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Archive for September, 2007

ESC Boston recap features Linux demos

September 28, 2007

This month's Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Boston drew 14 percent more attendees than last year's, reports Venture Development Corp. (VDC). In a full summary report on the annual event, the market research firm lists the major announcements, interesting exhibits, and of course, the best giveaways. (more…)

Tiny Linux SBC gains add-on WiFi radio

September 28, 2007

Germany-based industrial computing specialist SSV has started shipping an add-on WiFi module for its miniature ARM-based SBC (single-board computer) targeting WSNs (wireless sensor networks). (more…)

GPLv2 vs. GPLv3 for beginners

September 28, 2007

A research firm serving the mobile phone industry has published an 18-page whitepaper about open source licensing. Entitled “GPLv2 vs. GPLv3,” the paper examines the meteoric rise of open source software, and the forces that shaped each license, before concluding with an extremely detailed point-by-point comparison. (more…)

Compact touchpanel SBC runs Linux

September 28, 2007

Embedded board-vendor Techsol has introduced a compact, touchpanel single-board computer (SBC) based on a low-power ARM9 processor. The Medallion TPC-35 targets low-cost HMI (human-machine interface) applications, comes with Linux 2.6 pre-installed, and supports a cornucopia of embedded GUI stack… (more…)

Nokia details Linux tablet WiMAX plans

September 28, 2007

Nokia plans to ship WiMAX-enabled Internet tablets next year. The as-yet unnamed model or models in Nokia's Linux-powered “N-series” Internet Tablet line will use Intel “Baxter Peak” WiMAX chips and will support Sprint's “Xohm” WiMAX service, the top phone-maker has revealed. (more…)

VDC’s Report from ESC Boston 2007

September 28, 2007
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Embedded market analysts from Venture Development Corp. (VDC) attended the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) held in Boston earlier this month. This guest column presents VDC's summary of the event, extracted from the firm's latest Embedded Systems Bulletin. (more…)

Linux powers programmable automation controller

September 27, 2007

Taiwan-based embedded networking device vendor Artila Electronics has announced a new programmable automation controller targeting facility management, remote device monitoring, building automation, and machine control. (more…)

Can Linux stop global warming?

September 27, 2007

A privately held German company with offices in the U.K., U.S., Cyprus, and Malta is touting its Linux-based thin-client technology as a climate change remediant. “2X Ltd” says businesses can halve computer-related electrical consumption by replacing PCs with Linux-based thin clients and its centralized management software. (more…)

“Real-time” Linux supports popular PowerPC SoC

September 27, 2007

MontaVista has ported its newest “real-time” capable embedded Linux operating system to a PowerPC SoC (system-on-chip) targeting secure networking and pervasive computing applications. MontaVista's Linux Professional Edition 5.0 is claimed to offer the “first real-time Linux” for AMCC's 440EPx SoC. (more…)

Podcast recaps Embedded Systems Conference East

September 26, 2007

Embedded Linux services provider TimeSys has published a brief podcast describing the Embedded Systems Conference held in Boston last week. Hosts Gene Sally and Maciej Halasz discuss the show's size and relationship to the West Coast ESC, along with the role of Linux at the show. (more…)

CPU module runs Linux on dual PPC cores

September 26, 2007

[Updated Sep. 27] — Advanced Knowledge Associates (aka AKA) has started shipping a compact, 3-inch-square processor module powered by an FPGA with dual PowerPC 405 hard cores. The PRISM200 (packaged reconfigurable integrated system-on-module) runs Linux, and targets low-powered military, medical, industrial,… (more…)

Summit chats up smartphones

September 26, 2007

An annual conference devoted to smartphones of every type, including Linux-based devices, is set for Oct. 22 in San Francisco. The Smartphone Summit is co-located with the CTIA Wireless I.T. (more…)

Linux gadget lets camera-phones upload to the web

September 26, 2007

Italy-based KDev has used Linux to build a cellphone-to-web gateway device aimed at letting users easily and instantly upload camera-phone photos to the web. The FoxBox MMS integrates a GSM/GPRS cellular modem card, and accepts photos sent via multimedia messaging service (MMS). (more…)

500 million touch-phones to ship by 2012

September 26, 2007

More than 100 million handsets with touch screens will be shipped in 2008, and more than 500 million will ship by 2012, according to a new study by ABI Research. Citing recent product introductions, the research firm says intuitive user interfaces are now becoming a critical ingredient in smartphones. (more…)

MontaVista readies new Linux mobile phone OS

September 26, 2007

MontaVista will ship a “fifth-generation” Linux-based operating system for mobile phones in mid-November. The company says Mobilinux 5.0 will offer new security, power, networking, and quick-boot capabilities, along with footprint reductions, real-time improvements, and lower build costs for vendors of handsets and other mobile… (more…)

PXA270-based SBC offers camera interface

September 25, 2007

Arcom has announced a new single-board computer (SBC) based on a PXA270 processor and available with a Linux development kit. The PC/104 form-factor Titan features a “quick capture camera interface,” and is said to be ideal for “power-sensitive embedded communications and multimedia applications.”

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Computer modules offer graphics, networking, PCI Express

September 25, 2007

Kontron has unveiled a pair of modules implemented according to two versions of the ETXexpress computer-on-modules (COM) standard, and based on Via's C7 processor and CN896/VT8251 chipset. (more…)

Opinion: Mobile Linux is not about free software

September 25, 2007

This guest column posits six causes for Linux's meteoric rise in popularity among handset manufacturers. Author Andreas Constantinou, founder of a market research firm, discounts widely accepted truisms like customizability and developer preference for source code access, instead fingering pragmatic factors he says are unrelated to Linux's “free” qualities. (more…)

Linux phone specialist nets $14.5M investment

September 25, 2007

A design center in the South of France specializing in Linux mobile phone development has raised $14.5 million (10.5 Euros) in an initial funding round. The Series A round reportedly will enable Purple Labs to expand into a “one-stop” hardware/software Linux device design center. (more…)

Article: Opinion: Mobile Linux is not about free software

September 25, 2007

Foreword: This guest column posits six causes for Linux's meteoric rise in popularity among handset manufacturers. Author Andreas Constantinou, founder of a market research firm, discounts widely accepted truisms like customizability and developer preference for source code access, instead fingering pragmatic factors he says are unrelated to Linux's “free” qualities. (more…)