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Archive for January, 2009

Dell poised to announce Android phone?

January 30, 2009

Dell will announce a high-end, customizable phone that runs either the Linux-derived Google Android or Windows Mobile operating system, says a report. The phone could ship as early as next month, and be available with or without a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the report claims. (more…)

Study: 340 million mobile broadband users by 2014

January 30, 2009

[Updated: 4PM] — Despite a “vicious downturn” in the economy, long-term prospects for wireless broadband-enabled notebooks, netbooks, and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) are “exceptional,” says Research and Markets. (more…)

WiMAX base stations to run Linux

January 30, 2009

PureWave Networks is using Linux, a Freescale processor, and an off-the-shelf middleware package from Enea to create its next generation of WiMAX base stations. Due later this year, the base stations will aim to bridge the gap between macro and pico WiMAX stations, says the company. (more…)

NAS design taps low-end MIPS64 SoC

January 29, 2009

Raza Microelectronics (RMI) announced a network-attached storage (NAS) reference design based on Linux and a new, lower-cost version of RMI's previously available XLS208 SoC. RMI's “NAS Media Server Reference Design” uses RMI's new dual-core, 750MHz XLS108 SoC, and comes with a boot loader, SDK, and “RAID-enabled” Linux 2.6 implementation. (more…)

Five “universal” thin clients run Linux

January 29, 2009

Igel has announced five new thin clients that run Linux, using Via or AMD processors. The new UD2, UD3, UD5, UD7, and UD9 (left) offer a variety of form factors, as well as “Digital Service Pack” software that can simply thin-client configuration, says the company. (more…)

Open source device companies recognized

January 29, 2009

TheVARGuy.com announced a list of the 50 top open source companies in the “channel.” Alongside well-known picks like Red Hat, Sun, and Novell (ranked one through three), several smaller, embedded-related firms made the top-25, including Digium, Openmoko, and Opengear. (more…)

Tiny DLP projector ships

January 29, 2009

Digi-Key has started distributing a tiny video projector from Texas Instruments (TI) that could prove small enough to embed in mobile phones. The 10-lumen Pico Projector uses TI's DLP (digital light processing) technology, and is sold as part of a development kit targeting the Linux-ready BeagleBoard. (more…)

Free Linux training materials posted

January 29, 2009

An embedded Linux development, consulting, and training firm in the South of France has published more than 360 pages of free training presentations on embedded Linux topics. The presentations cover topics including Linux changes since 2.6.10, power management, device driver development, and porting Linux to ARM platforms, says Free Electrons. (more…)

Moblin 2 first impressions

January 28, 2009

The new Moblin 2 stack provides some snazzy new build tools aimed at helping Linux distributors and integrators create, maintain, and test custom Linux implementations. It also features a very welcome new network configuration utility for Linux, and some netbook-oriented sample stacks that boot in seconds, via packed read-ahead technology. (more…)

VC conf. scouts Moblin, Android apps

January 28, 2009

A start-up incubator will host a free conference for Moblin and Android developers, Jan. 29 in Santa Clara, Calif. The Girvan Institute's “Mobile Internet Developers Conference” is billed as the first in a series of developer-focused conferences tailored for the demands of the “global economic downturn.” (more…)

Wireless development resisting recession

January 28, 2009

Despite the turbulent economy, enterprises have no intention of cutting back on their wireless applications development, a new report says. However, Microsoft's Windows Mobile and .NET Compact Framework technologies are preferred to Apple's iPhone and Google's Android by a significant margin, according… (more…)

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Google conference does the robot

January 28, 2009

Google announced several sessions on Android for its Google I/O 2009 developer conference. Scheduled for May 28-29 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Google I/O will feature Android sessions on the UI toolkit, visual design, and supporting multiple devices with a single binary,… (more…)

Linux touch-panel PC targets HMI

January 28, 2009

Techsol is shipping a customizable, Linux-ready touch-panel computer aimed at human machine interface (HMI) applications. The TPC-35B Medallion Touch Panel Computer is built on a Samsung s3c2410a ARM9 system-on-chip (SoC) and is equipped with a 3.5-inch QVGA touchscreen and dual Ethernet ports, says the company. (more…)

Linux-ready XScale net board ships

January 27, 2009

[Updated: Jan. 28, 2009] — Gateworks Corp. is shipping the second of its power-sipping Cambria Network Platform boards. The Cambria GW2350 ships with an OpenWrt Linux-based board support package (BSP) and optional dev kit, and targets enterprise and residential network applications, says the company. (more…)

Say goodnight, Geode

January 27, 2009

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has no plans to upgrade or replace the low-power, X86-based Geode processor, says an industry report. However, AMD will continue to sell the chip, which has long been a mainstay of Linux devices in many industries. (more…)

Moblin 2.0 alpha posted — and targets netbooks

January 27, 2009

The Intel-sponsored Moblin Project has released an alpha version of its second-generation “Moblin V2” Linux-based toolkit for mobile devices — and it targets netbooks initially, rather than mobile Internet devices (MIDs). (more…)

UK embedded show features Linux training

January 27, 2009

An embedded conference in the U.K. will feature a two-and-a-half hour workshop on embedded Linux, as well as a session on using commercial embedded Linux distributions. The Embedded Masterclass 2009 conference is scheduled for May 7 in Cambridge, UK, and May 12 in Bristol, UK. (more…)

A more “persistent” OODBMS adds Android support

January 26, 2009

McObject released new versions of its Linux-compatible, object-oriented embedded database for Java and .NET. Now with persistance for “any” object, the open-source Perst 4.0 and Perst Lite 4.0 enable application development in Java ME, and include sample Android applications such as the ContactsIndex, pictured… (more…)

35 million netbooks to ship this year?

January 26, 2009

Nearly 35 million netbooks will ship this year, rising to 139 million in 2013, predicts ABI Research. Meanwhile, the mainstream media is increasingly reporting on the netbook trend, with a recent New York Times story noting Linux's role in driving down prices and giving Microsoft fits. (more…)

Webinars explore UBIFS, flash FS choices

January 26, 2009

[Updated 2:15] — Consulting firm Embedded Alley (EA) announced the first in a series of “Smart Design” webinars on flash and flash filesystem selection. The debut webinar, delivered Feb. (more…)