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Archive for March, 2010

HTC’s latest Android phone taps Sprint’s 4G network

March 23, 2010

Sprint and HTC announced the first 4G WiMAX-capable Android smartphone, with downloads claimed to be up to ten times faster than 3G. The HTC Evo 4G is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and includes a 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom, a mobile WiFi hotspot router, and an eight-megapixel camera.

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Mid-range Android phone sports WVGA display

March 23, 2010

Kyocera Communications announced its first Android phone, aiming at the mid-range of the market. The Kyocera Zio M6000 is equipped with a Qualcomm MSM7627 SoC and 3.5-inch WVGA display, plus WiFi, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.0, a 3.2-megapixel, video-ready camera, and up to six hours of talk time, says the company.

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Fast-boot tech claims to load Android or Linux in one second

March 23, 2010

Tokyo-based Ubiquitous Corp. announced the availability of an ARM-focused technology claimed to load Android or Linux in one second. QuickBoot Release 1.0 preferentially restores memory areas necessary for booting from nonvolatile storage to RAM, says the company.

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Push-to-talk phone runs Android

March 23, 2010

Motorola announced what it says is the first push-to-talk phone to run Android. The rugged Motorola i1 runs on Sprint's iDEN-ready Nextel Direct Connect service, and offers a 3.1-inch, 480 x 320 touchscreen, up to 32GB of flash, WiFi, a five-megapixel camera, plus the Opera Mini 5 browser running on Android 1.5.

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SoC for DVRs combines 1GHz Cortex-A8 with DSP

March 23, 2010

Texas Instruments (TI) announced a high-end SoC for DVRs and video communications systems that combines a 1GHz Cortex-A8 with a C64x+ DSP. The TMS320DM8168 has four times the performance of its predecessor, handling up to three channels of 1080p video or 16 D1 streams, the company says.

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Dell Aero claimed to be world’s lightest Android phone

March 22, 2010

AT&T said it will soon announce the Dell Aero, which appears to be a version of Dell's Android-based Mini 3 phone, and is claimed to be the lightest Android smartphone on the market. The wireless carrier also announced that it will soon offer the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus smartphones.

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Wind River extends support for MIPS64 SoCs

March 22, 2010

Wind River and Cavium Networks announced a partnership to co-market Linux- and VxWorks-based multi-core solutions. Aiming Cavium's MIPS64-based Octeon and Octeon II system-on-chips at the networking and telecom markets, the partnership is the first deal between the companies since Cavium acquired Wind River rival MontaVista in December.

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Droid’s 2.1 update delayed again as Sprint steps up to Nexus One

March 19, 2010

The release of Android 2.1 on the Motorola Droid is delayed once again, say industry reports. Meanwhile, Sprint says it will offer Google's Nexus One, HTC vows to fight back against Apple's patents, and Palm's weak 3Q financials are ramping up takeover gossip and even speculation Palm may need to switch to Android, says eWEEK

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All-in-one PC has dual-core Atom

March 19, 2010

Shuttle announced an all-in-one PC featuring a 15.6-inch touchscreen and a dual-core Intel Atom D510 processor available with SUSE Linux. The X50V2 includes a 1366 x 768 pixel display, webcam, a microphone and stereo speakers, a 4-in-1 card reader, plus room for a 2.5-inch hard disk drive and up to 4GB of RAM, the company says.

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Atom-based tablet runs Android, targets publishers

March 19, 2010

A Berlin-based software company is preparing an Intel Atom N450-based e-reader that runs Linux with Android extensions. Billed as the “tablet PC for publishing houses,” Neofonie GmbH's “WePad” tablet sports an 11.6-inch touchscreen, 16GB of flash storage, a SD card, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, and a webcam, says Neofonie.

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Kontron devices upgrade to six-core Xeons

March 19, 2010

Kontron announced four devices sporting Intel's recently unveiled Xeon 5600 processors. The products include the new CG2100 carrier grade server, plus upgraded configurations of the existing NSN2U IP network server, the AT8050 AdvancedTCA blade, and the KTC5520-EATX server board, according to the company.

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Marvell promises $100 tablet for students

March 18, 2010

Marvell announced its intent to deliver a $100, Android-ready tablet computer built around a 1GHz Armada 600 series processor. Aimed at students, the “Moby” will offer WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, an FM receiver, and Adobe Flash compatibility, the company says.

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Google’s IPTV set-top weds Android and the Atom

March 18, 2010

Google, Intel, and Sony are developing an Android- and Intel Atom-based IPTV and IP set-top box platform with the help of Logitech and Dish TV, says The New York Times. “Google TV” aims to bring the web and social networking services to TV viewers, and will be offered with open source Android development tools this summer, says the story.

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3D-ready IPTV SoC sports three app processors

March 18, 2010

ViXS Systems announced a Linux-ready MIPS-based SoC (system on chip) designed for IP set-top boxes (STBs). The 3D-ready XCode 4210 includes three application processors plus an OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics engine, and it's capable of transcoding two 1080p streams at up to 60 frames per second, the company says.

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Free tables available for embedded open source showcase

March 17, 2010

The CE Linux Forum (CELF) is once again sponsoring a free technical demonstration room for embedded open source projects at this year's Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) on Apr. 13 in San Francisco. Demonstrations should cover embedded technology that offers software available under GPL or LGPL compatible licenses, says CELF.

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COM Express module takes the heat

March 17, 2010

Kontron announced a Linux-ready COM Express module that has been redesigned for reliable operation in temperatures ranging from -40 to 185 deg. F. Available with processors up to a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, the ETXexpress-PC-XT offers up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and three SATA ports, the company says.

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Panel PC has antimicrobial case

March 17, 2010

Datalux announced an 19-inch panel PC intended for medical applications that runs Ubuntu Linux. The Ipix e-Series includes a sealed front panel and antimicrobial coating, fanless operation, a 1.6GHz Atom processor and 160GB hard drive, plus optional battery backup, the company says.

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MIPS-based networking processor gains Linux support

March 17, 2010

Timesys announced that its LinuxLink commercial software development framework for building custom embedded Linux based products now supports the latest networking processor from Wintegra. Now shipping in volume, the dual MIPS 34K core “WinPath 3” IP packet processor is designed for 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile and fixed wireless base stations, says the company.

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PCI/104-Express SBC offers RAID support

March 16, 2010

Advanced Digital Logic (ADL) announced a PCI/104-Express SBC (single board computer) that supports Intel's 45nm, SFF (small form factor) Core 2 Duo or Celeron M CPUs. The ADLGS45PC offers four onboard SATA ports with RAID support, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, two gigabit Ethernet ports, and eight USB 2.0 ports, the company says.

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Google spins new Nexus One model

March 16, 2010

Google has released an unlocked version of its Android-based Nexus One phone that's compatible with the 3G networks of AT&T and Roger Wireless. Meanwhile, a Flurry report claims that the Nexus One sold far fewer units in its first two months than the iPhone and the Motorola Droid did in theirs, says eWEEK.

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