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Archive for September, 2010

Galapagos tablets to launch with multimedia e-reader service

September 27, 2010

Sharp announced two color e-reader tablets set to ship in December, along with an electronic bookstore that will offer 30,000 books and periodicals with automated scheduled delivery services. The “Galapagos” is available in 10.8-inch and 5.5-inch versions, offers 802/11b/g Wi-Fi connections, and according to one report, runs Android.

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Amazon Kindle for Android app updated

September 27, 2010

Amazon.com has introduced new features for its Kindle for Android app, including the ability to search within an e-book via typing or voice. Meanwhile, the company has ratcheted up its marketing campaign for the Kindle e-reader itself, releasing a TV commercial that compares the Kindle's low price and better sunlight readability to the Apple iPad.

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Mini ITX board showcases dual-core 1.8GHz Atom

September 24, 2010

Portwell announced two Intel Atom-based Mini-ITX boards that support dual display capability. The WADE-8075 uses the 1.8GHz Atom D525 while the WADE-8076 adopts the 1.6GHz Atom N455, and both offer the Intel ICH8M chipset, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, four serial ports, up to 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, and PCI, PCIe, and Mini PCIe expansion, says the company.

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Rugged PC/104 SBC taps 1GHz x86 SoC

September 24, 2010

WinSystems is shipping a rugged, PC/104 single board computer (SBC) running DMP Electronics' x86-compatible, 1GHz Vortex86DX processor. The PCM-VDX-2-512 is equipped with two Ethernet ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and four serial ports, provides an optional SSD (solid state disk), and runs on 5.5 Watts, says the company.

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First MeeGo tablet ships

September 24, 2010

Neofonie-owned WeTab GmbH has shipped what appears to be the first MeeGo-based tablet, the 11.6-inch, Intel Atom N450-based WeTab, which is also said to be compatible with Android. Meanwhile, a super-light NFS N-Pad tablet prototype has popped up running Android on an Intel Atom N6xx (“Moorestown”) processor.

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Atom-based 3.5-inch board offers PCIe expansion

September 23, 2010

Axiomtek announced a 3.5-inch embedded board that can be fitted with Intel's Atom N450, D410, or dual-core D510 processors. The Capa800 offers up to 1GB of DDR2 memory, CompactFlash and PCI Express expansion, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, eight USB ports, and four serial ports, says the company.

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Embedded micro-ATX board runs quad-core Xeons

September 23, 2010

Trenton Technology announced an embedded motherboard that accepts the “Jasper Forest” Xeon processors introduced by Intel earlier this year. The JXM7031 supports up to 192GB of RAM, includes six SATA ports with RAID support, and offers three PCI Express slots and one 32-bit PCI slot, the company says.

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Tri-core, 1.5GHz ARM SoC touted for 1080p 3D video

September 23, 2010

Marvell announced a 1.5GHz, tri-core member of its Armada system-on-chip family. Aimed at smartphones and tablets, the Armada 628 combines two 1.5GHz ARM v7 cores with a specialized 624MHz system management core that reduces power consumption, adding six media processing engines that are claimed to deliver dual 1080p streams of 3D video plus “advanced 3D gaming performance.”

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Nvidia porting CUDA to x86

September 23, 2010

Nvidia announced that it will port its CUDA (compute unified device architecture) programming language directly to x86 chips. The chipmaker is also touting its next GPU (graphics processing unit), “Kepler,” which will be three or four times more powerful than the current Fermi product, according to industry reports.

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Dell tips a seven-inch Android tablet

September 23, 2010

Dell CEO Michael Dell was said to have flashed a seven-inch Android tablet at Oracle World that may be the previously rumored “Looking Glass.” Meanwhile, Pegatron is building an Nvidia Tegra 2-based Android tablet for HTC, and Motorola has postponed its Android tablet until early 2011, waiting for Android 3.0 and the launch of 4G LTE networks, say other reports.

