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Archive for January, 2007

LinuxDevices launches 2007 Embedded Linux survey

January 31, 2007

LinuxDevices.com today launches its seventh-annual Embedded Linux Market Survey, and invites all readers to participate. Don't miss this opportunity to help shape the industry in which you work, by answering 22 quick questions about developer preferences and industry trends. (more…)

Reviewers converge on new Nokia Internet tablet

January 31, 2007

The reviews are streaming are in. Three weeks after shipping, Nokia's second generation Linux-based Internet tablet, the N800, is being characterized as a flawed jewel by dozens of reviews in publications as diverse as BusinessWeek, OSNews, and MobileBurn. (more…)

Industrial POS reference design runs Linux

January 31, 2007

Freescale has teamed up with Indesign on a hardware/software industrial POS (point-of-sales) device reference design. The design is based on 8- and 32-bit Freescale ColdFire processors, runs uClinux and other open source software, and targets high-security industrial system designs. (more…)

Linux hackers offer free device driver development

January 31, 2007

Ask Linux users what they find most annoying about Linux, and many will complain about device drivers — while the vast majority of PC components and peripherals work with Linux, some don't work at all, and others are marginal. A leading Linux kernel developer has proposed a solution, Linux-Watch.com reports. (more…)

Embedded Systems Conference to feature Linux

January 31, 2007

Linux is among 15 featured technical tracks at this year's Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), Silicon Valley edition. Billed as “the world's largest international embedded technical conference and exhibition,” the event is set for Apr. 1-5 in San Jose, Calif. (more…)

Embedded Linux specialist sponsors open source conference

January 31, 2007

Embedded Linux specialist TimeSys is among the sponsors of a Pittsburgh conference exploring the strategies and economics of open source software. The “Open Source Summit” will feature discussions of corporate open source initiatives, adoption, licensing, and business models, and will be held the evening of Thurs., Feb. 15. (more…)

Industrial power monitoring device runs Linux

January 30, 2007

An Italian electric power system manufacturer used embedded Linux as a key component of a system that performs remote sensing, data acquisition, and routing functions. RGM's AT91UL94 system runs Koan's KaeilOS on an ARM-based Atmel processor, and took six months to develop, according to Koan. (more…)

Paper compares real-time Linux, traditional RTOS

January 30, 2007

A well-illustrated technical paper comparing RTLinux, RTAI, and VRTXsa has been published by two Italian computer science students. Emanuele Mattei and Andrea Ludiciani conclude that the RTOSes offer comparable predictability, while RTLinux is the least variable and RTAI the most efficient. (more…)

HA middleware gains XML netconf tools

January 30, 2007

A provider of high-availability (HA) middleware for distributed telecommunications systems will integrate and market third-party XML-based network management software. Enea says Tail-f's ConfD suite will improve reliability for customers of its Element HA middleware, by automating “tedious, time-consuming, and failure-prone” tasks involved in configuring complex distributed equipment. (more…)

Embedded debug tool gains enhanced multi-threading support

January 30, 2007

American Arium is shipping a dot-revision to its hardware-assisted, Linux-aware debugging software for ARM, x86, and AMD64 processors. SourcePoint 6.3.1 adds better multi-threaded application debugging under Linux, a new project wizard, and faster load speed times for XScale processors, among other improvements. (more…)

Free service automates WiFi logins

January 30, 2007

WiFi software specialist Devicescape has broadened its business model, launching a service around a patented networking technique claimed to eliminate the complexities of end-user WiFi logins. The service is free to the public, but earns the company commissions from operators and royalties from device makers. (more…)

Linux ported to Sony PSP

January 29, 2007

A self-described “world famous celebrity hacker” has managed to boot uClinux on Sony's MIPS-based PSP (Playstation Portable). Chris Mulhearn's port so far lacks support for key PSP peripherals such as the screen, but could interest hackers able to connect serially to the PSP's “remote headphones” port. (more…)

Intel forges forward with 45nm processor tech

January 29, 2007

Labeling it “one of the biggest advancements in fundamental transistor design,” Intel on Jan. 27 said it is utilizing two “dramatically new” materials to build the insulating walls and switching gates for 45nm (nanometer) transistors. The company also said that five early-version 45nm processors are up and running. (more…)

Linux gadget infects Windows PCs?

January 29, 2007

In what appears to be a twist on the conventional wisdom that Windows systems are more vulnerable to viruses than Linux systems, some of TomTom's GPS navigation gadgets appear to have infected Windows PCs with a “low risk” virus. (more…)

Denx rev’s free embedded Linux distro

January 29, 2007

Denx Software Engineering has updated its free embedded Linux distribution and development tool suite. “Embedded Linux Development Kit” (ELDK) Release 4.1 is based on a 2.6.19.2 Linux kernel and Denx's freely licensed U-Boot 1.2 bootloader, and features support for the Xenomai 2.3 real-time extensions. (more…)

Top Penguinista Talks Turkey

January 26, 2007

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and Free Standard Group (FSG) merged on Jan. 21, creating the Linux Foundation, a single entity aiming to take responsibility for Linux standardization, promotion, and protection. (more…)

Mobile device vendor picks up AMD’s PIC

January 26, 2007

The assets associated with AMD's low-cost Personal Internet Communicator (PIC) have been acquired by Data Evolution Holdings, whose subsidiary manufactures a line of Windows CE-based notebook computers. (more…)

13 from IBM: SoCs, PowerPC, Cell, XML, SoX, Java6, VNC/SSL, XForms…

January 26, 2007

IBM has published the following new technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks and AlphaWorks 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…)

Free WiFi app offers auto-login at public hotspots

January 26, 2007

Devicescape has released the first stable version of its automatic WiFi connection utility for mobile devices. The “Devicescape 1.0” client automatically logs in devices — even devices without browsers, such as VoIP phones — at thousands of free and commercial WiFi hotspot locations, the company says. (more…)

2D/3D graphics chipset targets mobile devices

January 26, 2007

Via Technologies is shipping a new mobile graphics processor chipset targeting notebook and ultra-mobile PCs. The VN896 chipset integrates 3D and 2D accelerators, offers “unsurpassed visual clarity,” and supports modern Intel processors ranging from the Celeron M to Core 2 Duo, as well as Via's C7. (more…)