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Archive for May, 2008

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…)

Ten Android Challenge winners featured

May 20, 2008

Location awareness seems be the common thread of the hottest new Android apps, according to an eWeek article. Clint Boulton's story there briefly profiles ten winners of the recent Android Challenge, most of which tap the Android design's GPS device. (more…)

Netflix Player runs Linux

May 20, 2008

[Updated May 23] — Netflix is offering a $100 set-top box aimed at enabling subscribers to stream movies on demand, using a broadband Internet connection. The player runs Linux, and is supplied by Roku, a California-based company known for its Linux-based PVRs (personal video recorders). (more…)

World’s cheapest Linux-based laptop?

May 20, 2008

A Hong Kong-based manufacturer is shipping a Linux-based ultra-mini PC (UMPC) laptop for only $250 ($180 in volume), which appears to give it the lowest price yet for a Linux laptop. Bestlink's Alpha 400 offers a 400MHz CPU and a 7-inch, truecolor display. (more…)

Open source DNS server takes on BIND

May 20, 2008

Four companies led by Dutch non-profit NLnet Labs have launched an open source, Linux-compatible DNS (Domain Name System) server. “Unbound,” which is also sponsored by VeriSign, Nominet, and Kirei, claims to offer a validating, recursive, and caching DNS server that is faster than the open source DNS mainstay BIND. (more…)

Wind River, Intel tag-team “infotainment” Linux

May 20, 2008

Wind River will collaborate with Intel on an open source automotive infotainment stack for Intel's Atom processor, it announced. At the Telematics Detroit trade show this week, Wind River also announced plans to offer its second vertical market stack based on Linux — Wind River Linux Platform for Infotainment. (more…)

Quick-boot Linux environment makes a splash

May 19, 2008

DeviceVM announced that its quick-booting Splashtop Linux implementation is being pre-installed in ROM (read-only memory) on four new Asus motherboards. Asus says it plans to ship over a million Splashtop-ready motherboards per month, making this one of the largest Linux deployments ever. (more…)

Upgraded VPN software available in Linux micro-server

May 19, 2008

Japanese micro-server specialist Plat'Home is offering an interesting VPN (virtual private network) client pre-installed on its MIPS-based Linux micro-server. SoftEther's PacketiX VPN 2.0 software encodes entire Layer 2 Ethernet frames as HTTPS traffic, allowing remote access to any network protocol without network… (more…)

POS systems run uClinux

May 19, 2008

ExaDigm announced that it is ramping up production on a new line of Linux-based point-of-sale (POS) terminals. The modular, PC-based terminals are based on the NeoMagic MiMagic applications processor, and ship with a Linux software development kit (SDK) says ExaDigm. (more…)

Die-shrunk Cell processor, blade run Linux

May 19, 2008

IBM announced a Linux-compatible blade for HPC (high performance computing) applications that is based on a new 65nm version of the Cell processor. The IBM BladeCenter QS22's 3.2GHz IBM PowerXCell 8i processor is touted as offering five times the double-precision performance of the original Cell/B.E. (more…)

Linux appliance distro rev’d

May 19, 2008

rPath is shipping a new version of its Linux distribution for hardware and software appliances, live CDs, and VMware images. rPath Linux 2 offers a smaller footprint than version 1, as well as a more robust system boot, a brandable boot splash, new security features, and an “appliance installer,” says rPath. (more…)