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Archive for September, 2009

Dell ships first laptop with Linux fast-boot tech

September 30, 2009

Dell is shipping the first laptop offering its MontaVista-designed fast-boot technology. The Latitude Z laptop runs Windows 7 on an Intel Core 2 Duo, but also offers a TI-built, ARM-based module running the Linux-based “Latitude ON” technology, touted for instant access to email and the web with minimal power usage.

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Mini-ITX mobo offers multiple storage options

September 30, 2009

Aaeon announced a Mini-ITX motherboard equipped with the Intel GME965 + ICH8M chipset. The EMB-9658T offers a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo or Celeron M CPUs, plus EIDE and SATA II ports, PCI-Express x4 expansion, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, and other I/O, says the company.

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Linux-ready SBC controls robots, sensor networks

September 30, 2009

[Updated: Oct. 2] — Phidgets, Inc. is shipping an ARM9-based single board computer (SBC) that runs Linux and targets sensing and control applications, including robotics. The “1070 – PhidgetSBC” is equipped with an Ethernet port, four USB ports, and a WiFi USB adapter, and is available with an integrated PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8 I/O board.

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Two Linux smartphones set for October release in U.S.

September 29, 2009

AT&T announced it will offer the Garmin-Asus G60 Nuvifone in the U.S. next week. In other Linux smartphone news, T-Mobile announced pricing and availability for its Android-based Motorola Cliq, and Android developers are protesting Google's shutdown of an open source version of Google Apps by well-known “modder” Cyanogen, says eWEEK.

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Samsung ships phase-change memory

September 29, 2009

Samsung announced that it has begin producing 512Mb (64MB) PRAM (phase change random access memory) chips. The new, non-volatile memory technology is up to ten times faster than flash and will extend handset battery life by more than 20 percent, the company claims.

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WebOS upgraded as Palm tips more carriers

September 29, 2009
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Palm announced WebOS 1.2 for the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi, featuring a new App Catalog, LinkedIn support, Amazon MP3 downloads, and numerous fixes and enhancements. Palm also announced that more carriers will offer the Pre smartphone late next year, according to an industry report.

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EPIC SBC has SUMIT and MiniBlade interfaces

September 29, 2009

VersaLogic has announced an EPIC-format SBC (single board computer) that includes SUMIT (Stackable Unified Modular Interconnect Technology) and PC/104 connectors. The “Komodo” supports the 2.27GHz Core 2 Duo P8400 processor, offers up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, and has a MiniBlade socket for adding flash memory, the company says.

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OMAP3x SoC rev’d to 720MHz

September 29, 2009

Texas Instruments is shipping faster versions of its OMAP3530 system-on-chip (SoC) and evaluation module (EVM). The “OMAP3530 Rev E” version clocks up the ARM Cortex-A8 core from 600MHz to 720MHz,and upgrades the SoC's TMS320C64x+ DSP (digital signal processor) from 430MHz to 520MHz, says the company.

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Real-time JVM rev’d with BeagleBoard support

September 29, 2009

Aonix announced a new release of its real-time Java virtual machine (JVM) for embedded and real-time systems, adding support for Texas Instruments' ARM Cortex-A8-based BeagleBoard. The Linux-compatible “PERC Ultra 5.3” also enables the use of AWT/Swing graphics libraries and provides support for Java Agent and java.lang.instrument, says the company.

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HD-ready set-top player offers NAS functionality

September 28, 2009

Qnap Systems is shipping a DLNA-ready device billed as a cross between a set-top box and a network-attached storage (NAS) server. Designed to catalog and play networked media content on a TV, the NMP-1000 offers HDMI and gigabit Ethernet ports, plus up to 2TB of storage, says the company.

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SBCs use COMIT processor modules

September 28, 2009

WinSystems announced two SBCs (single board computers) claimed to be the first to support COMIT (Computer On Module Interconnect Technology). The EBX-format EBC-Z510-G and EBC-Z530-G also feature SUMIT (Stackable Unified Modular Interconnect Technology) and PC/104 connectors, CompactFlash Type I/II storage, and a Mini PCIe slot, says WinSystems.

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3G-ready e-book reader boasts 8.1-inch display

September 28, 2009

Irex Technologies is readying a Linux-based electronic book (e-book) reader with an 8.1-inch, 1024 x 768 display. Based on Freescale's ARM11-based i.MX31, the Irex DR800SG communicates via the Verizon Wireless 3G network, supports the open ePub publishing standard, and offers built-in support for the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, says Irex.

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HD videoconferencing system runs Linux

September 28, 2009

Later this week, Panasonic Communications plans to ship a full HD videoconferencing system that incorporates embedded Linux and Nokia's Qt cross-platform development/UI framework. The KX-VC500 offers SIP-compatible videoconferencing supporting H.264-compressed 1920 x 1080i H.264 video over links from 2 to 8Mbps, and offers Internet connectivity, says Panasonic.

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Is Palm losing Verizon Wireless?

September 25, 2009

Rumors that Verizon Wireless is backing out of its plans to launch the Palm Pre are now being questioned, says CNET. Meanwhile, Sprint has released Android development tools on the eve of launching the HTC Hero, and Cellular South will offer the Hero for its five-million customer network, says eWEEK.

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Rugged laptops (finally) run Linux

September 25, 2009

EmperorLinux has started reselling three rugged “Panasonic Toughbook” laptops (and one rugged tablet) with Linux preinstalled: the Scarab, Ant, Wasp, and Tarantula. The CF-model ToughBooks join other “Windows-only” laptops and tablets that have been tuxified for customized resale by EmperorLinux, including models from Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, and Sony.

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Intel spins next-gen Atoms for netbooks

September 25, 2009

Intel will ship a new generation of Atom processors, code-named “Pineview,” during the fourth quarter of this year, according to an IDG News Service report. The CPUs — known as the Atom N450, D410, and D510 — will extend netbook battery life and allow HD video playback, among other previously cited advantages.

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ETX 3.0 COM likes it frozen or fried

September 25, 2009

Diamond Systems is shipping an ETX 3.0-compliant computer-on-module designed to withstand temperatures between -40 to 185 deg. F (-40 to 86 deg. C). The ETX-945 incorporates Intel's Core 2 Duo, Core Duo, or Celeron processors, and can be bought with preconfigured ETX and EPIC baseboard modules incorporating PC/104-Plus expansion interfaces.

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Mini-ITX board has dual graphics processors, HDMI ports

September 24, 2009

Via has announced a Mini-ITX motherboard that sports both integrated and discrete graphics circuitry, supporting up to four monitors. The Via VB8003 includes a Nano processor, dual HDMI outputs, VGA and DVI ports, two gigabit Ethernet ports, and a Type II CompactFlash slot, the company says.

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Intel’s Atom heads for digital TVs, STBs

September 24, 2009

Intel has announced an Atom-based SoC (system-on-chip) aimed at consumer devices such as digital TVs, set-top boxes (STBs), and Internet-enabled Blu-ray players. The 1.2GHz CE4100 uses only seven to nine Watts, can decode two simultaneous 1080p video streams, provides seven-channel audio output, and will be able to accelerate Adobe Flash-based content, the company says.

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Moblin v2.0 ships, appears on Dell netbook

September 24, 2009

The final Moblin v2.0 distro is available, says the Moblin project, which also released early-preview versions of a “Moblin Garage” app store, Moblin installer, and Moblin v2.1. Meanwhile, the first netbook with Moblin v2.0 comes from Dell, whose Mini 10v is available pre-installed with the 'Ubuntu Moblin Remix Developer Edition.”

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