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Archive for February, 2008

Linux-based programmable clock radio arrives

February 25, 2008

Chumby Industries announced volume shipments of its Chumby “consumer Internet device” at a price of $180 apiece. Chumby also announced a slate of content providers for the Chumby Network, including CBS, MTV Networks, MySpace, The Weather Channel Interactive, AOL's SHOUTcast and Scripps Networks. (more…)

If you habit the command line, read this

February 25, 2008

Linux Cookbook author Michael Stutz has written an article describing 10 good habits for Unix command-line users. Published by IBM's DeveloperWorks, Stutz's article offers suggestions for improving the efficiency of some of your most common command-line procedures. (more…)

Linux provider bulks up management team, European presence

February 25, 2008

A week after naming Russell “Rusty” Harris as its new CEO, MontaVista announced that Art Landro would be promoted to Harris's old position: EVP of worldwide field operations. MontaVista also announced that Hitex Development Tools would be distributing its products in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. (more…)

Customizable SoCs gain virtual Linux support

February 25, 2008

Trango has announced a version of its virtualization technology that supports a family of customizable, ARM9-based SoCs. Trango Hypervisor for Atmel's AT91CAP9 generates multiple machine-independent virtual processor instances, simplifying development of multimedia devices, video security, and industrial applications… (more…)

Linux growing fast in POS, Microsoft still tops

February 22, 2008

In the North American market for POS (point of sales/service) terminals, Linux grew 32 percent year-over-year, according to figures released by IHL Group. The research firm reckons Linux accounted for $475 million of the $5.56 billion market, putting it third overall with an 8.5 percent market share. (more…)

Claimed-first Menlow board debuts

February 22, 2008

Lippert Embedded Computers has released what it says is the first board based on Intel's Menlow chipset. The Linux-compatible CoreExpress-Menlow module is also the first in Lippert's newly announced 65 x 58mm CoreExpress processor module format, aimed at automotive, medical, mobile, and… (more…)

Embedded C++ development platform rev’d

February 21, 2008

Applied Informatics has updated its Linux-compatible POCO (portable components) Platform for embedded C++ developers building network-centric embedded devices. The POCO Platform includes new 1.3.2 releases of the open source POCO C++ Libraries, and will be demonstrated next week at Embedded World 2008 in Nuremberg,… (more…)

“Father of PC/104” returns

February 21, 2008

One of the first companies in the embedded PC and single-board computer markets has hired the “father of PC/104” to spearhead its product strategy. After eight years away, Rick Lehrbaum returns to the role of CTO at Ampro Computers, currently enjoying its 25-year anniversary this year. (more…)

Qualcomm SoCs feature “sensor-augmented” GPS

February 21, 2008

Qualcomm has announced a family of three pin-compatible system-on-chips (SoCs) based on an ARM11 core. Built on 65-nanometer process technology, the QST 1000, 1100, and 1105 feature “sensor-augmented” GPS, available cellular connectivity and 3D graphics, and optional mobile TV support, according to the company. (more…)

10-gig Ethernet module supports Linux, SFP+

February 21, 2008

Vancouver, BC-based real-time networking firm AdvancedIO Systems is shipping a Linux-compatible 10-Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and packet processing XMC/PMC module. The V1021 is designed for real-time computing applications, primarily in defense technology, such as radar, signals intelligence, and… (more…)

New MontaVista CEO: steady as she goes

February 20, 2008

In an interview with LinuxDevices, MontaVista's new president and CEO Russell “Rusty” Harris said the company expects growth in a diverse array of markets, not only carrier-grade and mobile segments. (more…)

Linux-based cellular/WiFi phone router ships

February 20, 2008

Agito Networks announced the availability of its Linux-powered RoamAnywhere Mobility Router. Designed to help enterprises cut mobile phone fees, the router works with dual-mode phones, routing calls over WiFi when available, and passing calls between WiFi and cellular networks. (more…)

Linux-based mini PC upgraded

February 20, 2008

French mini-PC vendor Linutop is shipping an upgrade to its compact, Xubuntu Linux-based computing appliance. The Linutop 2 offers a faster 500MHz Geode processor, 512MB of RAM and 1GB of Flash, along with a new optional VESA mounting bracket. (more…)

Wind River’s Linux chief to speak

February 20, 2008

Vincent Rerolle, the newly appointed Linux chief at Wind River, will be presenting at an investor conference tomorrow in Denver. Rerolle's presentation at the D.A. Davidson Electronics Systems Design Conference will be webcast live at 11AM Mountain time, and could shed more light upon Wind River's recent re-organization. (more…)

Executive Interview: Rusty Harris, CEO of MontaVista

February 20, 2008

In an interview with LinuxDevices, MontaVista's new president and CEO Russell “Rusty” Harris said the company expects growth in a diverse array of markets, not only carrier-grade and mobile segments. (more…)

Industrial touch-panel thin client runs Linux

February 19, 2008

German embedded equipment vendor Noax Technologies has introduced an embedded Linux thin client panel PC designed for harsh industrial environments. The fully sealed, IP65-compliant C8 ITC is based on a 400MHz Intel Celeron processor, and offers an 8.4-inch TFT display with integrated touch panel. (more…)

ARM-based SoC targets low-cost phones

February 19, 2008

Beijing-based Vimicro has announced an ARM-based system-on-chip (SoC) intended for low-cost Linux-based smartphones. Built on a 0.13 micron process, the VC0818 offers a variety of multimedia features, supports three-megapixel camera sensors, and is available with a complete development platform, Vimicro says. (more…)

ARM11 SoC brings HD video to mobile devices

February 19, 2008

STMicroelectronics (STM) has announced a mobile applications processor aimed at letting mobile devices record and play HD video, and connect directly to HDTV displays. The Linux-compatible STn8820 is based on an ARM11 core, handles 720p (1280 x 720) video, and incorporates graphics technology licensed from AMD, according to STM. (more…)

MontaVista names new CEO

February 19, 2008

Linux OS and tools provider MontaVista has announced that Russell “Rusty” Harris is its new president and CEO. Former CEO Thomas Kelly has taken a position as president and CEO of Epicor Software, but will continue to serve as MontaVista's chairman, the company said. (more…)

Mobile multimedia SoC gains support

February 19, 2008

Aricent has announced audio and video codecs aimed at letting phones based on TI's OMAP3430 system-on-chip (SoC) play and record high-definition (HD) video in MPEG-4 format. Additionally, Linux mobile phone integrator Azingo announced support for the OMAP3430 chip. (more…)