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Archive for September, 2008

Digital piano adds Linux

September 24, 2008

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…)

Article: Network appliance uses Intel SoC

September 23, 2008

Habey announced a network appliance platform sporting Intel's EP80579 SoC (system on chip). The BIS-7750 targets security, communications, and NAS (network attached storage), with five gigabit Ethernet ports, CompactFlash, PCI Express x4, and PCI Express Mini Card expansion, plus a 2.5-inch hard drive bay, Habey says. (more…)

Industrial ARM9 module comes with Linux

September 23, 2008

ARM, Ltd.'s Shenzhen, China-based partner Embest has announced an ARM9-based SBC (single board computer) for industrial applications, including Ethernet communication, serial servers, and electrical power units (EPUs). (more…)

Android debuts

September 23, 2008

[Updated 2:15PM] — T-Mobile, Google, and HTC announced the first phone based on the Google-sponsored Android Java/Linux stack. The T-Mobile G1 is due to ship on October 22 for $180, with 1GB of flash, a 3.2-inch touchscreen haptic display, a keyboard, and WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. (more…)

ARM11 CPU module gains Linux tools

September 23, 2008

Microcross Inc. has released an embedded Linux development kit aimed at easing the design of portable, multimedia-enabled devices. The new version of Microcross's GX-Linux Enterprise Platform targets Cogent Computer Systems's CSB733, an SO-DIMM-sized computer module based on Freescale's i.MX31 SoC… (more…)

Panel PC runs fanlessly

September 23, 2008

Arbor Technology announced a fanless panel PC for HMI (human-machine interface) and automation applications. The TO660 runs Linux on an AMD LX900 CPU, and has a 5.7-inch touchscreen, 1GB system memory, Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, three serial ports, a CompactFlash socket, and back-panel PC/104… (more…)

Fanless touchpanels run Linux

September 23, 2008

Avalue Technlogy has announced a pair of fanless touchpanel computers that run Linux. The 10.4-inch LPC-1001 and 12.1-inch LPC-1201 have Via Eden processors, CompactFlash storage, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, VGA outputs, and optional 2.5-inch hard disk drives, says Avalue. (more…)

DVR prototype runs uClinux

September 22, 2008

Minsk, Belarus-based Promwad Innovation Company says it used uClinux to create a digital video recorder (DVR) prototype. Based on an Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) Blackfin BF533 DSP (digital signal processor), the “JPEG2000 DVR” prototype encodes images in the Motion JPEG2000 format. (more…)

Latest LiMo phone touted for voice clarification

September 22, 2008

Panasonic Mobile Communications is shipping another LiMo (Linux Mobile)-compliant phone for NTT DoCoMo's FOMA network. The FOMA P706ie offers a 3-inch QVGA display, a 2-megapixel camera, a 2GB or 8GB memory card, voice clarification, and video record and playback at up to 15fps, says Panasonic. (more…)

Intel ships dual-core Atom

September 22, 2008

Intel says it is now shipping the promised dual-core version of its Atom processor. Designed specifically for the affordable desktop computers Intel calls “nettops,” the “Intel Atom Processor 330” has a 1.6GHz clock speed, 1MB of second-level cache, and an eight-Watt TDP, the company says. (more…)

Massively multicore SoCs run Linux

September 22, 2008

Tilera announced a second generation of its scalable, 64-core Tile64 family of SoCs (system-on-chips). The TilePro family, which includes the 64-core TilePro64 and 36-core TilePro36, doubles cache size and improves cache management, while also benefitting from upgraded Eclipse-based Linux development tools, says the company. (more…)