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Archive for January, 2010

STX module upgrades to Atom

January 22, 2010

Axiomtek announced a STX (Smarter Technology eXtension) module that includes a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor and supports up to 2GB of DDR2 memory. The STX88831 includes four USB 2.0 ports, PCI and ISA bus expansion, plus onboard LVDS and SATA connectors, according to the company.

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Article: COM Express module takes the heat

January 21, 2010

MSC Vertriebs announced a COM Express computer-on-module (COM) that's available with extended-temperature versions of Intel's Atom processor. The MSC CXC-US15WP supports -40 to 185 deg. F temperatures, and offers PCI/PCIe expansion, dual SATA2 connectors, LVDS and SVDO interfaces, gigabit Ethernet, plus eight USB 2.0 ports, says MSC.

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Android tablet runs on Cortex-A9 SoC

January 21, 2010

ViewSonic demonstrated an Android-powered 8.9-inch, 1024 × 800 tablet device at a trade show in Beijing, China, yesterday, reports Mobile.163. The VTablet 101 incorporates an ARM Cortex-A9 based Nvidia Tegra system-on-chip (SoC), plus WiFi, Bluetooth, and 4GB of flash storage, says the story.

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High-end NAS device runs Linux on dual-core Pineview Atom

January 21, 2010

Synology announced it is shipping a Linux-based network-attached storage (NAS) device called the DiskStation DS1010+, offering a dual-core Intel Atom D510 and up to 10 drive bays. Earlier this month, the company also shipped a single-bay (2TB) DS110j NAS aimed at SOHO customers.

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Amazon to spin Kindle SDK

January 21, 2010

Amazon announced a software development kit (SDK) for its Linux-based Kindle e-book readers, offering a 70-30 revenue split for “active content” to be sold in the Kindle Store. The Kindle Development Kit will enter limited beta next month, offering programming interfaces, tools, and documentation to build Kindle apps, says Amazon.

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COM Express module gets 32nm Core CPUs

January 21, 2010

Adlink announced a COM Express module featuring Intel's embedded-specific Core i5 or i7 processors along with the QM57 Express chipset. The Express-CB features up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, CRT and LVDS display support, an optional SSD (solid state disk), and PCI Express Graphics (PEG) or PCI Express expansion, the company says.

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Asterisk-based IP-PBX device adds GSM option

January 20, 2010

Pika Technologies announced a GSM Module for its open source Asterisk- and FreePBX-based IP-PBX device. The dual-channel GSM Module for the Pika Warp Appliance for Linux enables PBX developers to offer connections to one or more GSM cellular networks, offering backup and LCR (least cost routing), the company says.

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Chrome OS gets faster Zero build

January 20, 2010

Chromium hacker Hexxeh has released a faster, USB-bootable build of Google's Chrome OS called Chromium OS Zero. Meanwhile, ArsTechnica interviewed Google's Engineering Director for Chrome OS, Matthew Papakipos, regarding the past and future of Chrome OS.

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Embedded module offers choice of Pineview CPUs

January 20, 2010

Win Enterprises announced an ETX-format module with a choice of one of two 1.66GHz Intel Atom “Pineview” processors: the N450 or D510. The MB-80200 supports fanless designs with power consumption of eight Watts (N450) or 20 Watts (D510), offering Ethernet, USB, serial, and dual SATA interfaces, says the company.

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Android e-reader goes on sale with file viewer

January 20, 2010

Entourage Systems is taking pre-orders for its dual-display, Android-based “Entourage Edge” e-reader, bundled with DataViz's Documents To Go. In other recent e-reader news, Spring Design's “Alex” will access Borders' e-book store, Samsung announced two e-readers, Amazon announced a new Kindle DX model, and Amazon is broadening its Kindle self-publishing platform.

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LAN appliance hosts 32nm Core CPUs

January 20, 2010

Lanner announced a network appliance that employs Intel's recently announced, 32nm Core i3 or Core i5 CPUs. The FW-8760 offers eight gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, Mini PCI and PCI Express expansion slots, and storage via either CompactFlash or hard disk drives, the company says.

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Google delays Android launch in China after hacking dispute

January 19, 2010

Google announced that it was delaying the launch of two Android phones in China due to a dispute with the Chinese government over censorship issues. The delay will affect Google-endorsed Android phones from Samsung and Motorola that were to be carried by China Unicom, says an eWEEK story.

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Dropping M2M costs spark rise of the machines, says study

January 19, 2010

Juniper Research is projecting that the number of wireless M2M (machine to machine) embedded devices will rise to almost 412 million by 2014. The fast growth will be led by utility metering, followed by mobile connected buildings, telematics, and automated retail and banking connections, says the company.

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ATX board supports 32nm Core CPUs

January 18, 2010

Ibase Technology has become the latest company to support Intel's recently announced, embedded-specific Core processors, with its MB950 ATX motherboard. The device offers up to 16GB of RAM, two gigabit Ethernet ports, four PCI slots, three PCI Express slots, and an ISA slot, the company says.

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Mot Android phone touted for video features

January 18, 2010

Motorola is readying a video-oriented smartphone that runs Android 2.0 for SK Telecom's Korean network. The “Motoroi” offers a 3.7 inch WVGA touchscreen, eight-megapixel camera with 720p video recording, a T-DMB (terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting) receiver, WiFi, and an HDMI port, says the company.

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Android tablet offers WiFi, optional 3G

January 18, 2010

Taiwan-based startup Camangi is shipping an Android-based tablet computer with a 7-inch, 800 x 480 touchscreen. The WebStation is equipped with an ARM-based 624MHz Marvell PXA303 processor, and offers GPS, WiFi, and 3G USB dongle support, but a Laptop review faulted it for spotty video performance and limited viewing angles.

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ESC Silicon Valley details 2010 program

January 15, 2010

The EETimes Group has begun releasing details of its ESC (Embedded Systems Conference) Silicon Valley, scheduled for April. 26-29 in San Jose. The event will feature a variety of new keynote speakers, a “Developing with Open-Source Software ” track, plus an expansion of the popular “Build your Own Embedded System Event,” the organizers say.

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EPIC SBC has new Core i7 on board

January 15, 2010

Avalue announced an EPIC form-factor SBC (single board computer) employing Intel's embedded-specific Core i7-620LE and i7-620UE processors. The EPI-QM57 includes up to 4GB of RAM, two gigabit Ethernet ports, Type I/II CompactFlash and ExpressCard/34 slots, and an optional touchscreen interface.

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Linux-ready SoCs target consumer NAS devices

January 15, 2010

PLX Technology announced a Linux-ready NAS 7800 system-on-a-chip (SoC) family for home network attached storage (NAS) devices. The low-end NAS 7820 and NAS 7821 and the high-end NAS 7825 offer dual ARM11 processors clocked to 750MHz, network security engines and a variety of hardware acceleration engines, says the company.

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Linux jobs site launches

January 15, 2010

The Linux Foundation (LF) has launched a Linux Jobs Board on Linux.com. Meanwhile, the LF is accepting requests for invitations for its Collaboration Summit on Apr. 14-16 in San Francisco, and the CE Linux Forum (CELF) Embedded Linux Conference is seeking papers for its co-located event, scheduled for Apr. 12-14.

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