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Archive for January, 2008

The Mama Bear of small, silent PCs?

January 31, 2008

This hands-on review looks at a small, silent, inexpensive PC based Via's slowest, lowest-powered chip. The Icop eBox-4300 is small enough to piggyback on VESA-compliant monitors, yet actually performs well enough under Linux for desktop use, says reviewer and small-PC enthusiast Eric House. (more…)

HP introduces Linux-based NAS appliances

January 31, 2008

[Updated Feb. 5] — Hewlett-Packard (HP) is debuting two Linux-based networked attached storage (NAS) devices for the consumer/SOHO market. Based on a storage family from Marvell's MediaVault 88F518x family (codenamed “Orion”), the low-end Media Vault appliances come in single- (mv2100) or dual hard drive (mv5100)… (more…)

Sub-$100 3G Linux phone debuts

January 31, 2008

Philips spin-off NXP Semiconductors and French mobile Linux phone stack firm Purple Labs have teamed up on a sub-$100 3G phone hardware/software reference design. The Purple Magic runs Linux and a telecom RTOS on a single ARM9 core, thanks to embedded virtualization technology. (more…)

Mobile Linux on the move in Asia, study says

January 31, 2008

A Research and Markets study says that the market share for mobile Linux in Asia will increase in 2008. The study also predicts that smartphones will continue to grab mobile-phone market share, and will represent 22 percent of the Asian mobile market this year. (more…)

Review: DM and P/Icop eBox 4300

January 31, 2008

This hands-on review looks at a small, silent, inexpensive PC based Via's slowest, lowest-powered chip. The Icop eBox-4300 is small enough to piggyback on VESA-compliant monitors, yet actually performs well enough under Linux for desktop use, says reviewer and small-PC enthusiast Eric House. (more…)

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Motorola responds to Nokia’s Trolltech buy

January 30, 2008

Motorola has responded to the news earlier this week that rival Nokia plans to purchase Trolltech, long-time supplier of the graphical development framework used in Motorola's Linux phones. (more…)

VoIP phone base station taps uCLinux

January 30, 2008

A Portuguese wireless equipment manufacturer has developed a uCLinux-based DECT phone basestation reference design. Bithium – Sistemas de Telecomunicacoes's Freedom design supports dual PSTN/VoIP cordless phones. (more…)

New Linux phone stack ships

January 30, 2008

Start-up Azingo, formerly Celunite, will officially launch its Linux-based mobile phone software stack next month. Set to debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the “Azingo Mobile” stack is positioned as a comprehensive software/services offering for mid-tier feature-phones compliant with LiMo… (more…)

GPS in all mobile devices by 2013?

January 30, 2008

Advances in GPS chipset development will allow integration of GPS in every mobile device within five years, claims a newly released report. Lower prices, GPS modernization, and new Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) will expand the market to 900 million units by 2013, ABI Research forecasts. (more…)

x86 SoC vendor gains worldwide distribution

January 30, 2008

Fabless chipmaker ZF Micro Solutions has signed up Chip 1 Exchange USA to distribute its Linux-compatible ZFx86 system-on-chip (SoC). The venerable, 486-based ZFx86 runs on less than 1 Watt, and is touted as the lowest power x86 embedded controller available. (more…)

Temp-resistant data terminal runs Linux

January 29, 2008

German industrial computer manufacturer Solcon Systemtechnik has released a highly customizable industrial terminal PC that runs embedded Linux. The touchscreen-equipped Unidat 6.5-inch Terminal offers options including IP67 protection against dust and water, and resistance to temperatures ranging from -22 to… (more…)

“Real-time” Linux tools ported to Ubuntu

January 29, 2008

Real-time multi-core x86 Linux specialist Concurrent has ported its development tool suite to Ubuntu development hosts. NightStar LX for Ubuntu comprises a suite of graphical development and debugging tools aimed at multi-processor, multi-threaded, real-time application and… (more…)

FOTA vendor demo’s Linux-based concept phone

January 29, 2008

Red Bend Software will demonstrate a concept phone supporting partial, differential firmware updates over-the-air. Based on Trolltech's open Linux-based Greenphone, together with Red Bend's vRapid Mobile FOTA (firmware over-the-air) stack, the “Mast” phone will be shown at the Mobile World Congress… (more…)

Could Pandora open up Linux games?

January 29, 2008

[Updated Mar. 3, 2008] A stealth-mode startup is readying a Linux-based handheld gaming device with WiFi, USB, and a 4.3-inch 800×480 touchscreen. The “Pandora,” headquartered at OpenPandora.org for now, runs Linux on a next-generation ARM SoC with integrated OpenGL 2.0 compliant graphics processor. (more…)

Linux gains high-performance flash filesystem

January 29, 2008

Flash filesystem and management software specialist Datalight has ported its commercial flash filesystem to Linux. The Bothell, Wash. firm claims that Datalight Flash File System for Linux offers 400 percent faster write performance and five times faster mount speeds than JFFS2. (more…)

Linux-friendly hardware probe picks up speed

January 29, 2008

Swiss hardware tools vendor Abatron has started shipping a new Linux-compatible hardware debug probe. Compared to the company's older BDI2000, the new BDI3000 offers a faster 10/100 Ethernet interface, support for lower target voltages, and faster flash programming speeds up to 1.5Mbps, Abatron claims. (more…)

HP debuts Linux-based thin client

January 28, 2008

Hewlett-Packard unveiled its first new thin clients since acquiring Neoware last fall. Among the new products is a Debian- based “t5735” model featuring a CPU and GPU (graphics processor unit) from AMD, which acquired GPU specialist ATI recently. (more…)

High-performance Linux IPC stack upgraded

January 28, 2008

Enea has released a major upgrade to its highly scalable open source (BSD or GPL) interprocess communications stack for Linux. Linx 2.0 for Linux aims to let Linux-based telecom equipment interoperate better with Enea's Element high-availability middleware and OSE RTOS, while offering full backward and forward compatibility for in-field upgrades, Enea says. (more…)

Nokia to acquire Trolltech for $150 million

January 28, 2008

Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia is acquiring Norwegian phone-stack vendor Trolltech in a deal worth about $150 million USD. Expected to close in the second quarter, the acquisition increases the likelihood that Nokia will move beyond its Symbian operating system (OS) toward using Linux in its phones. (more…)

Linux-based industrial computer can take the heat (and cold)

January 25, 2008

VSCom introduced a RISC-based industrial embedded computer that runs Linux. The ARM9-based OpenRISC Alekto comes with Debian Linux, can withstand temperatures from 14 to 149 degrees Fahrenheit, and provides interfaces including Ethernet, USB, I2C, serial, and digital I/O for hooking up industrial devices. (more…)