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Archive for April, 2008

Apple acquires Linux-friendly chip vendor

April 24, 2008

A vendor of power-efficient multicore PowerPC processors that run Linux and other embedded OSes will be acquired by Apple. Its purchase of P.A. Semi could signal Apple plans to migrate its desktops, servers, and embedded consumer products back to PowerPC. (more…)

PC/104-Plus SBC resists shock

April 24, 2008

VersaLogic has announced a PC/104-Plus SBC (single board computer) that targets military, avionics, and medical applications. Running on an AMD LX800 processor, the dual-Ethernet port equipped Cougar operates fanlessly, draws under five Watts, and features high resistance to mechanical and thermal shock. (more…)

SODIMM-sized module runs Linux

April 24, 2008

Cogent Computer Systems is now shipping an SO-DIMM-sized computer module targeting “any size-restricted, low-power embedded system.” Based on Atmel's AT91SAM9263 processor, the CSB737 “system-on-module” (SOM) runs Linux, and is available with a development kit and carrier board. (more…)

Linux still top embedded OS

April 23, 2008

Linux was used by 18 percent of embedded engineers responding to a survey, making it tops overall among both free and commercial OSes. Additionally, open source operating systems such as eCos, BSD, FreeRTOS, and TinyOS were reportedly used collectively by another five percent of respondents. (more…)

ARM9-based SoC targets low-end PMPs

April 23, 2008

Korean chipmaker MagicEyes Digital has announced an ARM9-based system-on-chip (SoC) intended for low-end navigation devices and PMPs (personal media players). The Linux-friendly “Pollux” SoC features on-chip 3D graphics acceleration, an NTSC/PAL video encoder, and a video DAC with picture-in-picture capabilities. (more…)

Linux firewall fits inside Windows laptops

April 23, 2008

Yoggie will offer its tiny Linux-based hardware firewall in the PCMCIA ExpressCard form factor. Available next month, the Gatekeeper Card Pro firewall fits completely inside host laptops, and runs 13 different applications aimed at keeping Windows-based PCs safe from viruses, spam, malware, and other security… (more…)

Japanese embedded Linux house adds DIY subscriptions

April 23, 2008

Embedded Linux specialists Timesys and Lineo Solutions have announced a multi-year joint development and marketing alliance aimed at adapting TimeSys's “LinuxLink” service suite to the Japanese marketplace. The partnership will leverage Lineo's engineering and marketing expertise, in order to deliver Linux software, tools, and support for Japan's top processors, the partners said. (more…)

PC/104 module runs x86 Linux on 1.85 Watts

April 22, 2008

Tri-M Engineering has started shipping a low-cost PC/104 processor module based on a low-power x86-compatible system-on-chip (SoC). Targeting industrial computing applications, the rugged, extended-temperature VSX104 runs Linux, Windows CE, DOS, and other popular 32-bit RTOSes on a Vortex86SX SoC clocked… (more…)

Chipmaker helps sponsor Linux device software “bounties”

April 22, 2008

Open Linux devicemaker Neuros Technology has pre-announced a new hardware platform based on a Texas Instruments (TI) DaVinci system-on-chip (SoC). The Linux-based “Open Internet Television HDPlatform” will use TI's TMS320DM644x SoC, with TI helping sponsor “bounties” for developers who complete key open source software projects for the platform, Neuros said. (more…)

JVM runtime rev’d with Wind River support

April 22, 2008

Aonix upgraded its PERC Ultra Java runtime, a JVM (java virtual machine) aimed at embedded applications, and announced a design win with a Linux-based automotive diagnostic system from ETAS. PERC Ultra 5.1 improves performance and security, says Aonix, and adds support for real-time operating systems (RTOSes) including Wind River Linux. (more…)

Open source conference co-locates with Ubuntu show

April 22, 2008

Registration is open for the tenth annual edition of OSCON (Open Source Convention), as well as for a co-located Ubuntu Live conference. Scheduled for Jul. 21-25 in Portland, Ore., O'Reilly's OSCON 2008 is expected to draw some 2,500 open source experts, visionaries, and hackers. (more…)

Free x86 router distro rev’d

April 21, 2008

Vyatta has started shipping a major upgrade to its free Linux distribution for x86-based routers, firewalls, and VPN servers. The big new change in Vyatta Community Edition 4 (VC4) is a move to the open source Quagga routing protocol implementation, for better scalability and a more Linux-like command-line user interface. (more…)

Commercial GNU tools rev’d

April 21, 2008

CodeSourcery has updated its commercially supported versions of the GNU C/C++ Toolchain and Eclipse IDE (integrated development environment). The “spring release” of Sourcery G++ adds support for Linux ELF binaries on the MIPS architecture, and Windows binaries on x86, along with a QEMU-based simulator for PowerPC. (more…)

Access confirms NTT DoCoMo win

April 21, 2008

Access says work has begun adapting its Linux-based mobile phone stack to work with Japanese mobile phone marketshare leader NTT DoCoMo's 3G network. DoCoMo will begin distributing 3G FOMA phones based on Access Linux Platform (ALP) and an operator-specific pack in the second half of 2009, Access said. (more…)

Mot invests in virtualization

April 21, 2008

Handset maker Motorola has taken an equity investment in VirtualLogix, a vendor of virtualization technology for handsets and telecom infrastructure equipment. The move could help Motorola push its Linux-based mobile phone OS into lower-cost handsets, while helping operators consolidate infrastructure and expand dynamic service offerings. (more…)

SoC targets sub-$100 Linux-based GPS portables

April 21, 2008

Fabless audio chipmaker SigmaTel is shipping a highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) for personal navigation devices (PNDs). Available with a Linux BSP and support from Embedded Alley, the ARM9-based STMP3738 reduces BOM costs 15 percent, and will ship in finished products by July, the companies said. (more…)

Ubuntu ported to ARM

April 18, 2008

A Nokia-sponsored project is porting Ubuntu Linux to the ARM architecture. The “Handheld Mojo” team has completed ARM builds of Feisty Fawn (dubbed “Frisky Firedrake”) and Gutsy Gibbon (“Grumpy Griffin”), with Hardy Heron compilation starting soon. (more…)

Linux kernel maintainer calls for embedded specialist

April 18, 2008

The maintainer of Linux 2.6 has called for a full-time, architecture-independent “embedded maintainer.” Speaking at a CELF's fourth annual Embedded Linux Conference, Morton also told embedded developers how to select a kernel, get support from the kernel community, and decide whether to submit code to mainline. (more…)

Portable ARM-based kit targets USB gadget prototyping

April 18, 2008

Like to build software for ARM-based development targets on the go? Tin Can Tools is readying a tiny, “unbrickable” Linux USB Gadget software development kit that can also be used as a sturdy, USB bus-powered development target for general ARM device prototyping, application testing, and experimentation. (more…)

Discrete graphics processor targets embedded devices

April 17, 2008

Chipmaker Via's S3 Graphics division has announced a high-performance discrete graphics processor positioned as the first to meet the embedded industry's thermal requirements. The 4300E targets gaming and signage, offers HD video, DVI or HDMI output, and mixes dedicated and shared video memory. (more…)