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Archive for July, 2006

Four countries commit to 4 million Linux-powered OLPC devices

July 31, 2006

[Updated Aug. 1, 2006] — A spokesperson for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program revealed July 31 that the countries of Nigeria, Brazil, Argentina, and Thailand have each committed to buy 1 million Linux laptops through the U.S.-based program. (more…)

Mini-ITX mobo packs gigE, PCIe

July 31, 2006

Acrosser has released a mini-ITX motherboard based on Pentium M and Celeron M processors up to 2.26 GHz. The AR-B1890 single-board computer (SBC) features high bandwidth gigabit Ethernet and PCI-Express X1 interfaces, which enable it to target high performance multimedia and gaming, among other applications, according to… (more…)

Wind River shifts tools strategies, rev’s Eclipse

July 31, 2006

Wind River has shifted its tools strategy toward closer integration with its OS products. Additionally, it has brought out a new version of its Eclipse-based Workbench toolsuite, and made a “strategic” 300,000-line code donation to Eclipse, much of it aimed at making the framework more extensible for commercial add-on providers. (more…)

When will smartphones replace PDAs, laptops?

July 31, 2006

Smartphones may replace PDAs and even laptops for some consumers, but not until significant improvements are made, an In-Stat survey report suggests. Needed improvements include familiar application look-and-feel, better screens and keyboards, and more automated synchronization. (more…)

Cell-based coprocessor card runs Linux

July 31, 2006

Mercury Computer is sampling a PCI-Express add-in card powered by a Cell processor running Yellow Dog Linux. The Cell Accelerator Board (CAB) targets rendering, ray tracing, video/image processing, and signal processing applications, and is said to deliver 180 GFLOPS (billion floating-point… (more…)

Leading Linux phone partners form “Adcore-Tech”

July 31, 2006

The mobile phone joint venture formed by NEC and Matsushita/Panasonic reportedly will include Texas Instruments (TI), and will be known as “Adcore-Tech Co. Ltd.” TI will have a 12 percent share, and the venture will be capitalized at $103.8M, about 17 percent more than reported earlier, EE Times-Asia is reporting. (more…)

Wind River updates embedded Linux suite

July 31, 2006

Wind River has updated its commercial embedded Linux distribution, along with three vertical-market “Platforms” based on it. Many of the new features in Wind River Linux 1.3 target telecommunications, traditionally an area of Wind River strength. The company additionally updated its Eclipse-based development tools, and contributed some 300,000 lines of code to the open-source Eclipse project. (more…)

Rival flash memory pioneers merge

July 30, 2006

Two flash memory pioneers and technology innovators will soon merge, with the acquisition of M-Systems of Kfar Saba, Israel, by SanDisk of Milpitas, Calif. (more…)

Eight from IBM: RIAs, Power, bash, XQuery, Eclipse RCPs, Derby/Ajax…

July 28, 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…)

Low-power PC/104 CPU module runs Linux

July 28, 2006

Eurotech has released a a low power, RoHS-compliant PC/104-Plus single-board computer (SBC) that runs Linux and other popular embedded operating systems. The CPU-1421 is based on an AMD Elan processor and targets high-reliability, low-power applications in transportation, industrial, medical, and military… (more…)

DSO message not getting through, survey finds

July 28, 2006

Forty-one percent of embedded developers surveyed have heard of “DSO,” but only 12 percent say they know what it is, according to Venture Development Corp. (VDC), whose latest study assesses DSO acceptance in light of “significant time and resources” spent by vendors to define and execute their DSO strategies. (more…)

Debug toolmaker offers i.MX21 Linux dev kit

July 28, 2006

American Arium says it will offer a Linux development kit for Motorola's i.MX21 mobile applications processor. The LC-500MX21 kit, to ship at an unspecified date, will include Arium's LC-500 JTAG emulator, Linux-hosted SourcePoint debugger software, GNU tools, and an i.MX21 application… (more…)

GPLv3 draft moves forward, Torvalds unimpressed

July 27, 2006

On July 27, the FSF (Free Software Foundation) and the SFLC (Software Freedom Law Center) released the next discussion draft of the GNU GPL (General Public License) version 3. (more…)

Commercial real-time Linux rev’d

July 27, 2006

FSMLabs has updated its real-time Linux overlay and toolsuite, adding real-time networking improvements, A/D drivers, an Eclipse-based IDE, and support for 2.6.16 kernels on x86, among other improvements. The RTLinuxPro Development Kit 2.2.3 targets hardware-in-loop (HIL) simulation, telecom and network equipment, enterprise/factory real-time, and mobile devices, according to the company. (more…)

Linux-based Scpl phones to replace Motorola Razr line

July 27, 2006

[Updated Jan. 12, 2007] — Motorola will “abandon” its proprietary P2K mobile phone OS — currently used in the Razr and other featurephones — in favor of a Linux/Java environment, reports PC Magazine. (more…)

Linux in-memory database goes 64-bit

July 27, 2006

McObject has released a 64-bit version of its ExtremeDB 3.0 IMDS (in-memory database system). ExtremeDB-64 supports much larger databases, offers “instantaneous sorting, retrieval, and manipulation of massive databases,” and targets engineering, science, computer simulation, finance, game production applications, the company says. (more…)

NEC and Panasonic form mobile phone development joint venture

July 27, 2006

NEC, Matsushita, and Panasonic Mobile Communications say they have signed a memorandum of understanding, and will establish a joint venture devoted to mobile phones. The as-yet-unnamed venture will launch in October, and offer contract mobile phone handset development, including software, and silicon known as… (more…)

Tiny computer module packs Linux, does GPRS

July 27, 2006

SSV Embedded Systems is shipping a tiny processor module targeting complex industrial communications applications. The ARM9-based DNP/9200 single-board computer (SBC) comes pre-installed with Linux, and is available in a Starter Kit that includes an evaluation board with a socket for a GSM/GPRS modem and SIM card. (more…)

Chip offloads WiFi security, encryption

July 26, 2006

Connect One is shipping a secure IP (Internet protocol) coprocessor chip aimed at adding encrypted WiFi connectivity to cost-constrained machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The iChipSec CO711AG coprocessor offloads the overhead of sending and receiving secure data over 802.11b/g wireless networks using a wide… (more…)

Linux devices gain Java software lifecycle management technology

July 26, 2006

Linux developers building Java-capable devices can now take advantage of a standardized, component-based method for remotely managing deployed software, thanks to patent pledges from the OSGi Alliance and members IBM, Nokia, Samsung, ProSyst, and Gatespace Telematics. The pledges appear to allow royalty-free implementations of OSGi Service Platform R4.0, previously available only to Alliance… (more…)