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Archive for March, 2007

Linux kernel gains paravirtualization option

March 27, 2007

The next stable release of the Linux kernel will reportedly have a new paravirtualization ABI (application binary interface) contributed by VMware. The 2.6.21 kernel's “VMI” (virtual machine interface) ABI aims to let Linux modify itself for faster performance when run under a hypervisor. (more…)

Intel aims low-cost K-12 laptop at emerging markets

March 26, 2007

Intel has created an ultra-low-cost laptop for school children in emerging markets. The “ClassMatePC” is available with Linux or Windows XP, comes with an “educational feature set,” and is part of a program in which Intel plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years. (more…)

$70 network gateway dev kit includes Linux

March 26, 2007

[Updated Apr. 2] — Atmel is shipping the least expensive hardware/software Linux development kit we've come across in's seven-year history. The $70 “Atmel Network Gateway Kit 100”, based on Atmel's “AVR32” RISC architecture, includes a tiny SBC (single-board computer), a full… (more…)

Guest Opinion: Don’t fear the GPLv3

March 26, 2007

This guest column by Bruce Perens describes in plain language how Version 3 modernizes the GPL, while preserving the intent of earlier versions. Additionally, it debunks a few common GPLv3 myths, and suggests how the Linux kernel itself could someday wind up adopting the revised license. (more…)

Access adds Flash player to embedded Linux, browser

March 26, 2007

Access has licensed Bluestreak Technology's Flash player for mobile phones and set-top boxes, suggesting its Linux-based software stack for mobile phones could be used in phones that receive digital TV. (more…)

CELF-con to feature embedded Linux luminaries

March 26, 2007

The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) has attracted a veritable who's who of embedded Linux speakers for its annual open-to-the-public conference, set for Apr. 17-19 in Santa Clara, Calif. (more…)

Clearing up anti-GPL3 FUD

March 26, 2007

Foreword: This guest column describes in plain language how Version 3 modernizes the GPL, while remaining consistent in intent with earlier versions. Additionally, it debunks a few common GPLv3 myths, and suggests how the Linux kernel itself could someday wind up adopting the revised… (more…)

3.5-inch SBC has 4-year availability

March 23, 2007

Lanner Electronics is offering a 3.5-inch SBC (single-board computer) with guaranteed availability through 2010. The EM-9360 is based on a 533/800MHz Via “Mark” processor with integrated northbridge, and targets applications where legacy features such as an ISA bus are required. (more…)

CPE SoCs gain enhanced Linux suite

March 23, 2007

Chipmaker Infineon Technologies has enhanced the Linux-based software suite it provides with half-a-dozen broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) reference designs. The “Spinacer” suite adds an IMS-based (IP multimedia subsystem) device framework for FMC (fixed-mobile convergence), an optional TR-69 auto-provisioning extension, and support for Infineon VoIP chips with HD (high-definition) sound, the… (more…)

M2M specialist opens U.S. office

March 23, 2007

Connect One has established a U.S. subsidiary, and hired former Jungo VP Udi Yuhjtman to serve as the subsidiary's president. The M2M (machine-to-machine) networking chip and device server specialist hopes to play a “leading role” in the U.S. (more…)

Mobile TV chipset, stack support Linux

March 23, 2007

Thin Multimedia Inc. (TMI) will demonstrate its PAL-format MobileTV software stack for Linux on a digital TV receiver chipset from Siano, at the CTIA Wireless 2007 show next week in Orlando, Fla. Additionally, the company says it will collaborate with Siano on a “multi-standard, integrated mobile TV” product. (more…)

Nine from IBM: Linux SCI, SMP Linux, Db4o, Eclipse 3.2 IDEs…

March 23, 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. Some require free registration. (more…)

Embedded market research report considers labor costs

March 23, 2007

Venture Development Corporation (VDC) has published a new market research report aimed at sizing total expenditures on embedded software development, including labor costs for software development and testing. The report also considers outsourcing and how globalization might limit market growth over time. (more…)

Mesh drivers target Linux device makers

March 23, 2007

Meshcom Technologies of Finland is readying a mesh networking driver aimed at Linux- and Windows-based device vendors. MeshDriver 1.0 will be commercially available to vendors wishing to build products that form self-healing mesh networks optimized for throughput and performance in fixed and mobile network environments, the company said. (more…)

Hybrid NAS/SAN appliances run Linux

March 22, 2007

Linux server and workstation integrator Pogo Linux has launched a line of Linux-based appliances that combine iSCSI SAN (storage-attached network) with typical NAS (network-attached storage) functionality. (more…)

Can Linux save Mot’s mobile phone biz?

March 22, 2007

In an effort to cut costs and boost margins, Motorola will reportedly use its Linux/Java based mobile phone operating system across “all mid- and high-tier devices.” The beleaguered communications company will fall $1 billion short of analyst expectations this quarter, due to a slump in its mobile phone business. (more…)

WLAN-on-a-chip targets Linux devices

March 22, 2007

NXP (formerly Philips semiconductor) will soon ship what it claims to be the “world's smallest” WLAN SoC (system-on-chip). The 5-mm-square BGM220 integrates RF, baseband/MAC, and ARM7-based processing functions, features “ultra low power consumption” optimized for handheld applications, and is supported with Linux drivers, according to the company. (more…)

Linux, Opera help fight HIV AIDS in Malawi

March 22, 2007

Opera Software reports that Linux and the Opera browser are being used by a non-government organization combatting HIV AIDs in Malawi. The Baobab Health Partnership runs Opera in fullscreen “kiosk” mode on low-powered, Linux-based network terminals used to register new patients and track… (more…)

Linux grabs 30% of China’s fast-growing smartphone market

March 22, 2007

China consumed 15 million smartphones in 2006, up from 10 million units in 2005, resulting in more than doubling of smartphone revenues, according to Chinese market research firm CCID Consulting Company. Symbian controlled 63.2 percent of the market, followed by Linux (30.3 percent) and Windows Mobile (5.4 percent). (more…)

Network appliance platform runs Linux

March 21, 2007

Axiomtek is shipping a 1U rack-mountable network appliance platform targeting small- and medium-sized businesses. The NA-820 provides seven gigabit Ethernet ports, supports Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and is available with support for Linux 2.4 and 2.6, according to the company. (more…)