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Archive for February, 2011

RSODIMM: a low-cost way to make SODIMMs rugged

February 28, 2011

Accelerated Memory Production (AMP), Apacer, and Diamond Systems unveiled a memory standard that's said to provide a cost-effective way of adding memory to rugged devices. RSODIMM satisfies reliability requirements affordably by simply adding 10mm of height and two mounting holes to the industry-standard SODIMM form factor, the companies say.

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China Unicom to launch Linux-based WoPhone OS

February 28, 2011

China Unicom announced its own Linux-based, Android-like WoPhone operating system, with initial phones to be offered by Huawei and Beijing Tianyu Communication Equipment. The WoPhone announcement follows last week's news that China Unicom rival China Mobile will offer four Asus smartphones and a tablet running the carrier's new OMS 2.0 (OPhone) Android variant on a new TD-CDMA-ready Marvell PXA920 processor.

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Virtualization-ready Atom debuts in 256-processor server

February 28, 2011

Yet another Atom processor has broken cover — this time offering 64-bit processing, the ability to use up to 4GB of RAM, and support for hardware virtualization. The 1.66GHz N570 will be offered first in SeaMicro's SM10000-64 server, which employs 256 of the chips in a 10U rackmount case.

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Atrix 4G cranks up Android with Tegra 2, HSPA+, says review

February 28, 2011

Motorola's Atrix 4G smartphone provides a solid AT&T answer to Verizon Wireless' Droid lineup and the various Samsung Galaxy S Android handsets, says this eWEEK review. With features like a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and HSPA+ support, the Atrix 4G is dubbed the best Android phone from AT&T yet.

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HTC tips Android global roaming phone

February 28, 2011

HTC announced it will launch an Android-based “world phone,” including both CDMA and GSM. Due this spring, the HTC Merge features Android 2.2, a 3.8-inch display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a five-megapixel camera, and appears likely to be heading for Verizon Wireless.

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Freescale spins Cortex-A8 SoCs, tablet design, and $149 dev board

February 28, 2011

Freescale Semiconductor announced two new members of its i.MX53 family of Cortex-A8 system-on-chips: an industrial-focused, 800MHz i.MX37 and the consumer-oriented, 1GHz i.MX538. Also unveiled were a $149 “Quick Start” development board for the original i.MX535 SoC, as well as a 10.1-inch, $1,499 “SABRE” tablet reference design, both compatible with Android, Linux, and Windows Embedded Compact 7.

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Atom E6xx PC is claimed to be world’s smallest

February 25, 2011

Toradex announced a Linux-based single board computer (SBC) with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom E6xx, and also debuted a PC based on it that's claimed to be “the world's smallest.” The “Topaz” SBC underlies the fanless, aluminum-housed “Xiilun,” which measures 3.50 x 2.36 x 0.63 inches, features up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and offers a bootable microSD slot, DVI-D, and four USB 2.0 ports.

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Vehicle-mount PC offers dual-core Atom, choice of screens

February 25, 2011

Data Ltd Inc. (DLI) announced a vehicle-mount computer that comes with a dual-core Atom processor, IP54 sealing against liquids or dust, and a choice of 12- or 15-inch touchscreens. The DLI 9200 includes up to 3GB of RAM, up to 240GB of storage, plus connectivity including an optional GSM or CDMA cellular modem, the company says.

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Xoom Xoom: Positive reviews greet Honeycomb tablet launch

February 25, 2011

Verizon Wireless launched the Motorola Xoom Feb. 24 for $600 with a two-year contract, and the dual-core Android 3.0 tablet has earned solid reviews — although with concerns over the high price and lack of apps. Android tablets certainly have a long way to go, however, since Apple's iPad represented 93 percent of the 4.5 million tablet PCs sold in 3Q 2010, says ABI Research.

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NTT DoCoMo’s Android phone is just a third of an inch thick

February 24, 2011

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo says it will start selling an Android 2.2 phone that's claimed to be the world's thinnest, at just a third of an inch. The NEC Medias N-04C phone will be joined on the network by Sony-Ericsson's Android 2.3-based Xperia Arc SO-01C phone and LG's Optimus Pad L-06C tablet, the latter running Android 3.0 on an Nvidia Tegra 2.

