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Archive for March, 2008

Embedded developers to meet up in “Linux Garage”

March 25, 2008

This August's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo will host a new attraction for embedded Linux developers called the Linux Garage. IDG World Expo Corp is now accepting submissions for free exhibit space in the demonstration area, showcasing “the latest and coolest gadgets based on… (more…)

Customizable DMA controller ships with Linux drivers

March 25, 2008

QuickLogic is supporting Linux initially on a UDMA66 controller for video-enabled, hard-drive equipped mobile devices. The controller is implemented as an intellectual property block meant for deployment on the company's customizable I/O controllers, which are based on tiny, low-power field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). (more…)

Low-cost IP camera design comes with Linux

March 25, 2008

Texas Instruments (TI) and Micron's Aptina Imaging division have teamed up on an ultra-low-cost WXGA IP camera reference design for surveillance applications. The DM355IPNC-MT5 design runs Linux on a $10 TI DaVinci RISC/DSP digital media processor, and has an eBOM under $40, the companies claim. (more…)

Embedded conf. seeks real-time Linux papers

March 25, 2008

The Object Management Group (OMG) has issued a call for abstracts for its yearly conference on real-time and embedded. The ninth annual “Distributed Object Computing for Real-time and Embedded Systems Workshop” features a special focus on software-based communications, and is set for Jul. 14-16 in Arlington, Va. (more…)

Web-based application server ported to low-powered Linux device

March 24, 2008

[Updated Mar. 25] — Real Time Logic (RTL) released a free for non-commercial use version of its user-friendly personal server stack. The BarracudaDrive release runs on the “Unslung” Linux distribution available for Linksys's NSLU2 storage server, and includes a lightweight, dynamic… (more…)

DIY embedded Linux service gains major distributor

March 24, 2008

A major global electronics distributor has announced that its U.S.-based operation has started reselling a software subscription service for embedded Linux developers. Arrow Electronics's North American Components (NAC) division says TimeSys's “LinuxLink” subscriptions can help developers streamline development of their own commercial-grade custom Linux platforms. (more…)

FPGA vendor rev’s design suite

March 24, 2008

[Updated Mar. 25] — Xilinx has upgraded its design suite for field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Intended to the span logic, DSP microcode, and embedded software development phases of FPGA design, the ISE Design Suite 10.1 yields faster runtimes thanks to improved encryption, and also adds support for distributed “implementation runs,” the company said. (more…)

Hybrid nano-PC phone runs Linux

March 24, 2008

A Korean company has announced a unique mobile device melding an x86-based nano-PC with an ARM-based mobile phone. Miu's HDPC can run Linux, Windows CE, or Windows XP on its 500MHz Via C7-M processor, while a 200MHz ARM9-based system-on-chip runs an unspecified mobile phone OS. (more…)

Tiny Intel-based CPU module runs Linux

March 21, 2008

Swiss board vendor Digital-Logic has announced a Celeron M or Pentium M based processor module small enough for use on PC/104-format carrier boards. The MSM855 is based on an Intel 855GME chipset, and targets Linux-based navigation, telecommunications, network edge, medical and measurement, aerospace, automotive, and… (more…)

Podcast reports on Embedded World 2008

March 21, 2008

The latest LinuxLink Radio episode reports on the Embedded World Conference in Nurnberg, Germany. In Episode 31 of the Timesys-sponsored series, hosts Maciej Halasz and Scott Gilbertson report on hot trends including embedded Linux, real-time operating systems (RTOSes), FPGAs, and ARM's Cortex-A8. (more…)

Mini-ITX board has dual GigE, eight USB ports

March 21, 2008

Axiomtek has announced a “cost-effective, ultra-lowpower” mini-ITX motherboard it says is aimed at industrial, automation, and embedded applications. The SBC86822 has 600MHz or 1GHz Intel Celeron M processors, PCI expansion, eight USB ports, two gigabit Ethernet ports, and support for dual monitors. (more…)

Ruggedized, low-power controller runs Linux

March 21, 2008

Adlink Technology has expanded its line of embedded controllers with a ruggedized model that supports Linux. The temperature-resistant GEME-12000 (“general embedded machine engine”) is designed for applications like machine tooling and digital video capture that operate continously in harsh, remote… (more…)

Linux gains native RTOS emulation layer

March 21, 2008

Newly available open source software could significantly increase Linux's utility in industrial computing applications. The Xenomai/SOLO project aims to provide VxWorks and other RTOS emulation in user-space on most any Linux kernel, and to deliver short, bounded application latency on kernels with built-in real-time capabilities. (more…)

Rapid time-to-evaluation — a key goal for silicon providers

March 21, 2008

Foreword: This article was contributed by an embedded product development consulting firm that often works with Linux. It outlines the role that chip vendor-supplied evaluation kits play in determining time-to-evaluation and ultimately time-to-market, with a candid appraisal of the kits available from three specific chip vendors. (more…)

Taiwanese IPC vendor snaps up PC/104 originator

March 20, 2008

[Updated 3:45] — A Taiwanese industrial PC vendor plans to acquire one of the oldest U.S. embedded board and system vendors. Adlink Technology of Taipei will pay $20 million for all outstanding common shares of Ampro Computer, a privately held 25-year-old company known for originating the PC/104 and PC/104-Plus standards. (more…)

A third of all phones “smart” in five years

March 20, 2008

The smartphone market will grow from around 10 percent of total handset sales in 2007 to 31 percent in 2013, says an ABI Research study. Future phones will boast such luxuries as touchpads, tilt/shock sensors, and tactile feedback, says the study, with Linux and Windows Mobile increasingly challenging Nokia/Symbian. (more…)

Tutorial harnesses Android for XML, RSS

March 20, 2008

IBM's DeveloperWorks has published a tutorial on using the Eclipse-based developer tools for Google's Android mobile phone platform to work with XML. Frank Abelson's latest exploration of Linux-based Android platform shows how to use XML to build a mobile RSS reader. (more…)

Free Linux BSP supports mobile applications processor

March 20, 2008

Timesys announced a free board support package (BSP) for the Freescale i.MX27 processor introduced last year. The BSP can be upgraded to a full LinuxLink subscription, providing additional software, tools and custom platform development support, says the embedded Linux developer services provider. (more…)

IP-STB reference design supports Linux

March 20, 2008

NXP has announced an STB (set-top box) development kit that runs Linux and supports SD (standard definition) television. The STB222 has a MIPS32 CPU core, decodes MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video, reduces MPEG artifacts, and can decode two video streams at once, according to the company. (more…)

Former MontaVista exec joins networking firm

March 20, 2008

Peder Ulander, who served as MontaVista's VP of marketing between 2004 and 2006, has been named VP of product strategy at Pure Networks. In his new position, Ulander will help the Seattle-based wireless home network management software firm expand its broadband strategy. (more…)