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Archive for May, 2004

Multi-OS “virtual platform” runs embedded Linux, RTOSes

May 25, 2004

Jaluna has introduced virtual platform technology enabling multiple embedded operating systems to run simultaneously on the same hardware. The company says its Jaluna/OSware will enable companies to introduce Linux into product designs while preserving their investment in legacy RTOSes and applications. (more…)

World’s first device to run Linux on DSP?

May 25, 2004

X-Digital Systems (XDS) has launched what it claimed is the first device to run Linux natively on a single-core digital signal processor (DSP). The FlikIt IP-STB (Internet protocol set-top box) runs Softier's “MediaLinux” on a Texas Instruments TMS320DM64x DSP. (more…)

Device Profile: Cyclades AlterPath KVM

May 25, 2004

Cyclades used embedded Linux in a keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) with support for server-based authentication and other advanced security standards. The device has been available since September of 2003. (more…)

Renesas says new mobile phone chip is ready for Linux

May 24, 2004

Renesas has announced a new mobile phone processor with the power to run a general purpose operating system — such as embedded Linux. Renesas says the new SH-Mobile3 chip is more than twice as powerful as previous SH-Mobile processors, and includes a camera interface, sound, graphics processing, and more. (more…)

Software-only VoIP stack ships first on Linux, ARM

May 24, 2004

Trinity Convergence is shipping its software-only voice over IP (VoIP) suite for embedded Linux on an ARM core. The stack enables developers to build a wide range of cost-sensitive VoIP devices using standard, low-power embedded processors, rather than “costly and power-hungry” application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and digital signal processors (DSPs), Trinity says. (more…)

Linux-on-Hynix page launches

May 24, 2004

Pengutronix has launched a Web site and mailing list to support Linux on the popular ARM processors from Hynix. The company hopes to encourage peer review, stimulate code sharing, and generally centralize development efforts, especially around the Hynix h7202 and h7201, which Pengutronix says are interesting for low cost industrial projects like PLCs with CAN bus or machine terminals. (more…)

Linux kernel hackers must now sign patches

May 24, 2004

Linus Torvalds and the Linux kernel development team have adopted a contribution tracking system, under which developers digitally sign patches to acknowledge their right to contribute them. The system will help track contributions and ensure proper developer credit, according to the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), which oversees Linux development. (more…)

AMD stirs Athlon technology into Geode embedded soup

May 24, 2004

AMD, which in recent months has gained ground against Intel in the battle for the desktop, today announced the addition of a line of high-performance, low-power embedded processors to its Geode embedded x86 processor family. The new processors will be known as the “Geode NX [email protected]” and the “Geode NX [email protected],” reflecting a new naming convention based on relative performance and power consumption. (more…)

Interview with Linux kernel hacker Andrea Arcangeli

May 21, 2004

KernelTrap.org owner Jeremy Andrews invites LinuxDevices.com readers over to enjoy an especially good interview with well-known Linux kernel hacker Andrea Archangeli. The lengthy interview covers topics of interest to embedded Linux developers: binary-only kernel modules, alternatives to kernel pre-emption, and more than you want to know about memory management. (more…)

Linux BSPs available for custom PowerQUICC SoCs

May 21, 2004

Arabella Software has announced that its professional services group is available to port Linux to custom hardware based on the PowerQUICC architecture. The group's “Quick Start Program” can quickly deliver Linux board support packages (BSPs) even for complex system-on-chip processors such as the Freescale PowerQUICC family, the company says. (more…)

Linux fans, foes make Top Software Developers list

May 21, 2004

The SD Times has published its annual “SD Times 100,” honoring companies and organizations influencing the future of software development. Top honorees include the Eclipse Foundation and Wind River, with a number of other Linux- and embedded-oriented companies — and enemies — also rating inclusion. (more…)

Tiny Linux startup sees through HP-Dell “Recycle” scheme

May 20, 2004

A New York startup selling Linux-based thin-client management software has called foul on HP and Dell for recent efforts to fund computer recycling programs. Symbio Technologies says the computing giants stand to sell more new PCs if future diskless clients are destroyed, instead of being donated to schools or resold. (more…)

Cyberguard updates, rebrands SnapGear uClinux-based security products

May 20, 2004

CyberGuard, which acquired SnapGear in November, 2003, has re-branded SnapGear's uClinux-based network security products as the “SG series.” The company has also launched three updated Linux based SG-series devices, including a firewall/switch combination for the small office/home office (SOHO) market, and two internal… (more…)

Introducing Minimo (Mini-Mozilla) — a full-featured embeddable browser

May 19, 2004

The “Minimo” project aims to create a full-function, yet embeddable version of Mozilla. The project has reduced code and runtime footprints, with small-display optimization underway. Read on, to find out why Minimo project leaders believe Minimo will be the best browser for embedded Linux devices with 64MB of RAM. (more…)

NEWS FLASH! 2nd-gen soft-core RISC processors run uClinux

May 19, 2004

Altera has announced a new family of 32-bit soft RISC processor cores it hopes will greatly expand the market appeal for its field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The new Nios II cores support uClinux, and target software-intensive custom processor designs where application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) would be… (more…)