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Archive for October, 2011

New OpenMAMA project releases open source middleware messaging spec

October 31, 2011

NYSE Technologies and several financial services firms have launched the OpenMAMA project to deliver an open-source messaging API for financial services and telecommunivations. OpenMAMA 1.1 for x86-based Linux platforms has been released, and additional messaging middleware for high-volume, high-speed transactions on Linux and other platforms will follow, according to the Linux Foundation.

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$100 Atrix 2 is a smartphone bargain, review says

October 31, 2011

Motorola's Atrix 2 is well worth its $100 on-contract price, at a time when some Android smartphones are selling for $300, says this eWEEK review. Dual-core, 1GHz performance, a 4.3-inch qHD display, and a responsive eight-megapixel camera offer good value, and an extra $300 brings you the nifty Lapdock 100 accessory.

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$89 dev board includes Cortex-A8 CPU, Ethernet, JTAG

October 31, 2011

BeagleBoard.org announced a new open-platform, hobbyist-focused development board — priced at just $89 and equipped with a Linux distro that boots in ten seconds. The BeagleBone offers an ARM Cortex-A8 processor running at 720MHz, 256MB of RAM, two 46-pin expansion connectors, a USB host port and multipurpose device port, on-chip Ethernet, and a microSD slot.

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$5 Cortex-A8 SoC aims to take on ARM9 in the embedded market

October 31, 2011

Texas Instruments (TI) announced a low power (7mW standby) Cortex-A8-based system on chip (SoC) intended to supplant ARM9 processors in cost-sensitive devices. Priced as little as $5 in volume, the Sitara AM335x SoC is available in six models, most of which can be clocked to 720MHz, and half of which include 3D graphics acceleration, according to the chipmaker.

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Droid Razr goes on sale as Mot unveils Fire XT smartphone

October 28, 2011

Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless began selling the Droid Razr Android smartphone on pre-order for $300, with shipments promised by Nov. 10. Meanwhile, a 3.5-inch Motorola Fire XT Android smartphone was announced in Italy; Motorola Mobility announced strong third-quarter earnings of $3.3 billion; and more evidence piled up regarding an imminent release of two Motorola Xoom 2 tablets.

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Google TV 2.0 gains Honeycomb, Android Market

October 28, 2011

Google unveiled Google TV 2.0, which will roll out on Sony TVs and Logitech Revue boxes Oct. 30. Featuring Android 3.1 (“Honeycomb”), the upgrade includes a revamped interface featuring a new customizable home screen and app shortcuts, provides hundreds of Android Market apps, and offers improved search for TV and YouTube, says the company.

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Linux-based payment device features NFC, color touchscreen

October 28, 2011

VeriFone Systems announced an Linux-based Point of Sale (POS) payment device that integrates a near field communication (NFC) contactless reader. The H5000 runs Linux on an ARM11 processor, offers a 3.5-inch color touchscreen, and supports multiple payment types– including legacy magnetic stripe, EMV smartcards, and contactless cards — with a single hybrid card slot, says the company.

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Red Hat certifies RHEL for Facebook’s Open Compute Project

October 28, 2011

Red Hat joined Facebook's Open Compute Project, intended to open source the design and development of second-generation data centers for powering web and cloud services. Red Hat has certified Red Hat Enterprise Linux on the Open Compute specs, and will test RHEL and other software on Open Compute servers — whose hardware specs have been contributed by AMD, Asus, Dell, and Intel.

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All-in-one POS system has plenty of ports

October 27, 2011

Partner announced a POS (point of sale) system that incorporates a 15-inch resistive touchscreen and an Intel Atom D525 processor. The SP-800 offers an aluminum body, 4GB of RAM and a 2.5-inch drive bay, a bevy of ports, plus optional peripherals that include an MSR (magnetic stripe reader), 2 x 20 customer display, smart card reader, and more.

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64-bit ARMv8 architecture to debut in Applied Micro X Gene SoC

October 27, 2011

ARM has announced its ARMv8 architecture, featuring 64-bit instruction set support, extended virtual addressing, and backwards-compatible 32-bit support. Meanwhile, Applied Micro used the ARM TechCon event to demonstrate core functionality of its “world's first” ARMv8 implementation, the server-targeted X-Gene — touted as featuring 28nm fabrication, up to 128 cores, 3GHz clock rates, 300mW standby consumption, and 64-bit Linux support.

