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Archive for March, 2007

11 from IBM: SPUs, RHEL4, Emacs, XQuery, Acegi, GEF…

March 30, 2007

IBM has published the following new technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks and AlphaWorks websites. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics, primarily related to Linux and open source system development. (more…)

DIY embedded Linux service deemed “disruptive”

March 30, 2007

Embedded Linux development services provider TimeSys is among seven companies chosen for a new Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) attraction designed to showcase innovative startups. The “Disruption Zone” honors startups that significantly “speed electronics design and development, and improve digital signal and memory performance,” CMP said. (more…)

Tux Droid… cool toy, or Tuxploitation?

March 30, 2007

A Belgian firm is shipping a wireless robot shaped like Tux, the Linux mascot. The KYSOH (Keep Your Sense of Humor) “Tux Droid” itself does not run Linux, however, leading some early observers to question whether the gadget exploits the Tux form factor unfairly. (more…)

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Tiny Linux SBC steps up to PXA270

March 30, 2007

Gumstix has launched the third generation of its gumstick-shaped SBC (single-board computer) line. The tiny, Linux-friendly, PXA270-powered “Verdex” SBC offers 50 percent more processor speed and twice the memory of earlier models, and features an enhanced expansion bus, according to the company. (more…)

Industrial PC captures multi-channel video

March 29, 2007

Protech Systems is shipping a rugged, fanless industrial PC with support for 16 channels of video capture. The EPC-8612F supports Linux, and targets surveillance, manufacturing automation, and other applications requiring real-time video image capture. (more…)

2D barcodes link Linux devices to online info

March 29, 2007

3GVision is bringing the U.S. a 2D barcode protocol that has achieved widespread use in Japan as an instant link to online data. The company's i-nigma 2D barcode scanning system works on camera-equipped devices running Linux/Java, Windows Mobile, BREW, or Symbian. (more…)

Dual core rail-mount industrial PC runs Linux

March 29, 2007

Kontron has added dual core processing to its line of DIN rail-mountable industrial PCs. The fanless ThinkIO-Duo interfaces directly to modular DIN rail I/O components from Wago, and is available with Linux support. (more…)

Embedded graphics toolkit gains features

March 29, 2007

Swell Software is shipping a new “Pro” version of its “PEG” graphical user interface (GUI) development kit. PEG Pro adds support for greater color depths and multiple layers, enabling use in sophisticated GUIs for automotive, consumer electronics, and medical imaging devices, the company said. (more…)

Analysts, legal eagles dissect new GPLv3 draft

March 29, 2007

Over at Linux-Watch, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has collected reactions to the latest draft of GPLv3 from a dozen lawyers, hackers, observers, bloggers, pundits, and kindred journalists. (more…)

Linux-friendly microkernel embraces PowerPC 440

March 29, 2007

German embedded Linux specialist Sysgo reports that its POSIX PSE51 compliant real-time microkernel now supports AMCC's PowerPC 440-series processors, which target networking, storage, and pervasive computing devices. The PikeOS microkernel's 440-series support means that Sysgo's paravirtualized, real-time-enabled “industrial Linux” distribution now supports AMCC's entire 400-series PowerPC… (more…)

Driver dev kit supports recent Linux kernels

March 29, 2007

Jungo has released an update to its development kit that aims to simplify the creation of high-performance, cross-platform, user-mode device drivers for USB, PCI, and PCI Express interfaces. Among other enhancements, WinDriver version 9.0 now supports Linux kernels up to 2.6.19, according to the company. (more…)

Enea acquires Swedish Linux expertise

March 29, 2007

Telecom software and services provider Enea has acquired QiValue Technologies, a small Swedish company specializing in embedded and enterprise Linux development and training services. Enea said the deal will bolster its Linux expertise, strengthen its software offering, and increase its ability to offer embedded Linux solutions. (more…)

Startup hopes to redefine smartphone Web content access

March 28, 2007

Microsoft this week announced the launch of ZenZui, an independent company aimed at “transforming the way people engage, consume, and interact with Web content” on mobile devices, including those having J2ME platform support. (more…)

AMD brings Linux to East Africans

March 28, 2007

Chipmaker AMD has thrown its financial clout behind a non-profit organization setting up Linux-based computing and communication centers in East Africa. Inveneo initially used Wyse thin clients, but the organization has now switched over to MiniPCs based on AMD's recently-launched Ultra-value… (more…)

Telematics platform gains portable UI support

March 28, 2007

Freescale Semiconductor's in-vehicle telematics development platform now supports a cross-platform development framework from Tilcon. Tilcon's Interface Development Suite for Freescale's “Media5200” platform lets developers create advanced 2D/3D UIs (user interfaces), for automotive navigation and telematics… (more…)

Nokia N800 tablet update adds Real’s music service

March 28, 2007

An available software update for Nokia's Linux-based N800 Internet tablet lets users access RealNetworks Inc.'s Rhapsody music store, said to feature three million songs. (more…)

GPLv3 draft 3 arrives, adds “anti-tivoization”

March 28, 2007

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) on March 28 released the third discussion draft of the GPLv3 (GNU General Public License, version 3). As expected, the draft contains modified language designed to prevent “tivoization,” as well as language aimed at busting patent partnerships, such as the recent Microsoft/Novell deal. (more…)

ESC panel to explore the embedded Linux revolution

March 28, 2007

Embedded industry pioneer Jim Ready will lead a 90-minute panel discussion at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) next week in San Jose, Calif. Ready's panel discussion is entitled, “The perfect storm: how Linux and Eclipse are revolutionizing embedded software… (more…)

Linux powers gigabit-Ethernet fiber modem design

March 27, 2007

PMC-Sierra is shipping a Linux-based hardware/software reference design for a high-speed optical network terminator (ONT), the “modem” in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks based on passive optical networking (PON). The networking chip specialist said its PAS65311 GPON ONT design is based on a proven architecture extended to support gigabit Ethernet PONs (GPONs). (more…)

Linux Foundation names board of directors

March 27, 2007

When the Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group merged to form the Linux Foundation, one important unanswered question was: who would set the new organization's course? On March 27, that question was answered with the announcement of the group's new board of directors. (more…)