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Archive for September, 2007

Virtual instrumentation tool adds uClinux on DSPs, MCUs

September 24, 2007

National Instruments has updated two add-ons to its graphical toolsuite aimed at helping non-computer programmers such as engineers and scientists create design, control, and test applications. The two LabView 8.5 add-on updates bring support for uClinux on ADI's Blackfin DSPs (digital signal processors), and on Freescale's ColdFire MCUs (microcontroller units). (more…)

OLPC “Give 1, Get 1” promo starts Nov. 12 in the U.S.

September 24, 2007

One Laptop Per Child's “XO” device — commonly referred to as the $100 Linux laptop — will be offered as part of a “Give 1, Get 1” promotional program in the U.S. and Canada beginning Nov. 12. Read this story at DesktopLinux.com, (more…)

Power.org spins dual-core PPC Linux dev kit

September 24, 2007

Power.org has announced a new Linux development kit and reference implementation for a dual-processor PowerPC chip. The announcement was made at the first-ever Power.org Developer's Conference in Austin, Texas, where planned updates to several PowerPC standards were announced, along with a new online directory of embedded-oriented PowerPC products and services. (more…)

Inch-square DSP module runs Linux

September 24, 2007

Cambridge Signal Processing (Camsig) is shipping a 1-inch-square “system-on-module” powered by an Analog Devices (ADI) Blackfin DSP (digital signal processor). The Minotaur BF537 and its simple two-layer break out board support uClinux, and target network cameras, network audio players, DVRs, PDAs, industrial… (more…)

First U.S. GPL lawsuit heads for quick settlement

September 24, 2007

The first U.S. GPL-related lawsuit appears to be headed for a quick out-of-court settlement. Monsoon Multimedia admitted today that it had violated the GPLv2 (GNU General Public License version 2), and said it will release its modified BusyBox code in full compliance with the license. (more…)

Mini-ITX mobo supports dual-core AMD CPUs

September 24, 2007

Kontron has announced a motherboard using the mini-ITX form factor along with embedded processors and chipsets from AMD. The KT690/mITX is said to be especially suited to markets that require “long life availability” and “increased graphics performance.” (more…)

Kernel hacker writes Linux book

September 21, 2007

Long-time kernel hacker Robert Love has authored a technical book on low-level system programming with Linux. Published by O'Reilly, Linux System Programming aims to provide a Linux-only version of the many available Unix system programming references. (more…)

Embedded Linux’s growth slows, study finds

September 21, 2007

The market for embedded Linux software, tools, and services grew significantly during 2006, surpassing the $100 million mark, reports Venture Development Corp. (VDC). However, growth has slowed since 2005, when the embedded Linux market grew a whopping 30 and 40 percent, according to the research firm. (more…)

ARM9-based device dev kit runs Linux

September 21, 2007

A small Italian company specializing in gaming hardware is offering a Linux-friendly, SODIMM-sized processor module/baseboard combo. Duolabs's “Eskido” module has a 180MHz ARM9 processor and secure EEPROM, while the baseboard offers PCMCIA and Smartcard I/O, with programmability via a Xilinx… (more…)

IP phone design runs Linux

September 21, 2007

A large embedded consulting house in Japan has started shipping a hardware reference design for handheld IP (Internet protocol) phones. Based on a Marvell PXA310 (“Monahans-LV”) processor clocked at 624MHz, Sophia Systems's Sandgate 3-P design runs Linux, including Trolltech's Qtopia Phone Edition, or Windows CE/Mobile 6. (more…)

Mini system combines Core Duo, ETX, PC/104

September 21, 2007

Acces I/O has announced what's claimed to be one of the smallest complete embedded systems featuring a Core Duo processor. The NANO I/O Server CD employs the company's innovative ETX-NANO-104 baseboard, combining an ETX processor module with PC/104-Plus expansion. (more…)

Fanless system uses EPIC SBCs

September 20, 2007

Ampro has introduced a fanless computer based on either of two EPIC form-factor single-board computers (SBCs). With CPU power up to a 1.4 GHz Pentium, the ReadySystem Fanless targets “harsh environments that are dusty and dirty, or require … (more…)

The device behind the GPL’s first U.S. legal test

September 20, 2007

Monsoon Multimedia has used embedded Linux to build a consumer DVR (digital video recorder) with remote multimedia file serving capabilities. The Hava — recently implicated in a GPL violation court case — aims to let the user access live and recorded TV content from broadband-connected locations. (more…)

First U.S. GPL lawsuit filed

September 20, 2007

For the first time in the U.S., a company and software vendor, Monsoon Multimedia, is being taken to court for a GPL violation. Previously, alleged GPL violations have all been settled by letters from the FSF (Free Software Foundation) or other open-source organizations, pointing out the violation. (more…)

New Intel SoC to slash UMPC idle power

September 20, 2007

Intel has made major promises concerning future ultra-mobile PC (UMPC), mobile internet device (MID), and notebook computer technologies. A new UMPC SoC (system-on-chip) will slash idle power consumption to 1/100th of the original, while next year's version of Centrino Duo technology will integrate WiMAX into… (more…)

Mobile RDBMS gains features

September 20, 2007

Hitachi America's Embedded Business Group has updated its C/C++/Java RDBMS (relational database management system) for embedded and mobile applications like mobile phones, GPS gadgets, televisions, and set-top boxes. Entier 2.2 adds features aimed at helping developers more easily implement consumer-friendly search capabilities under multitasking operating systems such as embedded Linux. (more…)

Whitepaper: Linux in the Embedded Systems Market

September 20, 2007

Foreword: This whitepaper, by market researchers at Venture Development Corp., provides a number of top-level findings from VDC's most recent analysis of the embedded Linux software, tools, and services market. The findings come from VDC's “2007 Embedded Software Market Intelligence Program — Volume 3: Linux in the Embedded Systems Market.” (more…)

AMD adds single-core Athlons to embedded portfolio

September 19, 2007

AMD has reaffirmed its commitment to the embedded market, announcing two new low-power, single-core processors. Compatible with the company's AM2 socket, the AMD Athlon 64 processor Models 2000+, 2600+, and 3100+ feature power envelopes of 8, 15, and 25 Watts, respectively. (more…)

New group mulls tiny computer module specs

September 19, 2007

A new standards group focused on small format board-level embedded computers was unveiled today at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston. The Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF SIG) aims to “develop, adopt, and promote circuit board specifications and related technologies [but] not compete with existing trade organizations.” (more…)

Low-power EBX SBC supports SPX expansion

September 19, 2007

Versalogic has introduced an EBX format single-board computer (SBC) based on a 1.2 GHz Via Eden processor. Compatible with embedded Linux, the Sidewinder features modular PC/104-Plus expansion, but adds Versalogic's proprietary SPX-based serial expansion format to the mix, according to the company. (more…)