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Archive for February, 2009

TI die-shrinks OMAP3

February 23, 2009

TI has announced four additions to its OMAP3 family of ARM SoCs (system-on-chips). The new OMAP36xx series switches to a 45nm production process, delivering speeds up to 1GHz, a 25 percent reduction in power consumption, and 75 percent better graphics performance, says TI. (more…)

Wind River acquires GUI developer

February 23, 2009

Wind River will buy Tilcon Software, a vendor of Linux-compatible, embedded GUI (graphical user interface) toolkits targeting industrial, defense, medical, automotive, and mobile devices. (more…)

Android phone boasts 5Mpix camera

February 23, 2009

[Updated: Feb. 25, 2009] — General Mobile demonstrated a dual-SIM, XScale-based Android cameraphone last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Based on a design by Chinese design firm Yuhua, the DSTL1 could be among the first Android phones to ship when it launches in June. (more…)

Automation computers have dual PCI slots

February 20, 2009

Advantech has added to its long-running “UNO” series of automation computers with fanless devices offering two PCI expansion slots. The UNO-3272 and UNO-3282 support dual- or single-core Intel CPUs, accept two CompactFlash cards and two hard disk drives, and run Linux, the company… (more…)

AMPed Bluetooth ready for takeoff

February 20, 2009

A new technology combining the easy setup of Bluetooth with the high speed of WiFi will go on the market in April, reports say. AMP (alternate MAC/PHY) Bluetooth will apparently be compatible with some existing phones via a simple software upgrade. (more…)

Dell netbook sports HDMI port

February 20, 2009

Dell has announced a netbook sporting both a 10-inch display and an HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) output. Available soon with Ubuntu 8.04, the Inspiron Mini 10 includes a 1.3GHz Atom Z520 or 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor, 1.3 megapixel webcam, Bluetooth, and optional, integrated… (more…)

Chinese thin clients run Linux

February 19, 2009

A ShenZhen China-based manufacturer is shipping several thin clients that run embedded Linux and target educational, government, business, taxation, and medical organizations. SZ Bencse Electronic Technology (Bencse) offers the entry level J5200, plus four higher-end H-5800 models, and ships worldwide at affordable… (more…)

Webinars teach basic embedded Linux skills

February 19, 2009

Timesys will host a free, four-session webinar series devoted to building a Bluetooth-enabled home automation device using Atmel's ARM9 AT91SAM9263-EK Evaluation Kit. Starting with the first session on Feb. 26, the bi-monthly webinars will teach basic embedded Linux development skills, while showcasing Timesys's LinuxLink 3.0 subscription service, says the company. (more…)

ARM11 module supports videoconferencing

February 19, 2009

Embedian is shipping a Linux-ready ARM11 MXM computer-on-module (COM) and evaluation kit. The MXM-6410 COM is equipped with a Samsung S3C6410 system-on-chip (SoC) that weds a ARM1176JZF-S core clocked to 667Mhz with a multimedia co-processor that can encode and decode MPEG4/H.263/H.264 and decode VC1, says Embedian. (more…)

Samsung intros tiny W-USB chip

February 19, 2009

Samsung has introduced a tiny W-USB (wireless USB) chip for mobile devices. Claimed to transfer data at up to 120Mbps, the “S3CR650B” uses an ARM9 core, and provides wireless and SD/MMC interfaces, flash memory, and a USB 2.0 interface, the company says. (more…)

Nine new NTT DoCoMo phones offer Linux, LiMo

February 18, 2009

NTT DoCoMo is distributing nine new NEC and Panasonic handsets that comply with the LiMo (Linux Mobile) Platform. Designed for its 46-million user Japanese HDSPA FOMA network, the phones all support up to 7.2Mbps downlinks, and most offer touchscreen, Bluetooth, and GPS. (more…)

Linux device bridges 3G, WiFi in Spain

February 18, 2009

Telefonica Espana will offer a pocket-sized, hacker-friendly, Linux WiFi/3G bridge/router to its customers, according to supplier Novatel Wireless. The MiFi 2352 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot connects up to five WiFi users to Telefonica's 3G HSPA network, which is capable of downstream data rates of 7.2Mbps. (more…)

Mobile dev platform supports Linux

February 18, 2009

Texas Instruments (TI) announced an MDP (mobile development platform) using its OMAP3430 system-on-chip (SoC). Available with a Linux BSP (board support package), the “Zoom OMAP34x-II” includes a 4.1-inch multi-touch display, eight megapixel camera, GPS, HDMI output, and a forthcoming pico projection module, says the company. (more…)

WiFi-centric dual-mode Linux phone rev’d

February 18, 2009

Malaysian embedded-device firm Gupp Technologies is readying a new version of its Linux-based, dual-mode (WiFi and GSM) “Phreedom” phone. The “Phreedom-Monday” offers improved VoIP quality, according to Trinity Convergence, which is supplying its VeriCall Edge VoIP/multimedia stack for use in the… (more…)

JLBE prepped for LiMo

February 18, 2009

Tokyo-based Aplix Corp. announced a version of its Java Language Based Environment (JLBE) for the LiMo Platform. JBlend for LiMo enables developers to use existing developer toolkits and IDEs, such as Eclipse, to develop and deploy Java Micro Edition (ME) applications on LiMo (Linux Mobile) Platform phones, says the company. (more…)

Files and feeds from FOSDEM

February 17, 2009

Presentation slides, videos, and event write-ups have begun to surface from FOSDEM (the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting), which took place Feb. 7-8 in Brussels. The event attracted developers working on a wide variety of open source projects, including GNOME, Mozilla, Free Java, and of course, “Embedded.” (more…)

LiMo-ready Linux stack goes 3D

February 17, 2009

Access is demonstrating its Access Linux Platform (ALP) 3.0 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The new LiMo-compatible “advanced UI” mobile ALP stack leverages Open GL-ES 2.0 to offer 3D special effects, and introduces a standardized API that splits logic from presentation layers, says Access. (more…)

Combining GPL, closed code

February 17, 2009

One of Linux's elder statesmen has published an essay about combining proprietary software with GPL-licensed software (such as the Linux kernel) in devices. Focusing on the specific example of mobile phones, Perens offers advice both about what to do and what not to do. (more…)

Android phone to hit Europe in spring

February 17, 2009

Vodafone and HTC announced the latter's second-generation, all-touchscreen Android phone. Scheduled to ship to Vodafone customers in Europe this spring, the Android Magic offers HDSPA 3G connectivity, and a slimer profile than the G1, lacking the earlier HTC Android phone's slide-out keyboard. (more…)

Nvidia cops to Android port

February 17, 2009

Nvidia has confirmed a long-rumored port of Google's Linux-based Android mobile stack to its Tegra series of ARM11-based mobile applications processors. Due in the second quarter, the Tegra port of Android marks the first official Linux support for the Tegra chips, which target smartphones and MIDs. (more…)