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Archive for July, 2007

ARM9 SoC targets video-oriented gadgets

July 31, 2007

STMicroelectronics (STM) has released a new chip in its Nomadik family of low-cost, multimedia-oriented system-on-chip (SoC) processors. The STn8811A12 runs embedded Linux and targets products such as personal media players (PMPs), Internet appliances, and video conferencing. (more…)

Robot conference features humans, humanoids

July 31, 2007

“Dexter” is a robot said to walk more like a human than any yet created. He and his wheeled cousin, “Monty,” will be among the attendees at the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition, to be held this October in San Jose, Calif. (more…)

Talk, demo target virtualization on cellphones

July 31, 2007

Michel Gien, founder of embedded virtualization specialist VirtualLogix, will give an hour-long presentation on the application of virtualization technology to Linux-based mobile phones and real-time applications, at LinuxWorld in San Francisco next week. The company will also demonstrate the technology on mobile handsets and digital multimedia, it says. (more…)

Microsoft offers treats to Linux hackers

July 31, 2007

Microsoft's Windows Embedded team is offering “the biggest selection of [free] apps outside of Moscone Center,” in connection with next week's LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco. The “apps,” in this case, are appetizers, plus free beer and wine. (more…)

Linux-based e-book boasts “brightest and fastest” e-paper

July 31, 2007

A France-based e-book specialist is readying a Linux-powered successor to its earlier Windows CE-based e-book reader devices. (more…)

JTAG debug tool goes serial

July 30, 2007

Hardware debug tools specialist American Arium has revised its popular HS-1000 emulating “trace port analyzer” to handle “serial wire debug” (SWD) embodied in ARM Cortex processor cores. SWD, on the new HS-1000S debug tool, supplants 5-wire JTAG with 2-wire serial access, while reducing bill-of-material costs, according to… (more…)

Bright future seen for NAND flash

July 30, 2007

More gigabytes of NAND-based storage will ship in 2007 than the sum-total of all DRAM shipped since 1970. This is one of many gems of wisdom found in newly-available online proceedings from Denali Software's recent conference on today's hottest memory and storage technologies, such as DDR DRAM and NAND flash. (more…)

Mobile browser gets carrier-based speedup

July 30, 2007

Bytemobile Inc., a supplier of carrier-based data optimization technologies, and mobile phone software specialist Access Co. Ltd. are collaborating to “dramatically improve the web browsing experience for mobile devices.” The effort will involve integrating Bytemobile's mobile operator-based “embedded browser optimization” (EBO) technology with Access's NetFront embedded browser, the companies say. (more…)

In-vehicle Linux system assists first responders

July 30, 2007

U.K.-based Thorcom Systems Ltd is shipping a rugged, Debian Linux-based, in-vehicle computer intended for emergency first responders. The GPS-equipped VR2000 can serve as an application host, IP router, and vehicle locater in a wide range of mobile data, vehicle tracking, and in-vehicle communications and networking applications,… (more…)

Skype responds to Euro GPL rebuke

July 30, 2007

In response to inquiries regarding a German court's ruling that Skype had breached the GPL, the company told LinuxDevices.com today that it “has not acted improperly.” The alleged violation was associated with the method by which Skype “distributed” GPL-licensed source code with a Linux-powered VoIP handset. (more…)

Bluetooth, GPS to become ubiquitous

July 27, 2007

In its financial report for the quarter ending June 29, 2007, CSR (formerly Cambridge Silicon Radio) forecast continued growth in the Bluetooth market, particularly in new non-cellular areas such as PMPs, gaming consoles, cars, and cameras. Interestingly, the company said it is readying a Bluetooth chip with built-in software-based GPS. (more…)

Seven from IBM: Real-time Java, using Eclipse, Nagios plug-ins, AJAX…

July 27, 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…)

SODIMM-sized computer module runs Linux

July 27, 2007

Cogent Computer Systems has begun shipping an SODIMM-sized computer module based on Marvell's XScale PXA270 processor. The CSB726 “system-on-module” (SOM) is available with a development kit that includes a carrier board and a Linux 2.6 BSP (board-support package). (more…)

Skype alleged to have violated the GPL

July 27, 2007

[Updated July 28] — A fast-spreading story out of Europe asserts that a German court has found Skype to have violated the GPL. The problem reportedly resulted from the way Skype “distributed” GPL-licensed source code in connection with a Linux-powered VoIP handset sold on its website. (more…)

Podcast explores real-time Linux

July 27, 2007

TimeSys's 14th podcast episode, now available, debunks common misconceptions about real-time Linux. Developers Gene Sally and Maciej Halasz discuss real-time terminology, explain what is and isn't real time, examine the differences between “hard” and “soft” real-time, and explore the major contributors to latency issues. (more…)

Tiny PowerPC SBC stack runs Linux

July 27, 2007

Embedded Planet is shipping a credit card-sized single-board computer (SBC) powered by a highly integrated 440EPx PowerPC system-on-chip (SoC). The EP440xS SBC, together with a similarly-sized I/O expansion board, target space-constrained yet performance-hungry applications, and are supported by a “complete”… (more…)

Marcus Rex joins Linux Foundation as CTO

July 26, 2007

The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit group dedicated to accelerating Linux's growth, announced on July 24 that it had tapped long-time Linux executive Marcus Rex to serve as CTO. Rex “will help drive new standardization and technical initiatives around Linux and promote Linux adoption more broadly,” the LF said. (more…)

Proposed spec downsizes COM Express

July 26, 2007

Kontron has unveiled a proposal for a next-generation, small form-factor, embedded computer-on-module (COM) standard. Dubbed nanoETXexpress, it has a footprint just 39 percent of the PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) COM Express standard. (more…)

World’s largest single-kernel Linux system?

July 26, 2007

NASA has selected an SGI Altix supercomputer to help it meet future high-performance computing requirements. The new system will be the first supercomputer to operate 2,048 processor cores and 4TB of memory under control of one Linux kernel, creating the world's largest single-kernel Linux system, NASA and SGI announced… (more…)

SH-2 microcontroller gains embedded Linux BSP

July 26, 2007

Renesas Technology Corp. and MPC Data Ltd have introduced a uClinux-based board support package (BSP) and tool chain for the SH7203, a “high performance” Renesas microcontroller with built-in USB, graphics, and other system controllers. MPC's uClinux BSP “fully” supports the functions implemented on the SH7203's “RSK7203plus” development board, according to the companies. (more…)