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Archive for September, 2010

3.5-inch SBC includes PC/104 interface

September 30, 2010

Protech announced a 3.5-inch SBC (single board computer) that offers an Intel Atom N450 processor, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, and a CompactFlash slot. The EB-821LF also includes two gigabit Ethernet ports, four serial ports, and a PC/104 expansion connector, the company says.

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Mini-ITX board has 7:1 surround sound

September 30, 2010

Commell announced an embedded motherboard that uses the Mini-ITX form factor and supports Intel's Core i7, i5, and i3 processors. The LV-67F supports up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, features Mini PCI, PCI Express, and Mini PCI Express expansion, and offers six SATA ports, the company says.

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HD media player speeds up

September 30, 2010

Qnap Systems announced a new version of its NAS-like, 1080p-ready IP set-top box and media player. The NMP-1000P Network Multimedia Player features a faster, Sigma Designs system-on-chip (SoC) than the previous model, running the 667MHz SMP8643, and adds twice as much RAM (512MB), four times the flash memory (256MB), enhanced Wolfson audio, and a eSATA Host port.

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Dell’s seven-inch Android tablet to be followed by 10-incher, exec says

September 30, 2010

Dell's recently tipped seven-inch Android tablet will ship in a few weeks, going head to head with the new RIM PlayBook and a rumored seven-inch version of the Apple iPad, says an industry report. Meanwhile, Dell is also readying a 10-inch Android tablet for release next year, says the story.

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Seven-inch Android tablet starts at $130

September 30, 2010

MP4nation has opened preorders for a seven-inch, Android 1.5 “Rocktab” tablet from Nationite that costs approximately $130, featuring a 600MHz Rockchip RK2808 and GB of memory. Meanwhile, the retailer is also preparing to ship another batch of the 800MHz “Nationite MIDnite” seven-inch tablet, selling for $209 with Android 2.2 and an ARM Cortex-A8 CPU.

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Minimalist kiosk distro revs to Ubuntu 10.04 foundation

September 29, 2010

Linutop released version 4.0 of a Ubuntu Linux-based distro optimized for kiosk applications on small, energy-efficient fanless PCs, including legacy 386-based PCs and the company's own mini-PCs. Linutop OS 4.0 is based on Ubuntu 10.04 (“Lucid Lynx”), has a 700MB footprint, is available in a bootable USB key, and offers a variety of display and security features, says the company.

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Wind River updates dev tools for Froyo

September 29, 2010

Wind River announced the release of a version of its Wind River Platform for Android that supports Android 2.2 (“Froyo”) and Adobe Flash Player 10.1. The company also announced a design win with train manufacturer Bombardier for a computer system that will run on London Underground trains.

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Vision control PC supports six IP video cameras

September 29, 2010

Lanner announced an Atom-based PC that supports up to six IP video cameras and is designed for vision control applications. Featuring a separate Ethernet controller for each port, the LEC-2026 runs fanlessly, supports either hard disk or CompactFlash storage, and has connectors for both a VGA monitor and a serial console, the company says.

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Linux-based flying robots use swarm AI for rescue ops

September 29, 2010

Swiss university EPFL has demonstrated a swarm of Linux-based semi-autonomous “Flying Robots” designed for rescue communications. Each winged drone in the “SMAVNET” project is equipped with a Toradex Colibri PXA270 module, plus Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and GPS wireless communications, used to log location and trajectory and communicate with both ground communications and other craft.

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Rugged, Atom-based computer ships with remote management software

September 29, 2010

Axiomtek is readying a rugged, fanless DIN-rail computer with redundant components and SNMP-based “AXView” remote management software. The rBOX100 is equipped with the extended-temperature Intel Atom Z510PT and Z520PT processors, and offers gigabit Ethernet, Ethernet, serial, USB 2.0, and DIO connectivity, says the company.

