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Archive for August, 2006

Book explains high-performance embedded computing

August 25, 2006

Elsevier has published a new book on performance-oriented embedded computing. High-Performance Embedded Computing — Architectures, Applications, and Methodologies, by Wayne Wolf of Princeton University, covers advanced topics in embedded computing, including multiprocessors, VLIW and superscalar… (more…)

Alternative open source OS quick but buggy

August 25, 2006

The open-source Syllable operating system is extremely fast, and is starting to gain enough desktop applications to be usable, writes Jeff Park in a review posted at NewsForge. Despite a primitive installer and some unstable applications, Park comes away impressed with Syllable's raw speed. (more…)

High schoolers build Linux-powered robots

August 25, 2006

Linux-powered robots make great projects for high school science class curriculums, according to… (more…)

Fanless PC/104 SBC runs Linux on Geode LX

August 25, 2006

Aewin is shipping a “feature rich” PC/104-Plus SBC (single-board computer) based on an AMD Geode LX800 processor. The PM-6100 runs fanless at 500 MHz, integrates an extensive set of onboard peripheral controllers, and targets space-constrained, high-performance, low-power industrial and embedded applications, according to… (more…)

Flexible ARM9 SBC boots Linux in 1.69 seconds

August 25, 2006

Technologic Systems is offering a freely downloadable, Debian-based Linux OS image said to boot from an SD card in less than two seconds, on the company's ARM9-based SBC (single-board computer). (more…)

Device Profile: iRex iLiad mobile eBook reader

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,” the company says. (more…)

Linux powers DoCoMo’s first 3.5G phone

August 24, 2006

Japan's largest mobile operator will power-up a 3.5G network next week, and launch a Linux-based phone capable of using it. The N902iX phone, supplied by NEC, offers features most U.S. and European users can only dream of — such as 3.6Mbit/s peak download speeds. (more…)

Open-source stack providers getting squeezed?

August 24, 2006

Pure-play open-source software providers are being squeezed out of the enterprise market by increasingly complete offerings from application and OS providers, according to a report from The 451 Group's just-launched “Commercial Adoption of Open Source” (CAOS) service. The report's findings may be applicable to embedded Linux stack providers, as well. (more…)

Slideshow highlights LinuxWorld Expo standouts

August 23, 2006

eWEEK has published a slideshow from last week's LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco. The photos were taken by LinuxDevices.com Senior Editor Henry Kingman, with LinuxWatch.com Senior Editor Steven J. (more…)

Industrial Linux distro changes names

August 23, 2006

A real-time (RTAI-based) embedded Linux distribution targeting industrial applications has changed its name. Koan Software's Klinux (formerly K-Linux) will henceforth be known as KaeilOS (Koan advanced embedded industrial Linux operating system), according to founder Marco Cavallini. (more…)

Tiny, sub-$100 PC runs Puppy Linux

August 23, 2006

A Bangkok-based company is shipping a tiny, sub-$100 PC capable of running Puppy and other lightweight Linux distributions. NorhTec's MicroClient Jr. measures 4.5 inches square, draws 8 Watts, and has a 166MHz Pentium-compatible processor with three integer units. (more…)

CMU publishes open, Linux-based robot designs

August 23, 2006

The Mobile Robot Programming Lab (MRPL) at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute has published the first in a planned series of open, educational robotics designs. The Linux-based “Qwerkbot” can be built in two hours from detailed online instructions, at a cost of $550, the Lab says. (more…)

Linux powers configurable communications recorder

August 23, 2006

German equipment manufacturer ASC Telecom has revised its Linux-based communications server, adding hybrid VoIP (voice-over-IP) and TDM (time-division multiplexing) recording capabilities. (more…)

Intel touts embedded road show

August 22, 2006

Intel will host one-day embedded computing conferences at a dozen locations around the U.S. this fall. The Intel Embedded Solutions Conferences will present information about Intel's current and forthcoming embedded processors, as well as its extended life-cycle support program, research, and product roadmaps. (more…)

ETX baseboard simplifies embedded designs

August 22, 2006

Kontron has introduced a compact “mini baseboard” meant to help developers get up and running quickly with ETX-based computer-on-module (COM) designs. The aptly named “miniBaseboard” is compatible with the recently released ETX version 3.0(more…)

Desktop Linux survey launches

August 22, 2006

DesktopLinux.com has launched its 2006 Desktop Linux survey, asking users of Linux desktops to identify what distributions they use, as well as their choice of windowing environment (KDE, GNOME, etc.), web browsers, email clients, and Windows-on-Linux solutions. (more…)

Linux-based wrist PC goes to military expo

August 22, 2006

Eurotech's U.S. arm, Parvus, will demonstrate the multinational company's innovative wrist-worn PC at a military electronics conference Aug. 22-24 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (more…)

Net stack vendor picks embedded Linux partner

August 22, 2006

Net stack vendor LVL7 will base its flagship “Fastpath” products on Wind River Linux. Starting with version 4.5, expected Q2, 2007, LVL7's Fastpath stack will be optimized for Wind River's Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition (PNE LE), the company says. (more…)

Dev kit supports Linux RapidIO

August 21, 2006

Embedded Alley claims its new RapidIO development kit is the first one based on open-source software. The Linux RapidIO Development Kit (LRDK) supports a PowerQUICC III-based blade that targets network security and virtual storage applications, and includes a Linux kernel with RapidIO support. (more…)

Compact industrial PC runs Linux on Celeron M

August 21, 2006

MPL AG has added a new model to its line of “Packaged Industrial PCs” (PIP). The PIP9 is based on a 1 GHz Celeron M processor, and boasts an extensive set of “PC compatible” functions in a compact, industrial-strength package, according to the Switzerland-based company. (more…)