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Archive for May, 2010

Capacitive touchscreens get larger, support styluses

May 24, 2010

Atmel announced a microcontroller for capacitive touchscreens that allows operation via gloved hands or styluses, supporting screens up to 15.6 inches. The maXTouch technology uses under 1.8mW in a “touch-ready” state and performs “three times better” than competitive products, the company says.

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Expandable PC works up to 167 deg. F

May 21, 2010

Adlink announced a rugged, fanless computer that can operate at up to 167 deg. F and has room for two PC/104-Plus expansion cards. The RuffSystem 735 features four serial ports, four USB ports, two Ethernet ports, plus a CompactFlash slot and room for a SATA hard disk drive, the company says.

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WebOS heading for HP smartphones, tablets, printers

May 21, 2010

HP will use the Linux-based WebOS operating system it is acquiring from Palm for smartphones, tablets, and printers, but not in netbooks, say reports from HP's positive earnings call earlier this week. Meanwhile, AT&T has started selling the Palm Pre Plus and will start selling the WebOS-based Pixi Plus phone in June, says eWEEK.

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French mini-tablet runs Android

May 21, 2010

The French firm EviGroup says it is now shipping an Android-based tablet with a five-inch touchscreen. Running on a ARM11-based 667MHz Samsung S3C6410, the $250 “Evi Wallet” offers 256MB RAM, 1GB flash, a microSD slot, and 802.11n WiFi, says the company.

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Open source robot is all eyes

May 21, 2010

A startup called TheCorpora is readying an open source Linux robot based on a Mini-ITX board with an Intel Atom and an Nvidia Ion GPU. The foot-and-a-half tall Qbo lacks arms or legs, but is mobile, can be controlled via WiFi, and offers stereoscopic face, object, and gesture recognition, plus speech synthesis and voice recognition.

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Mini-ITX board builds on low-power AMD chips

May 20, 2010

Avalue announced a Mini-ITX motherboard that uses AMD's RS780E chipset and supports low-power AM3 socket processors, including the Phenom II XLT Q54L and Athlon II XL CPUs. The EMX-780E is equipped with up to 4GB DDR2 memory, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, USB and serial I/O, and PCIe expansion, and consumes 7 to 15 Watts, claims the company.

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Google TV to mix Android, Chrome, and Atom

May 20, 2010

Google announced an Android and Chrome browser-based IPTV platform today that will offer integrated search for content across TV, DVR, and the web. Initially optimized for the Dish Network, Google TV will arrive in set-tops and TVs later this year from Sony and Logitech, based on Intel's Atom-based CE4100 SoC, says Google.

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Google announces Android 2.2

May 20, 2010

[Updated, 11:00 a.m.] — As expected, Android 2.2 (“Froyo”) was announced at this morning's Google I/O conference in San Francisco. Touted as including the “world's fastest mobile browser,” the upgrade will include USB tethering with WiFi hotspot support, stream music from home PCs, and offer an improved online marketplace, the company says.

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Open source industrial group joins the Linux Foundation

May 19, 2010

The Linux Foundation (LF) announced that it has accepted the Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) as a new Silver member of the non-profit organization. OSADL, which oversees the development of “Latest Stable” industrial real-time Linux kernel versions, among other projects, will collaborate with LF members on embedded and industrial Linux efforts.

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Linux development platform targets multi-core MIPS SoCs

May 19, 2010

Mentor Graphics has agreed to develop Linux software for NetLogic Microsystems' MIPS-based processors, targeting next-generation Internet networks. Mentor Graphics' Embedded Software Division will provide Linux development software for NetLogic's XLP, XLR, and XLS multicore, multithreaded system-on-chips (SoCs), say the partners.

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Gartner: Android leapfrogs Linux and Windows Mobile

May 19, 2010

Android has overtaken Windows Mobile and Linux for fourth place in smartphone OS market share with 9.6 percent, says Gartner. The worldwide study of first quarter smartphone sales showed a 707 per cent year-on-year increase in Android sales in North America, while the total smartphone market saw its largest year-on-year increase since 2006, says the research firm.

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Novell’s SLE update adds full KVM support, improved clustering

May 19, 2010

Novell announced SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 11 Service Pack 1 (SP1) in server and desktop versions. SLE 11 SP1 advances the server version's virtualization capabilities with full support for KVM, also boosting high availability clustering support, while the desktop version updates audio, Bluetooth, and multi-monitor support, Novell says.

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Panel PC targets image-intense medical apps

May 19, 2010

Advantech announced a 22-inch panel PC designed for medical applications. The POC-227 includes Intel Core 2 Duo or Celeron processors, an optical disk drive, four isolated serial ports and an IEEE 1394a port, plus a SAW (surface acoustic wave) touchscreen, the company says.

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Two-bay NAS offers AES encryption

May 18, 2010

Synology America announced a two-bay, Linux-based networked-attached storage (NAS) device for the SMB market, integrating a 256-bit AES hardware encryption engine. The DiskStation DS210+ can hold up to 4TB of internal storage, consumes 30 Watts, and includes the new Synology DiskStation Manager 2.3 software, with improved RAID setup and security features.

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TI licenses multicore graphics IP

May 18, 2010

Imagination Technologies announced it has licensed its latest Powervr SGX Series5XT IP for GPUs (graphics processing units) to Texas Instruments (TI) for inclusion in forthcoming OMAP SOCs (system on chips). Following a similar agreement earlier this month with Renesas, the collaboration will “define a new zenith of graphics performance for mobile platforms,” the company claims.

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GM and Google integrate Android app with OnStar

May 18, 2010

General Motors (GM) announced that version 2.0 of the Android version of its OnStar Mobile app for the Chevrolet Volt will feature Google Maps integration. The voice-enabled feature, which shows a Volt's location on Google Maps, may only be the first step in Android integration with OnStar, say reports.

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Amazon spins Kindle for Android app as e-reader market heats up

May 18, 2010

Amazon.com announced that a free e-reader app for its Kindle Store is coming to Android. The Kindle for Android app arrives amidst growing competition from low-cost e-readers such as the Kobe, Android models like the hot-selling Nook, and multi-function color tablets ranging from the iPad to a possible new Sony device.

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Linux gains flash filesystem

May 17, 2010

Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 2.6.34, which is notable for adding two filesystems: Ceph for distributed and cloud-based applications, and LogFS, which is optimized for flash-memory based devices. Other new features include a faster KVM virtualization driver based on Vhost.net technology, says LinuxPlanet.com.

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COM Express module sports 32nm processors

May 17, 2010

Portwell announced a COM Express module that offers Intel's recently introduced “Arrandale” Core i7/i5/i3 processors or the even newer Celeron P4505 CPU. The PCOM-B216VG-VI includes up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, supports up to four SATA devices, and drives three DisplayPort displays, the company says.

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HTC spins budget Android 2.1 phone with app-sharing feature

May 17, 2010

HTC announced a budget-minded Android 2.1 phone for European and Asian markets. Available in the third quarter, the HTC Wildfire will offer a 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen, a five-megapixel camera, a 3.5mm audio jack, a microSD card slot, and a new app-sharing feature, says the company.

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