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Thunderbolt weaves PCI Express and DisplayPort onto single cable

February 24, 2011

As expected, Apple and Intel have announced “Thunderbolt,” a rebranded version of the latter's “Light Peak” technology. Initially available on three MacBook Pro notebooks, it offers 10Gb/sec. data transfer, the ability to daisy-chain six peripherals, plus both PCI Express and DisplayPort support, according to the companies.

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Embedded Linux file system rev’d for performance

February 24, 2011

Datalight released a new version of its Reliance Nitro file system aimed at embedded Linux devices. Reliance Nitro SDK for Linux 2.0 offers improved read and write performance, fast boot times, solid reliability, and a wide assortment of validation and testing tools, says the company.

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Android Trojan found in alternative app markets

February 24, 2011

A new Android Trojan is being repackaged in popular Android apps and distributed through app markets and forums serving Chinese-speaking users. Mobile security firms NetQin and Lookout Mobile Security have both issued alerts regarding the “BD.HongTouTou” Trojan, which has been found in repackaged titles like “RoboDefense.”

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OSADL preps for real-time Linux conference, launches book series

February 23, 2011

[Updated: Feb. 24] — OSADL (Open Source Automation Development Lab) is calling for papers for its 13th RealTime Linux Workshop (RTLWS13) in Prague on Oct. 20-22. Also announced were an “OSADL Academic Works” book series — starting with Roland Kammerer's “Linux in Safety-Critical Applications” — and two new academic partners, ZHAW's InES lab in Winterthur, Switzerland, and the RealTime Systems Laboratory (RETIS) in Pisa, Italy.

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First Tegra 2-based Qseven module spins HD video on 5 Watts

February 23, 2011

MSC Vertriebs announced an ARM-based Qseven module that appears to be the industry's first such device using Cortex-A9 cores. The MSC Q7-NT2 is built around a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 290 processor, supports 1080p video, offers interfaces ranging from gigabit Ethernet to I2C, consumes only five Watts, and offers extended temperature support, says the company.

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Reports: Intel’s Light Peak I/O will debut on Apple laptops

February 23, 2011

Intel is apparently about to launch its “Light Peak” interconnect, offering 10Gb/sec. data transfer and the ability to connect multiple peripherals to a single cable. The technology will be announced tomorrow on MacBook Pro notebooks from Apple, where it will be branded “Thunderbolt,” according to multiple reports.

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In-vehicle PC touted for smart power controls

February 23, 2011

Acrosser is shipping a fanless, industrial-grade vehicle computer with extended temperature support and intelligent power management. The rugged AR-V5403FL supports a range of mature Intel processors including the Core 2 Duo, provides CompactFlash and SATA storage, and provides connectivity including gigabit Ethernet, USB, serial, and optional wireless.

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Android 3.0 SDK released as Xoom starts countdown

February 23, 2011

Google released the final Android 3.0 (“Honeycomb”) SDK to developers, offering a number of enhancements compared to last month's preliminary build, including UI Builder improvements in the ADT Plugin. Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless and Motorola will launch the first Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom, on Feb. 24, and Adobe says the Xoom will receive a Flash Player 10.2 update in late March.

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RSA Conference recap: securing cloud computing and prepping for cyber-war

February 22, 2011

The 20th annual RSA Conference in San Francisco came to a close Feb. 18, ending a week of product announcements, keynotes, and educational sessions that produced their share of security-related news stories, including EMC's Cloud Trust Authority. This year's hot topics included cloud computing and cyber-war.

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Barebone system runs Core i7 CPU, supports dual displays

February 22, 2011

Ibase announced a fanless barebone computer equipped with a 2.66GHz Intel Core i7-620M CPU. The AMI200-953 comes with 4GB DDR3 memory, a 40GB hard disk, dual Ethernet ports, eight USB ports, a serial port, plus DVI-I, DVI-D, and VGA ports with dual display capability, says the company.

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