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Archive for April, 2007

Real-time Linux helps design military cargo plane

April 24, 2007

Airbus reportedly tapped real-time Linux in designing its A400M military transport plane, set to ship this year. Concurrent said it supplied the German airplane manufacturer with real-time Linux-based systems used for hardware-in-loop (HIL) simulation test stands used to perfect the A400M's “high-lift control… (more…)

Open Source conference beckons devs, hackers, geeks

April 24, 2007

Registration is now open for the ninth edition of O'Reilly's annual conference on open source software. Described as a “gathering of developers, hackers, visionaries, and alpha geeks,” OSCON 2007 (Open Source Convention) is set for Jul. 23-27 in Portland, Ore. (more…)

Storage-oriented SBC runs Linux on dual-core ARM

April 23, 2007

TeamASA will begin sampling a single-board computer (SBC) powered by a dual-core Intel XScale processor next month. The storage-oriented NPWR-XTR comes with Linux and is available with an Intel 81348 XScale processor clocked up to 1.2GHz, and support for up to 12 SATA ports. (more…)

First dual-core SuperH chips announced

April 23, 2007

Renesas is readying its first dual-core processors based on its 32-bit SuperH architecture. Expected to sample in July, the SH7205 and four SH7265 models are described as general-purpose SoCs (system-on-chip processors) with two 200MHz SH2A-FPU cores, together with “comprehensive” on-chip peripheral sets, including an AAC encoder in four SH7265 models. (more…)

Device software market growing, globalizing, consolidating

April 23, 2007

Embedded is among several “hotspot” software development markets, along with open source, network security, digital content, and outsourcing, according to a new report from CCID Consulting. The market for device software is growing, becoming globalized, and developing specialized supply lines, the Hong Kong-based Chinese market research firm said. (more…)

Mobile Linux stack targets 3G multimedia phones

April 23, 2007

A la Mobile has added streaming media capabilities to its Linux-based mobile phone software stack. The “3G Streaming Media” version of its Linux 2.6.12-based Convergent Linux Platform targets smartphone integrators, particularly in Asia, who want to build phones capable of video conferencing, video telephony, interactive gaming, and mobile IPTV. (more…)

Carrier Grade Linux NEP “profile” gets updated

April 20, 2007

The SCOPE Alliance has released version 1.2 of its “Linux Profile,” aimed at guiding NEPs (network equipment providers) toward interoperable implementations of the Linux Foundation (formerly Open Source Development Labs) Carrier Grade Linux specification. Additionally, SCOPE has updated its “Technical Position Paper” aimed at describing NEP requirements to Linux developers. (more…)

Nine from IBM: Real-time Java, Acegi, Emacs, WiFi, Ruby/XML, GWT…

April 20, 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…)

Linux reports the weather to truckers, travelers

April 20, 2007

A company specializing in weather reporting has used Linux to build an inexpensive digital sign capable of delivering custom weather channels to truckstops, private airports, marinas, and golf courses. (more…)

Gnome initiative targets mobile and embedded apps

April 19, 2007

The Gnome Foundation has launched a Mobile & Embedded Initiative (GMAE), it announced today. The Initiative aims to “advance the use, development and commercialization of GNOME components as a mobile and embedded user experience platform,” according to its mission statement. (more…)

$3 Windows a threat to Linux?

April 19, 2007

Microsoft's $3 Windows offer is an attempt to “kill open source off at its roots,” according to columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in an impassioned blog posting at Linux-Watch.com. Microsoft “wants to make sure that young people in developing countries get brainwashed into the Microsoft way of computing,” he writes. (more…)

Via unveils first pico-ITX design

April 19, 2007

Chip-maker Via Technologies has revealed details about its “pico-ITX” hardware reference design, and promised to announce its first commercially available mainboard based on the new form-factor “soon.” Slightly smaller than the venerable PC/104 standard, pico-ITX represents “the smallest complete x86 mainboard in the… (more…)

Red Flag MIDLinux screenshot gallery published

April 18, 2007

Australian tech news site APC Magazine has published a photo and screenshot gallery of Red Flag Software's “MIDLinux” distro for “mobile Internet devices” (MIDs). (more…)

Intel launches mobile device chips, roadmap

April 18, 2007

At its Beijing Developer Forum this week, Intel confirmed it is shipping an “ultra mobile” chipset for UMPCs (ultra-mobile PCs) and MIDs (mobile Internet devices). It also claimed to be sampling a second-generation mobile processor based on 45nm silicon and “High-K” metal gate transistor technology. (more…)

Linux router distro holds U.S. user meeting

April 18, 2007

A Latvian company supplying hacker-friendly MIPS-based routers and proprietary Linux implementations to the enterprise and WISP (wireless Internet service provider) markets will hold its annual U.S. user meeting next month. The MikroTik User Meeting (MUM) will focus on network deployment strategies, and is set for May 28-30, in Orlando, Fla. (more…)

Embedded Linux vendor targets RTOS apps

April 18, 2007

MontaVista claims its latest embedded Linux release breaks “all barriers” in real-time performance, making it suitable for traditional RTOS (real-time OS) applications like industrial automation, communications, machine control, medical, and navigation equipment. In benchmarks, Pro 5.0 reportedly delivered sub-30 microsecond response times on a stressed, loaded 2GHz Pentium M-based system. (more…)

Real-time Linux scales to 32 CPU cores

April 17, 2007

Concurrent has started shipping a new version of its “real-time” Linux operating system for asymmetrical multi-processing x86 applications. RedHawk Linux 4.2 is based on a 2.6.18.8 kernel, and adds support for four-way Intel and AMD chips, with scalability to 32-CPU systems expected once AMD's four-way Opteron ships. (more…)

Intel unveils new XScale set-top box chip

April 17, 2007

At its developer forum in Beijing today, Intel unveiled its first SoC (system-on-chip) specifically targeting digital set-top boxes (STBs) and media recorders. The Intel CE 2110 is based on a 1GHz XScale core, and is shipping to early customers now, along with Linux-based development and reference design kits. (more…)

Startup touts virtualizing microkernel

April 17, 2007

An Australian think tank has spun out an embedded and real-time operating systems company headquartered in Chicago. The spin-out — “Open Kernel Labs” (OK Labs) — is shipping a commercially supported, BSD-licensed “OKL4” microkernel that runs Linux and other guest OSes in user space, targeting devices such as mobile phones. (more…)

Linux powers $50 wireless mesh router

April 16, 2007

A Google-backed start-up that began as a doctoral thesis at MIT has started selling ultra-low-cost mesh networking equipment based on Atheros WiFi radios and embedded MIPS 4KEc processors running Linux. (more…)