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Archive for June, 2008

Low-power mini-ITX board runs Linux

June 30, 2008

Kontron announced a Linux-compatible mini-ITX motherboard based on a 1.6GHz Intel Centrino Atom processor. The KTUS15/miTX targets solar- or battery-powered applications, vehicle PCs, point-of-sale/interest kiosks, medical, multimedia, rugged tablets, industrial automation, and other embedded… (more…)

Pico-ITX board bears twins

June 30, 2008

Via Technologies has announced a third motherboard using its tiny 3.9 x 2.8 inch pico-ITX format. Available with a 1GHz C7 or 500MHz Eden ULV processor, the P700 boasts an onboard DC-DC adapter, and comes with two daughterboards that add real-world I/O connectors. (more…)

Mass-market WiFi router invites Linux hackers

June 30, 2008

NetGear has announced an 802.11g WiFi router and access point made to be hacked. Seemingly created in homage to LinkSys's hacker-friendly “WRT54GL,” the WGR614L offers fairly generous complements of CPU power, RAM, and Flash, and supports several commercial and community-supported alternative Linux-based router… (more…)

LiMo phone specialist buys app stack

June 30, 2008

[Updated: Jul. 1, 2008] — Purple Labs has acquired Openwave's mobile phone software business. The $30 million deal brings the mobile software firm's cross-platform browser and messaging client technologies to Purple Labs, which is known for its LiMo (Linux Mobile)… (more…)

“PDA phone” runs Linux

June 27, 2008

[Updated Jul. 2] — Motorola has quietly started shipping a new Linux-based “PDA” phone. Available now in China, and also approved by the FCC for use in the U.S., the MotoMing A1600 builds on the popular A1200, long a top-selling smartphone, especially in China. (more…)

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ST, NXP spin phone chip JV

June 27, 2008

STMicroelectronics (STM) and NXP announced a management team for their joint venture (JV) targeting mobile processors. When it launches in the third quarter, ST-NXP Wireless will incorporate both firms' mobile and wireless businesses, which together generated $3 billion in 2007, say the companies. (more…)

Military-grade USB key supports Linux

June 26, 2008

IronKey Inc. has announced that its line of encrypted USB storage keys is now available for all major Linux operating systems (OSes). IronKey devices come in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB models, offer military-grade hardware encryption, and do not require driver installation, says the company. (more…)

USB Linux systems expand

June 26, 2008

Calao Systems has started shipping half a dozen expansion modules for its tiny USB key-sized Linux computer. The company has also launched a new low-powered USB computer that runs FreeRTOS, and offers CAN and LIN (local interconnect network) bus expansion. (more…)

Peer-to-peer mobile stack supports Android

June 26, 2008

Recursion Software is beta testing a cross-platform development environment for Java and Microsoft .NET developers building messaging and communications applications. The Voyager platform helps developers write a single code-set for mobile devices natively in either Java or .NET for “playback” on any supported platform, says Recursion. (more…)

Mobile Linux groups merge

June 26, 2008

[Updated: Jun. 26, 2008] — The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum announced that it will fold its standards-development activities and membership into the LiMo Foundation in July. (more…)

GNU Toolchain optimized for MIPS

June 25, 2008

CodeSourcery has started shipping a new, more optimized version of its GNU-based toolchain for the MIPS architecture, it says. Sourcery G++ for MIPS now supports all MIPS cores, as well as “non-position independent code,” for a claimed performance boost under Linux. (more…)

Guest opinion: Open Symbian could win

June 25, 2008

Nokia's Symbian purchase and subsequent open source release will put pressure on Linux phone stack vendors and Microsoft alike, writes Andreas Constantinou in a thought-provoking guest editorial. An open source Symbian release, when and if it happens, could even offer a few things Android and LiMo won't, he suggests. (more…)

Real-time forum publishes agenda

June 25, 2008

The Open Group has scheduled its annual Real-time and Embedded Systems (RTES) Forum for July 21-25 at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago. The group has released a preliminary agenda, with session topics including security, MILS, and “dependability through assuredness.” (more…)

Tri-band SDIO WiFi card runs Linux

June 25, 2008

Silex Technology announced a Linux-friendly 802.11a/b/g WiFi module offered in an SDIO card form factor. The SX-SDWAG is aimed at embedded OEM applications that require low power consumption, such as battery-operated devices in the medical, weights and measures, and transportation industries, says Silex. (more…)

Ubuntu MID Edition ships

June 25, 2008

[Updated Jun. 26] –Canonical Ltd. has quietly launched a full “developers release” of Ubuntu 8.04 (“Hardy Heron”) for MIDs (mobile Internet devices). Desktop and embedded Linux developers can now begin porting applications to the platform, which will be pre-installed on MIDs by OEMs, Canonical hopes. (more…)

Open source phone goes mass-market

June 25, 2008

Openmoko has begun shipping its Linux-based, open source Neo Freerunner phone to five newly announced distributors, in Germany, France, and India, says the company. (more…)

Guest opinion: Symbian + Nokia = Love

June 25, 2008

Foreword — This detailed, fact-filled editorial lays out the facts surrounding Nokia's announced intention to buy out its partners and release Symbian to open source. Author Andreas Constantinou, one of the smartest new voices commenting on the wireless market, then looks at what the news really means for the industry. Enjoy . . . ! (more…)

GUI firm allies with multilingual font vendor

June 24, 2008

Lightweight graphics stack company Fluffy Spider Technologies (FST) has forged an alliance with a Taiwan-based company specializing in multilingual fonts. FST and Arphic Technology will work together to develop “intuitive multilingual interfaces” for a variety of Linux-compatible consumer electronics devices and… (more…)

Dual-core x86 net box runs Linux

June 24, 2008

Win Enterprises is shipping a 1U, Core2 Duo-based network appliance with eight Ethernet ports. The Linux-compatible PL-60760 targets firewalls, VPN gateways, IDS/IPS (intrusion detection and prevention systems), NAC (network access control) systems, and UTM (unified threat management) applications based on Linux and… (more…)

COM Express module has onboard TPM

June 24, 2008

MSC Vertriebs has announced a COM (computer-on-module) targeting image processing or automation. The COM Express-format CXB-CD9455 module has Intel's Celeron M or Core Duo processors, five PCI Express x1 expansion lanes, an onboard TPM (trusted platform module), dual SATA ports, and eight USB ports, says MSC. (more…)