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Archive for September, 2005

Linux rides on telematics platform

September 27, 2005

Parvus has announced a modular on-vehicle platform for data acquisition, video surveillance, networking, Internet access, GPS tracking, and video surveillance. Dubbed “Mobile Information Infrastructure” (M2i), the platform supports embedded Linux, among other OSes, and targets mass transit and other mobile… (more…)

Electronic paper development kit runs Linux

September 27, 2005

E Ink is preparing a Linux-based electronic paper development kit. The AM-100 EPD kit includes a 170dpi, 6-inch (diagonal) SVGA (800 x 600) “EPD” (electronic paper display) module supporting four shades of gray. (more…)

Linux ported to secure POS SoC

September 27, 2005

A French fabless chip house has ported Linux to its flagship SoC (system-on-chip) for secure smartcard readers and PIN-entry pads used in point-of-sale (POS) applications. Innova-Card's MIPS32-based USIP Professional IC features on-chip memory, storage, and cypto, and is available with a Linux-based software… (more…)

MySQL 5.0 release candidate ships

September 26, 2005

MySQL AB is distributing the first release candidate of what it calls “certainly the most important release in MySQL's history.” MySQL 5.0 features many new ANSI SQL-compliant features, rewrites to bring previous functionality into ANSI SQL compliance, and several new storage engines, tools, and extensions. (more…)

Security software, hardware vendors eyeing device market

September 26, 2005

Increasingly smart, well-connected devices pose growing security threats, according to an in-depth editorial at CIO Insight. Author Evan Schuman notes that McAfee has launched an anti-virus product aimed at POS (point-of-sales/service) devices, and that any Internet-connected device — including printers, smartphones, and VoIP phones — represents a potential security threat. (more…)

ARM devcon talk discusses Linux bring-up and debugging

September 26, 2005

Hardware-assisted tools vendor American Arium says its principal firmware engineer, John Overton, will speak on debugging Linux on ARM targets, at the ARM Developer's Conference next week in San Jose. (more…)

Linux powers VoIP WiFi router reference design

September 26, 2005

Broadband customer premises equipment chip vendor PMC-Sierra is shipping a Linux-powered hardware/software reference design for VoIP WiFi broadband routers. The company says high-performance Linux routing helps the design deliver PSTN-like voice quality (public switched telephone network), while… (more…)

Simulator for ARM-based boards achieves major release

September 26, 2005

An open source project to create a simulator for ARM-based development boards has achieved its first major release. SkyEye 1.0.0 targets Linux and uClinux on 11 different ARM-based board families, simulating devices such as NICs, LCDs, touchscreens, and Flash, in addition to the processor. (more…)

Opera goes ad-free, tops million downloads in two days

September 23, 2005

Opera Software released a banner-free version of its freely downloadable Web browser Tuesday, and logged more than a million downloads within two days, it says. Elimination of the ads was made possible in part by healthy revenue streams from embedded versions, a company spokesperson said. (more…)

Excerpts from “Hacking Firefox” published

September 23, 2005

Mel Reyes's recently published Hacking Firefox: More Than 150 Hacks, Mods, and Customizations (ExtremeTech, paperback) explains why Mozilla's Firefox web browser has caught on big time with users. (more…)

Tutorials help prepare for Linux certification exams

September 23, 2005

IBM's DeveloperWorks site has published a series of tutorials aimed at helping applicants pass Linux proficiency tests from the Linux Professional Institute (LPI). The “101” series exams target junior-level certification, while the “201” series target intermediate-level certification tests. (more…)

Linux special effects kit targets ARM9 dev board

September 23, 2005

An Australian company that in June ported its consumer device user interface development kit to Linux/Qtopia has now targeted its first development board. Fluffy Spider Technologies (FST) says its FancyPants graphics platform supports Aiji Systems's SMDK2410 board for Samsung's S3C2410X01, a 16/32-bit… (more…)

XScale PC/104 SBC comes with free Linux dev kit

September 23, 2005

Micro/sys is offering a free Linux development kit along with first orders of its new XScale-based PC/104 SBC (single-board computer). Aimed at point-of-sale terminals and industrial control panels, the SBC1670 includes a color flat-panel display controller, audio, debounced keypad inputs, and several PC-style… (more…)

STB-on-chip runs Linux

September 23, 2005

STMicroelectronics (ST) is sampling an SoC (system-on-chip) that integrates a VLIW-based core with an MPEG-2 decoder, and runs Linux. The STi5301 is the first in a new STx5300-series of SoCs that the company says are powerful enough for use in inexpensive, single-chipset set-top box and digital video recorder designs. (more…)

10 from IBM — Cell phones, sockets, ATX, JUnit, eBooks, AJAX

September 23, 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…)