Emerson Network Power announced a service via which customers can create their own customized motherboard or COM (computer on module), then receive initial samples in just a few weeks. Initially focusing on devices with Intel's Atom E6xx processor, “RapiDex” offers “competitive” pricing, orders of as few as 1,000 units, and full product warranties, claims Emerson.
Archive for March, 2011
HP released its WebOS 3.0 software development kit (SDK), which takes advantage of new features available on the recently announced HP TouchPad tablet. Meanwhile, HP's new CEO Leo Apotheker offered more details on how HP plans to spread WebOS across multiple devices and establish partnerships with smaller companies to expand the Linux-based platform.
AMD will continue to take a measured approach to the tablet market, focusing in the short term on the release of powerful new server chips, according to a company executive. These offerings will target the burgeoning cloud computing and virtualization markets, Vlad Rozanovich, director of North America commercial business for AMD told our sister publication eWEEK.
Mitel announced an updated version of its Linux-based Unified Communications server for the SMB market. The Mitel 5000 CP 5.0 adds support for up to 20 eight-party conferences, bidirectional synchronization of voice messages with email, dynamic extensions for up 10 associated devices, a new web portal, and a System Open Architecture Interface (OAI) Toolkit for third-party app integration.
Google is talking to ARM about the possibility of standardizing both Android 3.x and ARM processors to offer a more consistent experience, says an industry report. Meanwhile, another report says Android device vendors have complained to the U.S. Justice Department over Google's increasingly heavy-handed pressure discouraging UI customizations of Android.
With tight budgets ahead as far as the eye can see, NASA is increasingly looking toward open source technology and the help of a volunteer community to help out. The U.S. space agency hosted its first Open Source Summit this week to reach out to the open source community and explain its often confusing and incompatible open source license.
Moxa announced a device for power automation applications it's calling “the world's most precise timekeeping computer.” The DA-683 includes a dual-core Intel Atom D510 CPU, two SATA connectors, a CompactFlash slot, six gigabit Ethernet connectors, dual bays for PCI-based expansion modules, and configurations sporting dual power inputs, the company says.
Hercules announced the first two ARM members of its eCAFÉ netbook family, both running a custom Linux distro and featuring a dipswitch for flipping to other user-loaded Linux or Android operating systems. The eCAFÉ Slim HD and HDMI-enabled, 13-hour battery eCAFÉ EX HD are built on the 800MHz Freescale i.MX515 processor and offer up to 72GB flash storage, plus Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB connectivity.
Aaeon announced a fanless embedded controller that has an operating range from -4 to 140 deg. F. The AEC-6625 has a 1.86GHz Intel Celeron P4500 processor, room for one or two 2.5-inch hard disk drives, six USB 2.0 ports, up to three serial ports, and an optional PCI-104 expansion slot, according to the company.
Axiomtek launched a fanless industrial box computer with an Intel Atom N450 or dual-core Atom D510 processor, each clocked at 1.66GHz. The eBOX620-800-FL supports up to 2GB DDR2 memory, provides PCI Express expansion, offers a variety of connectivity including gigabit Ethernet, and supports a wide temperature range, says the company.
OSADL (Open Source Automation Development Lab) announced four new members, including new “silver” member AMD. OSADL, which has begun testing real-time Linux on AMD's G-Series processors, also announced “bronze” memberships for Spanish software engineering firm DSM4, German automotive technology manufacturer Eberspacher, and Austrian industrial research firm OpenTech EDV.
HCL Infosystems announced three Android 2.2 tablets for the Indian market, featuring one-button access to HCL's India-focused Touch online service. The “ME” tablets include the seven-inch ME AE7 and ME AM7, both with 800MHz processors, as well as the 10-inch, 1GHz ME AP10, says the company.
Kontron announced a pico-ITX SBC (single board computer) featuring AMD's 500MHz Geode LX800 processor. The KTLX800/pITX includes up to 1GB of RAM, a microSD slot, 10/100 Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, two RS232 ports, and an SATA II interface, the company says.
McObject announced a design win for its in-memory ExtremeDB database, built into a new Linux-based 4G base station from Airspan Networks. The compact Air4G device uses ExtremeDB to help it simultaneously support WiMAX and LTE 4G networks, says the company.
Fabless semiconductor vendor Conexant announced a digital signage-oriented system-on-chip (SoC) with Linux and Android development support. Built using an ARM Cortex-A8 core, the CX92755 supports HD video encoding and decoding, video/graphics overlay, image processing, plus integrated audio and power supply control, says the company.
Android will surge to a dominant 39.5 percent share of the fast-growing global smartphone market this year, then further climb slowly to a 45.4 percent share by 2015, says IDC. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 will see the fastest growth as it supplants Symbian to reach a second-place 20.9 percent share by 2015, the research firm projects.
Microsoft researchers have come up with a way to better utilize “white space” networks, which would tap into unused TV spectrum to deliver broadband services. “SpecNet” would create a network of spectrum analyzers, allowing remote detection of frequencies that could be used for transmission, according to a paper that will be presented next week.
The Linux Foundation announced the Top Five 2011 Linux Gurus — the members who contributed the most to the Linux.com community over the last year. This year's winner is Matthew Fillpot, who will receive a “Dream Linux Machine” and, like the other winners, an invitation to next week's Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit.
Mechanical hard disk drives took another step toward obsolescence via Intel's announcement of its “third-generation” solid state disks (SSDs). Now offered in capacities as high as 300 or 600GB, the SSD320 series offers lower pricing, sequential write speeds that have doubled in speed, plus new encryption and data protection features, the company says.
The Foresight Linux project released Foresight Linux 2.5, the first major release of this rolling-release Linux distro in two years, featuring Linux 2.6.35, GNOME 2.32.1, KDE 4.6.1, and Xfce 4.8. Meanwhile, rPath released rPath X6, a specialized Linux distro and appliance-building system that, like Foresight, is based on the Conary package manager.