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Archive for March, 2009

Android app syncs with Exchange

March 31, 2009

Dmailer announced an Android application that lets users synchronize information from Microsoft Exchange Server to an Android-based phone. Dmailer Mobile for Android (pictured) offers over-the-air (OTA) synchronization of Microsoft Outlook email, contact, and calendar information directly from Exchange… (more…)

Video security designs offer Linux SDKs

March 31, 2009

Texas Instruments (TI) and its partners announced two video security reference designs that are based on TI's TMS320DM365 and ship with Linux SDKs. The IP camera design (pictured) from Appro Photoelectron offers HD/H.264 video, and the DVR design from UD Works provides multi-channel recording, says TI. (more…)

Networked audio reference design taps multithreaded CPU

March 31, 2009

A vendor of multithreaded networking and media processors has announced the availability of a Linux-ready networked audio player reference design. Ubicom's multi-channel audio reference design includes an Ubicom Linux board support package (BSP), a media personality board, and a development board that incorporates the company's IP7500 multimedia processor. (more…)

Via spins first SUMIT expansion module

March 30, 2009

Via Technologies has announced its first expansion module using a SUMIT (Stackable Unified Module Interconnect Technology) interface. Designed primarily for the company's Epia-P710 Pico-ITXe board, the “Epia-P710-HD” adds an S3 4300E embedded graphics processor, providing HD video playback capability and multiple… (more…)

Microsoft wins big on PND patent lawsuit

March 30, 2009

Microsoft was the big winner as TomTom settled yesterday over a patent lawsuit regarding its Linux-based personal navigation devices (PNDs), says an eWEEK story. TomTom paid Microsoft to license its claimed patents, while Microsoft licensed four TomTom patents for free, says the eWEEK story. (more…)

CompactFlash computer gains more flexible mobo

March 30, 2009

C Data Solutions has developed a new motherboard for its customizable CompactFlash (CF)-based Compact Computer (CoCo). Designed for use in an upcoming data acquisitions system, the tiny motherboard offers a databus via the FPGA built into its uClinux- and 500MHz Blackfin-based CoCo processor module. (more…)

Open-source RTOS boosts processor support

March 30, 2009

The eCos project released a final version 3.0 of its real-time operating system (RTOS) for embedded systems. The open-source eCos 3.0 is said to support ARM Cortex-M, Fujitsu's FR30, and Freescale's 68K/Coldfire, while improving framebuffer, flash memory, and FAT filesystem capabilities, and extending host compatibility to GTK 2.x on Linux. (more…)

Embedded network server gets Linux SDK

March 30, 2009

Lantronix announced a Linux software development kit (SDK) for its “MatchPort AR” embedded device server for Ethernet networks. Developed by Lantronix partner Nissin Systems, the SDK includes a board support package (BSP) for the MatchPort AR SSL/SSH networking module, which offers serial and Ethernet interfaces. (more…)

Study: Android to lead smartphone growth

March 27, 2009

Infonetics Research released a study that projects that the smartphone market will continue to grow despite an eight percent drop in mobile-phone sales this year. The report also predicts that “open-source platforms like Android” are leading the way in shaping the smartphone market. (more…)

Tiny ARM9 SBC runs Angstrom Linux

March 27, 2009

Hark Technologies announced a 2.4 x 4-inch ARM9 single-board computer (SBC) that runs Angstrom Linux. The LE-9260 incorporates an Atmel AT91SAM9260 processor clocked to 200MHz, features a “fully accessible” 32-bit expansion bus, and ships with an optional baseboard, says the Summerville, South Carolina-based company. (more…)

First “Em-ITX” board uses Nano CPU

March 27, 2009

Via Technologies announced the first board based on its new 170 x 120mm Em-ITX format. Based on Via's 1.0 or 1.3GHz Nano processor and VX800 media system processor, the fanless Via EITX-3000 targets ultra-thin, embedded systems that require extended temperature support, says the company. (more…)

Samsung has netbook triplets

March 26, 2009

Samsung has announced three new netbooks offering 10.2-inch displays and Intel Atom processors. The N110, N120 (left), and NC310 offer slightly different form factors, but all have improved keyboards, six-cell batteries, and 160GB hard drives, according to third-party reports. (more…)

Open-source mobile framework supports Android

March 26, 2009

A startup called Rhomobile announced the first formal release of its dual-licensed, open-source framework for smartphones. Rhodes 1.0 enables “write-once” development, using HTML and Ruby, of native smartphone applications for iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and now Android, the… (more…)

Study: Handset sales fall, but will flatten in 2010

March 26, 2009

ABI Research projects that cellular handset sales will fall eight percent this year, but should stabilize in 2010. The research firm also announced it is hosting a free webinar on April 9 that will discuss both mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and wireless-enabled embedded M2M (machine-to-machine) devices. (more…)

“Smallest, lowest-power” ARM core debuts

March 25, 2009

ARM has announced a “Cortex-M0” core that is billed as being the smallest, lowest-power ARM processor yet. The heir to the Cortex-M3 will debut in NXP's LPC1100-series microcontrollers, due to ship in early 2010 for e-metering, consumer electronics peripherals, remote sensors, and other low-powered or battery-powered applications. (more…)

Moblin moves to second alpha

March 25, 2009

The Intel-sponsored Moblin project announced an alpha 2 release of its Moblin v2 mobile device stack, which targets Intel Atom-based netbooks. The open-source Linux stack and development toolkit adds a Gnome desktop, updates UI libraries and graphics, and offers tested support for the MSI Wind… (more…)

Ming phone gains larger screen

March 25, 2009

Photos and preliminary specifications for an “A1210” Linux phone that appears to be an updated version of the popular Motorola Ming have appeared on Chinese technology sites. The GSM/EDGE-ready A1210 (pictured) offers a larger 2.8-inch screen, and an improved 3.1 megapixel camera, industry reports say. (more…)

8TB NAS runs Linux

March 24, 2009

Seagate is readying a four-bay network-attached storage device for small businesses that runs embedded Linux and stores up to 8TB. The hot-swappable BlackArmor NAS 440 offers an iTunes server and DLNA-compliant media server, RAID 0/1/5/10, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and four USB ports, says Seagate. (more…)

First ever Linux botnet?

March 24, 2009

The first botnet designed for broadband equipment and routers may also be the first involving Linux, says our sister publication, eWEEK. Before being stamped out, a malicious “Psyb0t” worm found a home in approximately 100,000 such devices running Linux “Mipsel” (Debian for MIPS processors), says an article by Larry Seltzer. (more…)

Archos spins netbook, but bring your own Linux

March 24, 2009

Archos has released its first netbook, based on a Linux-compatible Hasee design, but offers it with Windows XP only. The “Archos 10” has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 160GB hard drive, a 10.2-inch display, WiFi, and 1GB of RAM, according to the company. (more…)