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Qseven module sports Atom E6xxT processors, 4GB SSD

September 28, 2010

Portwell announced a Qseven module sporting the wide-temperature variants of Intel's recently announced Atom E6xx processors, with an operating range of -40 to 185 deg. F (-40 to 85 deg. C.). The PQ7-M105IT features an onboard 4GB or 8GB SSD (solid state disk) up to 8GB, eight USB 2.0 ports and four PCI Express x1 lanes, and is offered with an available 3.5-inch carrier board, the company says.

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Android surges in traffic, developer confidence

September 28, 2010

Android ad requests increased 39 percent month-over-month in August and 996 percent during 2010, says Millennial Media. Meanwhile, Sony Ericsson has dumped Symbian, Amazon.com may be developing an Android tablet, an IDC/Appcelerator survey claims 58.6 percent of developers believe Android's prospects are brighter than Apple's iOS, and a J.D. Power survey finds high consumer satisfaction for Android smartphones.

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Fedora 14 adds MeeGo — and spiced-up virtualization

September 28, 2010

The Fedora project announced the Beta release of “Fedora 14 “Laughlin,” featuring faster JPEG downloads and the MeeGo 1.0 netbook environment. Other new features in the Fedora 14 Beta include improved debugging and IPMI server management, and the debut of the “Spice” virtualization desktop framework and “Systemd” management technology for faster start-ups.

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Verizon strikes back with Droid R2-D2 smartphone

September 28, 2010

Verizon Wireless will launch its Motorola Droid R2-D2 smartphone Sept. 30 for $250. This Star Wars-themed version of the Android 2.2- and QWERTY-enabled Droid 2 adds a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset, plus preloaded content such as R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones, says Verizon.

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Free Linux tools streamline DSP coding on TI SoCs

September 28, 2010

Texas Instruments released two free Linux development tools to ease programming of the TMS320C6000 DSP (digital signal processor) included on some DaVinci and OMAP processors. The C6EZRun tool partitions code between the DSP and ARM cores, improving performance and streamlining ARM application ports, while C6EZAccel offers an ARM-side API library of over 130 optimized DSP kernels.

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Embedded PC is wall-mountable

September 28, 2010

Ibase announced an embedded system featuring a single-core Atom N450 processor, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and a 160GB, 2.5-inch hard disk drive. The CSB100-891 runs fanlessly, has a wall-mountable enclosure, and has four USB 2.0 ports plus a VGA output, the company says.

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Android hijacks in-flight entertainment

September 27, 2010

Thales announced the Touch Passenger Media Unit (TouchPMU), an Android-based in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) handheld with an ARM Cortex processor and a 3.8-inch touchscreen. Meanwhile, rival Panasonic is planning its own Android-based seat-back IFEC system, says reports.

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Rugged, fanless PCs report for duty

September 27, 2010

Adlink Technology announced two COTS (commercial off the shelf) military computers, one featuring a 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor and one featuring the 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo L5700. The MilSystem 735 and MilSystem 840 both come in rugged cases with passive cooling, include internal expansion, offer keyed STD-D38999 connectors, and accept 12 to 32 VDC inputs, the company says.

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Linux-ready SoCs sip half a Watt

September 27, 2010

Freescale Semiconductor announced a Linux-ready, ARM9-based i.MX28x SoC and a Coldfire-based MCF5441x MCU, both targeting fanless industrial applications as well as automotive systems. The i.MX28x and MCF5441x each consume less than half a Watt, support extended temperatures, offer clock synchronized Ethernet, and with some models, include a Layer 2 switch for low-cost daisy-chaining of devices.

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MIPS touts its quad-core IP as an Atom-beater

September 27, 2010

Sunnyvale-based MIPS Technologies announced processor IP that will bring multiple cores to products such as digital TVs, STBs (set-top boxes), and Blu-ray players. Said to already have a “yet-to-be-announced lead licensee,” the MIPS32 1074K CPS (coherent processing system) provides up to four cores, a CM (coherence management) unit, a CPC (cluster power controller), and optional FPUs (floating point units), the company says.

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