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Archive for October, 2006

Service remotely manages, updates devices

October 25, 2006

Entertainment networking software specialist Mediabolic has launched a service aimed at helping device makers manage firmware updates. The Software Update Service can “push” full or partial stacks to deployed devices with or without customer involvement. It works with product families, groups of products, or even single units, the company says. (more…)

Novell ships real-time SMP x86 Linux

October 25, 2006

Novell is now shipping its real-time Linux implementation. SUSE Linux Enterprise Real-Time (SLERT) is based on processor shielding technology from Concurrent Computer Corporation, and supports multi-processor x86 systems. However, it offers dramatic performance improvements in certain financial and database applications, according to Linux Watch. (more…)

Linux powers next-gen multicore home networking design

October 24, 2006

Parallogic will port its StriaEdge multi-core networking stack to ARM's multi-core ARM11 processor architecture, ARM Ltd. reports. The resulting Linux-based hardware/software design will enable home networking equipment capable of 400Mbps throughputs — enough for triple-play (voice/video/data) services, on-demand video, and multi-channel HDTV service delivery, ARM says. (more…)

Real-time Linux adds JTAG/BDM debugger support

October 24, 2006

FSMLabs's real-time Linux and BSD distributions now support Abatron's popular “BDI” series debuggers. The BDI debuggers exploit the on-chip debugging interfaces found in many modern processors, and can often obviate expensive hardware such as in-circuit emulators, when used with appropriate… (more…)

Virtualization technology targets Linux-powered devices

October 24, 2006

Aplix Corp. on Oct. 24 unveiled patent pending user-space virtualization technology said to dynamically generate virtual execution spaces for native applications running on handheld and mobile devices. The “lightweight,” “OS-independent” technique is intended to enhance security by restricting an application's access to the underlying operating system, according to the company. (more…)

Linux phone design gains “print-quality” image processor

October 24, 2006

Venture-backed Nethra Imaging is using a Linux-based smartphone reference design to demonstrate its “print-quality” auto-focus camera SoC (system-on-chip), at the first-ever 6Sight “Future of Imaging” conference today in Monterey, Calif. (more…)

Samsung spins Linux/Qtopia phone?

October 24, 2006

Samsung and Eidicom have created what appears to be a Linux-based dual-mode camera-phone reference design incorporating Trolltech's Qtopia Phone Edition (QPE) UI and application platform. (more…)

Carrier Grade Linux gains first NEP registrant

October 24, 2006

Performance Technologies (PT) says it has successfully registered a forthcoming version of its commercial Linux distribution with version 3.2 of the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) specification. (more…)

Nokia’s 770 successor to feature GPS?

October 24, 2006

Several sites around the Internet are reporting on a rumored successor to the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet that could ship in time for the 2006 holiday gift-giving season. The so-called “330” tablet appears to be smaller, more entertainment oriented, and to have built-in GPS capabilities. Nokia had no comment. (more…)

AMCC fires up PowerPC SoCs

October 23, 2006

PowerPC SoC (system-on-chip) specialist AMCC is sampling a new general-purpose embedded processor featuring dual gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Additionally, the company says it has squeezed 20 percent higher performance from its PCI-Express-enabled storage processor. Based on PowerPC 440 cores, both should support Linux. (more…)

Arcom rev’s Linux dev kit

October 23, 2006

Arcom has updated its Linux Development Kit for two XScale-based PC/104 SBCs (single-board computers). The Entry-Level Viper/Viper-Lite Development Kit includes a 2.6-series kernel, supports boards with 200MHz or 400MHz PXA255 processors, and targets wired/wireless information terminals,… (more…)

Linux headed for automotive “tipping point”

October 23, 2006

This insightful guest column anticipates the emergence of embedded Linux as a key margins driver for the automotive industry, due to its ability to run “driver-assist” applications perceived as “high-value” by consumers. (more…)

“Real-time” carrier-grade Linux powers Dutch soft-switch

October 23, 2006

Hard real-time capabilities helped MontaVista's carrier-grade Linux distribution become the preferred OS for a Dutch network equipment provider (NEP) specializing in standards-based platforms for private military, police, fire, ambulance, and airport radio networks. (more…)

Tiny Linux system boosted to 400MHz

October 23, 2006

Gumstix has juiced up the tiny Linux PC based on its gumstick-sized SBCs (single-board computers). The newly shipping 400xm-cf model boasts a 400MHz PXA255 processor, and comes preinstalled with Linux 2.6.17. (more…)

Compact SBC runs Linux on two-chip x86 chipset

October 23, 2006

Acrosser Technology is shipping a 3.5-inch SBC (single-board computer) powered by a two-chip Via chipset. The AR-B1652 is available with 533MHz or 800MHz “Mark” Corefusion processors, and runs a 2.4 Linux kernel. (more…)

Linux and automotive: reaching a tipping point

October 23, 2006

Foreword: This insightful guest column anticipates the emergence of embedded Linux as a key margins driver for the automotive industry, due to its ability to run “driver-assist” applications perceived as “high-value” by consumers. (more…)

Malaysian startup licenses Linux phone stack

October 20, 2006

Startup a la Mobile reports that its Linux-based mobile phone stack has attracted its first licensee. Gupp Technologies, a Malaysian startup backed by global electronics vendor 3P Electronics, will use the Convergent Linux Platform in a dual-mode VoWiFi (voice-over-WiFi) and GSM smartphone expected next year, according to a la Mobile. (more…)

11 from IBM: IP law, m17n, video playback, CDT, WHATWG, Ruby…

October 20, 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. (more…)

Linux webpad draws enthusiastic mini-review

October 20, 2006

[Updated Oct. 24] — The PepperPad 3 appeals to both computer neophytes and Linux hackers, suggests CarryPad Editor Steve Paine in an enthusiastic mini-review. (more…)

Pentium III squeezes onto PC/104

October 20, 2006

Eurotech has released two PC/104-Plus SBCs with 800MHz Pentium III processors. The CPU-1462 features four USB 2.0 ports, while the CPU-1464 boasts gigabit Ethernet. Both use “unique construction techniques” facilitating structural heat dissipation into the enclosure, and are suitable for extended-temperature and… (more…)