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Archive for March, 2008

Low-power, Linux-based micro-server ships

March 31, 2008

Japanese systems integrator Plat'Home started shipping its Linux-based OpenBlockS handheld server in the U.S. The $440, RoHS certified server device consumes less than 4.5W, supports power-over-Ethernet, and targets a variety of networking applications, including server-room surveillance and other… (more…)

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Study predicts strong growth for mobile Linux

March 31, 2008

Linux represents 15 percent of the smartphone market, but that figure should grow considerably, says a market research report. The study, from Strategy Analytics, found that Motorola will continue to drive the growth for mobile Linux, along with Google. (more…)

Linux powers TV-enabled mobile phone

March 31, 2008

[Updated Apr. 1] — Motorola has used Linux to build a 3G, touchscreen-enabled mobile phone that can receive and record video broadcast in DVB-H format (digital video broadcast, handhelds). (more…)

LiMo completes first mobile spec release

March 31, 2008

The LiMo Foundation met its deadline by unveiling the first release of its Linux-based mobile device platform, LiMo Platform Release 1. The industry consortium also announced that Texas Instruments (TI) was joining the group as a Core member. (more…)

Partnership joins GUI framework with OpenGL drivers

March 28, 2008

A company with an ultra-light, Linux-compatible graphics stack has partnered with a company specializing in safety-critical OpenGL-compliant device drivers. Fluffy Spider Technologies (FST) of Australia and ALT Software of Canada hope their products will see use in smartphones, set-top boxes, in-car systems,… (more…)

Hardware-assisted debugger supports Linux, Cortex-A8-based SoC

March 28, 2008

Germany-based Lauterbach announced that its hardware-assisted debugger now supports TI's new OMAP35XX family of DaVinci processors. Trace32 PowerTools support Linux both as a target OS and development host, and can be used to debug high-level languages (HLLs) and assembler, program flash, and do real-time… (more…)

Time-to-evaluation is key

March 28, 2008

This paper describes how chip vendor-supplied, Linux-based evaluation kits affect time-to-evaluation, and ultimately time-to-market for product companies and consultants alike. It was written by Alan R. (more…)

Linux phone stack firm wins business award

March 28, 2008

A French company that designs mobile phones based on Linux was named to an investor magazine's list of the top 100 privately held companies in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Asia). (more…)

Browser standards race ends in photo finish

March 28, 2008

A blog on Webkit.org's Surfin' Safari page claimed this week that a web browser built on the latest open source Webkit rendering engine achieved a perfect score on the demanding Acid3 rendering test. Meanwhile, Opera claimed that its commercial browser aced the test the same day. (more…)

UK embedded conference features hands-on Linux workshop

March 27, 2008

The sixth-annual Embedded Masterclass 2008 conference is scheduled for May 8th in London and May 13th in Bristol, UK. This year's events will feature the conference's first-ever “Embedded Linux Workshop,” a three-hour, hands-on session using ARM target hardware. (more…)

Camera-equipped panel PC runs Linux

March 27, 2008

Axiomtek has announced an industrial panel PC that runs Linux, and targets POS, kiosk, VoIP, and remote monitoring applications. The Panel2170-831 includes a 1.3 megapixel camera, 17-inch touchscreen display, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, two 1394a ports, and PCI expansion. (more…)

Linux-compatible PDA shrugs off six-foot drops

March 27, 2008

iWave Systems of Bangalore has announced a Linux- and Windows CE 6.0-compatible industrial PDA targeting asset, inventory, and retail management. Available with RFID, WiFi, and GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, the iW-Rainbow-G4 can withstand six-foot drops, and includes a 3.5-inch touchscreen and a sealed keyboard, says iWave. (more…)

Chapter available from Linux telephony server book

March 27, 2008

Packt Publishing is offering a sample chapter from its newly-published book on the Linux-based AsteriskNOW IP PBX (Internet protocol private branch exchange) distribution. Nir Simionovich's AsteriskNOW explains how to install and maintain AsteriskNOW systems, with tips on phone configuration, routing… (more…)

Home automation system gains Linux-based controller

March 27, 2008

[Updated Mar. 29] — Control4 has added to its line of Linux-based, ZigBee-compatible home automation/media networking products with a new controller. The Control4 Home Controller HC-500 interfaces with home theater appliances, multi-room music access, lighting, thermostats, and security systems, and comes… (more…)

Tutorial explains “Shell Curses”

March 27, 2008

IBM DeveloperWorks has published a tutorial on the “Shell Curses” library of cursor-manipulation script functions for shell programmers. Written by Dana French, the creator of Shell Curses back in 1993, this intermediate-level tutorial explains the library's terminal functions, and provides tips and code samples for writing typical scripts. (more…)

Linux-aware debugger supports multi-core ARM

March 26, 2008

American Arium announced a new version of its SourcePoint debugging software for ARM's CoreSight environment. The Linux-aware SourcePoint 6.6 debugger supports traces on multiple Embedded Trace Macrocells (ETMs), and can debug targets incorporating heterogeneous ARM processors, says Arium. (more…)

Linux gains new architecture support

March 26, 2008

[Updated Apr. 28] — Dozens of network-attached storage (NAS) servers and other consumer appliances will gain mainline kernel and Debian GNU/Linux support soon. The 2.6.25 kernel, currently in the final stages of testing, will support Marvell's Feroceon micro-architecture and “Orion” SoCs, with Debian support… (more…)

Multi-core firewall boasts multi-gigabit throughput

March 26, 2008

Lanner Electronics has introduced a network appliance platform claimed capable of network throughputs up to 2Gbps. The MR-550 is available with one or two Cavium Octeon 3120 processors, each featuring 1-2 MIPS64 cores along with acceleration engines for encryption, QoS, networking, and TCP. (more…)

Debian Linux powers science education device

March 26, 2008

An education supplies company has announced a portable science education computer that runs embedded Debian Linux. Pasco says it designed its sensor-equipped Spark Science Learning System for collaborative science experiments by students, for example measuring conductivity or tracking temperature changes. (more…)

Embedded Linux Conference speakers announced

March 25, 2008

The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) announced speakers for its annual conference, set for Apr. 15-17 in Mountain View, Calif. Keynote speakers for Embedded Linux Conference 2008 include Linux luminaries Tim Bird and Andrew Morton (pictured at left), as well as LinuxDevices.com's own Henry Kingman. (more…)