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Archive for July, 2008

Linux tablets gain slick remote desktop tech

July 31, 2008

LogMeIn announced a beta plugin for Nokia's Linux-based N800 and N810 Internet Tablets. The LogMeIn Nokia N800/810 Browser Plugin enables Internet Tablet users to access and control their Windows PCs or Macs running the free or commercial versions of LogMeIn. (more…)

PC/104 SBC bridges factory networks

July 31, 2008

SSV Embedded Systems announced a PC/104-format single-board computer (SBC) designed for gateways, routers, and proxy servers in industrial networking settings. Based on a 32-bit ARM/XScale network processor, the CP/465 offers dual Ethernet interfaces and PC/104 expansion, and comes pre-installed with SSV's own Embedded Gateway… (more…)

Phone farm offers testing service

July 30, 2008

Mobile Complete has announced new capabilities for its remote testing service for smartphones. DeviceAnywhere's new “T-Mobile Virtual Developer Lab” adds access to more than 70 of the carrier's handsets, including the Linux-based Rokr E8 depicted at left browsing LinuxDevices.com from Mobile… (more…)

Robot software shootout — the sequel!

July 30, 2008

Today's nascent robotics market has engendered nearly two dozen general-purpose software development frameworks, nearly all of which run on Linux. This article reviews ten, and briefly describes a few others, before concluding with an analysis of which platforms are best-suited to which uses. (more…)

Nano smashes Atom, reviewers say

July 30, 2008

Via's new Nano processor outperforms Intel's Atom by about 20 percent, according to articles published this week by three hardware enthusiast websites. But, while both CPUs draw approximately the same power when idling, the Nano drinks a lot more juice when loaded, the reviewers added. (more…)

Panel bandies Linux “buy vs. DIY”

July 30, 2008

LinuxDevices founder Rick Lehrbaum will host a panel discussion on the tradeoffs between building and buying an embedded Linux distribution, at the LinuxWorld Expo next week in San Francisco. (more…)

Linux MID stack to debut at IDF

July 30, 2008

[Updated Nov. 26] — Intel's Dirk Hohndel, director of Linux and open-source strategy, will formally announce Moblin 2.0 at the Intel Developer Forum, set for Aug. 19-21 in San Francisco. The event will also feature “over 170 hours” of technical training on MIDs, nettops, netbooks, embedded computing, and consumer electronics, Intel says. (more…)

Fanless PC sports dual PCI slots

July 30, 2008

Axiomtek has announced the latest in its series of “eBOX” fanless embedded computers targeting industrial automation, digital signage (DSA), gaming/entertainment, and vehicle applications. The eBOX639-822-FL offers Celeron M or Pentium M processors, dual PCI slots and gigabit Ethernet ports, and six each serial and USB… (more…)

Data acquisition computer runs Linux from flash

July 29, 2008

Moxa has introduced a 1U rackmount data acquisition computer with 16 serial ports and four 10/100 Ethernet ports, all on RJ-45 jacks. The DA-662-I runs Linux on Intel's ARM-based IXP425 processor, with HTTP, telnet, and FTP servers, and PCMCIA, CompactFlash, and USB expansion. (more…)

Updated review of robotics software platforms

July 29, 2008

Foreword — Today's nascent robotics market has engendered nearly two dozen general-purpose software development frameworks, nearly all of which run on Linux. This article reviews ten, and briefly describes a few others, before concluding with an analysis of which platforms are best-suited to which uses. (more…)

RISC/DSP SoCs ship with Linux tools

July 29, 2008

[Updated Jul. 31] — Texas Instruments (TI) is now shipping all four of its OMAP35xx system-on-chips (SoCs), along with a Linux-based Digital Video Software Development Kit (DVSDK) to go with them. (more…)

Linux device papers available

July 28, 2008

[Updated Jul. 29] — The 2008 Ottawa Linux Symposium (OLS) has published 57 papers related to the Linux kernel and kernel development. Published as PDFs lightly reformatted for readability, the 57-paper collection includes many documents likely to interest embedded Linux device developers. (more…)

Linux-friendly Beagle fetches $150

July 28, 2008

[Updated Jul. 29] — Digi-Key is distributing a low-cost board aimed at low-volume embedded developers, hobbyists, and students. The U.S.-based distributor of single-board computers and other embedded development products says the $150, 3-inch-square Beagle Board offers an opportunity to evaluate ARM's… (more…)

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Moblin switching from Ubuntu to Fedora

July 28, 2008

Intel has switched from Ubuntu to Fedora Linux for release 2.0 of its MID-targeted Moblin open source stack, according to a variety of sources. Intel also indicated Moblin 2.0 would be unveiled on August 19th, say multiple sources. (more…)

Flash-based RDBMS gains fault tolerance

July 28, 2008

Enea has added fault-tolerance to its Linux-compatible lightweight SQL RDBMS, which originally targeted devices like phones and set-top boxes. Now apparently aimed at flash-based server applications, Polyhedra FlashLite has gained support for redundancy, failover, and reconnection, as well as “hot upgrades” and new operating systems. (more…)

Car PC puts Atom in single DIN slot

July 25, 2008

Portwell has introduced an interesting Intel Atom-based PC aimed at in-car entertainment. The PCS-8230 fits into a single DIN slot, offers TV tuner, WiFi, and GPS modules, has a SDIO slot and a 2.5-inch hard drive bay, and delivers six channels of analog audio, says Portwell. (more…)

Embedian spins MXM-based SBCs

July 25, 2008

Embedian announced two 3.5-inch single-board computers (SBCs) built around its Marvell PXA320-based MXM-8310 and MXM-8110 computer-on-modules (COMs). The XPC-8112 and XPC-8312 SBCs offer a variety of I/O, including Ethernet, USB, and serial ports, and ship with Debian Linux or Windows CE 5.0, says the company. (more…)

Debian maintainer calls for embedded input

July 24, 2008

With the next version of Debian frozen for release in September, eight of its 12 architectures risk exclusion. That's because, according to Debian Maintainer Luk Claes, in some cases “The architecture qualification pages on wiki.debian.org are still missing a LOT of information.”

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Via contracts open source leader as liaison

July 24, 2008

Via Technologies announced that it has contracted open source leader and OpenMoko Lead System Architrect Harald Welte as the company's Open Source Liaison. Welte will be responsible for helping refine Via's open-source strategy and ensure close collaboration with the open-source development community, says the company. (more…)

“Handheld recording studio” mixes with Linux

July 24, 2008

Trinity Audio Group is taking orders for a handheld multi-track recording device that runs Linux. The Indamixx integrates the 64Studio Linux music distribution with an off-the-shelf Samsung handheld, so audio producers can record, edit, equalize, audition, and mix audio at up to 32-bit/96Khz rates on-the-go, the… (more…)