and MCF548x processor families, the first ColdFire chips equipped with MMUs (memory management units). The chips target network-connected control applications. (more…)

Embeddable database gains HA features

November 30, 2005

Sleepycat Software has released a new version of its popular database, adding high-availability (HA) features, along with capabilities aimed at providing more developer control. Berkeley DB 4.4 adds in-memory replication, client-to-client replication, controls for throttling and delaying synchronization, and master election speed-ups. (more…)

uClinux gadget displays digital media files on TVs

November 29, 2005

OSNews has reviewed a small, inexpensive uClinux-based multimedia server that adds a hard drive-equipped multimedia jukebox to TVs and other displays. The MacPower TVisto Series 3.5 houses a 3.5-inch hard drive, and features an infrared remote control, and support for a wide variety of media files. (more…)

Latest OMAP processor boosts video speed, runs Linux

November 29, 2005

Texas Instruments is sampling a high-integration, high-performance OMAP 2-based SoC (system-on-chip) processor claimed to boost video performance up to 4X and imaging performance up to 1.5X, compared with currently available mobile phone chipsets. (more…)

MontaVista, partners demo OMAP phone stack

November 29, 2005

Four software vendors will demonstrate an integrated Linux mobile phone stack in San Diego this week. MontaVista, Digital Airways, Sky MobileMedia, and stealth-mode startup Bluefin Mobile will show their combined offering running on a Texas Instruments OMAP smarphone reference platform at Sky's “World Handset Forum” event. (more…)

Trolltech updates Linux mobile phone stack, adds VoIP

November 29, 2005

Trolltech has updated its software suite for Linux-based mobile phones. Qtopia Phone Edition (QPE) version 2.2 adds VoIP (voice-over-IP) capabilities targeting dual-mode and “converged” devices, among other enhancements. (more…)

Open source virtualization technology sees commercial use

November 28, 2005

An Australian government-sponsored research agency has developed an open source embedded microkernel and real-time OS that it says can provide a virtual machine environment for Linux. The NICTA (National Information/Communication Technology, Australia) L4 microkernel and Iguana OS will be adopted by Qualcomm for some mobile phone chipsets, making them the first NICTA technology to achieve… (more…)

South Pacific embedded Linux “miniconf” seeks speakers

November 28, 2005

A small embedded developer's conference has issued a call for papers for its second annual event, set for Jan. 23-24th in Dunedin, near the southern end of New Zealand's pristine South Island. “Embedded Miniconf” is part of Linux Conference Australia (LCA). (more…)

Computer-on-module dev kit includes Linux BSP

November 28, 2005

Kontron is sampling an evaluation kit for a tiny SBC (single-board computer) implemented in the company's PCI- and LPC-compatible CoM (computer-on-module) form-factor. (more…)

SoCs target sub-$70 Linux-based NAS, media servers

November 28, 2005

PMC-Sierra is shipping four highly integrated ARM-based system-on-chip (SoC) processors targeting sub-$70 (without drives) network storage and media server devices. The MSP220x SoCs are supplied with a Linux 2.4.18 BSP (board support package) and NAS stack, with media server software from Mediabolic optionally available. (more…)

Wireless Ethernet adapters run Linux

November 28, 2005

LynuxWorks says its embedded OSes were used by industrial computing specialist B&B Electronics in a new line of wireless Ethernet serial servers. B&B's wireless Vlinx devices can run BlueCat Linux or LynxOS, and target harsh-environment applications such as factory floors where fragile wiring is not practical. (more…)

CELF embedded Linux conference seeks speakers

November 23, 2005

The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) is seeking technical presentations and tutorials for an embedded Linux conference next spring. Presentations need not be focused on consumer electronics, but should be of general relevance to most embedded developers. The conference will take place Apr. 11-12 in San Jose, Calif. (more…)

Linux powers single-chip MSPP

November 23, 2005

Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) is shipping an evaluation platform targeting equipment manufacturers building multi-service provisioning platforms (MSPPs). (more…)

Mobile video broadcast conference seeks speakers

November 23, 2005

A conference on digital video broadcasting for mobile terminals has issued a call for papers. The second annual “GSPx — TV to Mobile” conference is set for Mar. 29-30, 2006 in Amsterdam, and will feature tutorials, as well industry papers describing real-world implementations of compression and broadcasting standards. (more…)

Book looks at Linux kernel from the hardware up

November 22, 2005

O'Reilly has updated its book on the inner workings of Linux. The third edition of “Understanding the Linux Kernel — From I/O Ports to Process Management,” by Daniel Bovet and Marco Cesati, offers a “guided tour” of significant data structures, algorithms, and programming tricks. (more…)

NAND vs. NOR flash — tradeoffs and strategies

November 22, 2005

This high-level whitepaper compares the relative strengths of NOR and NAND flash memory, and discusses strategies for mitigating each type's weaknesses. Topics include avoiding data loss, improving performance, and increasing media longevity. The article was written by Datalight, a vendor of embedded filesystems, flash memory drivers, and the “ROM-DOS” embedded OS. (more…)

Rugged Geode-based PLC supports Linux

November 22, 2005

SMA Computers is shipping a rugged, fanless industrial computer that meets shock/vibration and extended operating temperature requirements and runs embedded Linux. The Enduro Outdoor targets PLC (programmable logic controller) applications in mobile and industrial environments, according to the company. (more…)