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Archive for October, 2006

Siemens IP-STB designs run Linux, do HDTV, DVB-T

October 31, 2006

Siemens of Switzerland is shipping three hardware/software reference designs for Internet protocol set-top boxes (IP-STBs). The STB-7100-series designs run Linux 2.6 on a SuperH-based processor, and support standard- and high-definition content, along with multiple access technologies, including DSL, cable, and… (more…)

MIPS processors gain GNU/Linux binary prelinker

October 31, 2006

[Updated 3:15PM, PST] — With sponsorship from MIPS Technologies, GNU tools specialist CodeSourcery has added support for the MIPS architecture to the GNU/Linux prelinker, with the goal of helping MIPS-based embedded designs enjoy faster application start-up times. Additionally, the consulting and services company has joined MIPS Technologies's MIPS Alliance Program. (more…)

High-availability wrapper site solicits proposals

October 31, 2006

OpenClovis is accepting project proposals for a community website to launch early next year. The “ClovisForge” site aims to help developers quickly add high-availability characteristics to commercial or open-source applications, so that they can be considered for use in telecommunications and other markets requiring “six nines” availability (99.9999 percent uptime). (more…)

Car PCs mount in dashboards, run Linux

October 30, 2006

Hong Kong based mini-PC manufacturing specialist SD-Omega has added a pair of high-end models to its extensive line of more than 20 Linux-friendly car PC models. The SD631C and PCI-slot-equipped SD631CH support Intel Pentium M and Celeron M processors at over 2GHz, and include car-specific features. (more…)

Compact Linux appliance targets web surfing apps

October 30, 2006

[Updated Oct. 31] — Parisian startup Linutop is readying a compact Linux-based computing appliance aimed at web surfing kiosks in libraries, schools, offices, hotels, hospitals, Internet cafes, and family rooms. (more…)

Access to open-source mobile app framework

October 30, 2006

Access will contribute a mobile application platform to the open source community before year's end, it says. Its “Application Framework” for GTK+ aims to offer device developers specialized mechanisms for package installation, task-oriented application interoperation, and security policy definition and management. (more…)

Linux appliance analyzes gigabit networks

October 27, 2006

Network management specialist Wildpackets is shipping a Linux-powered appliance used by network administrators to analyze full- or half-duplex gigabit Ethernet traffic. The “Omnipliance” is based on a 3U rack-mount Intel Xeon server, and runs Red Hat Linux along with Wildpackets's flagship “OmniEngine”… (more…)

Early Mylo review laments phonelessness

October 27, 2006

Much as early reviewers rued the Nokia 770's lack of cellular phone capabilities, USAToday's appraisal of Sony's Linux-based Mylo (“my life online”) reprises the “there's no phone” theme repeatedly. (more…)

Linux-powered SBC targets network storage apps

October 27, 2006

Team ASA is shipping a network storage-oriented SBC (single-board computer) featuring integrated hardware encryption and data compression. The NPWR-SAI is based on an Intel storage processor, comes pre-loaded with Linux 2.6.13, and targets CD-bay-sized removable storage devices with transparent encryption and compression,… (more…)

Linux STB used in award-winning eldercare product

October 27, 2006

Dutch telecom operator and Internet service provider KPN has bestowed an award for innovation on DataBalk's ZorgTV (“CareTV” in English) product. The product is based on Amino's Linux-based Aminet110 set-top box (pictured at left), and aims to help elderly people “stay independent” longer, according to DataBalk. (more…)

Embedded computer module aims Linux at industrial apps

October 27, 2006

Taiwanese industrial computing specialist Artila Electronics is shipping a processor module pre-loaded with a Linux 2.6 kernel and filesystem. The M-501 is based on a 180MHz ARM processor, has lots of standard PC I/O available through several high-density connectors, and is available with a baseboard. (more…)

Seven from IBM: mobile video, make, Web data, XSLT, Geronimo…

October 27, 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…)

Agile testing suite supports Linux

October 26, 2006

S2 Technologies has revised its OS- and compiler-agnostic embedded software test and verification package. Stride 2.0 adds enhancements for multi-seat deployments, and can be used to exercise, test, and verify software for complex embedded multimedia consumer devices such as wireless handsets, the company says. (more…)

First SBC in new military/aerospace form-factor runs Linux

October 26, 2006

The first SBC (single-board computer) based on a new military/aerospace form-factor standard is now shipping, and runs Linux 2.6, according to distributor Mistral Solutions. The company says it is shipping Curtiss Wright Controls's (CWC's) VPX6-185, a PowerPC board based on the VPX (VITA 46) standard. (more…)

NEC, Panasonic launch mobile phone venture

October 26, 2006

NEC and Matsushita Electric Industrial (MEI) subsidiary Panasonic Mobile Communications will establish a joint venture next month tasked with creating a common hardware and software platform for mobile handsets. The “Esteemo” Co. will be based in Yokohama City, and have 130 employees, with a capitalization of 100M Yen (~$845,000). (more…)

IP-STB runs Linux, supports USB-based descrambler

October 26, 2006

A publicly traded start-up has announced an IP-STB (Internet protocol set-top box) with a USB-based “cable card” that allows users to access subscription content from Internet-connected PCs. (more…)

“Mid-size” AMC to run Carrier Grade Linux

October 26, 2006

Emerson Network Power's new Embedded Computing business, formerly Artesyn Communication Products, is readying a “mid-sized” version of an “advanced mezzanine card” (AMC or AdvancedMC) based on an in-process PICMG specification. (more…)

Oracle takes Red Hat Linux under its wing

October 26, 2006

Oracle Corp. on Oct. 25 announced that it would provide the same enterprise class support for Linux as it provides for its database, middleware, and applications products. Essentially, this means that Oracle, after removing Red Hat trademarks, will be distributing Oracle Unbreakable Linux, derived from Red Hat's open-source Linux technology. (more…)

Embedded webserver gains skinny scripting language

October 25, 2006

Real-Time Logic (RTL) has added a PHP-like scripting language to its http daemon for embedded, real-time monitoring and control applications. The Barracuda web server's “Lua Server Pages” (LSP) technology is described as a lighter, faster, more modular alternative to PHP. (more…)

Industrial Linux adds real-time tech

October 25, 2006

[Updated Oct. 27] — Sysgo is readying a new real-time version of its “industrial grade” Linux distribution. ELinOS Real-Time includes a POSIX PSE51 microkernel said to be capable of running single-process, multi-threaded POSIX tasks within secure partitions, along with a user-space Linux partition for non-time-critical tasks. (more…)