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Archive for June, 2008

Nokia OS director on Symbian buy

June 24, 2008

[Updated Jun. 25] — Following today's news that Nokia will release Symbian as open source, LinuxDevices spoke with Ari Jaaksi, Nokia's director of open source. We asked Dr. Jaaksi how the move affects the company's Linux strategy, participation in Maemo.org, and its strategy regarding Trolltech tools. (more…)

Nokia to buy, free Symbian

June 24, 2008

[Updated 2:15PM] — Nokia will buy the rest of Symbian, and release the smartphone OS under an open source license. The OS will be governed and owned by a Symbian Foundation formed by Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Ericcson, Panasonic, Siemens, AT&T, LG, Samsung, STMicroelectrics, TI, and Vodafone. (more…)

Linux-based cameraphone shifts modes

June 23, 2008

[Updated Jun. 26] — Motorola and Kodak announced a cameraphone that combines Motorola's “ModeShift” interface with Kodak imaging technology. Available in China next month, and later this year elsewhere, Motorola's MotoZine ZN5 mashes up a 5-megapixel camera with a multimedia smartphone. (more…)

Google Android deadline slips

June 23, 2008

Google now expects Linux-based Android phones to ship in the fourth quarter instead of the second half of this year, according to a report. Reasons for the delays reportedly include language glitches, last-minute changes from Google, and issues over carrier branding. (more…)

HD surveillance camera design runs homespun Linux

June 23, 2008

Marseilles, France-based Nexvision has announced a network IP (Internet protocol) video camera design that incorporates the Texas Instruments (TI) DaVinci TMS320DM6467 processor. The Linux-based CamHD hardware/software reference design is equipped with an Altera Cyclone III FPGA (field-programmable gate array), and boasts a… (more…)

Linux pioneer interviewed

June 20, 2008

Embedded pioneer and MontaVista founder Jim Ready has clarified his company's marketing messages regarding the challenges of using Linux without commercial support in embedded systems. The clarification follows an attack by GreenHills CEO Dan O'Dowd, who opportunely misconstrued the messaging in order to ridicule embedded Linux in general, Ready suggests. (more…)

Linux robot plays frenetic clarinet

June 20, 2008

[Updated: Jun. 23, 2008] — Australian research group NICTA and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have developed a clarinet-playing robot that runs Linux. The “Robo-Clarinet” won first prize at the Artemis Music Orchestra competition for autonomous, embedded musical instrument performances. (more…)

$75 SODIMM-sized SBC runs Linux

June 20, 2008

India-based E-con Systems has announced a Marvell PXA270-based system on module (SOM) that sells for as little as $75. The SODIMM-sized eSOM270 comes pre-installed with Linux, includes 64MB or 128MB of RAM, and has a camera interface and a LCD controller, E-con says. (more…)

“Fashion accessory” PMP camera runs Linux

June 20, 2008

A style-conscious Samsung digital camera and personal media player (PMP) is built on a MontaVista Linux platform, it was revealed by a reader. Shipping since last year, the Samsung i70 features 7.2-megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom, and Samsung's ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction) technology. (more…)

Linux prominent in chip show awards

June 20, 2008

[Updated 12:21] — Timesys won Best in Show at the 2008 Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) for its Online Linux Factory. San Juan Software won the other Best in Show for its ZigBee controller platform, and Nuvation won an award for an air-hockey-playing “Flexis AC Face-off” robot (pictured). (more…)

Linux “plumbers” convene

June 20, 2008

The Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) has issued a call for proposals for its September 17-19 event in Portland, Oregon. The LPC aims to attract top developers to collaborate on Linux “plumbing” issues such as kernel subsystems, core libraries, and windowing systems. (more…)

ARM9 board boots Debian in 0.69 seconds

June 19, 2008

Technologic Systems has upgraded the firmware for its quick-booting single-board computer (SBC) to make it boot even quicker. Equipped with a Marvell 500Mhz ARM9 CPU running Debian Sarge, the TS-7800 can boot Linux 2.6.21 from NAND flash in 0.69 seconds, claims Technologic. (more…)

Linux distro targets mobile SoC

June 19, 2008

MontaVista announced that its Mobilinux 5.0 Linux distribution for mobile devices has been optimized for the Freescale i.MX31 system-on-chip (SoC). The optimization brings the total number of Freescale processors supported by MontaVista distributions to ten, says the company. (more…)

Mobile WiMAX chipset boasts low idle current, tiny footprint

June 18, 2008

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) announced a mobile WiMAX chipset optimized for WiMAX peripherals for PCs, smartphones, and PDAs. According to Fujitsu, the 12x12mm Mobile WiMAX chipset offers a sub-0.5mA idle current, and supports Linux and Windows Mobile operating systems. (more…)

Chip vendor joins Eclipse, ports dev tools

June 18, 2008

Freescale Semiconductor announced it is porting its Linux-compatible CodeWarrior development tools to the Eclipse open architecture platform. Freescale is also joining the Eclipse Foundation and will work with Power.org and Wind River on the Eclipse Target Communication Framework project, says the company. (more…)

Nokia completes Trolltech acquisition

June 18, 2008

Finland-based handset manufacturer Nokia announced that it has completed its acquisition of Trolltech. The Norwegian software firm's development talent — together with its Linux-compatible “Qt” application development framework — is likely to help Nokia improve its cross-platform support, and expand its presence in the Linux mobile device market. (more…)

Open source push email vendor scores funding

June 18, 2008

Funambol announced a new $12.5-million funding round to promote its open-source, push email and personal information management (PIM) synchronization software for mobile devices. Meanwhile, the company is pushing forward with versions of its Linux-compatible software for the iPhone, Blackberry, AOL's IM, and soon, Android. (more…)

Scanning camera runs Linux

June 17, 2008

LynuxWorks announced that its Linux distribution was used in a new high-speed industrial camera system from Accu-Sort Systems. The AccuVision 6010 Long-Range Camera System (AV-6010) is designed as a line-camera scanning and sortation system for postal routing, warehouse, and other distribution environments,… (more…)

ARM11 SoC gains dev kit

June 17, 2008

Freescale Semiconductor is shipping a product development kit (PDK) for its ARM11-based i.MX31 system-on-chip (SoC). The kit includes a CPU module, a “Personality” (peripherals) module, a debugging device, and board support packages (BSPs) for either Linux or Windows CE. (more…)

Movie download device runs embedded Linux framework

June 16, 2008

Trolltech announced that its graphical framework for Linux device development was used by Roku in the on-demand movie streaming device it recently built for NetFlix. (more…)