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Archive for October, 2009

Network appliance supports Core 2 Quad

October 30, 2009

Win Enterprises announced a 1U network appliance that runs Linux and supports Intel's Core 2 Quad processor. The PL-80140 accepts up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, has room for a 3.5-inch hard disk or CompactFlash storage, and includes six gigabit Ethernet ports with four-port bypass, the company says.

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STB vendor spins $80 Netflix player

October 30, 2009

Roku, Inc. announced two new models to join its $100 Linux-based Roku HD digital media player. The $80, DVD-quality Roku SD and the 802.11n-enabled $130 Roku HD-XR support streaming video playback from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, and MLB.TV, says the company.

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CGL-ready ATCA system moves to 40Gbps

October 30, 2009

RadiSys Corp. announced a fourth generation Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) platform for 4G wireless infrastructure that supports 40Gbps (40G) throughput. The RadiSys ATCA 4.0 initiative will offer an AdvancedTCA (ATCA) 40G chassis and 40G switch that are backward-compatible to its current 10G Promentum line of processing blades.

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Mobile market, Mot earnings, show signs of recovery

October 30, 2009

The mobile phone market suffered a six percent drop in shipments year to year, but saw a 5.6 percent improvement over the previous quarter, says IDC. Meanwhile, Motorola, which showed a 6.4 percent yearly drop, according to IDC, posted 3Q earnings that beat analyst predictions.

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Touchscreen PC is designed for outdoor mounting

October 30, 2009

Axiomtek has introduced a 12.1-inch touchscreen computer designed to be mounted outdoors, in kitchens, or onboard ships. The fanless GOT-812 includes a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, up to 2GB of RAM, two serial ports, gigabit Ethernet, and a PCI Express Mini Card slot, the company says.

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Ubuntu 9.10 ships — and we round up other new distros

October 29, 2009

Canonical's Ubuntu project today released the final Ubuntu 9.10 (“Karmic Koala”) Desktop Edition, featuring faster boot-times, an improved Netbook Remix, and more. The Ubuntu 9.10 release follows a series of Linux distro releases in recent weeks that offer increasing support for netbooks and Moblin, among other enhancements.

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IP camera boasts 1080p video at 30fps

October 29, 2009

Texas Instruments (TI) announced a DaVinci-family, HD-ready Internet Protocol (IP) camera reference design. The Linux-ready DM368IPNC-MT5 is built by Appro Photoelectron, incorporates a TI DM36x-400 SoC, and can process H.264 main-profile 1080p video at 30fps while consuming only three Watts, says TI.

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Cortex-A8 COM gains touchscreen board

October 29, 2009

Gumstix is shipping a new expansion board for its Linux-supported, ARM Cortex-A8-based Overo computer-on-module (COM) series, aimed at small form-factor wireless devices. The Palo35 is designed to incorporate one of Gumstix's four Texas Instruments' OMAP35xx-based Overo modules, and supports a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen from LG, says the company.

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Atom PC offers cushioned drive bay, CompactFlash

October 29, 2009

Advantech has announced a fanless industrial computer based on a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor. The ARK-6310-3M04E incorporates a ruggedized handle, cushioned 2.5-inch drive bay, and bottom-accessible CompactFlash slot, the company says.

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MontaVista’s market-specific distros support Android, Atom

October 28, 2009

MontaVista Software announced more Market Specific Distributions (MSDs) for its MontaVista Linux 6 commercial embedded development distribution. The MSDs are separated into industrial automation, multi-core networking, Android, automotive and portable multimedia, and multifunction-printer versions, and support processors from Cavium, Freescale, Intel, and Texas Instruments, says the company.

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Intel touts phase-change memory breakthrough

October 28, 2009

Intel and Numonyx announced a “key breakthrough” in the development of phase change memory (PCM). For the first time, researchers have created a 64Mb test chip demonstrating the ability to stack multiple PCM arrays within a single die, the companies said.

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Mot, Verizon announce Android phone

October 28, 2009

Verizon Wireless announced its first Android phone, built by Motorola. Due to ship Nov. 6 for $200, the slider-based “Droid” offers a 550MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, a 3.7-inch touchscreen, a five-megapixel camera, voice recognition, and Google Maps Navigation with turn-by-turn voice guidance.

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Android 2.0 pumps up sync, contact APIs

October 28, 2009

The Google-sponsored Android project has released version 2.0 of Android, featuring new APIs for sync, the account manager, and contacts. Among other enhancements, Android 2.0 (Eclair) features a “Quick Contact” feature that lets users tap a contact photo to call, SMS, or e-mail the person, says a story in eWEEK.

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Android ported to PowerPC

October 27, 2009

Freescale Semiconductor says it is now accepting orders for a hardware/software platform for developing Android applications on Power Architecture PowerQUICC and QorIQ processors. The initial MPC8536E-ADK Android platform, which combines an Android runtime developed by Mentor Graphics and a board based on the PowerQUICC III MPC8536E, appears to be the first Android port to the PowerPC.

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Gartner: All PC vendors will offer smartphones

October 27, 2009

All major PC vendors will have announced plans to enter the smartphone market by the end of this year, says a newly released Gartner report. Worldwide smartphone sales will grow by 29 per cent year-over-year to reach 180 million units in 2009, overtaking notebooks, Gartner adds.

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3.5-inch SBC targets thermally constrained display devices

October 27, 2009

Commell announced a 3.5-inch single board computer (SBC) equipped with the thermally enhanced, automotive-focused Intel Atom Z510P CPU. The LE-375 provides gigabit Ethernet and includes support for 3D graphics, H.264 video acceleration, and dual displays, says Commell.

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Qseven module targets device prototyping

October 27, 2009

The Swedish company Hectronic announced a Qseven COM (computer on module) and a carrier board to go with it. The H6049 module and H4103 carrier provide an Intel Atom Z5xx processor, up to 1GB of RAM, a SSD (solid state disk), four PCI Express x1 slots, and a Linux BSP (board support package), says Hectronic.

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Semi vendor taps hypervisor for open source Cortex-A9 phones

October 27, 2009

Embedded virtualization vendor Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) announced a partnership with wireless semiconductor firm ST-Ericsson. The joint project will combine OK Labs' OKL4 hypervisor and ST-Ericsson 3G multimedia chipsets on an ARM Cortex A9 multi-core platform running mobile open source operating systems including Linux, Android, and Symbian, says OK Labs.

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Mobile WiMAX service expands

October 27, 2009

Mobile WiMAX provider Clearwire Communications has announced plans to offer service in eight additional U.S. cities during the fourth quarter, for a total of more than 25 markets by year's end. In related news, Clearwire demonstrated international roaming via Aicent's WRX (WiMAX roaming exchange), and the Maravedis analyst firm said WiMAX subscriptions are increasing 74 percent year-over-year.

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NAS device offers 14TB storage, Core 2 Duo

October 26, 2009

Thecus Technology announced a Linux-based, seven-bay networked-attached storage (NAS) appliance. The N7700Pro runs on an Intel Core 2 Duo with up to 4GB of DDR2 800 memory, has dual gigabit Ethernet adapters plus a PCI Express x8 slot, and supports 14TB of storage, says the company.

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