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Archive for December, 2007

Article: Tiny X86 module runs Linux

December 18, 2007

Icop Technology has announced a “low-power embedded controller” that is effectively a complete headless PC crammed onto a board measuring just 4 x 2.6 inches. The VSX-6115 runs Linux on a 32-bit x86-compatible system-on-chip (SoC) clocked at 300MHz. (more…)

Internet security appliance runs Linux

December 18, 2007

Taiwanese network-appliance system integrator AR Infotek has announced a Linux-compatible Internet security appliance platform supporting low- and high-power Intel processors. (more…)

NASA mandates open source for next-gen avionics system

December 18, 2007

NASA has reportedly called for “open source specifications” in Boeing's contract to build a next-generation avionics system. The avionics system will guide Ares rockets responsible for launching the manned Orion spacecraft into Earth orbit, and then driving it to the moon. (more…)

Linux distributor wins automotive award

December 18, 2007

Wind River has been named the Frost & Sullivan 2007 European Automotive Software Company of the Year. The award is based on criteria including business development, competitive strategy, and leadership in automotive telematics. (more…)

Linux phone industry groups should talk, blogger says

December 18, 2007

In an interesting blog post earlier this month, Wind River's GM of mobile phones called for cooperation between two mobile Linux industry groups. There are potential synergies between the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) and the LiMo Foundation, and ample reason to join together, Jason Whitmire suggested. (more…)

CE Linux show calls for papers

December 17, 2007

The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) is seeking presenters for its next Embedded Linux Conference. The conference is scheduled for April 15-17 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, and the deadline for presentation submissions is February 5. (more…)

Linux Foundation to co-host conference in Beijing

December 17, 2007

The Linux Foundation (LF) announced it will co-host a conference in Beijing, China this winter. Set for February 19-20 in Beijing, the Chinese OSS Promotion Union's “Linux Developer Symposium” includes an embedded and mobile Linux track, and presentations from kernel developers Matt Mackall, Jonathan Corbet, and Andrew Morton. (more…)

Major Chinese handset vendor adopts Linux for 3G phones

December 17, 2007

One of China's largest handset and infrastructure vendors has reportedly adopted a Linux-based mobile phone software stack as part of its standard 3G mobile phone operating system. (more…)

Penny-sized flash drive holds 16GB

December 17, 2007

Intel has announced a flash memory companion module for its forthcoming “Menlow” chipset for Linux-based mobile Internet devices (MIDs). The Z-P140 SSD (solid-state drive) measures 0.7 x 0.5 x 0.07 inches (18 x 12 x 1.8mm), and will be available in capacities up to 16GB. (more…)

Linux-based POS device achieves PCI PED certification

December 14, 2007

Italian point-of-sale (POS) vendor Da Sistemi Group has introduced a Linux-based POS device. The Dandy POS is claimed to be the first PCI-PED certified solution running exclusively on a single-chip SoC — in this case, Innova Card's USIP. (more…)

Highly expandable EBX board runs Linux

December 14, 2007

Advantech has rolled out a new EBX-format single-board computer (SBC) that runs Linux. The PCM-9590 supports a wide variety of Intel CPUs, from Celeron M to Core 2 Duo, according to the company. (more…)

Linux to power cellular radio tower of Babel

December 14, 2007

A Virginia-based company offering radio protocol conversion products for telecom infrastructure has reportedly licensed Enea's soup-to-nuts carrier-grade Linux and high-availability middleware suite. Enea says 4DK will use the “Enea Accelerator Platform” with its “SuperConnectivity” product, apparently aimed at enabling telecom infrastructure to support multiple cellular protocols. (more…)

Embedded Linux market research compares MontaVista, Wind River

December 14, 2007

MontaVista is touting its starring role in a recent Embedded Market Forecasters (EMF) study. MontaVista says EMF found that compared to Wind River users, MontaVista users produced more lines of code with fewer developers, and more often achieved their pre-development performance and… (more…)

CompactPCI SBC handles wide temperature range

December 13, 2007

Kontron has introduced a temperature-resistant version of its Linux-compatible 3U CompactPCI single-board computer (SBC). The CP307-E2 features a dual-core Intel 1.2GHz Core Duo processor, and boasts an extended temperature range of between -40 deg. (more…)

KHTML creator promoted to VP

December 13, 2007

Oslo, Norway-based Trolltech announced the promotion of KHTML creator Lars Knoll to VP of Engineering. Knoll's KHTML work was instrumental in the development of the Webkit open source browser engine that is fast gaining momentum in the mobile phone market. (more…)

Mil-spec computer resists heat, runs Linux

December 13, 2007

Quantum3D has announced a rugged, battery-operable computer aimed at video-intensive military applications. The Thermite TVC 3.0 runs Linux, according to the company, and features Core 2 Solo or Duo processors and a variety of video capture and graphics options. (more…)

Dual-channel scope card supports Linux

December 13, 2007

Strategic Test Corp. announced a dual-channel digitizer/oscilloscope PCI Express card for the test and measurement market. The Linux-compatible UF2e-3027 is equipped with two 100MS/s, 12-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that are said to sample simultaneously. (more…)

Linux phone heavyweights select common dev tools

December 13, 2007

An influential industry group collaborating on a common Linux-based operating system for mobile phones has standardized on a common toolchain. The Linux Mobile Foundation (LiMO) will standardize on Wind River's commercial Linux technology as a “Common Integration Environment” (CIE), Wind River announced. (more…)

Combo firewall/router supports Linux

December 12, 2007

HotBrick Network Solutions introduced a combination firewall and router that supports Linux. The VPN 800/2G is said to offer high bandwidth sharing, network security, load balancing, and redundancy, with VPN failover capability and two WAN ports. (more…)

Linux OS and tools vendor hires CMO, promotes service chief

December 12, 2007

MontaVista Software has hired Larry Macfarlane (pictured at left) as VP of marketing and chief marketing officer (CMO). The embedded Linux OS and tools provider also announced it has promoted Derek Howard to VP of engineering and services. (more…)