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Archive for July, 2009

Linux Mobile group readies 2Q push

July 31, 2009

The LiMo Foundation will soon announce more handsets, said executive director Morgan Gillis, in an interview with LinuxDevices. Gillis, who sounded off on Intel's Wind River acquisition, Android, Chrome OS, Symbian, and more, said the mid-August announcement will be followed by bigger announcements in October as LiMo R2 reaches market. (more…)

Fanless PC has six serial ports, eight GPIOs

July 31, 2009

Ibase Technology has announced a fanless computer that sports six serial ports and eight GPIOs. The ASB200-883-6COM includes a 2.5-inch bay for an HDD (hard disk drive), externally accessible CompactFlash slot, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and both VGA and DVI video outputs, the company says. (more…)

An interview with LiMo’s Morgan Gillis

July 31, 2009

LinuxDevices.com spoke with LiMo Foundation executive director Morgan Gillis about LiMo's upcoming R2 release and a slate of new LiMo phones due this year. Gillis discusses why LiMo is different than other mobile Linux platforms and offers insights on Intel's Wind River acquisition, Android, Chrome, Symbian, and more. (more…)

HTC now says 2009 revenue will fall

July 31, 2009

The smartphone market might not be as “recession proof” as observers had been expecting. HTC did an about-face today on its financial predictions for 2009, saying that its revenue will fall, according to reports by the Dow Jones, Reuters, and IDG news services. (more…)

22-inch touchscreen PCs offer choice of CPUs

July 31, 2009

Avalue has announced a pair of panel PCs sporting 22-inch displays and resistive touchscreens. The PPC-22W01 and PPC-22W03 include 2.5-inch hard disk drives, CompactFlash and Mini PCI slots, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports, the company says. (more…)

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50 million WiMAX users by 2014, says study

July 30, 2009

Juniper Research released a study predicting 50 million WiMAX broadband subscribers around the world by 2014. Much of the growth will be driven by the original goal for the wireless technology: providing broadband to underserved areas that pose logistical challenges to wired broadband networks, says the research firm. (more…)

Hardware-assisted debugger adds Atom support

July 30, 2009

Lauterbach announced that its Linux-ready, hardware-assisted debugger now supports the Intel Atom CPU. Lauterbach's Trace32 PowerTools now support the various versions of the Intel Atom, and will support Intel's related, MID-oriented Moorestown and Medfield smartphone processor when they ship in 2010, says the German embedded firm. (more…)

Mini-ITX board features RAID, dual video outputs

July 30, 2009

Portwell has added to its collection of Mini-ITX embedded boards with a model supporting Intel Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad processors. The WADE-8180 includes VGA and DVI-D video outputs, has four SATA ports compatible with RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 10, and has a PCI Express x 16 expansion slot. (more…)

CompactPCI board supports new PlusIO standard

July 30, 2009

MEN Micro announced a Linux-compatible CompactPCI SBC that it says is the first to follow the forthcoming PICMG 2.30 PlusIO standard. The F19P uses an Intel Core 2 Duo SP9300 processor, offers up to 8GB of DDR2 RAM, features multiple PCI Express links, and has five SATA ports with RAID support, the company says. (more…)

Acquisition of Linux/Android specialists to bring Android to PowerPC

July 30, 2009

Mentor Graphics announced it has acquired Linux development firm Embedded Alley, plans to port Android to PowerPC, and will work with ARM, Freescale, Marvell, MIPS, RMI, and TI on Linux and/or Android projects. One plan calls for combining Linux with Mentor's “Nucleus” RTOS on Marvell's dual-core Sheeva MV78200 processors, added Mentor. (more…)

Flash Summit examines embedded flash, SSD tech

July 29, 2009

Registration is open for the fourth annual Flash Memory Summit, scheduled from August 11-13 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif. The conference will cover flash memory topics including laptop design, green flash, mobile applications, new non-volatile memory technologies, and solid-state drives (SSDs), say the organizers. (more…)

HD-ready PMP ships with Plaszma Linux SDK

July 29, 2009

Creative Technology subsidiary ZiiLabs is shipping a developer-focused portable media player based on a homegrown, dual ARM-core “ZMS-05” SoC and “Plaszma” Linux distribution. The Zii Egg StemCell Computer offers a 3.5-inch display supporting 1080p HD video, plus an HD video camera, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, an SDK, and optional Android, says ZiiLabs. (more…)

Low-power ARM9 SoC gains Linux support

July 29, 2009

Timesys released a version of its LinuxLink development framework for a Texas Instruments (TI) ARM9 SoC that targets low-power devices, ranging from medical instrumentation to industrial control systems. The OMAP-L137 subscription represents the first LinuxLink release for an OMAP-L1xx SoC, which are designed to incorporate TI's new C674x DSPs, says the company. (more…)

Simulation platform adds full-system checkpointing

July 28, 2009

Virtutech announced that its Linux-compatible Simics virtualized systems development (VSD) simulation platform now supports full-system checkpointing for SystemC-based transaction-level modeling (TLM). The company also announced that Simics has added support for multi-core RMI XLR MIPS64 and Tensilica Xtensa cores. (more…)

Tech firms partner on 32/28nm SoC designs

July 28, 2009

Synopsys has joined a partnership that includes ARM, as well as “Common Platform” members IBM, Chartered, and Samsung, to reduce the cost of SoCs fabricated using 32- or 28-nanometer technology. The group is showing off early results from test chips at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) show this week in San Francisco, according to eWEEK. (more…)

PICMG board sports six SATA II ports

July 28, 2009

Ibase announced a PICMG 1.0-compatible CPU card that supports Intel Core 2 Quad processors and features DDR3 memory. The IB945 offers one IDE port and six SATA II interfaces, a Mini PCIe slot, DVI and VGA video outputs, four serial ports, and two gigabit Ethernet ports, the company says. (more…)

Study: Wind River outpaces MontaVista

July 28, 2009

[Updated: 1:30PM] — VDC Research issued a report estimating that Wind River has pushed past MontaVista, taking the top spot among embedded Linux providers. In a separate study, VDC estimates that real-time solutions outperformed the general embedded market last year, with nine percent growth, but that 2009 will be a down year for all segments. (more…)

Carrier may tap Mot phone for Android debut

July 27, 2009

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse revealed that Sprint will field an Android phone this year, and that the carrier was leaning toward Motorola's first Android phone, says eWEEK. Meanwhile, the “Donut” build of Android has been seen on several HTC G1 phones, offering universal search and CDMA support, says another eWEEK story. (more…)

$8 ARM chip touted for DDR2 support

July 27, 2009

Atmel announced a new member of its Linux-compatible ARM9-based SAM9G family of industrial-focused embedded processors. Touted for supporting DDR2 memory and 100Mbps+ data rates, the “AT91SAM9G45” clocks to 400MHz, supports LCD touchscreens and 3.3 V power, and offers a 480Mbps USB interface, says the company. (more…)

Palm reconnects smartphone with iTunes, debuts SDK

July 27, 2009

After Apple blocked the Palm Pre from being able to sync to its iTunes music software, Palm released a Palm WebOS 1.1 update that reconnects Pre users to ITunes, says eWEEK. Meanwhile, Palm has released its Palm Mojo SDK for the Linux-based WebOS. (more…)