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Archive for October, 2007

Linux-powered mesh gadget buffs up

October 26, 2007

Saxnet has introduced a major upgrade of its Debian Linux-powered Meshnode wireless mesh-networking router. The Meshnode III boasts increased WiFi transmit power and a self-organizing four-radio transmission system, among other enhancements. (more…)

Maddog talks Linux devices

October 26, 2007

Jon “maddog” Hall has made a featured guest appearance on a podcast series devoted to embedded Linux development. The veteran Linux promoter discusses binary kernel drivers, mixing proprietary and GPL software, and his “secret” retirement plan in the latest episode of TimeSys's Linux Radio podcast. (more…)

Linux-friendly browser syncs devices, desktops

October 25, 2007

Multi-platform browser vendor Opera Software today released a Web-based synchronization service said to share Opera browser information among desktops, mobile phones, and other devices. With Opera Link, says Opera, bookmarks, speed dial, and personal bar are all kept updated, thereby reducing tedious text input. (more…)

Webcast explores open-source virtualization

October 25, 2007

IBM, Intel, and Novell are co-sponsoring a webcast entitled “Evaluating Open Source Virtualization.” Although primarily focused on enterprise applications and benefits, the free, hour-long event on Oct. 30 may interest device developers who are following the current explosion of virtualization technologies and applications. (more…)

Compact, customizable Linux gadget targets IP telephony

October 25, 2007

Pika Technologies has introduced a compact, customizable, Linux-based IP-PBX appliance. Based on the company's host media processing software, “Pika Warp, the Appliance for Linux,” is said to provide IP-PBX (IP-based private branch exchange) functionality along with integrated voice response (IVR), predictive dialing, and… (more…)

Graphical modeling tool leverages real-time Linux

October 25, 2007

Concurrent Computer Corp. is shipping a new simulation tool for its iHawk real-time Linux platforms. The SIMulation Workbench modeling environment is intended to help engineers develop and execute real-time “hardware-in-loop” and “man-in-loop” simulations for applications such as automotive manufacturing, according… (more…)

Mini-ITX SBC does TV out, surround sound

October 24, 2007

Aaeon has announced a “value-positioned” mini-ITX SBC (single-board computer) that can be used to create a media server. The EMB-820T is based on AMD's Athlon-family embedded processors, and features TV output and 5:1 surround sound, according to the company. (more…)

Mobile Linux device stack gains motion detection

October 24, 2007

Trolltech is extending its Qtopia embedded Linux development platform with iPhone-like motion control. Thanks to a partnership with motion-control software firm F-Origin, Qtopia developers will soon be able to trick out their mobile devices with interfaces that respond to landscape/portrait rotation, gestures, and gravity. (more…)

Linux mobile phone stack vendors align

October 24, 2007

MontaVista and Access have pledged to work together to produce a version of MontaVista's Linux-based mobile phone operating system optimized for Access's mobile phone software application and middleware stack. Additionally, MontaVista is among six new members of Access's partner ecosystem, which now numbers 73. (more…)

Linux dev kits target CDMA data routers

October 23, 2007

Ctek Inc. has opened up its SkyRouter broadband wireless data routing platform to Linux device developers, with a family of wireless router development kits. The company's 5100 and 5200 series kits include CDMA radios and run Linux 2.6 on an Axis Etrax SoC (system-on-chip). (more…)

ATCA conference deems virtualization “best of show”

October 23, 2007

VirtualLogix won its first “Best of Show” award at the recent AdvancedTCA Summit. Its Linux-based VLX for Network Infrastructure real-time virtualization software won in the “Best Software Product” category at last week's conference in Santa Clara, Calif., which showcased technology adhering to the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA). (more…)

Linux device app stack gains commercial fonts

October 23, 2007

Trolltech's popular Qtopia graphical application framework for Linux-powered devices has gained a commercial font plug-in from long-time font specialist Bitstream Inc. The plug-in's integrated “Bitstream Font Fusion” rendering engine is faster, uses less memory, and offers higher quality than Qtopia's native… (more…)

COM Express board does high-end graphics, Gig-E

October 23, 2007

MSC Vertriebs has announced a computer-on-module (COM) aimed at embedded applications requiring high-performance graphics and networking. The COM Express-format CXE-C2D965 module supports Intel's Celeron M or Core 2 Duo processors and runs Linux, according to the company. (more…)

Linux dev kit targets SODIMM-sized computer module

October 22, 2007

Microcross Inc. has released an embedded Linux development kit aimed at easing the design of portable, multimedia-enabled devices. The new version of Microcross's GX-Linux Enterprise Platform targets Cogent Computer Systems's CSB735, a tiny embedded computer module based on Freescale's i.MX21 SoC (system-on-chip). (more…)

NSLU2 morphs into sensor network gateway

October 22, 2007

Crossbow Technology has pressed the ubiquitous Linksys NSLU2 (aka “Slug”) into service as a network gateway. The Stargate NetBridge enables remote access to data collected by the company's wireless sensors, and runs a customized embedded Debian OS along with specialized applications. (more…)

Linux SDK supports sub-$10 HD-video SoC

October 22, 2007

RidgeRun has introduced a Linux-based SDK (software development kit) for Texas Instruments's sub-$10 TMS320DM355 digital video SoC (system-on-chip). The SDK is intended to jump-start the development of cost-constrained, battery-powered devices with multimedia requirements such as high-definition video. (more…)

RIP Linux “Greenphone”

October 22, 2007

Trolltech has discontinued its Linux-based “Greenphone” development platform. Touted upon its introduction as the first Linux-based mobile phone with user-modifiable firmware, the device will be superseded by various third-party products, including not only open phones, but also portable media… (more…)

FSF to host online GPLv3 pow-wow

October 19, 2007

What's up with GPLv3? Hoping to clear up both confusion and FUD, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) Compliance Lab will hold a public Q&A session on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 2 PM (ET). (more…)

Text input software showcased on Access Linux Platform

October 19, 2007

Zi Corporation continues to sow its multimodal text input software throughout the Linux mobile phone community. At Access Day 2007 in Tokyo today it showed off the technology pre-integrated into the Access Linux Platform (ALP) mobile phone stack. (more…)

Image acquisition development platform runs Linux

October 19, 2007

India-based embedded board specialist E-con Systems and U.K. distributor Direct Insight have collaborated on an image acquisition development platform based on Marvell PXA270 or PXA320 processors. (more…)