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Archive for November, 2007

Linux SDR demo’d on teensy computer

November 26, 2007

The Communications Research Center Canada (CRC) has used Linux to demonstrate a tiny software-defined radio (SDR) claimed to comply with the Software Communications Architecture (SCA). (more…)

Linux-based PMP targets Rhapsody

November 26, 2007

Haier America is shipping a WiFi-enabled portable media player (PMP) based on Linux. The “Ibiza Rhapsody” has a 30GB hard drive, and is designed to work with the Rhapsody digital music service, AOL Video, and other digital content services. (more…)

I/O module supports SDR, Linux

November 21, 2007

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced an 8-bit digital receiver I/O add-in card in a PMC/XMC module form factor. The ruggedized ICS-8551 supports harsh environments, and targets Linux-based systems running software-defined radio (SDR) applications, such as spectrum monitoring, signal intelligence, tactical… (more…)

Automation computer boasts dual-core CPUs, DVI

November 21, 2007

Advantech has extended its range of “embedded automation computers” with a Core 2 Duo-based system running Linux. The UNO-2182 offers PCI-104 and PC Card expansion, plus two gigabit Ethernet and four serial ports, the company says. (more…)

Direct from Linz: 28 papers on real-time Linux

November 21, 2007

LinuxDevices has published the full text of 28 papers from the Ninth Real-Time Linux Workshop, Nov. 2-3 in Linz, Austria. We are also proud to publish an article describing the event, written by organizers Peter Wurmsdobler and Nicholas McGuire, and complete with photos by Mike… (more…)

Core designer offers Linux support subscriptions

November 21, 2007

ARC International is offering in-house Linux support for its configurable CPU cores and multimedia subsystems. The configurable-core design firm plans to optimize, deliver, and directly support versions of Embedded Linux 2.6, and GNU tools based on GCC 4.2 and future versions. (more…)

Amazon launches Linux-based eBook reader

November 21, 2007

Amazon's “Kindle” electronic book reader runs an operating system based on Linux 2.6.10, according to reports. The device boasts a claimed 30 hours of battery life, thanks in part to a power-saving E-ink EPD (electro-phlorescent, or “electronic paper” display) and “fpow” power-saving infrastructure, early reports suggest. (more…)

Automation controller system runs on Linux

November 21, 2007

ETCorp has introduced a new version of its automation controller system for industrial surveillance. Based on a standard PC running Debian Linux, GPAC version 3.0 process management software is said to integrate devices, sensors, cameras, and subsystems to remotely operate device networks and monitor infrastructure. (more…)

Linux touchpanels resist caustic wash-downs

November 21, 2007

Comark Corp. has introduced a pair of sealed, stainless-steel PC-compatible computers that run Linux. The EnduraTouch 1500FX and 1700FX are intended for operation in processing plants or pharmaceutical clean-rooms, where humidity, extreme temperatures, and even caustic wash-downs may be encountered, according to the… (more…)

GPL infringement lawsuits target two more companies

November 20, 2007

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has filed two more GPL infringement lawsuits on behalf of an open source software project. The second-ever GPL lawsuit alleges that Xterasys and High-Gain Antennas failed to honor “source-code transparency,” in violation of Busybox's GPLv2 license. (more…)

Webinar to showcase Linux telecom distro

November 20, 2007

MontaVista will host a free webinar about its newly revised Carrier Grade Linux product next week. James Ready, CTO and founder, will describe new field-serviceability, high-availability, and “NSA-level” security features in MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) 5.0 on Tues., Nov. (more…)

Linux-based PMP flexes codecs

November 20, 2007

The Archos 604 offers the best video codec support in the portable media player (PMP) market, says a recent review. OSNews editor Eugenia Loli-Queru recommends the Linux-based device for video playback, but not before knocking its clunky rocker-buttons and slow USB charging. (more…)

Linux Internet tablets gain WiFi login agent

November 20, 2007

Boingo Wireless Inc. has announced a free WiFi software agent for Nokia's Linux-based Internet tablets. The quick-connect agent is said to streamline logins at some 100,000-plus Boingo Mobile hotspots, for users of Nokia's N810 or N800 running Tablet OS 2008. (more…)

28 papers on real-time and embedded Linux

November 20, 2007

LinuxDevices.com is pleased to publish an overview and papers from the Ninth Real-Time Linux Workshop held in Linz, Austria, Nov. 2-3, 2007. The papers, available for free download without registration, span a broad range of topics, ranging from fundamental real-time technologies to… (more…)

Linux computer fits in 40-pin chip socket

November 19, 2007

A Texas-based startup is shipping a tiny, low-cost ARM9 SBC (single-board computer) with an open hardware design and Linux-based software. Instead of bringing I/O out to high-density surface-mount connectors, the Tin Can Tools “Hammer” SBC has 40 solder-friendly 0.1-inch pins, for easy prototyping of complex designs,… (more…)

MontaVista partners with Linux phone stack vendor

November 19, 2007

MontaVista Software announced a joint partnership with Movial aimed at simplifying Linux mobile device development. The two vendors will jointly integrate, market, and support MontaVista's Mobilinux OS and DevRocket development tools with Movial's high-level Internet Experience Suite (IXS) interface stack,… (more…)

EPIC SBC specializes in data acquisition

November 19, 2007

[Updated Nov. 21] — Diamond Systems says it is now shipping an EPIC form-factor single-board computer (SBC) with integrated data acquisition capabilities. The Poseidon features Via's C7 or Eden processors, and supports both Linux- and Windows-based operation, according to the company. (more…)

China smartphone sales up, but Linux loses share

November 19, 2007

In China, the world's largest mobile phone market, smartphone sales for Q3 grew 11.3 percent quarter-over-quarter, reports CCID Consulting. However, Linux's share of the market declined, largely due to weakening volumes for Motorola smartphones, the Hong Kong-based market research firm reported. (more…)

TI frees its DSP toolchain for open source apps

November 16, 2007

[Updated 6 P.M.] — Texas Instruments (TI) is offering open source developers free use of its closed-source toolchain for DSPs (digital signal processors) found in several popular TI OMAP and DM-series RISC/DSP chips. The first-of-its-kind release may lower cost barriers for prospective developers of open source video codecs, motion sensors, and other “number-crunching” applications. (more…)

Panel PC targets Linux-based medical devices

November 16, 2007

Kontron has announced a lightweight panel PC for the medical industry, designed to run Linux. The MediClient features fanless operation and low power consumption, making it compatible with battery-driven applications such as mobile nursing stations, according to the company. (more…)