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Archive for April, 2008

Multi-threaded processor goes dual-core

April 30, 2008

Raza Microelectronics, Inc. (RMI) is shipping a new low-end XLS MIPS64-based processor called the XLS208 that offers dual 1GHz cores and comes with a Linux-compatible evaluation board and software development kit (SDK). RMI also announced that Macraigor's hardware debugging tools will support both the XLR and XLS processor lines. (more…)

Embedded Linux research report ships

April 30, 2008

Evans Data Corp. (EDC) has published the full result set from its annual survey of embedded systems developers. Priced at about $20,000, and entitled “Embedded Systems Development Survey 2007,” the 180-page report addresses topics including embedded Linux platforms, working with multicore processors, and mobile development. (more…)

Via tiptoes toward openness

April 30, 2008

Board and chipmaker Via is gearing up toward releasing Linux driver source code and product documentation for its popular x86-compatible chipsets and peripherals. The company has launched a website where Ubuntu 8.04 and SUSE 10 binary graphics drivers can be downloaded, with source code and documentation to follow, it says. (more…)

Linux-based device gains accelerometer-based games

April 30, 2008

Chumby Industries announced a partnership with Albino Blacksheep to provide Flash-based games for the Linux-based Chumby “alarm-clock” computer, leveraging its motion-sensing capabilities. (more…)

Atom-based COM Express module is “smallest possible”

April 30, 2008

RadiSys has announced an Atom-based computer-on-module (COM) that runs Linux and targets battery-powered handheld devices. The 3.4 x 2.75 inch Procelerant Z500 is as small as a COM can get while still complying with the COM Express standard's pinout, claims RadiSys. (more…)

64-way chip gains Linux IDE, dev cards, design wins

April 30, 2008

Tilera introduced a Linux-based development kit for its scalable, 64-core Tile64 SoC (system-on-chip). The company also announced a dual 10GbE PCIExpress card based on the chip (pictured at left), revealed a networking customer win with Napatech, and demo'd the Tile64 running real-time 1080P HD video. (more…)

Compact network appliance sports six gigE ports

April 29, 2008

Portwell has announced a “desktop” network security appliance that measures 9 x 8 x 2 inches and includes six Ethernet ports. The NAD-2100 comes with Celeron M or Pentium M processors, offers Compact Flash or DOM (disk-on-module) storage, and supports a serial-interfaced system console, says Portwell. (more…)

Linux CGL distro ported to multicore MIPS64 chips

April 29, 2008

Wind River has ported its newest Carrier Grade Linux distribution to multicore MIPS64-based processors from Raza Microelectronics, Inc. (RMI). Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition (PNE-LE) 2.0 for RMI's XLR chip line brings features like dual IPv4/IPv6 support and modern crytography to enterprise and telecom customers alike, Wind River said. (more…)

Linux-based iSCSI accelerator goes embedded

April 29, 2008

[Updated May 5] — At Interop this week, iSCSI specialist 4Blox is demonstrating an embedded Linux version of its flagship software accelerator stack. Running on AMCC's PowerPC-based 440SPe processors under Denx's embedded Linux distribution, the “4Mezzo” software offers a lower-cost, cooler-running alternative to… (more…)

Linux gains lightweight media-oriented graphics stack

April 28, 2008

An open source multimedia graphics framework for embedded applications has emerged, along with a Linux-based media center middleware stack. The “Disko” framework and “MorphineTV” stack can be used to build graphical user interfaces for digital video broadcast receivers and IPTV set-top boxes, according to… (more…)

New mobile device touchscreen tech demo’d

April 28, 2008

Wacom has announced a new touchscreen technology aimed at reducing problems associated with capacitive touchscreens in mobile devices. RRFC (reversing ramped field capacitive) touchscreens will use ramped voltages to deliver greater accuracy, easier finger operation, freedom from recalibration, and longer battery… (more…)

Linux-based NAS devices move up to 6TB

April 28, 2008

Blurring the line between SOHO and enterprise network-attached storage (NAS), Netgear has announced three appliances that each provide six drive bays in a small-format box. The Linux-based ReadyNAS Pro systems come in 1.5TB, 3TB, and 6TB versions, and use Intel Core 2 Duo processors, says Netgear. (more…)

Black Duck buys Koders

April 28, 2008

A company providing software license compliance management tools has agreed to purchase a company providing online search tools aimed at helping developers find reusable ope- source software. Black Duck Software says its buy-out of Koders will bring improvements to the search technology in both companies' products. (more…)

VoIP beta supports Java-enabled phones

April 28, 2008

Proprietary VoIP software provider Skype is beta-testing a Java version of its flagship soft-phone. The company says its new “Mobile Skype” client will be available “soon” on Linux- and Java-based models from Motorola, including the Razr2 V8 and MotoRokr Z6. (more…)

Linux mobile distro wins software award

April 28, 2008

MontaVista's Mobilinux 5.0 Linux distribution for mobile phones won an EDN Magazine 2008 “Innovation Award” under the software category. (more…)

Atom-based CPU module runs Linux

April 25, 2008

Eurotech (formerly ADS) has introduced an Intel Atom-based development system built around a 3.9 x 2.8 inch computer-on-module (COM). (more…)

Atom-based COM uses nanoETXexpress form-factor

April 25, 2008

Kontron has introduced the first COM (computer-on-module) using the company's nanoETXexpress form factor. Targeting demanding handheld applications, the nanoETXexpress-SP uses Intel's Atom processor, has up to 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash on board, supports HD video, and offers eight USB ports, says Kontron. (more…)

Nokia adds Qt to Maemo

April 25, 2008

Nokia will support Qt application development on its Linux-based Internet tablets, it has announced. Noting that GTK and Qt co-exist in the desktop world, Nokia says it hopes to distribute Qt libraries for Maemo during Q4, enabling N8xx tablet ports of Qt-based desktop and device applications. (more…)

Tablet PCs use Intel’s Atom

April 25, 2008

Nexcom has announced three tablet computers targeting logistics, health care, and vehicle applications. The MTC 2100, MTC 2100-MD, and MRC 2100 use Intel's Atom processor, and feature 8.4-inch sunlight-readable displays, fingerprint readers, Infineon TPMs (trusted platform modules), and battery life up to 8 hours, Nexcom… (more…)

Linux-friendly CPU module boasts 90nm ARM9 SoC

April 24, 2008

PhyTec is readying a small CPU module powered by an ARM9-based SoC (system-on-chip) built on 90 nanometer process technology. The PhyCore-LPC3250 weds seven serial ports with “state-of-the-art” power management, and targets consumer, medical, industrial, and automotive applications, PhyTec says. (more…)