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Archive for January, 2005

Tiny Linux camcorder runs ARM-no-MMU Linux

January 26, 2005

Samsung used uClinux and an ARM9-based SoC to build a tiny, high-quality diskless camcorder that doubles as a digital camera, mp3 player, voice recorder, data storage device, and web cam. The Miniket runs a 2.6-series “ARM-no-MMU” uClinux kernel that can boot to a shell in 80msec. (more…)

Linux startups among top private European companies

January 26, 2005

Several embedded Linux-oriented companies were named to a list of top privately held companies in Europe and Israel. The 2004 Tornado100 list, assembled by European tech media company Tornado Insider, includes virtual platform start-up Jaluna, Linux firewall company Astaro, and VoIP (voice-over-IP) software pioneer Skype. (more…)

Context Switching and IPC Performance Comparison between uClinux and Linux on the ARM9 based Process

January 26, 2005

Foreword: This whitepaper presents research comparing uClinux with Linux, on an ARM9 processor, in terms of context switching speeds and IPC (inter-process communication) speed. The research was done by Samsung while developing the Linux-based Miniket multi-function diskless camcorder. (more…)

Device Profile: Samsung Miniket multi-function diskless camcorder

January 26, 2005

Samsung has used uClinux and an ARM9-based SoC to build a tiny multi-function device that serves as a high-quality diskless camcorder, SVGA digital camera, mp3 player, voice recorder, data storage device, and web cam. The Miniket runs a 2.6-series “ARM-no-MMU” uClinux kernel that can boot to a shell in 80msec. (more…)

Open technology incubator ramps up in Portland area

January 25, 2005

A center for “open technology” startups will open in a Portland, Ore. suburb on February 1, the OSDL has announced. Funded by the City of Beaverton, the Open Technology Business Center will offer residencies to qualified early-stage companies, with the OSDL providing consulting around open source business models and opportunites. (more…)

Black Duck joins OSDL

January 25, 2005

A company specializing in intellectual property management services has joined the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL). Black Duck Software will contribute to OSDL initiatives involving legal issues, it says. Additionally, two Black Duck employees will speak at the OSDL's Enterprise Linux Summit, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, in Burlingame, Calif. (more…)

Workshop on embedded software standards seeks presenters

January 25, 2005

< !-1 ->The Object Management Group (OMG) has issued a call for presentations for its workshop on software standards for real-time systems, set for July 11-14, 2005, in Washington, DC. The workshop, entitled “Distributed Object Computing for Real-time and Embedded Systems,” will allow standards users, researchers, and implementers to share experiences. (more…)

Open Graphics Project preps Linux-friendly PC graphics card

January 25, 2005

KernelTrap has interviewed Timothy Miller, founder of the Open Graphics Project (OGP). Miller and his employer, graphics chipset vendor Tech Source, founded the OGP to produce a 2D- and 3D-accelerated graphics chipset with an open hardware specification, enabling excellent support under Linux and other open source operating systems. (more…)

Reference design targets mobile VoWLAN phones running Linux

January 25, 2005

QuickLogic and Renasas are developing a reference design for mobile VoIP (voice-over-IP) and VoWLAN (voice-over-WLAN) phones running embedded Linux. The RTS7720IPP-DS3 design is based on a Renesas SuperH-DSP SoC (system-on-chip), along with a QuickLogic low-power programmable PCI bridge. It operates under 802.11b/g networks and runs on a Linux-based operating system. (more…)

German conference on Linux in automation calls for papers

January 24, 2005

A German-language conference on embedded Linux in industrial control and automation has issued a call for papers for its second annual event, set for March 31 and April 1, 2005, in Hannover, Germany. The Linux Automation Konferenz (LAK) is described as a “platform for technical exchange” between industrial automation, real-time, (more…)

Zaurus SL-C3000 review praises versatility, usability

January 24, 2005

BargainPDA has reviewed an Anglicized version of Sharp's latest Japan-only Zaurus model, which boasts a 4GB hard disk drive. The review praises the SL-C3000's build quality and instant-on operation, while ruing the lack of built-in Wi-Fi and incomplete Japanese-to-English translation (for example, of user (more…)

Linux kernel crash dump tool supports x86-64

January 24, 2005

VA Linux Systems Japan has released a version of its open source Linux kernel debugging tool that supports the x86-64 architecture. Mini Kernel Dump (mkdump) is a Linux-based mini-kernel that runs underneath the Linux kernel, providing a stable environment for capturing and dumping crash dump data. It previously supported IA-32. (more…)

Rise of Linux buoys cross-platform dev framework

January 24, 2005

< !-1 ->Trolltech says the emergence of Linux on developer and user desktops helped make 2004 a banner year for Qt, its cross-platform development framework. Qt provides a C++ API, along with compile-time translation software that lets developers build native applications for a variety of platforms from the same code base. (more…)

Wind River scoops up ScopeTools

January 24, 2005

Wind River has acquired the tools division of a long-time partner. The embedded giant will pay Real-Time Innovations (RTI) $10 million for its ScopeTools business unit, including 11 employees and IP (intellectual property) rights to RTI's well-known ScopeTools. RTI will re-focus around data-distributing middleware. (more…)

Open source business conference includes embedded Linux

January 24, 2005

[Updated 3:15 P.M.] — The Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), April 5-6 in San Francisco, will include a panel discussion on mobile devices, analysis of Wind River's historic embrace of Linux, and exploration of other business-oriented topics. The second annual event targets IT business executives, venture capitalists, attorneys, and others (more…)