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Archive for March, 2004

Virtual device tool vendor gains graphical test manager, embedded Linux partner

March 30, 2004

DoubleWide Software has added a graphical test configuration tool to its platform virtualization technology for embedded Linux development. The company has also announced a partnership with MontaVista to promote both companies' embedded development solutions. Both announcements came at this week's Embedded Systems Conference (ESC). (more…)

LynuxWorks demo’s Eclipse-based, Studio.NET IDEs for kernel 2.6

March 30, 2004

As expected, LynuxWorks has introduced an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE), which it is demonstrating at this week's Embedded Systems Conference, along with a preview version 5.0 of its VisualLynux IDE that supports Linux 2.6 development. (more…)

Five SBC makers launch mid-sized embedded SBC standard

March 30, 2004

As though in answer to LinuxDevices.com's suggestion of a need for an intermediate-sized embedded single-board computer (SBC) form-factor midway between (more…)

Project builds alternative Linux for MP3 player, USB drive

March 29, 2004

This article describes a project to develop a free, open, alternative Linux distribution for the Terapin Mine, a small portable device that can function as a USB hard drive, MP3 player, or photo slide show viewer. (more…)

Boot loader launches Linux from DR-DOS

March 29, 2004

Devicelogics is shipping a DR-DOS based Linux loader that loads the Linux kernel while preserving DR-DOS in memory so that, upon Linux session completion, the system returns to DR-DOS. “DRLX” targets companies migrating embedded systems from DOS to Linux, as well as single-board computer OEMs wishing to simplify Linux installation. (more…)

Residential gateway reference platform runs embedded Linux

March 29, 2004

Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) will ship in Q2 a platform for residential home gateway applications running embedded Linux. The platform targets clients for low-cost media gateways, IP set-top boxes, and video endpoints, and will be demonstrated at this week's Embedded Systems Conference. (more…)

Linux 2.6 brings embedded development into the mainstream

March 29, 2004

Linux Journal has published a two-part article on Linux kernel 2.6 and its benefit to embedded systems. Author Aseem R. Deshpande first outlines OS performance characteristics required for embedded use, and then shows how new kernel features and capabilities deliver most required features, while still leaving a few areas where traditional RTOSes remain unthreatened. (more…)

New TI OMAP chip targets handheld terminals, runs embedded Linux

March 29, 2004

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced its latest “OMAP” processor, a multi-core ARM + DSP. TI says the OMAP5912 processor is optimized for portable data terminal (PDT) applications requiring high-performance signal processing capabilities as well as high-level application support via multiple operating systems. (more…)

ARM embedded Linux ports target consumer device apps

March 29, 2004

MontaVista says it is porting its Linux Consumer Electronics Edition (CEE) to a pair of ARM cores targeting networking, consumer, and automotive infotainment applications. The new CEE port will ship in Q3 or Q4 for the ARM1136J-S and ARM1136JF-S microprocessor cores, on an ARM11 microarchitecture development platform and evaluation board. (more…)

ARMv6 support added to Linux 2.6, GCC

March 29, 2004

Embedded RISC core vendor ARM says Linux 2.6 and the GNU tools now support the ARMv6 Instruction Set Architecture (ISA). ARMv6 patches were accepted from ARM kernel legend Russell King into the 2.6.0-test4 release, and ARM has worked to bring ARMv6 support to the GNU GCC tool chain as well. (more…)

MontaVista tool creates, certifies embedded Linux BSPs

March 29, 2004

MontaVista is launching an initiative to help hardware vendors create and “self-certify” their own board support packages (BSPs) for MontaVista's embedded Linux distributions. The initiative revolves around a tool, expected within 90 days, that can test, verify, package, and certify BSPs that MontaVista will support according to the same terms it offers on internally created BSPs — or “LSPs” (Linux… (more…)

Dual-G4 PCI card runs embedded LinuxPPC

March 29, 2004

EQware Engineering is marketing a general-purpose Linux-based PCI board with two Motorola G4 PPC processors that can be used as a co-processor card on an active motherboard, or as a blade server in a passive PCI backplane. (more…)

Therapy for the Terapin Mine

March 29, 2004

Foreword: This article describes a project to develop a free, open, alternative Linux distribution for the Terapin Mine, a small portable device that can function as a USB hard drive, MP3 player, or photo slide show viewer. (more…)

Embedded Linux implementation targets custom SoCs

March 26, 2004

LynuxWorks will demonstrate a version of its BlueCat Linux running on LSI Logic's RapidChip “Platform ASIC” at the Embedded Systems Conference next week in San Francisco. The combination targets communications equipment makers developing custom system-on-chips (SoCs) based on ARM processors running Linux in conjunction with LSI's off-the-shelf cores. (more…)

Embedded Linux tools vendor claims unique multi-Linux capabilities

March 26, 2004

TimeSys will demonstrate its TimeStorm Linux Tool Suite working with “any Linux” at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) next week in San Francisco. The company claims its development and testing tools to be unique in supporting existing Linux implementations as well as distributions from sources other than its own v2.4 and v2.6 Linux OSes. (more…)