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Archive for 2005

Great Gadget Smack-Down Round 4 — Smack-Down!

December 20, 2005

This is it, Round Four of the Great Gadget Smack-Down! The table below summarizes specific, finished-product devices in nine categories. Each device is featured at LinuxDevices.com or WindowsForDevices.com, two sister sites that maintain and frequently update Device… (more…)

C reference book covers C99 enhancements

December 19, 2005

O'Reilly is shipping a new reference guide to the C programming language. C in a Nutshell describes the C language and libraries, including C99 enhancements, and covers the process of compiling and testing programs with GNU software tools. (more…)

Rugged SBC vendor bundles 2.6-based “Blue Collar Linux”

December 19, 2005

A vendor of extended temperature-range x86 SBCs (single-board computers) is bundling an embedded Linux 2.6 implementation with its EPIC, PC/104, PC/104-Plus, and EBX boards. WinSystems says “Blue Collar Linux” provides a starting point for machine control, instrumentation, COTS/military, machine-to-machine… (more…)

Chinese mini-PCs run Linux, target specialty apps

December 19, 2005

A systems integrator in GuangDong province, China, is shipping an extensive line of Pentium-based miniPCs that run Linux. The SD-Omega MiniPC line comprises 44 variations, include passively cooled and quiet models targeting car PCs and HTPCs (home-theater PCs), car pcs, and DVR models. (more…)

11 from IBM: touchscreens, Cell, Power, AJAX, JSF, AspectJ, Spring…

December 16, 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…)

New book explains zero configuration networking

December 16, 2005

O'Reilly is shipping a book about technology that makes computer programs and gadgets “just work.” Zero Configuration Networking: the Definitive Guide covers the zeroconf protocol, also called Rendezvous, and later Bonjour, by Apple. (more…)

Linux gains graphical, eclipse-based testing tool

December 16, 2005

Bredex GmbH is shipping a release candidate for a graphical, eclipse-based tool said to simplify the testing of applications written in Java and Swing. The GUIdancer release candidate is available as a 30-day demo for Windows or Unix hosts, and is expected to ship in January, the company says. (more…)

Wind River seminars discuss Linux migration

December 16, 2005

Wind River will host a pair of half-day seminars on migrating device software to Linux this January, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Bethesda, MD. The seminars target engineers, project managers, and systems professionals, and will be led by embedded pundit Bill Weinberg. (more…)

Taiwan’s Quanta selected to build $100 Linux laptop

December 15, 2005

Taiwan's Quanta Computer has been selected to produce $100 Linux laptops developed at MIT, for eventual distribution to children in developing countries. Between five and 15 million units are expected to be provided to children in China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Egypt, Nigeria, Thailand, and other countries, the Lab said. (more…)

Embedded Linux featured at ESC 2006

December 15, 2005

The largest annual embedded industry tradeshow in the US will feature a technical design seminar on Linux, along with seminars on analog and power, DSP performance, consumer video, and wireless networking. The eighteenth Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) is set for Apr. 2-7, in San Jose, Calif.

ESC 2006's Linux seminar is… (more…)

MDD tool gains in-memory embedded DB hooks

December 15, 2005

McObject says it has integrated its in-memory embedded database with a model-driven development (MDD) environment from I-Logix. McObject says its mil/aero, telecom, and automotive customers can now model applications and systems visually in I-Logix's Rhapsody tools, which can then generate code that interacts with the eXtremeDB database. (more…)

Perl/Tk ported to Qt, Qt/Embedded

December 15, 2005

A subset of Perl/Tk has been ported to Trolltech's Qt and Qt/Embedded frameworks, and released under a BSD license by a software company in Hamburg, Germany. FrogLogic says Perl/Tk-over-Qt (“Pq”) can give Perl/Tk applications a more native look and improved performance, while retaining a familiar API. (more…)

Mini-ITX mobo touts 533 MHz FSB, runs Linux

December 14, 2005

Taiwan Commate Computer Inc. (Commell) has added another model to its growing line of mini-ITX embedded motherboards. The company claims that the LV-675 is the first mini-ITX board to support Pentium M and Celeron M processors with a 533 MHz front side bus (FSB). (more…)

Eden-powered embedded computer module runs Linux

December 14, 2005

Israeli single-board computer vendor CompuLab is shipping a Via Eden-powered CPU module available with a PC/104+ baseboard and Linux 2.6.10 kernel, filesystem, and documentation. (more…)

Nokia 770 as mobile innovation platform

December 14, 2005

The Nokia 770 web pad lacks a “killer app” to make it useful on a daily basis, writes blogger Russell Beattie. However, the device is much more open than previously available mobile devices, and as a result could serve as the development platform for mobile innovation, Beattie suggests. (more…)

Early embedded Linux PDA examined

December 14, 2005

Sharp's Zaurus SL-5600 pioneered embedded Linux techniques worth emulating, and others worth improving upon, writes Peter Seebach in a DeveloperWorks article examining one of the first Linux PDAs. (more…)

Penguinistas power Palm PDA, phone

December 14, 2005

[Updated Dec. 21] — A pair of Palm OS based consumer electronic devices are well on the way toward running Linux. Matthew Mastracci's “Treo Linux” project has achieved a BusyBox prompt on a Palm Treo 650 smartphone, while Alex Osborne's LD Progress project has a GPE-based Linux environment running on a Palm… (more…)

Busybox development branch ready for wider testing

December 13, 2005

A free software project maintaining a utility used in virtually every embedded Linux device has launched a new development branch aimed at providing more standards compliance, and lots of new features and functionalities. A “pre-release” of Busybox 1.1.0 is available now for download, and is stable enough for wider testing, the project says. (more…)

Embedded Linux market growing significantly, research firm says

December 13, 2005

The embedded Linux market will top $100 million this year, and grow “significantly” by 2007, says Venture Development Corp. (VDC). Embedded Linux is best-established in America, but will grow most quickly in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Asia), with especially high growth in consumer electronics and telecom, according to VDC. (more…)

Power.org gains VC advisory board

December 13, 2005

A group of venture capitalists (VCs) has formed an investment advisory board to serve Power.org, a community organization devoted to IBM's Power architecture. The Power.org Venture Capitalist Advisory Board says it aims to drive increased investments in Power-focused companies. (more…)