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Archive for November, 2004

Customizable IP STB for triple play operators runs Linux

November 23, 2004

The Siemens Speedstream 8xxx set-top box for home entertainment, V2.0, is an all-in-one Linux-based device providing a range of home gateway and entertainment functions. It targets “triple play” (voice, data, video) network operators, who can choose from several processors and DSP types, depending on their application. (more…)

Opera readies browser for any screen size

November 23, 2004

Opera Software is beta testing a version of its desktop browser featuring a new rendering technology said to eliminate horizontal scrolling, regardless of screen size. Extensible Rendering Architecture (ERA) technology, expected to appear in Opera 7.60, incorporates small-, medium-, and TV-screen rendering technologies into a single dynamic framework. (more…)

Kits target specialized embedded Linux applications

November 23, 2004

< !-1 2 3 4 ->Win Enterprises has introduced a series of application-oriented kits intended to help companies bring embedded products to market quickly and cost-effectively. Each kit targets specific markets, is based on an x86 processor, and is offered with support for Linux, the company says. (more…)

Device Profile: D-Link DSL-G604T wired/wireless ADSL router

November 23, 2004

D-Link has released source code, under the GNU GPL license, for a MIPS-based ADSL router with a built-in four-port switch and wireless 802.11g/b radio. The DSL-G604T supports “all major ISPs,” D-Link says, and has been marketed primarily in Australia, Great Britain, and Russia. (more…)

Device Profile: Siemens Speedstream IP set-top box

November 23, 2004

The Siemens Speedstream 8xxx set-top box for home entertainment, V2.0, is an all-in-one Linux-based device providing a wide range of home gateway and entertainment functions. It targets “triple play” (voice, data, video) television network operators, who can choose from several processors and DSP types, depending on their application. (more…)

NEC weds baseband chip to Linux for future 3G “mobile terminals”

November 22, 2004

NEC and its semiconductor subsidiary, NEC Electronics, will jointly develop a dual-mode baseband chip that will enable NEC's Linux-based 3G mobile phones — and other types of mobile terminals — to work both inside and outside of Japan. The dual-mode baseband chip could appear in products by 2007. (more…)

French startup to sell, support embedded Linux from Sysgo, LynuxWorks

November 22, 2004

A brand new French software company has become a preferred solutions provider in Southern Europe for Sysgo's embedded Linux operating system and tools. AP Embedded Solutions S.A.S. (APES) will provide support, services, and training around Sysgo's ELinOS distribution, and will also sell and support a full range of LynuxWorks products. (more…)

ODM licenses Linux OS for A/V devices

November 22, 2004

< !- 1 2 3 4 5->A California-based ODM (original design manufacturer) has licensed an embedded Linux operating system from Canadian software specialist and device reseller Empower. ODM Technologies will deploy Empower's LinuxDA Embedded operating system (LEOs) in OMAP5910-based consumer audio/visual products for the ODM/whitelabel market, expected to ship in 2005. (more…)

High-performance, synthesizable cores gain commercial Linux support

November 22, 2004

MontaVista Linux supports two relatively new MIPS32 core families from MIPS Technologies, the companies have announced. MontaVista's Professional Edition 3.1 now supports both the MIPS 24K, said to be the highest-performance 32-bit synthesizable processor core available, and the MIPS 4KE core, described as being popular in broadband and networking devices. (more…)

Study compares real-time capabilities of Linux kernels

November 19, 2004

This study by embedded specialist Akamina compares the real-time capabilities of various Linux kernels. It was part of a project to upgrade the control software in water-wave generators at research institutions around the world. The results of the study were used by Akamina for the selection of a new RTOS (more…)

Seven from IBM — memory management, security, XSLT, emulation . . .

November 19, 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…)

Japan’s number one carrier offers 3G/VoIP Linux phone

November 19, 2004

NTT DoCoMo and its regional subsidiaries are now offering business subscribers a dual-network 3G/VoIP handset that works as a 3G mobile phone, VoIP (voice-over-IP) terminal, or both simultaneously. The N900iL is based on a Linux-based 3G mobile phone software platform developed jointly by NEC and Panasonic. (more…)

MontaVista powers three more Linux phones

November 19, 2004

MontaVista says it supplied the embedded Linux operating system for a 3G mobile phone software platform jointly developed by NEC and Panasonic. The platform has already appeared in one phone shipping in Japan, with two more Japanese phones expected soon. The platform will be marketed globally. (more…)

Bluetooth stack supports embedded Linux

November 19, 2004

< !-1 2 3 ->Cambridge Consultants has released a portable, hardware-independent Bluetooth software package aimed at embedded devices. The profiles and protocol stack — Interface Express and BlueStack — have been ported to multiple processor architectures including ARM and MIPS, and run on a range of embedded operating systems including Linux. (more…)

A comparison of hard real-time Linux alternatives

November 19, 2004

[Updated Dec. 22, 2004]Foreword: This study compares the real-time capabilities of various Linux kernels. It was part of a project to upgrade the control software in water-wave generators at research institutions around the world. The results of the study were used by Akamina for the selection of a new RTOS for the control system upgrade of Canada's largest hydraulics and coastal… (more…)