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Linux networking software adds management interfaces

September 23, 2010

IP Infusion and Tail-f Systems say they'll jointly develop packet-based, carrier-grade management solutions combining the former's Linux-based, carrier-grade ZebOS middleware with the latter's ConfD configuration software — supporting CLI, web, SNMP, and Netconf management interfaces. Meanwhile, IP Infusion says that ZebOS is acting as the control and management plane software for Centec Networks' new Carrier Ethernet CTC6048 processor.

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Intel’s Atom E6xx makes it onto a 3.5-inch SBC

September 23, 2010

Avalue announced a 3.5-inch SBC (single board computer) powered by Intel's Atom E6xx processors. The ECM-QB has 1GB of onboard DDR2 RAM, four USB 2.0 ports, five serial ports, two gigabit Ethernet ports, plus microSD, CompactFlash, and PCI Express Mini Card slots, the company says.

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Automation computer targets industrial networking

September 22, 2010

Moxa announced a Linux-ready RISC/XScale-based embedded computer aimed at industrial networking and automation applications. The UC-8430 is equipped with a 533MHz Intel XScale IXP435 processor, provides optional extended temperature support, and offers connectivity including three 10/100 Ethernet ports, eight serial ports, six USB 2.0 ports, dual VGA ports, and a CompactFlash slot, says the company.

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Home energy gateway platform runs mystery SoC

September 22, 2010

Freescale Semiconductor announced a Home Energy Gateway (HEG) “smart grid” reference platform that can be based on three existing ARM processors or a yet-to-be-announced mystery SoC (system-on-chip). Supported with Linux and Windows BSPs by Adeneo Embedded, the HEG offers features for collecting power consumption data over ZigBee networks from Home Area Network (HAN) appliances, controlling power activation, and communicating with utility networks.

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Motorola Droid X gets Android 2.2 upgrade

September 22, 2010

Android 2.2 (“Froyo”) began rolling out on Verizon Wireless' Motorola Droid X smartphone today, a month after it was initially promised. Customers can have the upgrade pushed over the air to the 4.3-inch, 1GHz Droid X or pull it manually from their phone, says Verizon.

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Timesys spins free web version of LinuxLink development platform

September 22, 2010

Timesys announced the availability of the LinuxLink Free Edition, a “cloud” version of its Linux development platform that provides kernels, toolchains, debuggers, the TimeStorm Eclipse IDE, and the Web Factory build system. The company also announced a LinuxLink subscription for running MeeGo on the new Intel Atom E6xx processor.

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Rugged transportation panel PC sports Atom E6xx

September 22, 2010

Kontron announced a fanless, EN50155-compliant panel PC aimed at the railway and transportation markets, featuring a 10.4-inch capacitive touchscreen and Intel Atom E6xx processors. The rugged Kontron Display Computer HMITR is equipped with 1GB soldered RAM, up to 32GB NAND flash, Mini-PCIe expansion, extended temperature range support, and I/O that includes Ethernet, USB 2.0, serial, and CAN interfaces.

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Mini PC offers E6xx Atom CPUs

September 21, 2010

Habey USA announced a fanless, ultra-compact PC using Intel's recently announced E6xx Atom. The BIS-6622 includes HDMI and VGA video outputs, a bay for a 1.8-inch disk drive, two gigabit Ethernet ports, and four external USB 2.0 ports, according to the company.

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HMI development platform includes touchscreen display

September 21, 2010

Precision Technology Inc. (PTI) announced a HMI (human machine interface) development platform that runs Windows CE on a TI OMAP3530 processor, and will soon be offered with Android. The Flash Board provides five- or seven-inch touchscreens, 256MB of RAM and 512MB of flash, DVI-D video output, an SD slot, serial and USB OTG ports, and Wi-Fi, the company says.

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Qt gets faster, adds touch UI stack

September 21, 2010

Nokia's Qt Software subsidiary released version 4.7 of its Qt cross-platform application and UI framework, touted for offering much faster performance. The Linux-compatible Qt 4.7 adds two building blocks of an upcoming high-level animation- and touch-enabled UI stack called Qt Quick: a Javascript-based QML language and a “Qt Declarative” C++ module.

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