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Archive for May, 2009

Tutorial explores embedded device deployment

May 29, 2009

The final installment of Simtec's series on embedded Linux system development discusses issues involved with deploying embedded projects, such as the example ARM-based web kiosk system. (more…)

Virtual Linux desktops tapped by UN

May 29, 2009

[Updated: 3:30] — NComputing has joined a United Nations program to bring 1,000 Linux-based NComputing desktops to schools in developing countries. NComputing also announced that several electric utilities in the U.S. (more…)

Light, low-cost e-reader runs Linux

May 29, 2009

A U.K. startup called Interead will soon ship a Linux-based e-book reader claimed to be about 40 percent lighter than an Amazon Kindle 2, and over $100 cheaper. The “Cool-er” is equipped with a 400MHz ARM9 Samsung processor and a six-inch E-Ink Vizplex display. (more…)

Verizon to offer Palm’s “iTunes-compatible” Pre

May 29, 2009

Verizon Wireless announced it will sell the Palm Pre smartphone in about six months, while AT&T has left the door open to the possibility, says Reuters. Meanwhile, Palm has confirmed new features of the Pre, including the ability to sync seamlessly with iTunes, says eWEEK. (more…)

Deploying Linux Embedded Systems

May 29, 2009

Foreword — This article concludes a series of tutorials on embedded Linux system development by noted ARM Linux kernel hackers Vincent Sanders and Daniel Silverstone. Initial installments described how to build a simple embedded system, add a simple web server, build an embedded web kiosk, and further improve a system. (more…)

Telematics reference design supports Linux

May 28, 2009

TES Electronic Solutions announced an automotive telematics reference design supporting advanced location-based services. The “Titan” platform is offered either as a thin client running Linux or Windows CE, or as a low cost M2M platform, and incorporates GPS, GSM/GPRS, and configurable I/O, says the company. (more…)

Google predicts 18 Android phones this year

May 28, 2009

At the Google I/O Developer Conference yesterday, the company announced that it expects at least 18 Android phones to ship in 2009, according to an industry report. Google also announced that it will launch part two of its Android Developer Challenge contest in early August. (more…)

Nettop goes Nano

May 28, 2009

Shuttle has released a fanless mini-PC using Via's 1.0GHz Nano U1700 processor. The Shuttle XS29F is said to feature both VGA and DVI video outputs, up to 4GB of RAM, SATA 2 storage options, four USB ports, and total power consumption of less than 50 Watts. (more…)

SoC brings HD video to navigation devices

May 28, 2009

Renesas Technology has announced a new Linux-ready system-on-chip (SoC) targeting terrestrial digital broadcast capability in security cameras, car navigation systems, and personal navigation devices (PNDs). (more…)

Linux-ready netbook rev’d for the “Mi” generation

May 27, 2009

HP has upgraded its “Mini” netbooks, which come with HP's own Ubuntu-based “Mi” Linux distro. The “HP Mini 110 with Mi” improves on the Mini 1000 with a larger, faster hard drive, a VGA port, a third USB port and a lower $280 price, says HP. (more…)

NAS system houses 2.5-inch drives for up to 6TB

May 27, 2009

Qnap Systems announced a 2.5-inch drive variation on its Linux- and Intel Atom-based network-attached storage (NAS) devices, called the SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS. In other NAS news, Asus is readying an Eee-branded NAS device, similarly running Linux on an Atom, says an industry report. (more…)

Linux-ready networking SoCs scale to 40 cores

May 27, 2009

Netronome announced new multi-core “network flow processors” that are backward-compatible with Intel's IXP28xx, but claimed to offer over twice the MIPS. The Linux-compatible NFP-32xx system-on-chips scale from 16 to 40 cores, offer 20Gbps throughput, and provide a programmable dataplane, virtualization, and security… (more…)

Atom SBC boasts special low-power mode

May 26, 2009

Kontron is sampling a single board computer (SBC) using the 95 x 95mm microETXexpress format and an Intel Atom N270 processor. The “microETXexpress-DC” features a special “S5 Eco” power-off state, gigabit Ethernet, PCI and PCI Express expansion, plus optional SSD (solid state disk) storage, says Kontron. (more…)

Android leaps to rugged handheld, and more phones

May 26, 2009

SDG Systems is shipping a version of its ruggedized Trimble Nomad PDA that runs Android 1.5. In other Android news, photos of an Android-based, AT&T-destined HTC “Lancaster” smartphone have appeared on the web, and another report says that China Mobile will soon sell HTC's Magic phone. (more…)

Simulator runs Android apps on Ubuntu

May 26, 2009

Canonical demonstrated a prototype version of an execution environment for Ubuntu that lets it run Android apps, says an industry report. The environment acts like a simulator, and is based on the Xorg X Window environment, says the story. (more…)

Fanless industrial PC taps Atom

May 26, 2009

Ibase is shipping a “slim-type” fanless embedded computer that runs on an 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 with up to 1GB of memory. The CSB200-883 system is equipped with a 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD), two gigabit Ethernet ports, and four USB ports, says the company. (more…)

Router platform runs OpenWRT Linux

May 26, 2009

Ubicom is shipping a OpenWRT Linux-based router platform and reference design using the company's new Ubicom IP7100 Router Gateway Evaluation board. The Ubicom board incorporates its StreamEngine IP7100 series network RISC processor, and includes a gigabit WAN port and four gigabit LAN ports, says the company. (more…)

Feature-packed UMPC survives four-foot drops

May 26, 2009

Data Ltd announced a ruggedized UMPC (ultra-mobile PC) claimed to survive multiple four-foot drops onto concrete. The Linux-compatible “DLI 8400” uses a 1.6GHz Atom processor, has hard disk or SSD (solid state disk) storage, and operates for nine hours via two hot-swappable batteries, the company says. (more…)

UMPC pioneer gives up the ghost

May 22, 2009

UMPC (ultra mobile PC) pioneer OQO has apparently shut down, leaving no remaining stock and no provision for servicing and support. The company's technology and engineering team could transition to another PC vendor, however, reports the blog GottaBeMobile.com. (more…)

Biodegradable, solar-powered netbook runs Linux

May 22, 2009

A startup in Spain is readying a mini-netbook with open source Linux software and a solar power option. The under-$200 “Gyy” is based on a MIPS-based Ingenic processor clocked to 400MHz, offers an 8-inch, 800 x 480 display, and is made of biodegradable materials, says iUnika. (more…)