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Archive for March, 2010

Android virtualization platform taps security-enhanced hypervisor

March 25, 2010

Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) announced the availability of a mobile virtualization reference platform for its Android version of the OKL4 microkernel hypervisor (“Microvisor”). The Android “One Core” platform appears to be the first implementation of version 4.0 of OKL4, which offers security and performance enhancements, says the company.

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Nvidia’s next-gen GPUs set for launch

March 25, 2010

Nvidia will launch new GeForce GPU (graphics processing units) tomorrow using its next-generation “Fermi” architecture, The Wall Street Journal reports. It's said the products will include 512 cores and three billion transistors, doubling the amounts in the company's previous chips.

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Serial device server monitors over 3G networks

March 25, 2010

Opengear announced a new version of its Linux-based ACM5000 line of serial device servers, claimed to be the first to offer remote monitoring over 3G cellular network devices. The ACM5004-G is equipped with four serial ports, an Ethernet port, and a USB port, and supports EDGE, GPRS, GSM, HSDA and HSUPA networks.

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Wind River extends partner validation program to mil-aero

March 24, 2010

Wind River expanded its partner validation program for Wind River Linux and VxWorks to the aerospace and defense market. Wind River announced initial partnerships with AdaCore, Aicas, Alt Software, Atego, Esterel Technologies, Presagis, and PrismTech, all of which will provide software that is integrated and validated with the latest releases of Wind River's embedded distributions, says the company.

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Android phone sports four-inch Super AMOLED display

March 24, 2010

Samsung Electronics announced an Android smartphone with a 1GHz processor and a four-inch, WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen. The Galaxy S GT-I9000 is said to ship with either 8GB or 16GB of flash, and provides 3G HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, A-GPS, a five-megapixel camera, and a front-facing VGA webcam, says Samsung.

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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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