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Archive for March, 2003

Are smart phones overtaking ordinary PDAs?

March 26, 2003

European market research firm Canalys predicts shipments of “smart phones” (phones with PDA capabilities) will double in the “EMEA” region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) this year, and will exceed those of ordinary PDA-like handheld computers by year end. (more…)

An early review of Red Hat 9

March 26, 2003

One of the first reviews of the new Red Hat Linux version 9 has been published at OSNews . . . (more…)

Tool suite simplifies Linux USB device driver creation

March 26, 2003

Jungo Software Technologies announced the release of the latest version of its driver development tool suite, WinDriver v6.0, which adds USB driver development tools for Linux based systems. This latest version of WinDriver also supports Microsoft's Windows CE.NET, the company said. (more…)

Web-enabled technology manages remote devices

March 25, 2003

ON Technology announced the availability of web-enabled support for remotely managing a broad range of fixed and mobile devices. The product, called ON iCommand, is based on a Java-based agent combined with a server-based software component. (more…)

A comparison of generalized callback mechanisms in C++ and C#

March 25, 2003

This online article from the March issue of Dr. Dobb's Journal examines two technologies that implement generalized, extensible callback mechanisms in C++ and C#. The author compares the libsigc++ class library in C++ (available under an LGPL license) to the delegate feature in C# (available from Microsoft or the Mono project), focusing on the different features and interfaces they provide. (more…)

New VoIP software to support Linux-based mobile devices

March 25, 2003

Witnet announced development of “ModaPhone,” a wireless VoIP solution which enables phone calls from wireless devices via the Internet. According to Witnet, the new software supports several wireless standards including 802.11, GPRS, and CDMA, and enables VoIP calls to other computers and wireless devices running the ModaPhone software, as well as calls to cell phones. (more…)

Tiny drive squeezes 1.5 GB into 1-inch format

March 25, 2003

According to a news item from the Nikkei Business Journal, a company called Cornice Inc. has unveiled a 1-inch hard drive that holds 1.5GB of data. The Cornice Personal Storage device is described as a non-removable drive for mobile devices such as MP3 players. (more…)

Agilent focuses tiny camera modules on mobile devices

March 25, 2003

Agilent has introduced a family of miniature camera modules for mobile phones and wireless PDAs. The modules are said to provide a complete imaging solution, including high image quality CIF or VGA resolution CMOS image sensors, tightly integrated image processor, embedded power supply, and high-quality lens. (more…)

New XScale chips target faster, smaller, lighter PDAs

March 25, 2003

Intel announced three new processors targeting PDAs, all based on the company's popular XScale processor architecture. The new processors offer the latest in microprocessor packaging and stacking techniques and feature higher performance along with reduced power consumption, the company said. (more…)

Global broadband market to break $4 billion by 2006

March 25, 2003

Market research firm Forward Concepts announced the release of a report on the worldwide broadband market, including DSL and cable modem technologies. The report, which is based on data collected from over 50 countries, predicts total subscriber growth, subscriber revenues, equipment revenues, and semiconductor revenues through 2006. (more…)

X-Tools for XScale

March 25, 2003

Microcross announced that the latest version of its GNU X-Tools XScale Toolsuite (v3.0) now fully supports all current Intel XScale variants. (more…)

uClinux ported to Motorola ColdFire MCF5282

March 25, 2003

SnapGear reports that they have recently completed porting uClinux to the Motorola ColdFire MCF5282 processor, after working closely with Motorola to complete the port. The MCF5282 port is based around the uClinux patches to the 2.4 Linux kernel. (more…)

Device profile: Zultys ZIP 4×4 IP Phone

March 25, 2003

Zultys Technologies has begun shipping a new IP phone that the company says is built 100 percent on open technologies, including “a highly stable real-time Linux operating system.” The device, called the “ZIP 4×4”, is said to be compatible with any IP telephony system using SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), with support for advanced features such as line-rate Ethernet switching, voice encryption, and… (more…)

SDK puts real-time Linux on rugged VME SBC

March 24, 2003

TimeSys Corp. announced a real-time Linux software development kit (SDK) for the Dy 4 Systems SVME/DMV-181 single-board computer, a rugged VME-based SBC which targets avionics, tactical ground vehicle, and naval applications. (more…)

IDE and embedded Linux support new Mot PowerQUICC PPC SOCs

March 24, 2003

Metrowerks announced an integrated development environment (IDE) for embedded system and device designs using Motorola's PowerQUICC III system-on-chip processors based on PowerPC e500 processor cores. The IDE includes support for embedded Linux based operation of the target devices. (more…)