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Archive for April, 2010

3.5-inch SBC offers dual-core Atom

April 23, 2010

Portwell announced a “3.5-inch” embedded system board based on the single-core Atom D410 or dual-core Atom D510. The PEB-2780VG2A supports dual displays (VGA and LVDS), IDE or SATA hard drives, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports, according to the company.

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MXM module steps up to ARM Cortex-A8

April 23, 2010

Embedian announced a computer-on-module (COM) that includes an ARM Cortex-A8 processor and uses the MXM (Mobile PCI Express Module) format. The MXM-V210 includes a 1GHz Samsung S5PV210X processor, 512MB of RAM, and 256MB of flash, while the EVK-V210 baseboard provides HDMI output, a five megapixel camera module, a seven-inch touchscreen, and two SD slots, the company says.

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Mobile browser leaps to the desktop

April 23, 2010

Opera Software has released a version of its flagship mobile web browser that runs on Linux, Windows, and Macintosh desktop computers. Useful for testing mobile websites, Opera Mobile 10 runs in a variety of resolutions and in both touch and keypad-only modes, the company says.

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DIN rail PC offers choice of field buses

April 22, 2010

Kontron announced two rugged, fanless PCs designed for DIN Rail mounting. The ThinkIO-Solo and ThinkIO-Duo include Debian Linux, 1.06GHz Intel Celeron or 1.2GHz Core Duo U2500 processors, up to 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage, a CompactFlash socket, two Ethernet ports, and support for DVI-I and VGA monitors, the company says.

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ARM execs dismiss rumored Apple buyout

April 22, 2010

Executives for ARM Holdings are attempting to quell rumors that the company could be sold to Apple. “Nobody has to buy the company,” CEO Warren East was quoted as saying by London's Guardian newspaper, adding “that our standard business model is an excellent way … to gain access to our technology.”

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Dell preps bevy of Android devices

April 22, 2010

Dell is planning to release a bevy of ARM-based mobile devices, according to what Engadget says are leaked company documents. The devices include four Android-based phones, two Android tablets, and the company's first Windows Phone 7 device, the website says.

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Via aims 64-bit CPUs at embedded market

April 22, 2010

Via Technologies is now sampling versions of its 64-bit Nano processors that are aimed specifically at the embedded market. The Nano E series CPUs, ranging in speed from 800MHz to 1.8GHz, come with virtualization capabilities and extended longevity support, the company says.

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TI SoC gets video communications dev kits

April 21, 2010

TI (Texas Instruments) announced two camera and communications development kits for its recently announced TMS320DM368 DaVinci video processor. The DM368EUCDK (embedded USB camera development kit) includes webcam hardware, while the DM368ECDK (embedded communications development kit) provides dual image sensors and communication boards, the company says.

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Android-based nav phone’s U.S.-bound

April 21, 2010

T-Mobile and Garmin-Asus announced a navigation-oriented smartphone that will run Android and include multi-touch capabilities. The “Garminfone” includes a 600MHz Qualcomm processor, 4GB of flash storage, a three megapixel camera, and GPS capabilities that work with or without cellular connectivity, according to the companies.

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NFC stack gets open sourced

April 21, 2010

Inside Contactless, a manufacturer of near field communications (NFC) chips, announced an open source version of its NFC protocol stack for mobile platforms including Windows CE 6.0. Version 3.5 of “Open NFC” will be available on SourceForge.net May 15, complete with source code and full API documentation, the company says.

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Marvell prescribes multi-screen tablet device

April 21, 2010

[Updated, Apr. 23] — Marvell announced a tablet device for medical applications that will include a built in camera and multiple liquid crystal or e-paper displays. The “Moby Med” platform will offer a 1GHz Armada 600 series processor, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, an FM receiver, and Adobe Flash capability, the company says.

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Apple driving Adobe into Android’s arms?

April 21, 2010

Earlier this month, an Adobe employee told Apple to go screw itself over its new restrictive developer policies for the iPhone 4.0. Now, Adobe says, it's moving on, officially focusing its Flash technology on Google's Android and other competing smartphone platforms.

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HP tips its ARM netbook hand

April 20, 2010

HP's ARM-powered Android netbook has surfaced on the company's U.S. website, suggesting it may be headed for a North American release. Branded as the “Compaq AirLife 100,” the netbook includes a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM and 16MB of flash storage, a 10.1-inch display, and GPS capabilities, the company says.

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Atom-based LAN appliance has optional 10/100 switch

April 20, 2010

Aewin announced an Intel Atom-based network appliance that comes with either six gigabit Ethernet ports or five gigabit ports and four switched 10/100 ports. The SCB-7971 includes a N450, D410, or D510 CPU, up to 2GB of RAM, and hard disk or CompactFlash storage, the company says.

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Tiny DIY PC gets smaller, more powerful

April 20, 2010

Via announced a tiny PC for do-it-yourselfers, available in a barebones configuration with room for a 2.5-inch hard disk drive. The Linux-ready Artigo A1100 has a 1.3GHz Via Nano processor, accepts 2GB of RAM, sports HDMI and VGA video outputs, and has five USB ports, the company says.

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Samsung shrinks flash chips

April 20, 2010

Samsung announced what it claims is the industry's first production of “20 nm-class” NAND flash chips for use in SD cards and other storage devices. The 32 gigabit MLC (multi-level cell) chips will form the basis of SD cards to be offered in sizes ranging from 4GB to 64GB later this year, the company says.

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Linux development service supports new TI SoC

April 19, 2010

Timesys announced that its LinuxLink development framework for custom embedded Linux devices now supports the recently announced Texas Instruments (TI) TMS320DM368 DaVinci video processor. The LinuxLink for DM368 service offers Linux development tools and a pre-integrated build environment for the ARM-based chip, the company says.

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Flash for mobile devices is delayed

April 19, 2010

While continuing to bicker with Apple about the non-availability of Flash on the iPhone and iPad, Adobe has bad news for those with other mobile devices. Flash won't be available on Android, WebOS, or BlackBerry either until the second half of this year, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said in an interview with FOX Business.

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Google bypassing Chrome OS for its tablet device?

April 19, 2010

Google is reportedly working on a tablet computer based on its Android operating system, not the Chrome OS. Google has declined to comment on the tablet rumor, but that hasn't stopped analysts from mulling over the operating system choice.

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Chrome OS gains cloud printing technology

April 16, 2010

Google's Chromium project released early open source code and documentation for a new cloud-based printing technology for the Linux-based Chrome OS operating system. Google Cloud Print will ultimately enable local or remote printing without requiring printer drivers, says Google.

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