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Archive for February, 2006

PowerPC PrPMC module runs SMP Linux

February 28, 2006

Extreme Engineering Solutions is shipping a PrPMC (Processor PMC) module targeting HPC (high-performance computing) and telecom applications. The XPedite6200 module is available with dual Freescale MPC7448 processors, and up to four modules can be installed in a single AdvancedTCA slot, the company says. (more…)

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Major EE trade journal discovers embedded Linux

February 28, 2006

One of the largest electronics design magazines has published an extensive, detailed primer on Linux in consumer electronics (CE). Written by Technical Editor Warren Webb, and published in EDN magazine, the well-written article presents an extensive list of advantages driving CE Linux adoption, along with a few lingering concerns. (more…)

Tux-shaped computer runs Linux

February 28, 2006

Acme Systems is shipping a Penguin-shaped case for a tiny SBC (single-board computer) powered by an innovative MCM (multi-chip module) that runs Linux. The 6.7-inch tall, 30-Euro “Tux Case” houses the company's “Acme Fox,” a 2.6 x 2.8-inch, 100-Euro, RISC-based board with Ethernet and dual-USB interfaces, and surface-mount… (more…)

Analyst sees smartphone market doubling in 2006

February 28, 2006

Smartphones will advance beyond early adopters and into the mainstream in 2006, doubling their shipment volumes to around 123 million units, and attaining 15 percent of the worldwide mobile phone market, ABI Research forecasts. Additionally, while Symbian continues to be the market leader, Linux and Windows Mobile are gaining ground, the analyst firm says. (more…)

US Robotics WiFi router fits Linux in 2MB flash

February 27, 2006

US Robotics (USR) publishes source code for a variety of network devices based on Linux, including wireless access points, combo router/NAS servers, and DSL broadband routers. Downloads for its USR5461 wireless access point suggest the device runs Linux 2.4.20, and fits a uClibc-based filesystem within 2MB. (more…)

XTX gains a high-profile advocate

February 27, 2006

Embedded PC pioneer Ampro Computers Inc. has added another arrow to its form-factor quiver, with the introduction of its first module in XTX format, an extension to the popular ETX computer-on-module (COM) standard. (more…)

OMAP dev kit targets mobile Linux devices

February 27, 2006

Linux PDA specialist Empower says it will demonstrate a hardware/software reference design for handheld devices, at a Texas Instruments (TI) development conference in Dallas this week. The LDK5912 development kit includes TI's OMAP5912 development board, along with Empower's Linux implementation for PDAs, with example code and documentation. (more…)

Embedded, mobile Linux strong at LinuxWorld Boston

February 27, 2006

LinuxWorld Boston, set for April 3-6, includes lots of presentations and panels of potential interest to embedded Linux developers. The event features tracks on “Mobile and Embedded Linux” and “Kernel and Driver Development,” along with sessions on SELinux, DRM, LTSP, out-of-band management, networking, Linux media performance, and real-time Linux. (more…)

High-security ARM9 SBC runs Debian Linux

February 24, 2006

Technologic Systems will ship a new ARM9- and FPGA-powered SBC (single-board computer) next quarter, targeting high-security applications such as gaming, building security, and network gateways/firewalls. (more…)

Free Linux handheld app stack to gain easier porting

February 24, 2006

A free application environment for Linux-based handheld and mobile devices may support lots more devices in the future, including Linux mobile phones. The GPE (GPE palmtop environment) project is planning a “device abstraction” layer aimed at simplying new device ports, according to maintainer Florian Boor. (more…)

Eight from IBM: DNS phone numbers, SoC design, OpenLaszlo, SLP…

February 24, 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…)

PalmSource Linux to face business challenges?

February 24, 2006

The Access/PalmSource Linux platform (ALP) will feature a native GTK+ environment, a Dragonball 68K emulator, and other interesting technologies, according to an article at ComputingUnplugged. (more…)

The new era of mobile Linux ubiquity

February 23, 2006

This whitepaper by OSDL Analyst/Strategist Bill Weinberg examines the growing role of Linux and open source software in the device industry, with a particular emphasis on mobile phones. It examines Linux's rise to prominence, obstacles to even wider adoption, and efforts underway to make Linux even more ubiquitous. (more…)

All about Linux’s memory model

February 23, 2006

IBM's DeveloperWorks Website has published a detailed, technical article about the Linux memory model. The article covers memory fundamentals, as well as specific approaches used in Linux. It focuses mainly on x86 architecture, but much material applies to other processor architectures as well. (more…)

Dual-mode GPS/Bluetooth phone runs Linux

February 23, 2006

A Swiss company has published a datasheet for a dual-mode Linux smartphone that also integrates a GPS (global positioning system) receiver, WiFi, and Bluetooth. ImCoSys says its smartphone, a quad-band GSM design with a PDA-like form-factor, will be showcased next month at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany. (more…)

Article: The new era of mobile Linux ubiquity

February 23, 2006

Foreword — This whitepaper by OSDL Analyst/Strategist Bill Weinberg examines the growing role of Linux and open source software in the device industry, with a particular emphasis on mobile phones. It examines obstacles to adoption, as well as market opportunities and forces causing Linux to proliferate in devices. Enjoy . . . ! (more…)

Ubuntu eyes gadgets

February 22, 2006

Three developers have launched a project to bring Ubuntu, a popular Debian-based desktop Linux distribution, to embedded Linux devices. EmbeddedUbuntu aims to radically simplify device firmware creation, availing mobile phone, PDA, and web tablet owners of easier access to sophisticated open source desktop applications, such as multimedia streaming software. (more…)

LinuxDevices launches 2006 Embedded Linux survey

February 22, 2006

LinuxDevices.com today launches its sixth-annual Embedded Linux Market Survey, and invites all readers to participate. The brief survey — just 22 questions — probes developer preferences and industry trends. (more…)

Samsung GPL’s flash memory drivers

February 22, 2006

Samsung Electronics has released an open source driver for its “OneNAND” flash memory technology, positioned as a fusion between NAND and NOR flash storage devices. The company says it hopes the move will make its OneNAND products “sought after by designers using the new Linux 2.6 operating system.” (more…)

PalmSource’s mobile Linux shows up on Chinese smartphone

February 22, 2006

Mobile-Review and PDAExpertos have both published photos of a Haier smartphone running the Access Linux Platform (ALP) recently announced by Access and its subsidiary, PalmSource. (more…)