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Archive for April, 2004

Wind River adds support for PowerQUICC II Linux app debugging

April 27, 2004

Wind River has added support for Linux application development to its VisionClick debugger for PowerQUICC II embedded processors. VisionClick can now debug applications written for Linux, regardless of kernel version or distributor, or for Wind River's VxWorks RTOS. VisionClick's open API also supports in-house proprietary operating systems, Wind River says. (more…)

No. 2 telecom RTOS vendor strolls down Tux lane

April 27, 2004

Number-two telecom real-time operating system (RTOS) provider Enea Embedded Technology has partnered with embedded tools specialist Metrowerks on a complete development environment and OS package for telecom equipment designers wishing to combine Linux with Enea's proprietary RTOSes. (more…)

Is Linux the DOS of evolving mobile phone technology?

April 26, 2004

IT Manager's Journal has published a story suggesting that Linux is well-positioned to become the standard operating system platform for mobile phones. The article is based on an interview with Liz Gasser, who oversees the Linux program at phone software giant Openwave. (more…)

Tiny, embeddable Web server features optional database integration

April 26, 2004

McObject has announced the final beta release of an embeddable web server for Linux devices. eXtremeWS features a footprint under 30KB, low CPU consumption, support for devices without filesystems, and optional integration with McObject's eXtremeDB in-memory database. It targets industrial controllers, communications gear, consumer electronics, and other highly resource-constrained devices. (more…)

New MontaVista investors raise total funding to $70M+

April 26, 2004

Four companies have invested a combined $7M in the latest round of financing for embedded Linux company MontaVista Software. Siemens Venture Capital, Samsung Ventures America, Infineon Ventures, and China Development Industrial Bank represent new investors for the privately held company, which has raised over $72M since forming in 1999. (more…)

CEO Interview: Wolfgang Denk of Denx Software Engineering

April 23, 2004

This interview with Denx founder and CEO Wolfgang Denk discusses the popular and free Denx embedded Linux distributions, Denx's business model, software patents, and other matters related to embedded Linux markets and technology. (more…)

Wireless conference issues call for papers

April 23, 2004

The Wireless Congress 2004, set for November 10-11 in Munich, Germany, has issued a call for papers on topics such as long-haul WLANs, body area networks, high-speed multimedia data transmission, wireless sensor networks, and ubiquitous computing. (more…)

Global embedded computer board market tops $3 billion

April 23, 2004

According to a recent report by Venture Development Corp. (VDC) titled The Merchant Computer Boards for Embedded/Real Time Applications Market Intelligence Program 2002/2003, the global market for embedded merchant computer boards reached $3.3 billion in 2003 and is expected to reach $4.3 billion by the year 2006, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 6.4%. (more…)

New kernel aims to bring Linux-like OS to 8-bit MCUs

April 23, 2004

A tiny new “Linux-like” operating system has been released under the GPL, according to a post in the LinuxDevices.com reader forum. LinLike8 aims to bring a Linux-like kernel to 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs). Version 00.01.00 supports a Cypress Microsystems programmable system-on-chip (PSoC), according to its author, and can be downloaded now. (more…)

Lead-free motherboard targets embedded, industrial use

April 23, 2004

Industrial automation specialist Yamashita is shipping a completely lead-free motherboard that it says complies with new green-computing directives from the European Union. The company built the micro-ATX AS-1210 board using lead-free chips and manufacturing processes supplied and developed by VIA. (more…)

Article: CEO Interview: Wolfgang Denk of Denx Software Engineering

April 23, 2004

Foreword: This interview with Denx founder and CEO Wolfgang Denk discusses the popular and free Denx embedded Linux distributions, Denx's business model, software patents, and other matters related to embedded Linux markets and technology. (more…)

Third-generation Linux set-top box to load CODECs on the fly

April 22, 2004

i3 Micro Technology has announced the third generation of its embedded Linux based set-top box (STB). The new i3 “Mood Box” will ship in September with a new Texas Instruments DSP, and the capability to load CODECs on the fly. (more…)

Motorola licenses multi-format browser for smartphones

April 22, 2004

Picsel Technologies has announced that its Picsel Browser was licensed for use in forthcoming and currently shipping Motorola smartphones, including those based on embedded Linux. Picsel says its browser can display and edit a wide variety of popular file formats, through unique file format conversion technology. (more…)

AMD joins OSDL

April 22, 2004

Microprocessor vendor AMD has joined the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), and will serve on the Carrier Grade and Data Center Linux working groups. AMD pioneered 64-bit x86 computing, and supplies a number of small processors popular in embedded Linux devices. (more…)

Interview: Murry Shohat, of the Embedded Linux Consortium

April 21, 2004

This interview with Murry Shohat, executive director of the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC), discusses the work the ELC is doing to promote and standardize embedded Linux. It also discusses embedded Linux marketplace matters, technology, and standards organizations. (more…)