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Archive for November, 2008

Linux provider touts support award

November 19, 2008

Wind River Systems announced that its Support Operations Centers in North America and Europe have achieved Service Capability and Performance (SCP) certification for the third time. Wind River is the only embedded Linux vendor to have earned the Service Strategies certification, claims the company. (more…)

World’s smallest humanoid robot can run Linux

November 19, 2008

[Updated: Nov. 21, 2008] — Mobisense is shipping a Linux-ready, robot-targeted “MBS270-520” single-board computer (SBC) that can control small robots such as Tomy's i-Sobot. The 6.5-inch-tall i-Sobot has been dubbed “the smallest humanoid robot in production” by Guinness World Records, says Tomy. (more…)

Linux connects TVs to ‘Net video

November 19, 2008

[Updated 12:50PM] — Neuros Technology is shipping a set-top box aimed at delivering Internet video on-demand to high-definition TVs. The $300 Neuros LINK works with a free Neuros.TV service to let users play popular video content on-demand, without subscribing to cable or satellite television broadcast services,… (more…)

Mot camera-phone runs widgets

November 18, 2008

Motorola announced a Moto VE66 camera-phone that offers WiFi, GPS, a 5-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, and MontaVista Linux. The VE66 is the first Motorola phone to support the MotoDev Studio for WebUI “widget” platform, says Motorola, which also announced a “MotoDev Widget Developer Challenge.”

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Linux-ready MILS kernel gains POSIX

November 18, 2008

LynuxWorks is shipping version 2.0 of its Linux-compatible separation kernel and hypervisor for high assurance systems. Aimed at multiple independent levels of security (MILS) applications in the aerospace, government, and defense industries, LynxSecure 2.0 offers enhancements including improved multi-processor support and a lightweight POSIX run-time environment, says the company. (more…)

Multimedia processor plays H.264 video

November 18, 2008

Texas Instruments (TI) is accepting orders for a Linux-ready DaVinci multimedia SoC (system-on-chip) targeting digital photo frames, IP network cameras, and low-cost digital video recorders. The Ethernet-equipped TMS320DM357 has a 270MHz ARM9 core, and a DSP core supplied with royalty-free codecs for H.264 (D1 resolution), MPEG-4, JPEG, and G.711. (more…)

$7 ARM9 SoC gains mainline support

November 18, 2008

Rousset, France-based semiconductor firm Atmel announced that the Linux 2.6.27 mainline kernel release has added support for its AT91SAM9G20 system-on-chip (SoC). Equipped with an ARM926EJ-S core clocked to 400MHz, the AT91SAM9G20 is offered with a Linux v2.6.27 kernel, patches, drivers, demos, and the Angstrom/OpenEmbedded development environment, says the company. (more…)

Mini-ITX board has HDMI port

November 18, 2008

Advantech has introduced a mini-ITX motherboard that targets embedded information and entertainment applications, such as information station kiosks and lottery machines. The AIMB-221 supports single- or dual-core AMD processors, and offers an HDMI A/V port, for connection to multimedia displays such as… (more…)

Papers sought for Embedded Linux Conference

November 17, 2008

The largest embedded Linux conference has announced its venue and topic list for next year's event. Set for April 6-8, 2009, at San Francisco's Hotel Kabuki, the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum's fifth-annual Embedded Linux Conference directly precedes the Linux Foundation's Spring… (more…)

Rugged Linux wrist computer upgraded

November 17, 2008

Just in time for the latest 007 movie release, Eurotech subsidiary Parvus announced a new version of its military-targeted personal wrist computer. The Linux-ready Zypad WR1100 offers a faster Marvell PXA 270 processor, more memory, a higher-resolution display, plus ZigBee and fingerprint scanner options. (more…)

Adobe unleashes 64-bit Flash

November 17, 2008

Adobe released a 64-bit alpha Linux version of its Flash Player 10 media software, and announced a partnership with ARM on an ARM11 version of Flash 10. Other Adobe news includes AIR 1.5 for Linux, upgraded media servers, and a new design tool called Flash Catalyst. (more…)

USB 3.0 debuts

November 14, 2008

[Updated Dec. 3] — The USB Implementers Forum will today unveil USB 3.0, said to be ten times faster than USB 2.0. One of the first USB 3.0 announcements came from MCCI Corp. and Synopsys, which said they would together produce USB 3.0 compliant semiconductor IP and Linux-ready GPL'd drivers. (more…)

Spotlight on Moblin.org Linux

November 14, 2008

[Updated Nov. 26] — As netbooks and MIDs proliferate, more Linux device developers are using software and tools from the Intel-sponsored Moblin.org project. Aimed at developers, the free tools let most anyone with a little configuration and compiling experience easily build their own Linux… (more…)

EPIC SBC runs hot and cold

November 14, 2008

WinSystems announced an EPIC-format, extended-temperature single board computer (SBC) that runs Linux. Aimed at industrial applications, the EPX-855-G is equipped with an Intel Celeron-M clocked at 1GHz (fanless) or 1.8GHz Pentium (fan), and can operate at temperatures ranging from -40 to 158 degrees F. (more…)

GUI test tool gains modeling perspective

November 14, 2008

Bredex GmbH announced a new version of its Linux-compatible GUIdancer automated GUI test-tool. Version 3.0 of the Eclipse-derived GUIdancer adds a new modeling perspective for model-based testing, plus an observation mode for creating reusable keywords from a running application, says the company. (more…)

PPC Linux distributor acquired

November 14, 2008

Yellow Dog Linux distributor Terra Soft has been acquired by fellow Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE) specialists Fixstars Corp. Terra Soft, whose Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) distribution supports both PowerPC and Cell BE platforms, will be recast as a subsidiary called Fixstars Solutions, says… (more…)

HOT TOPIC: Moblin

November 14, 2008

[Updated Nov. 26] — Mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and other small form-factor systems based on Intel Atom processors and the Intel-sponsored Moblin.org Linux stack are finally starting to arrive. (more…)

“Pico” projector demo’d

November 13, 2008

Texas Instruments (TI) is demonstrating a tiny video projector that could prove small enough to embed in devices such as mobile phones. The 10-lumen “Pico” projector uses TI's DLP (digital light processing) technology, and is shown rendering a Linux desktop playing 24-bit RGB video at 60Hz. (more…)

Linux AMC modules connect T1/E1/J1 lines

November 13, 2008

Performance Technologies (PT) is shipping two communications controllers that use the AMC (advanced mezzanine card) form factor. The Linux-ready AMC304 and AMC305 enable PT's ATCA (AdvancedTCA) and MicroTCA systems to interface with leased T1/E1/J1 lines, while the AMC305 provides time-division multiplexing (TDM) transmission… (more…)

Debian Lenny blinks its peepers

November 13, 2008

It appears that Debian 5.0 (aka “Lenny”) will soon take its big binocular eyes out into the wider world. The Debian project has completed the first release-candidate of Lenny's installer, which features much-improved support for ARM-based devices, along with much faster installation from “live” CDs. (more…)