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Archive for May, 2008

ARM11 SoC targets PMP, PNDs

May 27, 2008

Freescale Semiconductor has announced the latest in its i.MX line of Linux-friendly multimedia system-on-chips (SoCs) for mobile devices. Based on technology received when Freescale acquired SigmaTel, the i.MX37 processor is aimed at the portable media player (PMP), mobile Internet, and personal navigation device (PND) markets, says Freescale. (more…)

Mini-ITX board signs up for new chipset

May 23, 2008

Via has announced a mini-ITX motherboard that combines the company's C7 processor and VX800 chipset. Targeting digital signage applications, the Epia M700 has dual gigabit Ethernet controllers, offers an array of video and audio interfaces, and includes a PCI expansion slot, says Via. (more…)

Carrier-grade boards boast Scope compliance

May 23, 2008

Embedded Planet is shipping two carrier-grade telecom boards with Linux board support packages (BSPs). Based on Freescale PowerPC systems-on-chips (SoCs), the boards are among the first to boast compliance with the Scope Alliance's AMC-1 (Advanced Mezzanine Card) profile. (more…)

Citrix ships virtual desktop platform

May 22, 2008

Citrix has begun shipping its new software for delivering virtualized Windows desktops to thin clients running Linux, Windows CE, Windows XP Embedded, and other operating systems. XenDesktop dynamically assembles a “pristine, high-performing desktop,” with personalized applications and settings, every time a user logs on, says… (more…)

Linux phone design house opens Korean office

May 22, 2008

A French company that designs mobile phones based on Linux and the LiMo Platform has announced the opening of a sales office in Seoul, Korea. The new Purple Labs office will be run by Grant Jang, reporting to Gordon Tsang (pictured), the company's SVP for Asia. (more…)

DSP dev board supports uClinux

May 22, 2008

[Updated: May 23, 2008] — Analog Devices (ADI) is shipping a development board based on its Blackfin digital signal processor (DSP). The ADSP-BF548 EZ-KIT Lite board incorporates a 600MHz ADSP-BF548 Blackfin processor, and ADI offers a downloadable GNU toolchain that includes the uClinux distribution. (more…)

Open source graphics card open for orders

May 22, 2008

The Open Graphics Project's long-awaited open source graphics card is ready for order by developers. Designed by Traversal Technology, the OGD1 boasts an open source hardware design based on a Xilinx Spartan-3 XC3S4000 FPGA, and is intended as an FPGA development platform, says the OGP. (more…)

Linux-friendly MicroTCA and ATCA systems to demo

May 22, 2008

At the MicroTCA Summit next week in Chantilly, Virginia, Emerson Network Power (ENP) is announcing a compact AdvancedTCA (ATCA) system called the Centellis 2000. ENP is also demonstrating its soon-to-ship Centellis 500, a low-cost MicroTCA system that uses plastic packaging. (more…)

Sub-$4k MicroTCA system comes with Carrier Grade Linux

May 22, 2008

Performance Technologies (PT) will unveil a “ready-to-use” MicroTCA appliance at next week's MicroTCA Summit in Chantilly, Virginia. The AMP5070 comprises PT's six-slot MTC5070 chassis, along with a Core2 Duo-based compute module running a “trial” version of PT's CGL-compliant NexusWare distribution. (more…)

Low-cost, small-form-factor Linux PC reviewed

May 22, 2008

Everex's gPC mini is a small, quiet, powerful $500 computer with a hip Linux-based OS designed for MySpace users and others who appreciate the entertainment value of PCs. With a few simple hardware tweaks, the gPC is sure to delight fun-loving PC users of all ages. (more…)

Single-chip GPS receiver supports Linux

May 21, 2008

Taiwanese vendor SkyTraq has announced what it claims to be the world's highest-integration single-chip GPS receiver. The Linux-compatible Venus634LP measures one square centimeter, and integrates an LNA (low noise amplifier), SAW (surface acoustic wave) filter, GPS RF front end, and Venus6 baseband processor. (more…)

Home media system runs open source Linux

May 21, 2008

A company called Fiire is shipping a home automation, media control, and security system based on the open source LinuxMCE distro. Built around a dual-core AMD Athlon X2-based box called the Fiire Engine, the Fiire system also includes FiireStation thin clients and a Z-Wave-based FiireChief controller. (more…)

OSiM adds developer sessions

May 21, 2008

The third annual “Open Source in Mobile” (OSiM) conference has announced sponsors and a general program of events. Scheduled for Sep. 17-18 at Berlin's Hotel Palace, OSiM will showcase 80 speakers, plus a new “DevSesh” developers track with a focus on mobile Linux. (more…)

“Open-frame” panel PCs target kiosks

May 21, 2008

Datasound Laboratories has announced four open-frame panel PCs intended for incorporation into kiosks. With screens from 6.4 to 15 inches, the LX800-LCD systems feature fanless operation, AMD Geode LX800 processors, up to 1GB of RAM, 10/100 Ethernet, four USB ports, and optional PCI-104 expansion, says Datasound. (more…)

Device Profile: Fiire whole-house media distribution system

May 21, 2008

A company called Fiire is shipping a home automation, media control, and security system based on the open source LinuxMCE distro. Built around a dual-core AMD Athlon X2-based box called the Fiire Engine, the Fiire system also includes FiireStation thin clients and a Z-Wave-based FiireChief controller. (more…)