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Archive for February, 2006

Linux powers first Japanese DTV phone

February 21, 2006

Panasonic is shipping a Linux-based mobile handset capable of receiving digital or analog television. The “P901iTV” features a pivoting 2.5-inch color LCD, and works with NTT DoCoMo's 3G network in Japan. (more…)

Low-power SBCs boast Mark chipsets, support Linux

February 21, 2006

Datasound Laboratories (DSL) is shipping three compact SBCs (single-board computers) based on Via “Mark” Corefusion chipsets clocked at 533MHz. The company says its Mark-based PC/104, ISA-slot, and 3.5-inch form-factor SBCs offer an upgrade path for embedded designs based on Via's earlier C3 and Eden processors. (more…)

Tips for planning an embedded Linux project

February 21, 2006

This whitepaper by Cliff Brake, an embedded systems consultant, offers practical advice about using Linux in embedded projects. Topics covered include determining Linux suitability, evaluating costs and risks, project scope calculations, scheduling and timeline estimations, and operating system and embedded product lifecycle management. (more…)

Duo of Core Duo SBCs due

February 21, 2006

Kontron is readying a pair of SBCs (single board computers) based on Intel's new dual-processor Core Duo chips. The 986LCD-M mini-ITX motherboard is aimed at processor- and graphics-intensive applications such as gaming, medical technology, and high-end thin clients, while the ETXexpress-CD COM (computer on module) is… (more…)

Article: Webinars address embedded Linux topics

February 21, 2006

TimeSys has announced a series of Webinars on topics of general interest to embedded Linux developers. The Webinars will highlight the company's LinuxLink embedded development services, and will cover basic and advanced topics, the company says. (more…)

FSF publishes GPLv3 video, conference details

February 21, 2006

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has published video from a conference on version 3 of the GPL (GPLv3) held last month, and announced plans for another GPLv3 conference in Brazil this April. Additionally, FSF founder Richard M. Stallman is scheduled to speak in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and in Torino, Italy, in March. (more…)

Article: Tips for planning an embedded Linux project

February 21, 2006

Foreword: This whitepaper by Cliff Brake, an embedded systems consultant, offers practical advice about using Linux in embedded projects. Topics covered include determining Linux suitability, evaluating costs and risks, project scope calculations, scheduling and timeline estimations, and operating system and embedded product lifecycle management. (more…)

IBM plots path to denser chips

February 20, 2006

IBM researchers say they have found a way to shrink microprocessors and other silicon chips by more than two thirds without requiring fundamentally more expensive process technologies. The company claims it has created “the smallest, high-quality line patterns ever made,” with features measuring 29.9 nanometers, using a… (more…)

Euro embedded Linux company projects growth

February 17, 2006

After announcing military/aerospace technology six months ago, Sysgo is growing. The Germany-based provider of embedded Linux distributions, tools, and services expects 50 percent revenue growth in 2006, and a 50 percent staffing increase. Sysgo is headquartered in Mainz, Germany, with subsidiaries in Ulm, Germany; Prague, Czechoslovakia; and Paris. (more…)

Japanese MVNO acquires Linux security appliance vendor

February 17, 2006

A vendor of Linux-based network security and intrusion detection devices has been acquired by a major Japanese MVNO (mobile virtual network operator). Japan Communications Incorporated says that Arxceo's devices will help protect mobile VoIP (voice-over-IP) phone users, including… (more…)

In-memory database adds supports NVRAM, Linux

February 17, 2006

McObject has achieved a major release of its in-memory, high-availability embedded database for connected mobile devices. ExtremeDB 3.0 adds support for battery-backed, nonvolatile RAM (NVRAM), better task scheduling, Unicode support, a remote access interface, pattern-matching queries, and a database browser. (more…)

Developer program grants PowerPC systems to qualified developers

February 17, 2006

A company that markets PowerPC-based boards and systems for the embedded and desktop markets is offering free systems to developers with ideas for projects deemed to enhance PowerPC platform computing. (more…)

14 from IBM: LiveCDs, iPod video, Cell BE, Power softcores, C types, AJAX

February 17, 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…)

Mobile multimedia processor adds performance, security

February 17, 2006

STMicroelectronics (STM) is sampling a new chip in its Nomadik mobile multimedia applications processor family. The STn8815 adds level-two cache, dedicated on-chip imaging and graphics processors, and security enhancements relative to the earlier STn8810, according to the company. (more…)

DoCoMo and Real in deal for mobile media streams

February 17, 2006

The world's largest phone company says it wants to create a more open environment for video content providers (CPs) wishing to reach its mobile phone subscribers. NTT-DoCoMo has signed an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with RealNetworks, saying Real's Mobile Streaming Server software could increase supply and demand for video content. (more…)

Multimedia chip targets mobile phones with digital TV

February 16, 2006

Nvidia is shipping a graphics processor said to be capable of implementing “high-quality” TV, video, audio, and 3D gaming on mobile phones. The GoForce 5500 handheld GPU (graphics processing unit) offers full-motion digital TV, high-fidelity surround-sound, rapid multi-shot photography, and “console-class” 3D graphics, according to the company. (more…)

COM Express board runs Linux on Core Duo processor

February 16, 2006

Lippert says it will ship a COM Express module based on an Intel Core Duo processor, in Q2, 2006. The “Toucan” module is designed to support custom baseboards, and will be available with a mini-ITX-based development baseboard. (more…)

Linux mobile phone does FMC

February 16, 2006

G-Tek has reportedly used Linux in a very basic, simple, dual-mode WiFi/quad-band GSM/GPRS phone that can provide Internet access to PCs and PDAs connected via USB or Bluetooth. The PWG500 can also provide “seamless roaming” between WiFi and mobile networks, when used with LongBoard's FMC software (fixed-mobile… (more…)

IMS, UMA clash in unfolding FMC battle

February 16, 2006

A struggle has emerged in the mobile phone industry, between competing approaches to “fixed mobile convergence,” or FMC. One approach provides consumers with a single number for calls routed over both “fixed” WiFi access points and “mobile” cellular radio networks. The other works with access points that are not carrier-controlled. (more…)

EclipseCon features two DSDP talks

February 16, 2006

The third annual EclipseCon will feature 140 sessions, including several devoted to the top-level embedded tools project founded by Wind River, among other topics of interest to Linux-based device developers. The event is set for March 20-23, in Santa Clara, Calif., and features 140 presentations. 1,500 attendees are expected. (more…)