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Archive for August, 2006

Linux 2.6 BSP supports TI OMAP5912 starter kit

August 31, 2006

[Updated Sep. 1] — Mistral Software has released a Linux 2.6-based board support package (BSP) for TI's OMAP5912 starter kit (OSK). Dubbed the Accelerator Program 1.1, the BSP aims to support developers who are creating or upgrading embedded Linux applications that target TI's OMAP5912 dual-core processor. (more…)

Smaller, faster, lighter Linux webpad ships shortly

August 31, 2006

Hanbit Electronics and Pepper Computer will ship a third generation Linux-powered webpad “on or before September 30th,” Pepper confirmed Aug. 31. Compared to its predecessors, the Pepper Pad 3 boasts speedier web browsing, faster and more comprehensive multimedia support, smaller size, reduced weight, and numerous hardware… (more…)

Skype debuts Linux-powered cordless phone

August 31, 2006

Skype on Aug. 31 introduced a pair of cordless VoIP phones that work without being connected to a computer, via a DECT basestation that attaches directly to broadband and POTS lines. One of the two — the Philips VOIP841 — uses Linux as its embedded OS. (more…)

Embedded processor confab to highlight power efficiency

August 30, 2006

This year's Fall Microprocessor Forum will focus on advances in power-efficiency. The event, which will take place in San Jose, Calif. on Oct. 10 and 11, will feature over 22 presentations and keynotes, including many introductions of new processors and processor cores, according to conference organizer In-Stat. (more…)

Open-source RTOS adds in-memory DB

August 30, 2006

McObject has port its in-memory embedded database to the open-source eCos RTOS (real-time operating system) as part of a collaborative relationship with eCosCentric, the commercial supplier of eCos. The eXtremeDB database will be supplied by eCosCentric as part of its real-time embedded systems middleware suite for eCos, the companies announced. (more…)

Compact, low-cost Linux box runs Debian/ARM

August 30, 2006

Taiwanese embedded specialist Embedian has launched a line of compact, low-power, “embedded box computers” built around the company's ARM-based single-board computers (SBCs). The EBC-7000 incorporates the company's APC-7110 SBC, hard drive, and… (more…)

Moving toward NAND and NOR convergence

August 30, 2006

[Updated Aug. 31] — Embedded designs often contain both NAND and NOR flash memory, to benefit from the advantages of each technology. A new whitepaper from flash filesystem specialist Datalight discusses the convergence of these two technologies in architectures that combine the benefits of both, and suggests criteria for optimizing new embedded system designs. (more…)

JTAG emulator adds NAND flash programming

August 30, 2006

Ronetix has upgraded the firmware inside its JTAG-interfaced emulator and flash programmer. The new firmware allows the PEEDI JTAG tool to be used for direct programming of NAND flash connected to ARM7, ARM9, and XScale processors, enabling “easy” use of NAND as a system boot device, according to the company. (more…)

Compact, core duo SBC sports quad Gig-E ports

August 29, 2006

Taiwan Commate Computer (Commell) is shipping a 5.25-inch form-factor SBC (single-board computer) that supports Intel's Core Duo and Core Solo processors. The LS-570 boasts four PCI Express-interfaced gigabit Ethernet (Gig-E) ports, along with an extensive set of video, disk, and PC-style I/O interfaces. (more…)

Video decoder software supports ARM/Linux

August 29, 2006

TIVR Communications has released a “highly optimized” software video decoder for mobile and embedded environments that implements the SMPTE VC-1/WMV9 protocol. The VC-1 decoder works on devices based on ARM processors running Linux, among other embedded OSes, the company says. (more…)

Interview with Motorola’s open-source guy

August 29, 2006

OSNews has published an interesting interview with Guy Martin, a “distinguished” technical staff member in Motorola's Mobile Devices business, who serves as an open-source advocate and community interface. Questions range from Motorola's Linux phone UI (user interface), browser, and SDK plans, to mobile Linux fragmentation, to Motorola's embedded OS preference. (more…)

Linux adds flexibility to “long-range” RFID readers

August 29, 2006

RFID specialist TagMaster used embedded Linux to build a new generation of “long-range and high-performance” 2.45 GHz RFID systems. The LR-xx readers operate in the license-free 2.45 GHz frequency band, and target applications in commercial and corporate parking areas, gated communities, university parking, airports, and… (more…)

Article: Moving toward NAND and NOR convergence

August 29, 2006

Introduction

NAND and NOR technologies each have distinct advantages for developers and end customers, and there is a growing trend toward designing systems capable of converging these technologies. Many existing designs deploy both NAND and NOR arrays. New technologies such as Samsung OneNAND and Spansion OrNAND seek to offer the benefits of NAND and NOR within a single solution, while… (more…)

Ten from IBM: mobile Web services, SoC design, UNIX tools, mashups…

August 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…)

ARM developers’ conference coming in October

August 28, 2006

The third annual ARM Developers' Conference will be held in Santa Clara, Calif. Oct. 3 through 5. The conference promises over 120 technical sessions, along with an informative expo that will showcase third-party vendors' products such as ARM-based SoCs (system-on-chip processors), embedded boards, and both hardware and software development tools, according to show organizers. (more…)

DIY Linux home theater PC

August 28, 2006

LixSystems has introduced a low-cost Linux powered home theater PC (HTPC) packaged in a compact, consumer electronics-style enclosure. The Lx8100-MN, available “barebones” (sans CPU, memory, and hard drive) for around $300, offers quiet operation and is supplied with an easily-installed Fedora 5-based system image on DVD,… (more…)

Cellphone video future unclear

August 28, 2006

The market for “long form” (30+ minutes) mobile video content is likely to remain “experimental” for at least two years, In-Stat reports. Furthermore, the analyst firm's research remains inconclusive as to whether consumers will eventually adopt all-purpose multimedia cellular phones, versus using separate mobile phone and media player devices. (more…)

Real-time Linux, middleware support U.S. Navy Aegis systems

August 28, 2006

Real-time Linux and middleware from Concurrent Computer Corp. and Real-Time Innovations Inc. (RTI) are supporting the U.S. Navy's Aegis Open Architecture program, the companies announced Aug. 28. Aegis Open Architecture is the foundation for the modernization of the Navy's Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers, the companies said. (more…)

Linux-powered e-book uses realistic electronic paper

August 25, 2006

iRex used Linux and an electronic paper display (EPD) to build a portable reading device available now for personal and business-to-business applications. The iLiad's paper display “reads just like paper, and is perceived as such by the human eye,” according to the company. (more…)

Industrial Ethernet cameras gain Linux support

August 25, 2006

Industrial camera maker Prosilica has released an x86- and PowerPC-Linux SDK (software development kit) for use in communicating with its line of Ethernet cameras. The GigE Vision cameras target traffic monitoring, machine vision, industrial and pharmaceutical inspection, forest-fire detection, lumber scanning,… (more…)