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Archive for February, 2008

Kontron SBCs support Linux

February 29, 2008

Kontron has introduced a trio of single board computers (SBCs) that run Linux. The “PM” boards are based on Intel 852GM chipsets and Celeron/Pentium M processors, and are available in form factors that include PC/104-Plus, EPIC, and JRex. (more…)

Linux-focused board vendors merge

February 29, 2008

Linux-focused single-board computer vendors Arcom and Applied Data Systems (ADS) will merge to form Eurotech, Inc., which will operate as the main U.S. branch of European embedded equipment vendor Eurotech, the companies announced. Parvus, Eurotech's other U.S.-based embedded board and PC subsidiary, will continue to operate separately. (more…)

Industrial PC runs Linux on pico-ITX mainboard

February 29, 2008

Delock has announced a compact industrial PC built around a Via pico-ITX motherboard. Designed for DIN-rail mounting, the DL-18HD runs Linux on a 1GHz Via C7 processor, supports hard disks up to 300MB, and has an optional quad-band cellular modem, according to the company. (more…)

Free x86 router distro gains faster routing, Linux-like shell

February 29, 2008

[Updated 12:10] — Vyatta is alpha-testing a major new release of its X86-Linux router distribution for enterprise and Tier-2 network operators. Vyatta Community 4 (VC4) boasts new open source routing protocol implementations, a more Linux-like command-line user interface, and support from a new open source community website. (more…)

Low-cost MicroTCA server runs Linux

February 28, 2008

Emerson Network Power (ENP) announced a microTCA system said to cost half what existing microTCA products go for. The under-$5,000 Centellis 500 features a plastic case, runs Wind River Linux, and is described as a deployable, validated system for cost-constrained enterprise, medical, and industrial automation markets. (more…)

Seatback STB runs Linux

February 28, 2008

Embedded computer manufacturer and Eurotech Group subsidiary Applied Data Systems (ADS) announced an embedded IP set-top box (STB) intended for seatback applications and digital signage. The Linux-based NetCast Player HD supports high definition live video up to 1080p resolution, says the company.

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Online university program covers device engineering

February 28, 2008

The University of California, Irvine Extension has launched a Device Software Engineering studies program and announced an online course called “Linux Driver Primer.” Beginning March 31, the course will explain how to develop and write code for Linux device drivers and develop Linux device frameworks. (more…)

Compact ARM11 SBC runs Linux

February 28, 2008

Applied Data Systems (ADS) is shipping a 3 x 5-inch SBC (single-board computer) available with Linux. The Bitsy G5 is based on a 532MHz Freescale i.MX31 processor, supports touchscreen displays, has a PCMCIA slot, and uses under a Watt of power, according to ADS. (more…)

Linux thin clients gain speech recognition

February 28, 2008

Igel Techology has announced the incorporation of Philips SpeechMagic voice recognition technology into its thin client devices. Operable with or without training, the technology supports 25 different languages, allows dictation directly into templates, and permits switching between client- and server-based recognition,… (more…)

New Cell-based blade, tools support Linux

February 28, 2008

Mercury Computer Systems is shipping a high-performance computing (HPC) blade system based on Cell processors. The 1U Dual Cell-Based System 2 (DCBS-2) is equipped with two Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processors, runs Linux, and is available with an updated version of Mercury's MultiCore Plus tools. (more…)

Linux thin client book chapter available

February 27, 2008

Packt Publishing is offering a sample chapter from a book on Linux-based thin clients. The publisher calls David Richards's Linux Thin Client Networks Design and Deployment: A quick guide for System Administrators a comprehensive guide to setting up and maintaining Linux thin client networks. (more…)

New Xeons promise 7-year availability

February 27, 2008

Intel has added a couple of high-end server chips to its high-longevity embedded parts roadmap. Now shipping with seven-year lifecycle guarantees and a new “power-optimized” 5100 chipset, the quad-core Xeon 5400 and dual-core Xeon 5200 are fabricated with Intel's new 45nm process and high-K, metal gate transistor formula. (more…)

ESL tools targets Android, Linux

February 27, 2008

CoWare has announced that the latest version of its electronic system-level (ESL) product supports chipset, handset, and software development for the Open Handset Alliance's Android platform. The Android-ready CoWare ESL 2.0 offers virtual hardware platforms and tools for designing sub-systems, processors, DSPs, and… (more…)

Nintendo Wii gains Linux port

February 27, 2008

The GameCube Linux project has released a “proof of concept” Linux distribution for the Nintendo Wii gaming console. Powered by a 729MHz PowerPC processor, Wii hardware running Linux could be used as a thin client, multimedia terminal, server, or as a platform for “homebrew” computer games, the project suggests. (more…)

Linux-compatible POS app rev’d

February 27, 2008

Pamplona, Spain-based Openbravo has updated its cross-platform, open source, Java-based POS (point of sales/service) software for retail and hospitality businesses. The new open OpenBravo 2.0 software release is said to offer enhanced usability, configuration, and localization capabilities. (more…)

Linux developer support service adds 32-bit MCU

February 27, 2008

Timesys has added a new Atmel microcontroller (MCU) to its list of supported chips. The company is offering a free Linux-based board support package (BSP) for the AT91SAM9RL, a low-powered 32-bit RISC-based microcontroller targeting smart control panels. (more…)

Linux camera, video server power up over Ethernet

February 27, 2008

Nuvation has introduced two Linux-based reference designs that run on Texas Instruments (TI) DaVinci processors, and support power-over-Ethernet (PoE). The IP Camera includes its own high-resolution camera sensor and lens, while the IVS is designed for use with external analog CCTV… (more…)

Linux-friendly MILS kernel rev’d

February 26, 2008

LynuxWorks is readying a new version of its Linux-compatible separation kernel and hypervisor. Designed to provide multiple independent levels of security (MILS) in aerospace, government, and defense applications, LynxSecure 2.0 offers improved multiprocessor support, a lightweight POSIX run-time environment,… (more…)

FPGA dev kit targets low-cost Linux-based platform

February 26, 2008

Xilinx announced a Linux development kit for embedded systems using its low-cost Spartan FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays). The MicroBlaze Development Kit Spartan-3A DSP 1800A Edition is designed to support the company's MicroBlaze soft-cores, and comes with LynuxWork's commercially supported… (more…)

Cortex-A8 SoCs target embedded, consumer devices

February 25, 2008

[Updated Mar. 3, 2008] Texas Instruments (TI) announced four Linux-compatible, Cortex-A8-based applications processors today. At the high end, the OMAP35xx line closely resembles TI's OMAP34xx offerings for mobile phones, but with a larger ball-pitch and lower-volume pricing, for use in embedded applications… (more…)