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Archive for April, 2011

PICMG board supports quad-core Xeon E3 processors

April 29, 2011

Trenton Technology announced a full-size PICMG 1.3 single board computer (SBC) that's available with Intel's recently announced, quad-core Xeon E3-12xx processors. The TSB7053 offers up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, PCI and PCI Express expansion, six SATA interfaces, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, both DVI-D and VGA video, and a Mini PCI Express slot.

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ESC show features Woz, teardowns, and 25 embedded tracks

April 29, 2011

The final agenda has been posted for the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley 2011, scheduled for May 2-5. This year's event features four keynotes — including one from Steve Wozniak — plus 240 exhibitors, a teardown and giveaway of the Nook Color, and a Linux/Android track with sessions on Android sensors, Linux flash file systems, and “Android vs. MeeGo.”

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Class action suit targets Google over Android GPS tracking

April 29, 2011

Google has been sued for $50 million by two HTC Inspire 4G owners in Michigan in a class-action lawsuit regarding Android's ability to collect information on a user's GPS location. Meanwhile, Oracle gained an early upper hand in its Android-related lawsuit against Google, and Barnes & Noble has countersued Microsoft over its Nook-related Android suit, arguing anti-competitive behavior by Redmond.

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Intel touts progress toward 50Gbps optical link

April 29, 2011

Intel has reportedly shown working prototypes of silicon for a photonics link that moves data at 50Gbps. Capable of transmitting the equivalent of an entire HD movie every second, the technology will be ready to be integrated into PCs, embedded devices, and consumer electronics by 2015, according to the chipmaker.

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Google Talk brings native video chat to Android

April 29, 2011

Google announced a version of Google Talk for Android that enables voice and video chat, appearing first on Samsung Nexus S phones that have been updated to Android 2.3.4. Also this week, Google released a Google Docs for Android app that lets users turn pictures with text into editable documents.

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Tegra 2 module gains open-spec pico-ITX carrier board

April 28, 2011

Toradex launched a pico-ITX carrier board for its Colibri modules, available with free schematics and compatible with Linux or Windows Embedded Compact 7. The Toradex Iris can support any Toradex Colibri module but is available with the Colibri T20 module pre-installed, making it one of the first Nvidia Tegra 2-based development boards, according to the company.

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Fanless industrial PC has Core 2 Duo, four expansion slots

April 28, 2011

Aaeon has added to its line of fanless embedded controllers with a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo-based model. The AEC-6924 has two DVI-I video outputs, two Ethernet ports, a CompactFlash slot, four RS232/422/485 serial ports, plus Mini PCI, PCI and PCI Express x1 expansion slots, the company says.

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Rugged, Atom-powered handheld runs Linux

April 28, 2011

Amrel announced the availability of Linux on a ruggedized, military-focused handheld PC that includes a five-inch, 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen. The Rocky DB6 has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 32GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of SSD (solid state disk) storage, and a Mini PCI Express expansion slot, the company says.

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LAN appliance has quad-core Xeons, up to 21 ports

April 28, 2011

Lanner announced a modular 1U network appliance that supports Intel's recently announced Xeon E3 CPUs. The FW-8865 includes from five to 21 gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 16GB of RAM, one or two hard disk drives, a CompactFlash slot, and a front-panel character display, the company says.

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Ubuntu 11.04 out, awaits Unity verdict

April 28, 2011

Ubuntu 11.04 is available for free download, featuring a new touch-enabled Unity desktop environment, expected by Canonical to steer the popular Linux distro toward a tablet future while keeping the Ubuntu faithful happy. Other new features include LibreOffice 3.3.2, Firefox 4.0, and improvements to the Software Center.

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Dual-core panel PC’s for hospital patients

April 27, 2011

Advantech announced an “infotainment terminal” for hospital patients that includes a 15.6-inch touchscreen and a single- or dual-core Intel Atom processor. The PIT-1502W offers a resistive touchscreen with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, a two megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, RFID, and a smart card reader, according to the company.

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Windows still rules OS roost, but Linux and Mac growing faster, says Gartner

April 27, 2011

The worldwide market for operating system software grew nearly eight percent to $30.4 billion in 2010, led by Microsoft Windows with 78.6 percent market share, says Gartner. Yet Linux was the fastest growing server OS, and Apple's Mac OS had the fastest growth on the desktop, says the research firm.

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MIPS Honeycomb port in progress

April 27, 2011

MIPS Technologies says it's working on a port of Android 3.0 (“Honeycomb”) to the MIPS architecture, and also announced a 15 percent year-to-year increase in revenues for its fiscal third quarter. Meanwhile, MIPS and new licensee Ali Corp. of Taiwan announced Ali's Linux-compatible, MIPS32-based “M3701G” chipset, designed for triple-play set-top boxes.

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ARM processor shipments — and profits — are booming

April 27, 2011

Buoyed by sales of smartphones and tablets, ARM Holdings reported a 35 percent increase in year-over-year profits. The company added that shipments of processors based on its designs were up 33 percent, while 39 different licensees signed up during the first quarter of its financial year.

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Xoom sales still flag as developers rethink Android tablets

April 27, 2011

Verizon says it is happy with Motorola Xoom tablet sales, despite a Global Equities estimate that only 25,000 to 120,000 units — a small fraction of the 500,000 to 800,000 units said to have been manufactured — have actually sold. Meanwhile, increasing frustration with Android fragmentation, as well as a rough-edged Android 3.0 (“Honeycomb”) release, has tipped mobile developer interest back toward the Apple iPad, claims an Appcelerator/IDC survey.

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Android now most desired smartphone OS in U.S., study says

April 27, 2011

Nielsen reports that 31 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers said they would prefer Android for their next phone, compared to 30 percent for the iPhone. Overall, Nielsen estimates that 37 percent of smartphone subscribers and 50 percent of recent subscribers use Android phones, up sharply from January.

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Mini-ITX board features four SATA ports, SIM slot

April 26, 2011

Norco announced a Mini-ITX motherboard equipped with an Intel QM67 chipset, supporting Intel's “Sandy Bridge” Core i7/i5/i3 processors. The MITX-6920 supports up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, and offers four RAID-capable SATA ports, three PCI Express interfaces, a 3G SIM slot, plus generous quantities of gigabit Ethernet, serial, and USB connectivity, says the company.

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HP aims AMD-powered mini-notebook at business users

April 26, 2011

HP announced a business-oriented mini-notebook using AMD's dual-core, 1.6GHz E-350 processor. The 3105m includes an 11.6-inch display, up to 8GB of RAM, a 250GB or 320GB hard disk drive, a six-cell battery, an available cellular modem, and a choice of operating systems, according to the company.

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Verizon tips Droid Incredible 2, plus rugged Casio Commando phone

April 26, 2011

Verizon Wireless announced two new Android 2.2 phones, led by HTC's four-inch, global-roaming Droid Incredible 2 phone, which features dual cameras, including an eight-megapixel model. The ruggedized Casio G'zOne Commando, meanwhile, offers a 3.6-inch WVGA display, a five-megapixel camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, as well as special field-ready apps linked to the phone's sensors.

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LG plays catch-up via ARM Cortex license

April 26, 2011

LG Electronics announced it has taken out a license with ARM Holdings that will give it access to the Cortex-A15 MPCore and Cortex-A9 MPCore processors. Also covering ARM's Mali-T604 GPU (graphics processing unit) and CoreLink interconnect and system IP, the agreement will “drive … applications that include digital TV, set top boxes (STB), mobile phones, tablets, and smart grids,” the company says.

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