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Archive for June, 2005

Cell Linux port heads for mainstream kernel tree

June 27, 2005

[Updated Jun. 29, 2005] — IBM, Sony, and Toshiba have ported Linux to the Cell processor, and hope to merge their patches into the next major Linux kernel release, 2.6.13. The port includes a 64-bit PowerPC kernel, and a filesystem availing it of the chip's multiple independent vector processing units. (more…)

Open source telephony app server evolves

June 27, 2005

An open source telephony application server project has released its second major version to developers. Bayonne 2 features a simpler driver model, support for wired and protocol-stack-based drivers, and both an interface library and voice application server. The release supports SIP and H323 on Linux and other OSes. (more…)

Linux WiFi stack aims enterprise features at SMBs

June 27, 2005

Devicescape is shipping a commercial WiFi stack that it claims can bring enterprise management and security features to access points targeting the SMB (small-medium business), public safety, and other vertical markets. Wireless Infrastructure Platform 2.0 (WIP) includes a complete yet customizable Linux access point distribution, tools, documentation, and support. (more…)

Motorola readies tri-band Linux/Java phone

June 27, 2005

[Updated 12:30PM] — Motorola will ship another Linux/Java phone in Q4 2005. The E895 is a tri-band GSM cameraphone with a 1.3 megapixel camera, large TFT/LCD display, Bluetooth, and rich Internet, multimedia, and web capabilities, Motorola says. The company is demonstrating it at JavaOne this (more…)

Security processors target WiMAX base stations, CPE

June 27, 2005

Cavium has announced that its Linux-friendly line of security processors is available with microcode and SDKs supporting WiMAX access point and CPE (customer premises equipment) development. Additionally, the company says Nex-G used its Nitrox II security processor in a sixteen-sector WiMAX base station. (more…)

Linux box serves up embedded Java

June 24, 2005

Sun Microsystems, Via Technologies, and iGoLogic Inc. will debut an x86-based development kit for embedded applications based on Sun's Java 2, Standard Edition (J2SE), next week at Java One. The compact, fully packaged system is supplied with a choice of Linux or Sun's Solaris operating system. (more…)

RFID reader development kit includes Linux BSP

June 24, 2005

< !-1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ->Embedded Planet is shipping a compact, “low cost” RFID reader development kit that includes Linux support and a sample RFID application. The kit comes with a PC/104 form-factor single-board computer (SBC) and a PCMCIA-based RFID reader engine. (more…)

Data center monitor goes Linux

June 24, 2005

AKCP has converted its data center security monitor from a proprietary RTOS to embedded Linux. The SensorProbe8Linux uses a variety of open source software to monitor server status, and a variety of attached sensors to monitor server room physical security. (more…)

Seven from IBM — Multimodal I/O, recursive coding, Graphviz, Eclipse…

June 24, 2005

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, primarily related to Linux and open source system development. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . . ! (more…)

Linux distributor ships security appliances

June 24, 2005

Astaro has embedded its own Linux distribution for enterprise firewalls and VPN routers into a line of Linux-powered firewall appliances. The Astaro Security Gateway family includes three models that support between 80 and 420 Mbps of firewalling throughput, and 26 to 270 Mbps of VPN throughput. (more…)

Device Profile: AKCP SensorProbe8Linux data center security monitor

June 24, 2005

AKCP has converted its data center security monitor from a proprietary RTOS to embedded Linux. The SensorProbe8Linux uses a variety of open source software to monitor server status, and a variety of attached sensors to monitor server room physical security. (more…)

WPS heads for mobile Linux devices

June 23, 2005

Skyhook has introduced a wide-area positioning system based on WiFi radio signals, rather than satellite or cellular technology. The company says its WPS (WiFi Positioning System) is faster, works better indoors, and supports more existing devices. The company plans to support mobile clients running Linux. (more…)

GPL’d kernel module improves long-distance Internet communication

June 23, 2005

Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has released a GPL-licensed Linux kernel module that can improve long-distance communications and media streaming quality over broadband Internet connections. PSPacer 1.0 suppresses traffic bursts to minimize packet loss, with a single PC able to smooth up to 100 connections. (more…)

Tiny Linux board web-enables embedded designs

June 23, 2005

SSV is shipping a tiny Coldfire (68K) SBC that fits in a 169-pin Socket3 PGA socket. The DIL/NetPC PNP/5280 has several Ethernet port options, and is available with an embedded Linux starter kit. It targets telematics applications and is useful for network-enabling existing embedded product designs, (more…)

Freescale demos UWB-enabled media server

June 22, 2005

Haier Corp. and Freescale Semiconductor jointly demonstrated a UWB (Ultra-Wideband) high definition (HD) television and digital media server, wirelessly broadcasting HD video and audio streams across a stage. The demonstration, which occurred at Freescale's annual Technology Forum, showcased a “critical milestone for wireless home entertainment systems,” (more…)