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Archive for June, 2004

SH RISC/DSP SoC does VoIP

June 25, 2004

Renesas has introduced a new SuperH embedded processor that supports Linux and is optimized for VoIP (voice over IP) applications. The SH7710 dual-core RISC/DSP chip can process VoIP with enough overhead to simultaneously run a firewall and security algorithms, according to Renesas. (more…)

RTEMS dev kits offered for tiny SBCs

June 25, 2004

Open source tools, training, and services vendor Microcross is offering development kits based on the open source RTEMS embedded operating system for a number of tiny SBCs (single-board computers) from Cogent. (more…)

Nine from IBM — remote compiling, config files, games, Python, Java, grids . . .

June 24, 2004

IBM has published the following technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its developerWorks Website. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . . (more…)

Digital Home Network Alliance releases guidelines, changes name

June 24, 2004

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA, formerly the Digital Home Working Group), has released its Home Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines v1.0. The Guidelines define design principles needed to move content between consumer electronics devices, personal computers, and mobile devices on wired or wireless home networks. (more…)

Low volume devices gain embedded Flash player

June 24, 2004

Embedded Linux device makers wishing to license Macromedia's Flash player for use in low-volume devices can now do so, thanks to an agreement between Macromedia and embedded engineering services provider Vibren Technologies. The deal authorizes Vibren to resell Flash licenses in quantities as low as 1,000, the company says. (more…)

Embedded Linux app development using an Eclipse-based IDE

June 24, 2004

This whitepaper from esteemed Linux author and TimeSys Product Manager William von Hagen discusses embedded Linux application development using Eclipse-based IDEs (integrated development environments). (more…)

New VIA mini-ITX board targets vertically challenged apps

June 24, 2004

[updated Jun. 26, 2004] — VIA is shipping an ultra-low profile mini-ITX mainboard suitable for Linux-based flat TVs, LCD-panel computers, and other vertically challenged devices. The Epia MS uses a minimalistic I/O backplate and SODIMM memory for a slimmer form-factor, and is VIA's first mini-ITX board… (more…)

Application development with Eclipse-based IDEs

June 24, 2004

Foreword: This whitepaper from esteemed Linux author and TimeSys Product Manager William von Hagen describes the use of Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), examines specific tasks in the embedded system and application development cycles, and discusses ways in which tools from Linux software vendors such as TimeSys provide powerful, flexible solutions to general problems. (more…)

ATA-over-Ethernet enables low-cost Linux-oriented SAN

June 23, 2004

Storage Area Networking (SAN) equipment has long been inaccessible to mere Linux-using mortals, due to the prohibitive costs of fiber channel networking equipment. A small startup has set out to change all that, by developing a SAN architecture based on the ATA-over-Ethernet protocol, which allows… (more…)

Payment terminals to drive “largest Linux device rollout yet” in Belgium

June 23, 2004

Belgian electronic payment specialist Banksys is shipping new payment terminals powered by open source operating systems. The C-ZAM/XENT terminals run Linux and eCos operating systems, and could represent one of the largest deployments yet of embedded Linux in Belgium. (more…)

Linux-powered media player features biometric DRM, self-destructing hard drive

June 23, 2004

Veritouch's iVue is a portable Linux-powered media player, video game player, and personal file storage device featuring multi-user support, biometric authentication, and pervasive security. Though it has yet to launch, the device has already drawn heated criticism and even ridicule from anti-DRM (digital rights management)… (more…)

Opie goes to LinuxTag

June 23, 2004

Representatives of the Open Palmtop Integrated Environment (Opie) project will attend the Linuxtag Fair, which starts today in Karlsruhe, Germany. Opie is a free graphical framework and application stack for PDAs, handhelds, and Webpads. Opie representatives call Linuxtag “the world's biggest conference for Linux-based business and open source solutions.”

Chief Opie Evangelist Oliver Fels… (more…)

Device Profile: Banksys C-ZAM/XENTA payment terminal

June 23, 2004

Belgian electronic payment specialist Banksys is shipping new payment terminals powered by open source operating systems. The C-ZAM/XENTA terminals run Linux and eCos operating systems, and could result in one of the largest deployments yet of embedded Linux in Belgium. (more…)

Device profile: VeriTouch iVue media player and gaming device

June 23, 2004

VeriTouch's iVue is a portable Linux based media player, video game player, and personal file storage device featuring multi-user support, biometric authentication, and pervasive security. Though it has yet to launch, the device has already drawn heated criticism and even ridicule from anti-DRM (digital rights management) quarters. (more…)

Samsung aims new NAND Flash filesystem at Linux-based gadgets

June 22, 2004

Samsung is offering a new wear-leveling filesystem for NAND Flash storage devices that it claims offers better performance under Linux than existing alternatives. “Robust File System,” or RFS, targets mobile phones and other embedded devices running embedded Linux. (more…)