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Archive for November, 2007

Linux hacker bounty aims TiVo at mobile gadgets

November 30, 2007

A TiVo upgrade/repair specialist and a vendor of tiny Linux-based DVRs (digital video recorders) have partnered on a coding contest. DRVupgrade and Neuros will pay $3,500 for hacks enabling Neuros's gadget DVR to track TiVo selections, recording the same content for playback on mobile devices. (more…)

MXM emerges as new CPU module form factor

November 30, 2007

Embedian announced two credit-card sized computer modules that use the MXM (Mobile PCI Express Module) format. The company claims that the MXM-7110 and the graphics-enhanced MXM-7114, both of which run Debian Linux, are the first ARM-based industrial computers to use the MXM format. (more…)

Virtualization microkernel supports ARMv6

November 30, 2007

OK Labs says its microkernel for processor virtualization is now ready to support the ARMv6 architecture. The company hopes that as a result, mobile phone designers using ARM11-based processors will tap its OKL4 microkernel to add security features such as DRM, or to enable single-core architectures. (more…)

EPIC-based SBC runs Linux

November 30, 2007

Axiomtek has released a fanless system based on one of its EPIC form-factor single-board computer (SBC) designs. The wall-mountable eBox600-FL is designed for applications such as digital signage or industrial control, and runs Linux, according to the company. (more…)

Real-time Linux vendor to resell enterprise distro

November 29, 2007

Real-time Linux system vendor Concurrent will resell Novell's SUSE Linux OS, it says. Concurrent's real-time multi-core x86 technology has long been used in Novell's “SLERT” offering (SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10), and now Concurrent plans to resell SLERT, along with graphical real-time application development tools optimized for the distribution. (more…)

Embedded Linux tools: buy or DIY?

November 29, 2007

Alexander Sirotkin has published a story on Embedded.com called “Do-it-yourself embedded Linux development tools.” The Metalink Broadband software architect recommends mixing and matching open source tools rather than buying a commercial IDE suite — and he describes how to go about it. (more…)

Sealed PC runs Linux

November 29, 2007

ICI Controls has announced a “completely sealed” PC intended for embedded and industrial applications in wet and dirty environments. The SC240M is capable of fanless operation, and available with Linux pre-installed on flash storage, according to the company. (more…)

Book offers practical Linux networking tips, examples

November 29, 2007

O'Reilly has published an overview of Linux networking. Following up on her Linux Cookbook, Carla Schroder has written the Linux Networking Cookbook both for networking professionals who need to know more about Linux and Linux administrators who need to know more about networking. (more…)

Security software ported to Linux phone stack

November 29, 2007

SMobile Systems has released what it claims to be the first virus guard software suite for the Android mobile phone platform. SMobile's Android version of its SecurityShield software is said to offer anti-virus, anti-spam, and firewall protection for the Google-initiated, Linux-based mobile phone… (more…)

Notebook-style computing appliance runs Linux

November 28, 2007

Zonbu has started shipping a laptop version of its Linux-based computing appliance for home users. The Zonbu Notebook or “Zonbook 1” is based on a power-efficient Via processor, runs Gentoo Linux and 20 open source applications, and sells for $280 with a managed service plan. (more…)

Linux-based computer boasts router, switch

November 28, 2007

A Taiwanese embedded-computer vendor has announced a rugged, Linux-based computer equipped with a router and switch. The Korenix JetBox 9300 is based on an ARM9-based Atmel 180MHz RISC processor, and includes a five-port Ethernet router and a lightweight managed switch. (more…)

Linux-based eBook reader leverages lightweight browser

November 28, 2007

Mobile phone software stack vendor Access says it supplied the lightweight web browser used in Amazon's Linux-based “Kindle” ebook reader. The NetFront browser enables users to click through to linked reference sites, such as Wikipedia, while they are reading. (more…)

Tiny PCs use pico-ITX main board

November 28, 2007

The U.K.-based company Sharp and Tappin Technology (STTech) is readying two PCs based on Via's recently introduced pico-ITX motherboard. The picoPC1 and picoPC2 measure as little as 5 x 3.4 x 1.5 inches, and feature separately available cases fashioned from billet aluminum, according to the company. (more…)

CF serial card supplies 5VDC to peripherals

November 28, 2007

U.K.-based Elan Digital has announced a card that can add an RS-232 serial port to any Linux device that has a CompactFlash slot. The CF500 is ideal for interfacing PDAs and other devices to peripherals such as barcode scanners and fingerprint readers, according to the company. (more…)

“Pins down” PC/104 SBCs resist shock, temperature extremes

November 28, 2007

Rugged board specialist Parvus has announced two PC/104-Plus form-factor single board computers (SBCs) aimed at military or commercial applications that involve high shock, vibration, and/or temperature extremes. (more…)

STB reference design runs Linux

November 27, 2007

Visioneering Corp. and DigiLink Software announced the availability of a compact hardware/software reference design for an IPTV set-top box (STB). The design runs MontaVista Linux on Visioneering's TI DaVinci-based Sonata STB hardware platform, and comes with DigiLink's Linux-based software stack, codecs, and… (more…)

Quick booting SBC runs Debian Linux

November 27, 2007

Technologic Systems has announced a single-board computer (SBC) claimed to boot Linux 2.6 in under two seconds. The TS-7800 is equipped with a Marvell 500Mhz ARM9 CPU running a full Debian implementation, and includes a user-programmable on-board FPGA (field-programmable gate array) with 12,000 LUTs (look-up tables). (more…)

Real-time embedded forum calls for papers

November 27, 2007

The Open Group's annual Real-Time Embedded Systems (RTES) Forum has issued a call for presentations on “assured systems.” The Forum will be held in conjunction with The Open Group's 17th annual Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference, Jan. 28 to Feb. 1 in San Francisco. (more…)

Embedded Linux service provider hires sales VP

November 26, 2007

TimeSys has hired a new vice president from the telecommunications industry. The Pittsburgh-based embedded Linux developer services provider announced that Greg Quiggle, formerly of Tollgrade Communications, will start immediately as VP of sales and marketing. (more…)

Tiny SODIMM-sized CPU module runs Linux on i.MX27

November 26, 2007

Swedish board vendor Strategic Test is readying a tiny processor module based on Freescale's new i.MX27 SoC (system-on-chip). The TX27 runs Linux, measures 2.6 x 1 x 0.16 inches (67.6 x 26 x 4.2 mm), and is designed to fit into an SODIMM slot (small outline dual in-line memory module slot). (more…)