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Cortex-A9/FPGA combo SoC gains open source Linux platform

October 27, 2011

Xilinx launched an open source Linux platform and developer community for its Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform (EPP), which combines a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and a 28nm FPGA. The Zynq-7000 EPP Linux Solution offers GNU toolchain, runtime libraries, and debuggers, plus options including a Virtual Platform hardware emulator based on Cadence VSP.

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HP will announce ARM-based servers next month, reports claim

October 27, 2011

HP plans to use ARM-based processors in some of its data center servers, according to a pair of Oct. 26 reports. The CPUs in question will apparently be quad-core Cortex-A9 SoCs (systems on chip), expected to be introduced by Calxeda on Nov. 1.

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‘Bare Metal’ Linux gains data plane chops

October 27, 2011

MontaVista Software has updated the MontaVista Linux “Bare Metal Engine” distribution with dynamically configurable data plane features. Bare Metal Engine (BME) offers a single development environment that can scale from high embedded Linux services down to the “near zero overhead” bare metal environments used in network packet processing, the company says.

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eWEEK goes ‘all in’ with digital

October 26, 2011

eWEEK magazine announced that its content will soon be available via apps written for Windows Phone 7, Android, and iOS phones, plus other devices including iPad and Android tablets. The move by our sister publication will coincide with the discontinuation of a print version as of January 2012, according to parent company Ziff Davis Enterprise (ZDE).

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COM Express module combines Sandy Bridge CPUs with Type 6 pinout

October 26, 2011

Axiomtek announced a COM Express module that offers a Type 6 pinout along with a choice of four different Intel “Sandy Bridge” processors. The CEM860 runs at up to 2.5GHz, accepts up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, has eight USB 2.0 ports and two optional USB 3.0 ports, and supports VGA, LVDS, and DDI (digital display interface) displays, the company says.

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Walmart sells Samsung 4G phone for $30 plus contract, $200 without

October 26, 2011

T-Mobile announced the Samsung Exhibit II 4G, a 3.7-inch Android 2.3 smartphone selling for just $30 with a two-year contract or $200 without, making it the first no-contract 4G smartphone to be sold at most Walmart stores. Meanwhile, eWEEK reviewed T-Mobile's version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, finding it to be on par with the Sprint and AT&T versions but priced $30 higher.

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$179 Android tablet features full-sized USB port, microSD slot

October 26, 2011

Leader International announced two Android tablets, both with full-sized USB ports and microSD slots. The $179 Impression 7 (I7) runs Android 2.2 on a 1GHz processor, and provides a seven-inch 800 x 480 resistive touchscreen, while the $349 Impression 10 (I10) runs Android 2.3 on a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird, adding a 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 capacitive IPS touchscreen, an HDMI port, and a two-megapixel camera.

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Yocto 1.1 embedded Linux stack adds GUI builder

October 26, 2011

The Linux Foundation announced Yocto Project Release 1.1, adding that it will host the Embedded GNU C Library (EGLIBC) and integrate it with Yocto. Based on Linux 3.0, Yocto 1.1 adds a GUI-based, customized image builder called “Hob,” plus layer tooling features, 3G cellular support, and small footprint, fast-boot layers.

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Consumer electronics manufacturers agree on long-term Linux kernel

October 26, 2011

The Linux Foundation announced a Long Term Support Initiative (LTSI) project created by its Consumer Electronics (CE) workgroup, intended to reduce duplication of effort in maintaining private industry kernel trees. The LTSI project intends to deliver an annual release of a Linux kernel suitable for supporting the lifespan of consumer electronics products and regular updates of those releases for two to three years.

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Panel PC adds webcam, dual expansion slots

October 25, 2011

IEI announced an Intel Atom-powered panel PC that includes two expansion slots and a “burglar-proof” internal USB 2.0 port. The PPC-5152-D525 has a 15-inch screen, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, a 2.5-inch drive bay and a CompactFlash slot, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, plus five serial ports, according to the company.

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