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Archive for September, 2008

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…)

3.5-Watt thin client runs Linux

September 22, 2008

Chip PC Technologies announced a Linux version of its compact thin client. Based on an RMI Alchemy Au1250 processor, and running on a claimed 3 to 3.5-Watts of power, the Xtreme PC LX offers onboard multimedia acceleration, domain authentication, and Active-Directory-based management, says the company. (more…)

Open source phone audits networks

September 22, 2008

A startup called NeoPwn has customized the OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner to act as a network security penetration testing device. Booting BackTrack Linux off a MicroSD card to perform penetration testing (pentesting), the NeoPwn is the first network auditing distribution for a mobile phone, claims the… (more…)

SODIMM-sized CPU module runs Linux

September 19, 2008

Emac has introduced an SO-DIMM-sized processor module built around an ARM9-based Cirrus EP9302 SoC (system-on-chip). The SoM-9307M targets development of customized products and applications, and runs Linux, Windows CE 6.0, or the .NET Micro Framework. (more…)

POS system has built-in UPS

September 19, 2008

J2 Retail Systems introduced a 15-inch terminal targeting the POS (point of sales/service) and hospitality industries. The Linux-friendly J2 650 supports processors from 1.6GHz Celerons up to 3GHz Core2 Duos, along with dual drives, optional RAID, and an integral UPS. (more…)

Robotics tools add Linux support

September 19, 2008

Energid Technologies Corp. announced an upgrade to its robotics software platform that adds fast validation features and Linux support. Actin 2.0 is aimed at developers of advanced industrial, defense, and planetary exploration robots, “including those with 100 or more degrees of freedom,” says the company. (more…)

SGI frees up GL-related licensing

September 19, 2008

SGI has radically simplified the license covering its OpenGL Sample Implementation, GLX, and other accelerated 2D/3D graphics software releases. Moving from five pages to three paragraphs, the new version of the SGI Free Software License B mimics the free X11 license, a non-copyleft license similar to the BSD license. (more…)

Second-generation tablet PC runs Linux

September 18, 2008

Nova Mobility Solutions has announced an industrial tablet PC that runs Linux on an Intel Atom Z510 processor. The ruggedized SideArm2 SA2I weighs under two pounds, has a 7-inch, 800 x 480 touchscreen, and targets healthcare, military, government, mobile sales, parking, fleet, and production management applications. (more…)

Nokia Linux tablets go 3G, OMAP3

September 18, 2008

Nokia's Linux-based web tablets may soon gain faster processors and built-in 3G cellular modems. Nokia executive Ari Jaaksi revealed today in a keynote at the Open Source in Mobile show that Nokia will add 3G/HSPA capabilities to an OMAP3-optimized Maemo 5 release for the tablets. (more…)

Netbook sports 320GB hard disk

September 18, 2008

Czech vendor Eltrinex has announced a netbook computer that runs Linux or Windows XP Home Edition, and sports a 320GB hard drive. The “MobilePC” includes a Via C7-M ULV processor, 10.2-inch display, 1GB of RAM, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, and a bundled external DVD writer, the company says. (more…)

Linux-based video analytics software debuts

September 17, 2008

A London, UK startup called VCA Technology has announced the beta release of its Linux video analytics software suite for TI Davinci SoCs that combine RISC and DSP cores. The VCAsys software will see widespread use in cameras integrating UDP Technology's IPE042 digital media processor module, VCA says. (more…)