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Archive for January, 2006

90nm ARM11 runs 750MHz at under 500mW

January 26, 2006

ARM Ltd. is shipping “physical IP” for a synthesizable ARM11 core implemented in 90nm process technology that it expects to clock above 750MHz, while drawing less than 500mW of power and occupying just 2.4 square millimeters of die space. The “high speed” ARM1176JZF-S processor runs standard ARM Linux, and targets consumer and wireless devices such as digital TVs, set-top-boxes, games consoles, and mobile… (more…)

IBM embedded speech technologies evolve

January 26, 2006

[Updated 4:00 PM PST] — IBM last week updated its speech recognition technology, adding features aimed at allowing commands to have a more flexible syntax. Embedded ViaVoice 4.4 is available for Linux, and is commonly used in a variety of embedded systems, such as in-car “infotainment” devices. (more…)

Teeny power supply cranks out 120 Watts

January 26, 2006

Mini-Box.com is shipping a tiny power supply targeting small form-factor PCs and embedded computers. At just 31 x 45 x 20mm, the picoPSU power supply is roughly the size of two AA batteries. Typical applications include mini PCs, smart appliances, and robots, according to the company. (more…)

Torvalds nixes GPL 3 for Linux kernel

January 26, 2006

In a message to the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) on January 25th, Linus Torvalds made it as plain as day that the Linux operating system is going to stay under GPL (General Public License) 2 and not migrate to GPL 3. (more…)

Real-time Linux gains ARINC 653 scheduler

January 25, 2006

FSMLabs says its real-time Linux operating system now supports ARINC 653 scheduling, which it describes as a “fully protected and partitioned scheduling environment” targeting avionics control and hardware-in-loop simulation. ARINC 653 support is available through an add-on component for the company's RTLinuxPro development kit. (more…)

Linux appliance startup attracts $6.4M venture funding

January 25, 2006

A start-up specializing in tools that help developers deploy software on Linux-based appliances and virtual machines has received $6.4 million funding. rPath was founded this month by two former Red Hat VPs. Although the principal focus is enterprise software appliances, the company's tools could also be useful to embedded developers. (more…)

Linux phone, VoIP specialists join fixed-mobile convergence group

January 25, 2006

An industry association devoted to fixed-mobile convergence has grown from 21 to 29 member companies. New members of MobileIgnite (Mobile Integrated Go-To-Market Network IP Technology) include Linux smartphone pioneer e28, and Linux VoIP stack vendor HelloSoft, along with a variety of other convergence software and testing specialists. (more…)

Alliance aims TV at US mobiles

January 24, 2006

Several large chip and handset makers are backing an alliance chartered to bring high-quality television to mobile devices in the US. The Mobile DTV Alliance initially comprises representatives of Intel, Texas Instruments (TI), Motorola, and Nokia, along with US DVB-H (digital video broadcast — handhelds) operator Modeo. (more…)

Small embedded PCs gain 2.6 Linux upgrade

January 24, 2006

Ampro Computers says it has “re-introduced” its line of small form-factor, x86 bench-top and wall-mount PCs based on Epic SBCs (single-board computers) and PC/104 expansion modules. The “ReadySystem” line is now available with Linux 2.6 pre-installed, or, starting in Q2, with embedded Windows OSes. (more…)

Smartphone growth significant, but risks remain

January 24, 2006

The smartphone market grew over 70 percent in 2005, and will grow significantly during the next five years, according to In-Stat. However, the high-end devices risk being perceived as “very expensive feature phones” if users fail to download the applications required to make the devices more useful than lower-priced counterparts, the market research firm warns. (more…)

Tools debug Linux shared libraries on ARM

January 24, 2006

American Arium has updated its flagship debugger for ARM-architecture processors, adding Linux shared libraries debug support for ARM7, ARM9, ARM11, Intel XScale, and TI OMAP cores. SourcePoint 6.2.1 is free to supported users of several Arium hardware debuggers and port analyzers, such as the LC-500 JTAG debugger… (more…)

Free Mini browser lures 700 million mobile phones

January 24, 2006

Opera Software has announced worldwide availability of a free “mini” Web browser for mobile phones, following successful beta testing in Scandinavia. Opera Mini offers a full Web experience to some 700 million low- and mid-range phones that can run Java apps, the company says. (more…)

Thin clients add performance, DVI

January 23, 2006

Neoware has introduced two new thin clients terminals, one said to be the company's “highest performance” thin client. The e90 and e140 both feature compact, space-saving designs and are available with an embedded Linux operating system. (more…)

Linux home entertainment OS targets consumer devices

January 23, 2006

A Taiwanese software company specializing in DVD software and other home computing software is shipping a packaged Linux-based entertainment OS. PowerCinema Linux, which targets device makers and PC integrators, can turn resource-constrained embedded devices into powerful multimedia devices, according to the company. (more…)

OpenSSL gains FIPS-140 approval

January 23, 2006

After more than two years, the US and Canadian governments finally gave OpenSSL FIPS 140-2 approval under the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP). The approval opens the door to wider use of Linux and Apache in federal government applications. (more…)