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Archive for May, 2006

Linux robots elicit human responses

May 24, 2006

U.S. soldiers in Iraq are forming emotional ties to Linux-powered robots, according to Reuters. iRobot's robots — used for tasks such as explosives defusing and cave exploration — are being given nicknames and winning loyalty, to the extent that soldiers request repairs for their favorites, Reuters says. (more…)

Trolltech goes public

May 24, 2006

After 12 years in business, Trolltech on Tuesday filed an application for listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE). The OSE reports receiving the application the following day, and says Trolltech is now subject to disclosure of information requirements. (more…)

Embedded Linux ecology

May 24, 2006

Foreword: 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 embedded Linux. Enjoy . . . ! (more…)

World’s first single-core Linux phone demoed

May 23, 2006

FSMLabs and Infineon Technologies claim to have achieved the world's first demonstration of a Linux mobile phone based on a single processor core: a working prototype based on a single ARM9 core running FSMLabs's RTLinux real-time Linux OS, along with a functional 2G/3G (WCDMA/EDGE/GPRS/GSM) stack from Infineon's wholly-owned subsidiary, Comneon. (more…)

Microsoft taps open-source mojo with coding contest

May 23, 2006

Microsoft is sponsoring its first open, er, make that “shared source” programming contest. With several Xbox 360's and an HDTV on the line, hackers will download 120-day trial versions of Windows CE and associated tools, and create apps using designated (more…)

Place-shifting media gateway design runs Linux

May 23, 2006

Axentra and Freescale have partnered on a hardware/software reference design for remotely accessible residential gateways and home media servers. The Digital Home Center platform combines Axentra's UPnP-compliant “HipServ” application stack with Freescale's Linux-based,… (more…)

Sony rolls out pocket-sized tablet PC

May 22, 2006

Sony Electronics has introduced a “pocket-sized” device claimed to offer “full-size computer performance.” The VAIO UX Micro PC is based on an Intel Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage CPU, weighs about a pound, and sports a 4.5-inch 1024×600 touchscreen display. (more…)

First C/C++ binaries bidirectional debugger targets Linux

May 22, 2006

A U.K.-based start-up founded by two Ph.D's is shipping a bidirectional debugger for arbitrary Linux binary programs, including those written in C or C++. Undo Software says its UndoDB lets developers “reason backwards” from the point of failure, a technique said to greatly simplify debugging. (more…)

Live Linux CD demos Qtopia phone stack

May 22, 2006

[Updated May 31] — A live CD demontrating Qtopia Phone Edition (QPE) 4.1.1 will soon be available from Trolltech's website. Based on Knoppix Linux and the fluxbox window manager, the bootable CD includes software emulators that demonstrate both the touchscreen and keypad versions of the… (more…)

Renesas preps Linux-friendly telematics SoC

May 22, 2006

Renesas says it will sample in August a new SoC (system on chip) and development board that support Linux and target telematics and in-vehicle systems. The SH7397 “Euclid” SoC is based on a 300MHz, 32-bit SH-4A SuperH processor, and will double performance of the company's current SH7760 “Camelot” telematics processor, the company says. (more…)

MontaVista touts broad hardware support

May 22, 2006

MontaVista has added support for half a dozen new boards this month, and claims its commercial Linux distributions now support five times as many hardware platforms as its nearest competitor. Additionally, its distributions offer “the most extensive hardware support available on a common source base,” it says. (more…)

Linux PDA stars in another cyber-thriller

May 22, 2006

Writer and network operator Kevin Milne has released another freely downloadable science fiction novel about a master hacker who creates the ultimate network penetration tool, a Sharp Zaurus PDA running Linux and special “Z4CK” software. (more…)

Linux powers low-latency HD transport stream encoder

May 19, 2006

DVEO used Linux to build a high-definition MPEG-2 4:2:2 transport stream encoder that compresses HD-SDI video from HD cameras in near real time, and encodes it for transmission over satellite uplinks or cable networks. (more…)

F-35 cockpit display system to run Linux apps?

May 19, 2006

LynuxWorks says L-3 Display Systems chose its Linux-like LynxOS-178 real-time OS for the cockpit display system in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Key selection criteria included adherence to open standards, Linux compatibility, interoperability benefits of a POSIX API, and support for ARINC-653, according to the… (more…)

Wind River claims record attendance at annual devcon

May 19, 2006

Wind River's “Worldwide User Conference” was held in Orlando, Florida this week. The three-day event drew 600 registrations, said to be the most in the event's history. The event featured entertaining and informative keynotes, sessions, workshops, training, an exhibits area, and “deep dive” technical demonstrations, according to the company. (more…)

Enea posts best year yet, hints at acquisitions

May 19, 2006

Following its best year yet, Enea will continue its “transformation into a major platform provider,” offering customers “more Linux and open source options,” CEO Johan Wall told boardmembers at its annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday. (more…)

Device Profile: DVEO NCoder HD transport stream encoder

May 19, 2006

DVEO used Linux to build a high-definition MPEG-2 4:2:2 transport stream encoder that compresses HD-SDI video from HD cameras in near real time, and encodes it for transmission over satellite uplinks or cable networks. (more…)

Middleware vendor updates Linux IPTV stack

May 18, 2006

Taiwanese embedded Linux specialist EzHomeTech says it is shipping version 3.0 of its SDK (software development kit) for IPTVs (Internet protocol TVs). The company's IPTV3.0 SDK uses MPEG4/H.264 compression, and supports video-on-demand, multi-cast, and, with an available add-on, Internet access, it says. (more…)

WiMAX’s role in IMS, FMC, MANs, and 3G

May 18, 2006

WiMAX and WiFi mesh networking, IMS (Internet multimedia services/subsystems), FMC (fixed-mobile convergence), and real-world MANs (metropolitan area networks) are among the topics discussed by Peter Jarich, principal analyst of wireless infrastructure for market research firm Current Analysis, in an in-depth, moderated Q&A published by Wireless Week. (more…)

JVM vendor readies Linux mobile phone stacks

May 18, 2006

Aplix, best known for its Java stacks for mobile phones, will add carrier-specific mobile phone software reference implementations (RIs) to its product line. Handset vendors will use its modular RIs to quickly create differentiated BTO (built-to-order) designs, it says. (more…)