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Archive for August, 2008

Third time’s the charm, for mobile Intel?

August 29, 2008

The UMPC (ultra-mobile PC) is dead, due to “unbridled feature creep” and associated price escalation. The mobile Internet device (MID) is stalled by iPhone mania and limited consumer pocket-space. The ultra-low cost netbook, however, is bringing “all the features mobile connected consumers want,” according to an interesting editorial. (more…)

Netbooks free with cellular contract?

August 29, 2008

LG Electronics announced a netbook that sports a built-in HSPA (high speed packet access) modem, and may be available from carriers in subsidized form. The X110 has a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 10-inch screen, 80GB or 120GB hard drive, 802.11b/g, and a wired Ethernet port, says LG. (more…)

Linux leads Wind River revenues upwards

August 29, 2008

Wind River Systems yesterday reported strong second quarter results, raising earnings guidance for fiscal 2009 to between $365M and $375M, or 17 to 19 cents per share. Leading the growth were Linux-related revenues, up 60 percent year-over-year, to $10,111,000, or 11 percent of the company's total revenues for the quarter. (more…)

Wind River buys Mizi Research

August 28, 2008
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Wind River announced it will acquire a Korean developer of Linux mobile GUI stacks. The $16 million acquisition of privately-held Mizi Research will bring Wind River “world-class mobile expertise” and will “accelerate its mobile services presence in Asia Pacific,” says the company. (more…)

Home automation panel runs Poky Linux

August 28, 2008

Minsk, Belarus-based product development firm Promwad has announced a design win for a Linux-based home-automation touchscreen panel. Promwad says it designed the “smart home multimedia control panel” in eight months, for a Swiss automation start-up called Incyma, using a Cirrus Logic EP9307 processor and Poky Linux. (more…)

“Green” integrated PC runs Linux

August 28, 2008

Tangent announced a fanless, Linux-compatible PC that runs on 24 Watts and tucks neatly behind its 17-inch display. The Evergreen 17 is available with a 1GHz Via Eden, 2GB SDRAM, and either a 160GB hard drive or a 64GB solid-state drive (SSD), says Tangent. (more…)

Intel acquires Linux distro developer

August 28, 2008

[Updated Nov. 26] — “Poky Linux,” Matchbox, and Clutter developer OpenedHand has been acquired by Intel Corp. The U.K.-based embedded Linux services team will join the Intel Open Source Technology Center, and will focus on Moblin development for mobile Internet devices and other mobile… (more…)

Linux Space Cube ready for blast-off

August 28, 2008

Japanese manufacturer Shimafuji is readying a two-inch cubed computer that runs Red Hat Linux on 1GB of flash. The Space Cube is equipped with a MIPS-based NEC VR5701 processor, 64MB RAM, and numerous I/O connections, including a Firewire-like “SpaceWire” port designed for spaceflight. (more…)

Nettop is “almost fanless”

August 27, 2008

Shuttle Incorporated unveiled a “nettop” computer claimed to offer “almost fanless” operation and use just 38 Watts. The mini-ITX based “X27” includes an Intel Atom 230 processor, a gigabit Ethernet port, DVI video output, a 2.5-inch hard drive bay, and a PCI expansion slot, says Shuttle. (more…)

Tutorial sounds alarm for Nokia tablets

August 27, 2008

IBM's DeveloperWorks has published another tutorial by author Peter Seebach on developing for Linux-based Nokia Internet Tablets. The latest tutorial offers a command line program and related tips to ease the process of setting alarms on the Nokia N810 (pictured at left). (more…)

CG Linux distro supports multicore MIPS64

August 27, 2008

MontaVista is touting its Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) distribution's support for Cavium's Octeon architecture. Using the architecture-specific registration available in version 4.0 of the CGL spec, it has registered its Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) 5.0 Linux product as “CGL 4.0-compliant for the Cavium… (more…)

Embedded Linux guide updated

August 26, 2008

O'Reilly has updated its guide to Building Embedded Linux Systems by Karim Yaghmour. In the 462-page Second Edition, Yaghmour is joined by new co-authors Gilad Ben-Yossef and Jonathan Masters in updating this “in-depth, hard-core guide to putting together embedded systems based on Linux,” says O'Reilly. (more…)

Patent dispute threatens GPS imports

August 26, 2008

U.S. importation of smartphones and other devices using SiRF's GPS chipsets could be banned by December, if the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) adopts a recommendation made last week. Announced by Broadcom, the ruling is the latest development in a patent battle between the chipmakers.

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MIDs offer Atom, HSDPA

August 26, 2008

WiBrain has started shipping its B1LE and B1LH, two MIDs (mobile Internet devices) based on Ubuntu Linux and Via C7M processors. Additionally, the Korean company will soon unveil an Intel Atom-based “i1” MID (shown) that features built-in cellular networking based on HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access). (more…)

Software connects Linux MIDs to PC media

August 26, 2008

Orb Networks has joined a growing list of video broadcast service providers supporting Intel-based mobile Internet devices (MIDs). The Orb “MyCast” software and service lets users stream PC-based multimedia over local or wide-area networks to a variety of mobile devices, including Atom-based MIDs, Orb says. (more…)

Linux radio keeps it simple

August 26, 2008

Pure has announced an Internet radio that runs embedded Linux and provides FM and DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) playback. The Evoke Flow radio offers WiFi connectivity and media streaming from a connected PC, and is paired with a Internet search portal called the Pure Lounge. (more…)

Motorola U9 takes fashion “beyond thin”

August 25, 2008

In this hands-on review, LinuxDevices Executive Editor Henry Kingman deems the U9 to be a nice little Linux phone with high function and fashion. Its “mesmerizing” external OLED display, strong radio, and small, finger-friendly form factor could make the U9 a top-seller, Kingman reckons. (more…)

Location-aware social net app targets MIDs

August 25, 2008

GeoSentric announced a version of its geo-location social networking application optimized for mobile Internet devices (MIDs) incorporating the Linux-based Moblin stack. The Gypsii application is “the first application of its kind that enables people to record their life based on their location,” says the… (more…)

Linux MIDs gain “fancy” GUI

August 25, 2008

FST announced a software development kit (SDK) for its lightweight graphics stack optimized for mobile Internet devices (MIDs). The FancyPants SDK for MIDs combines an API for the lightweight GUI with an embedded runtime, and is designed to work with the Linux-based Moblin stack. (more…)

Internet TV broadcaster targets MIDs

August 25, 2008

Internet TV (ITV) service provider Move Networks announced an ITV media player optimized for mobile Internet devices (MIDs) based on the Intel Atom and the Linux-based Moblin stack. The Move Media Player for MIDs will deliver video from partners like ABC, Fox, and ESPN. (more…)