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Archive for September, 2008

First Atom-based Linux MID ships for $700

September 30, 2008

Aigo has started shipping what appears to be the first mobile Internet device (MID) based on the Intel Atom. The Linux-based Aigo P8860D is based on a soon-to-ship “M528” MID from Gigabyte, and features an 800MHz Z500 Atom, 512MB RAM, and a 4.8-inch touchscreen. (more…)

ARM9 SoC targets Linux control applications

September 30, 2008

Zilog announced a 32-bit RISC system-on-chip (SoC) based on an ARM9 core. Targeted at embedded control, connectivity, and security applications, and available with a Linux BSP (board support package) and tools, the Encore 32 Series Microcontroller offers USB, LCD, and SPI interfaces, and an integrated memory controller, says Zilog. (more…)

Trolltech and Qtopia rev’d and renamed

September 30, 2008

Nokia-owned Trolltech announced a new name for both itself and the latest version of its Qtopia development platform for Linux consumer electronics devices. Trolltech is now “Qt Software,” named for the cross-platform development framework upon which Qtopia (now called Qt Extended 4.4) is based. (more…)

Toshiba samples 256GB notebook SSD

September 29, 2008

Toshiba upped the ante for 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSDs), sampling a device packing 256GB of MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash storage. The “THNS256GE8BC” has a 3.0 Gb/sec. (more…)

Mobile mesh networking software to debut on Linux

September 29, 2008

A Singapore-based startup called Fonemesh is preparing a mesh networking client for mobile phones, starting with the Linux-based OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner platform. The Fonemesh software identifies other Fonemesh users who are in WiFi range to set up a direct mesh connection for IM chat, VoIP, and file transfer, says Fonemesh. (more…)

Linux-based GPON SoCs deliver fiber-to-the-home

September 29, 2008

PMC-Sierra is shipping new GPON (gigabit Ethernet passive optical networking) system-on-chips (SoCs) for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments. The second-generation GPON ONT optical network terminator, gateway, and OLT (optical line terminator) products feature PMC-Sierra's Linux-ready GigaPASS architecture, and are available with Linux reference designs, says the company. (more…)

Linux SDIO stack targets ARM SoCs

September 29, 2008

Chennai, India-based EmbWise has ported its Linux SDIO stack to two ARM-based system-on-chips (SoCs). Its SDIOWorx stack is now available for Freescale's i.MX31 and i.MX27 multimedia SoCs, which are primarily targeted at the personal media player (PMP), personal navigation device (PND), and video surveillance camera markets, says EmbWise. (more…)

X86 SBCs run Linux

September 27, 2008

Sanyan is shipping an Intel-based ATX motherboard and an AMD-based single-board computer (SBC), both of which run Linux. The T601 ATX board has a Core 2 Duo clocked to 1.6GHz, and the T502 SBC offers an AMD Geode LX clocked to 500MHz, says the company. (more…)

CPU module has FPGA onboard

September 27, 2008

TQ Components released a 2.95 by 2.4-inch computer module with a Freescale i.MX31 SoC (system on chip) and Altera FPGA (field programmable gate array). The TQMa31 runs Linux, with 256MB of RAM, 1 GB of flash, plus CAN, I2C, SPI and serial interfaces, says TQ. (more…)

EPIC SBC targets graphics-intensive display apps

September 26, 2008

Axiomtek is shipping an EPIC format single-board computer (SBC) for digital signage, digital video recorder (DVR), point-of-sale (POS), and gaming applications. The Linux-compatible EP840 supports Intel's 45-nm Core 2 Duo (“Penryn”) processors and is equipped with a Mobile Intel GME965 chipset, says… (more…)

Multi-core API debuts

September 26, 2008

The Multicore Association has released a standardized application programming interface (API) for inter-core communications on “closely distributed” multi-core systems. The new Multicore Communications API (MCAPI) attracted plaudits from Freescale Semiconductor, which posted a publicly available source code example, and from VirtuaLogix, which says its VLX virtualization products will support it. (more…)

Fanless ETX module targets industrial applications

September 26, 2008

Avalue is shipping a module using Kontron's ETX “computer-on-module” form-factor, targeting industrial applications. The Linux-compatible ESM-910ETX supports dual-channel LVDS for simultaneous display from two sources, has an Intel Celeron M processor clocked at 600MHz, and uses dual-channel DDR2 memory, the… (more…)

Security appliance uses Intel SoC

September 25, 2008

Portwell has announced a network appliance that uses Intel's EP80579 SoC (system on chip) and targets security and IP telephony applications. The CATO-3000 features seven gigabit Ethernet ports, PCI Express x4, 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch hard drive expansion, and Intel's QuickAssist technology, says Portwell. (more…)

GNOME Mobile hits the road

September 25, 2008

The GNOME project has formally released the mobile version of its Linux desktop environment. GNOME Mobile is based on the GNOME 2.24 desktop that was released this week, and is targeted at mobile phones, handhelds, and other devices with constrained display, input, and system resources. (more…)

Linux-based IP STB swaps media with cell phones

September 25, 2008

KDDI has announced a Linux-based IP set-top box (STB) that converts and transmits TV and Web content to the Japanese carrier's cell phones. Based on Motorola's VIP1830 hardware platform, the “Au Box” also plays back music stored on the phones, and offers CD ripping, says KDDI. (more…)

Digital piano adds Linux

September 24, 2008
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Yamaha has added embedded Linux to the electronic “player piano” add-on it offers with some models. With version 3.0 of the Mark IV firmware, MontaVista Linux controls the 333MHz AMD Geode-based piano, enabling new interface possibilities, acoustic recording, and interaction with Web-based… (more…)

Embedded research foundation launches

September 24, 2008

Stockholm-based KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) has established a research center to foster collaboration between academia and industry on embedded system design. The Innovative Centre for Embedded Systems (ICES) has signed up founding members including Ericsson, Scania, and embedded software company Enea. (more…)

Industrial networked DVR runs Linux

September 24, 2008

[Updated: Sept. 25, 2008] — Sanyan Computer is shipping a Linux-based “NDVR” (networked digital video recorder) aimed at distributed industrial applications. Sanyan's NDVR system comprises a decoding box and a single- or quad-channel encoder that includes an AMD Geode processor and an MPEG4 coprocessor, says… (more…)

MIDs to outsell netbooks in five years?

September 24, 2008

[Updated Nov. 26] — Linux stacks such as Moblin and Maemo will dominate the mobile Internet device (MID) market, says ABI Research. The firm expects Moblin to take 42 percent of the market in 2013, when it expects 86 million Linux-enabled MIDs to ship. (more…)

Linux distro targets netbook OEMs

September 24, 2008

Good OS (gOS) has achieved a major new release of its Ubuntu-based operating system. Targeting OEMs that want quickly customizable Linux netbook OSes, gOS 3.0 integrates closely with Google Gadgets, as well as with Google Mail, Calendar, Reader, News, Applications, Picasa, and so on. (more…)