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Archive for May, 2006

Low-cost ADSL2+ SoC runs Linux, does WiFi, VoIP

May 31, 2006

Conexant is sampling an ARM-based SoC (system-on-chip) for DSL gateways, bridges, and routers supporting “triple-play” (voice, video, and data) Internet services. The low-cost CX9461x SoC integrates ADSL2+, WiFi, and VoIP interfaces, and is available now in a hardware reference design said to support “industry-standard operating systems, including Linux.”

Conexant says the new CX9461x… (more…)

Let’s call Embedded what it is — a Service Industry

May 31, 2006

The embedded market is a service industry, because off-the-shelf products are fundamentally ill-suited to the unique requirements of specialized embedded devices, argues Curt Schacker in this brief guest column. (more…)

Webinar looks at wireless broadband

May 31, 2006

In-Stat will present a free (with registration) Webinar on how WiFi, mesh, WiMAX, and 3G will compete and complement each other in the complex wireless broadband space. The hour-long Webinar, entitled “Wireless Broadband Evolution — Technology Landscape and End-User Attitudes,” takes place Jun. 21 at 2PM EDT / 11AM PDT. (more…)

Linux gains skinny database for mobile, embedded apps

May 31, 2006

A portable, small-footprint database targeting embedded and mobile applications has achieved its first stable release. ITTIA's Fuel DB offers full transactional support, along with multi-threaded shared access, and implements a fast, efficient database that can be embedded within applications, the company says. (more…)

ARM11-based mobile apps processor gains Linux support

May 31, 2006

Freescale's ARM11-based i.MX31 mobile applications processor has gained commercial Linux support through TimeSys's subscription-based Web service offering for embedded Linux developers. The i.MX31 LinuxLink was announced by Freescale Semiconductor Japan and long-time TimeSys ASSP (authorized sales/support partner) Nissin Systems, at the Embedded Technology West trade show in Osaka, May 10-11. (more…)

Article: Let’s call Embedded what it is — a Service Industry

May 31, 2006

Foreword — The embedded market is a service industry, because off-the-shelf products are fundamentally ill-suited to the unique requirements of specialized embedded devices, argues Curt Schacker in this brief guest column. Schacker is CEO of embedded services company Embedded Solution Partners, and a veteran of Wind River and Ready Systems. (more…)

Linux-based VoIP phones validated with open source IP PBX

May 30, 2006

Snom reports that two of its Linux-based business VoIP phones have completed interoperability validation with a commercially supported version of Asterisk, an open source IP PBX (private branch exchange) and application server offered by Digium. (more…)

Linux-based VoIP gateway designs boast 1Gbps throughputs

May 30, 2006

Arabella and Kenati will jointly create a series of VoIP-enabled SOHO (small-office, home-office) gateway reference designs said to offer 10 times more throughput than competing products. The designs will combine Arabella's Expedited Fast Path (EFP) microcode and custom Linux implementation with Kenati's Network Persona (NP) application stacks for gateways, wireless routers, DSL modems, VoIP equipment, and… (more…)

Multi-threaded MIPS SoCs power Linux gateway designs

May 30, 2006

PMC-Sierra will sample SoCs (system-on-chip processors) and reference designs targeting residential gateways (RGs) for next-generation broadband networks this quarter. The Multi-Service Platform MSP7100-series products are based on multithreaded MIPS34K cores, and aim to bring “carrier class” services such as IPTV and VoIP to home networks. (more…)

Device browser to gain standalone Web app support

May 30, 2006

Opera has announced a new version of its SDK (software development kit) for embedded devices such as TVs, set-top boxes, portable media players, and game consoles. Opera 9 for Devices, due in Q4, will add support for “Widgets” — small, standalone, Web standards-based user interface elements that can “interact with Web… (more…)

Embedded Linux market growth plotted

May 26, 2006

The results of LinuxDevices.com's sixth annual Embedded Linux Market Survey are in! Overall, we find the results encouraging for embedded Linux, and for companies in the embedded Linux OS and tools market. (more…)

DVB-H technology supports Linux devices

May 26, 2006

CyberLink and Siano Mobile Silicon have teamed up to create hardware/software technology that will allow devices running embedded Linux to receive DVB-H video. The combo ties CyberLink's DVB-H software suite with Siano's digital TV receiver-demodulater chipset packaged in an SDIO dongle. (more…)

Java kit supports Linux, real-time

May 26, 2006

Apogee Software is shipping a collection of tools and runtime environments aimed at helping Java programmers target embedded architectures and RTOSes. The Aphelion collection includes JREs (Java runtime environment) and JDEs (Java development environments) for Linux and other OSes. (more…)

10 from IBM: benchmarks, LibXML2, Ajax, RFID, XHTML, Derby, UCE…

May 26, 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…)

Linux utilities link apps to remote serial devices

May 25, 2006

Tactical Software has ported its collection of serial and modem server utilities to Linux. The TTYredirector utilities enable Linux applications designed to work with locally attached serial devices to be used remotely, in conjunction with serial device servers. The utilities target industrial control and automation. (more…)

Embedded Linux ecology tips

May 25, 2006

This brief article presents tips and tricks for reducing the consumption of power, paper, RAM, storage, and processor cycles in Linux systems. It was written by Michael Opdenacker, of Free Electrons, a training and consulting company that publishes free presentations and training materials about… (more…)

Snapshot of the embedded Linux market — May, 2006

May 25, 2006

The results of LinuxDevices.com's sixth annual Embedded Linux Market Survey are in! This brief summary outlines our interpretation of a few key data points. Overall, we find the results encouraging for embedded Linux, and for companies in the embedded Linux OS and tools market. (more…)

Low-power PC/104 SBC supports embedded Linux

May 24, 2006

Eurotech has introduced a RoHS-compliant PC/104-Plus single-board computer (SBC) that targets low-power, space-constrained embedded applications such as mobile computer systems, real-time industrial control, and multimedia data acquisition. (more…)

IBM seeds new embedded Linux projects in Brazil

May 24, 2006

IBM will expand its Brazilian Linux Technology Center (LTC), in order to advance several projects of interest to embedded Linux developers. The $2.2M investment will further projects devoted to Linux-on-Cell and Linux-on-Power, Linux ease-of-use, virtualization, and government security certifications for Linux. (more…)

Contest explores uses for Nokia’s 770 Internet tablet

May 24, 2006

A weekly social networking event in Helsinki devoted to open source software is sponsoring a contest to suggest uses for Nokia's 770 Internet tablet. The contest, sponsored by “Open-Tuesday,” is open to private individuals, associations, and corporation globally, and three winners will be awarded 770 tablets. (more…)