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Archive for December, 2008

Linux devices gain multimedia “Octopus”

December 16, 2008

Movial has joined the Khronos Group, and released an interesting “media engine” under the LGPL. The “Movial Octopus Media Engine” targets Linux devices such as MIDs and netbooks equipped with players, voice/video call applications, and other media applications. (more…)

MIPS-like 32-core SoC runs Linux

December 16, 2008

Tilera is shipping a 36-core version of its 64-core Tile64 SoC (system-on-chip). Aimed at graphics-intensive embedded applications and networking devices, the TilePro36 clocks from 600MHz to 900MHz, consumes 9-13 Watts (typical), and runs Linux on each, some, or all cores. (more…)

“Price-sensitive” CompactPCI board uses Celeron

December 16, 2008

Kontron announced a 6U CompactPCI (CPCI) board for “price-sensitive” automation and IP switching applications. The CP6001-V has a 1.86GHz Intel Celeron M440, up to 4GB of RAM, four gigabit Ethernet interfaces, 2.5-inch hard disk support, CompactFlash, and a PMC (PCI mezzanine card) expansion site, says Kontron. (more…)

Linux SDK straddles DIY, commercial approaches

December 16, 2008

Linux professional services and consulting firm Embedded Alley (EA) is edging into the embedded Linux tools business with its own software development kit (SDK). EA's “Embedded Alley Development System for Linux-based Devices” combines open-source software and services, and “facilitates build and integration of in-house and third-party commercial software,” says EA. (more…)

Microkernel OS spins ARM Cortex support

December 15, 2008

Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) announced that its microkernel for processor virtualization will support devices using ARM Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9 MP Core multi-core CPUs. The OKL4 microkernel's multi-core support might allow Linux to co-exist on Cortex-A8 and -A9 processors with Windows Mobile or other legacy RTOSes (real-time operating systems). (more…)

Virtualization vendor names new chairman

December 15, 2008

VirtualLogix, which sells Linux-compatible “VLX” virtualization software designed for embedded devices, announced the selection of a new executive chairman after the departure of CEO Peter Richards. Former Oracle and IBM executive Mike Seashols will act as interim CEO, and chair the advisory board of strategic investors, says the company. (more…)

Debug tool targets PowerQUICC processor

December 15, 2008

Ronetix announced the availability of new PowerPC firmware for its Linux-friendly JTAG/BDM emulator and flash programmer. The PEEDI JTAG/BDM Emulator and Flash Programmer now supports the Freescale PowerQUICC II Pro MPC83XX processor, says the vendor. (more…)

MontaVista adds big-endian ARM11 port

December 15, 2008

[Updated: 3PM] — MontaVista announced what it calls the “first-ever” support in a Linux environment for ARM11 processors in big-endian mode. Presumably, the big-endian port of MontaVista Linux opens the door to more IPv6-friendly mobile devices, or greater use of ARM in telecommunications, where big-endian has long been standard. (more…)

TI adds ARM9, Linux to sound chip

December 15, 2008

[Updated: 1PM] — Texas Instruments (TI) is shipping a third-generation “Aureus” digital audio processor platform with a Linux software developer's kit (SDK). Available with an evaluation module (pictured) from Spectrum Digital, the DA830 and DA828 system-on-chips (SoCs) combine ARM9 cores with digital signal… (more…)

Android app offers remote medical diagnostics

December 15, 2008

An open source project at MIT has developed a Linux- and Android-based remote medical diagnostics application aimed at developing nations. The “Moca” software integrates an Android app for remote diagnostics, a back-end Linux server application, and the OpenMRS medical records database, says the group. (more…)

Android takes on medical diagnostics

December 14, 2008

A remote medical diagnostics application that integrates a Linux server and an application running on an Android cellphone is heading for a trial in the Philippines. The “Moca” software was developed by an open source project that grew out of an MIT Media Lab class. (more…)

Mobile WiFi router runs Linux

December 12, 2008

Novatel Wireless announced a mobile WiFi hotspot that is said to support EVDO 3G services and run Linux. Set to ship in the first half of 2009, the pocket-sized MiFi is billed as an “open platform capable of hosting advanced software applications.” (more…)

LF chief talks up Moblin and the well-hedged OS

December 12, 2008

In an interview with the Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin, the group's executive director explains why Moblin is “the project you want to watch.” Zemlin (pictured) also touts Linux for being ideally “well hedged” to survive the recession, but points to a future obstacle for the OS. (more…)

Cisco sued for Linksys GPL violation

December 12, 2008

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has filed another GPL lawsuit, and for the first time on behalf of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). The suit alleges that Cisco Systems violated the GNU General Public License (GPL) and Lesser GPL (LGPL) in several Linux-equipped Linksys devices. (more…)

Despite Android move, carrier sticks with LiMo

December 12, 2008

Vodafone's plans to distribute a phone based on the LiMo Platform spec remain on track, despite joining the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), which oversees the rival Google-sponsored Android stack, says eWEEK. (more…)

Jim Zemlin on Moblin and the well-hedged OS

December 12, 2008

In an interview with the Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin, the group's executive director explains why Moblin is “the project you want to watch.” Zemlin (pictured) also touts Linux for being ideally “well hedged” to survive the recession, but points to a future obstacle for the OS. (more…)

Panel PCs claimed “waterproof”

December 11, 2008

Aaeon has announced three “waterproof” panel PCs that are equipped with touchscreen displays and Intel Celeron processors. The Fox-80, Fox-120, and Fox-150 panel PCs feature ports and surfaces that all meet the IP65 standard for water resistance, according to the company. (more…)

X86 system-on-chip adds VGA graphics

December 11, 2008

[Updated, Dec. 12] — DMP Electronics has announced a second x86-compatible SoC (system on chip) that's claimed to run Linux using under two Watts. (more…)

Embedded Linux distro rev’d for ARM11

December 11, 2008

Denx Software Engineering has updated its industrial Linux and tools distribution for ARM. Optionally available with the Qong EVB-Lite evaluation board pictured, Embedded Linux Development Kit (ELDK) includes cross-tools, real-time add-ons, and target architecture support for ARM chips with or without EABIs (embedded… (more…)

ARM11 module targets low-power devices

December 11, 2008

German embedded Linux house Denx and Italian turnkey-system vendor DAVE have co-developed a computer module and evaluation board aimed at low-power industrial applications. The Linux-ready “Qong” module, which is built into the “Qong EVB-Lite” evaluation board, uses a Freescale i.MX31 SoC (system on chip), says Denx. (more…)