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Archive for November, 2005

Device Profile: Bivio 500 network appliance platform

November 22, 2005

Bivio used embedded Linux to build an 8-port programmable network appliance platform targeting emerging and complex network applications requiring Layer 4-7 packet processing at wire speeds. The Bivio 500 features a PowerPC control processor, along with an undisclosed data plane processor. (more…)

Article: NAND vs. NOR flash — tradeoffs and strategies

November 22, 2005

Foreword: This high-level whitepaper compares the relative strengths of NOR and NAND flash memory, and discusses software 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…)

SDK adapts Embedded browser UI to Linux-based devices

November 21, 2005

Access will update its embedded browser SDK (software development kit) in January, adding a popup blocker, search/translation bar, Web data manager, and predictive software keyboard. NetFront SDK 3.3 can be used to create customized browsers or browser-based interfaces for Linux-based set-top boxes, digital televisions, IP phones, and game consoles, Access says. (more…)

Embedded real-time POSIX test suite beta testing

November 21, 2005

The Open Group is beta testing a test suite that tests compliance with a POSIX standard for single-tasking computers with filesystems. The VSPSE52-2003 suite is a merged superset of four previously available Open Group test suites. It tests compliance with POSIX 1003.13 Profile 52, the “embedded real-time controller” system profile. (more…)

Embedded Linux tools vendors help set CDT goals

November 21, 2005

A project aimed at enabling C/C++ developers to use the Eclipse cross-vendor tools integration framework held a summit last month, with the aim of setting development priorities. Twenty companies attended the Contributors Summit for the C/C++ Development Tool (CDT), an Eclipse plug-in used in most embedded Linux development toolsuites. (more…)

Safety-critical Linux distro supports telematics processor modules

November 21, 2005

Sysgo says its embedded Linux distribution now supports two Men Micro “system modules” targeting embedded mobile systems, including automotive, rail, and other transportation applications. ELinOS 4.0 supports Men's EM1 and EM1A, which are based on Freescale's MPC5200, along with an Altera Cyclone FPGA (field-programmable… (more…)

Tiny SBC packs high-integration ARM9 SoC, runs Linux

November 18, 2005

Applied Data Systems (ADS) is shipping a small SBC (single-board computer) based on a high-integration ARM9-based system-on-chip (SoC) processor. The 4-inch-square “Sphere,” which previewed in March, supports Linux and is targeted at handhelds,… (more…)

Tiny USB hard drive dongle runs Linux

November 18, 2005

Tom's Hardware has reviewed a USB dongle based on a miniature 1-inch hard drive. The Zinside H2 is based on a Cornice 3GB “Storage Element” drive, and comes with a Ubuntu Linux installation CD that the publication used to install the older “Warty Warthog” release, creating a portable but slow Linux desktop. (more…)

Seven from IBM — SHM, Cell, AJAX, AOP, basic Linux tutorial

November 18, 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…)

Open source embeddable database betas 2.0

November 18, 2005

A project to create a lightweight, embeddable database is beta testing its second release. Firebird 2.0 features derived tables, support for “execute block,” increased table sizes, improved index code, and numerous other improvements. Beta kits are available for Linux on i686, i686-NPTL, and AMD64, as well as Windows. (more…)

Hot-rodding a Linux-powered Linksys WRT54G WiFi router

November 17, 2005

Wi-Fi Planet has published a story about turning Linksys's ubiquitous, Linux-based (versions 1-4) WRT54G into the functional equivalent of a $600 enterprise router, by installing community-developed firmware that adds features such as Radius authentication, WPA2 encryption, VoIP QoS… (more…)

16 papers on real-time and embedded Linux

November 17, 2005 is pleased to publish the proceedings from the Seventh Real-Time Linux Workshop held in France, November 3-4, 2005, at the University for Science and Technology of Lille (USTL). The papers span a range of topics, from fundamental real-time technologies to applications, hardware, and tools. (more…)

CELF technical mini-conference welcomes embedded Linux hackers

November 17, 2005

The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) has scheduled a technical mini-conference for Nov. 30 in San Jose, Calif. The one-day conference will be open to anyone wishing to attend, and will feature presentations on a variety of technical topics, followed by BOF (birds-of-a-feather) sessions. (more…)

Free training presentation covers CELF optimizations

November 17, 2005

An embedded Linux training and consulting firm in the South of France has published a free training presentation on optimizing the Linux kernel for speed, size, RAM, power, and/or hardware cost. The new Free Electrons presentation aims to increase the visibility of work done by the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF), according to creator Michael Opdenacker. (more…)

MIPS-Linux SBC targets mote gateways

November 17, 2005

Lippert is shipping a MIPS-Linux powered PCI-104 board targeting remote sensor gateway applications. The “Cool MoteMaster” is powered by a 500MHz Alchemy Au1550 processor, has an onboard 802.15.4 transceiver, and was designed with input from RUNES (Reconfigurable Ubiquitous Network Embedded Systems). (more…)

Article: 16 papers on real-time and embedded Linux

November 17, 2005 is pleased to publish the proceedings from the Seventh Real-Time Linux Workshop held in Lille, France, November 3-4, 2005, at the University for Science and Technology of Lille (USTL). The papers span a broad range of topics, ranging from fundamental real-time technologies to applications, hardware, and tools. (more…)

Hypervisor targets mobile phone, STB chip makers

November 16, 2005

Trango is shipping virtualization technology targeting SoC (system-on-chip) designers creating MIPS, ARM, and PPC chips for secure set-top boxes, mobile phones, nework equipment, and certified systems. The Trango hypervisor comprises a 20KB microkernel that allows two or more guest OSes to run in CPU user mode on a single core. (more…)

Linux-based mobile desktop packs crypto punch

November 16, 2005

[Updated Nov. 18] — Realm Systems used Certicom's embedded VPN (virtual private network) stack in a Linux-based gadget aimed at providing roaming workers with secure access to sensitive data. The Mobile Personal Server (MPS) uses Certicom's Security Builder IPSec stack, and will ship in Q1, 2006. (more…)

Video chat software turns users into live avatars

November 16, 2005

Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. has developed technology that can add animated faces to instant messaging, networked gaming, and other real-time communications used on mobile phones and PCs. Oki's “FaceCommunicator” software leverages technology similar to the company's (more…)

Low cost, ultra-low-power ARM processor runs Linux

November 15, 2005

Atmel is shipping what it calls the “first ultra low-power, deterministic microcontroller.” The AT91SAM9261 integrates an ARM9 core, USB2, and an LCD interface, costs less than $10 in volume, and consumes less than 400 microamps when clocked at 0.0005 MHz, Atmel claims. It supports Linux, and targets wireless handheld applications, such as POS devices. (more…)