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Archive for 2006

Low-power PCI-104 SBC supports Linux

December 22, 2006

Acrosser is shipping a new PCI-104 SBC (single-board computer) based on a low-power AMD Geode LX800 processor. The AR-B1622 is supported with drivers for Linux, and targets space-constrained, fanless designs such as portable medical equipment, according to the company. (more…)

Framework aims to commercialize mobile Linux apps

December 22, 2006

Access's open-source “application framework” for Linux devices, released under the Mozilla Public License (MPL), is now available for download. The Hiker Application Framework — a set of libraries and utilities for GTK+ application installation, management, security, and inter-communication — aims to enable the commercialization of applications targeting mobile Linux devices. (more…)

13 from IBM: signals, XL, Cell, lazy code, CDT, clusters, StAX…

December 22, 2006

IBM has published the following new 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…)

Editors’ retrospective — Linux Devices in 2006

December 21, 2006

As 2006 winds to a close, the editors of LinuxDevices.com have assembled a retrospective aimed at highlighting major trends and events in the world of embedded Linux. Of the approximately 1,200 stories we published this year, these were the most important, in our opinion. (more…)

Development board aims Linux at graphics-intensive apps

December 21, 2006

Bitsim is shipping an evaluation and development board that targets 2D graphics-intensive embedded applications, such as instrumentation and gaming devices. The “Badger” board is based on an ARM9 processor and Altera Cyclone II FPGA (field-programmable gate array), and apparently is accelerated by Bitsim's “Badge” softcore… (more…)

Tiny Linux-based DVR has potential, reviewer says

December 21, 2006

Neuros Audio's tiny Linux-based DVR (digital video recorder) has lots of potential, if community enthusiasm continues, according to an online review. The “Open Source Device” (OSD) is already capable enough for users simply wishing to record or transcode TV for playback on handheld devices,… (more…)

Access/Palmsource squelches ALP delay rumor

December 21, 2006

[Updated Dec. 21] — As 2006 closes, Access/Palmsource reports that select licensees and registered developers are using early-release versions of its Linux-based mobile device software stack. Currently codenamed “Access Linux Platform” (ALP), the stack and toolkit will be renamed when they reach general availability by mid-2007, the company says. (more…)

New Linux mobile phones to use integrated multimedia stack

December 20, 2006

Sasken Communication Technologies says its multimedia application/codec stack was licensed by Wistron NeWeb Corp. (WNC) for several Linux mobile phones due in early 2007. The phones will run Sasken's “Multimedia Subsystem Solution” (MSS) stack on a MontaVista Linux kernel and TI OMAP application… (more…)

Trolltech rev’s Linux device UI stacks

December 20, 2006

Trolltech has enhanced its dual-licensed software stack for mobile device UIs (user interfaces), and has moved more of it to GPLv2. Qtopia 4.2.0 features new VoIP (voice-over-IP) and WiFi capabilities, while the Open Source Edition now includes everything in the commercial version except DRM (digital rights management) and telephony components, the company says. (more…)

“Nano PCs” to become pervasive communicators

December 19, 2006

Eurotech says it will embed IBM's Lotus Mobile Connect software into its “NanoPC” range of devices, including embedded PCs, network appliances, and wearable PCs such as the Zypad wrist-worn PC (shown here). IBM's Lotus Mobile Connect enables devices to maintain application connectivity while roaming disparate networks, Eurotech says. (more…)

MontaVista, Atheros contribute open-source SDIO stack

December 19, 2006

[Updated Dec. 20] — MontaVista and WLAN (wireless LAN) chipset maker Atheros have founded an open source project aimed at enabling Linux to more easily support a wide variety of SDIO peripherals, including WLAN cards, bluetooth radios, hard drives, modems, GPS receivers, DTV tuners, cameras, voice recorders, biometric fingerprint readers, and business card scanners. (more…)

Media player turbo-charges PCs with Linux

December 19, 2006

Asian Linux distributor TurboLinux is readying an iPod-like like device that doubles as a Linux boot drive. The “Wizpy” media player, set to ship in Japan in February, enables users to take their Linux with them, for added convenience, security, and privacy, the company says. (more…)

Linux blasts off in U.S. tactical satellite

December 19, 2006

Linux was shot into space Dec. 16, as part of a second-phase Air Force Research Laboratory program aimed at making space more “operationally responsive.” The TacSat-2 (tactical satellite) program aims to create “micro satellites” that can be launched quickly and cheaply, to support tactical military operations. (more…)

Major rev of dual-licensed object database ships

December 18, 2006

[Updated 5:20 PM] — DB4objects is shipping a new version of its flagship GPL-licensed object database for Java and .Net objects. Db4o 6.0 boasts reduced memory usage and greater determinism, and is said to eliminate performance constraints found in earlier versions. (more…)

VoIP services vendor offers open source SIP softphone

December 18, 2006

Hosted VoIP (voice-over-IP) infrastructure provider Solegy is promoting its custom softphone development services by offering free downloads of a softphone (software phone). The Solegy Softphone is based on open-source software and codecs, is fully customizable, and can be integrated with Solegy's “ServicePDQ” hosted services framework, the company says. (more…)

Sub-$10 ARM9 SoC runs Linux, boasts fast data transfers

December 18, 2006

Atmel is shipping a low-cost embedded processor claimed to offer more bandwidth than other ARM9 chips, thanks to parallel buses and distributed DMA. The AT91SAM9263 targets data- and graphics-intensive applications, and is available with an AT91SAM9263-EK evaluation board that supports Linux. (more…)

Whitepaper looks at cellular modem abstraction under Linux

December 15, 2006

This whitepaper discusses telephony server middleware aimed at de-coupling cellular modems from mobile phone operating systems. It was written by Blane E. Rockafellow, who co-founded TapRoot Systems, a telephony server specialist that has partnered with Microsoft, MontaVista, Trolltech, and Symbian. (more…)

Smartphones moving into mainstream?

December 15, 2006

Smartphones are beginning to move out of their traditional business-user niche, and into the mainstream, reports market research firm Telephia. Additionally, Western Europeans are acquiring smartphones at twice the rate of their U.S. counterparts, a new report from the firm suggests. (more…)

Getting Vista to work with Linux NAS gadgets

December 15, 2006

Some Linux- and Samba-based network storage appliances may not work with Windows Vista, writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols over at Linux-Watch.com. The solution is to configure Vista to use NTLM instead of NTLMv2 authentication, or else update the storage appliance to Samba server 3.0.22 or higher. (more…)

ARM11-based processor module to support Linux soon

December 15, 2006

Logic Product Development (LPD) is shipping a small, component-like board integrating a Freescale i.MX31 applications processor with memory and I/O functions. The i.MX31 SOM (system-on-module) and associated development kit will support Linux soon, the company says, and target medical, industrial, wireless, and consumer… (more…)