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Archive for February, 2006

Article: The new era of mobile Linux ubiquity

February 23, 2006

Foreword — This whitepaper by OSDL Analyst/Strategist Bill Weinberg examines the growing role of Linux and open source software in the device industry, with a particular emphasis on mobile phones. It examines obstacles to adoption, as well as market opportunities and forces causing Linux to proliferate in devices. Enjoy . . . ! (more…)

Ubuntu eyes gadgets

February 22, 2006

Three developers have launched a project to bring Ubuntu, a popular Debian-based desktop Linux distribution, to embedded Linux devices. EmbeddedUbuntu aims to radically simplify device firmware creation, availing mobile phone, PDA, and web tablet owners of easier access to sophisticated open source desktop applications, such as multimedia streaming software. (more…)

LinuxDevices launches 2006 Embedded Linux survey

February 22, 2006

LinuxDevices.com today launches its sixth-annual Embedded Linux Market Survey, and invites all readers to participate. The brief survey — just 22 questions — probes developer preferences and industry trends. (more…)

Samsung GPL’s flash memory drivers

February 22, 2006

Samsung Electronics has released an open source driver for its “OneNAND” flash memory technology, positioned as a fusion between NAND and NOR flash storage devices. The company says it hopes the move will make its OneNAND products “sought after by designers using the new Linux 2.6 operating system.” (more…)

PalmSource’s mobile Linux shows up on Chinese smartphone

February 22, 2006

Mobile-Review and PDAExpertos have both published photos of a Haier smartphone running the Access Linux Platform (ALP) recently announced by Access and its subsidiary, PalmSource. (more…)

Linux powers first Japanese DTV phone

February 21, 2006

Panasonic is shipping a Linux-based mobile handset capable of receiving digital or analog television. The “P901iTV” features a pivoting 2.5-inch color LCD, and works with NTT DoCoMo's 3G network in Japan. (more…)

Low-power SBCs boast Mark chipsets, support Linux

February 21, 2006

Datasound Laboratories (DSL) is shipping three compact SBCs (single-board computers) based on Via “Mark” Corefusion chipsets clocked at 533MHz. The company says its Mark-based PC/104, ISA-slot, and 3.5-inch form-factor SBCs offer an upgrade path for embedded designs based on Via's earlier C3 and Eden processors. (more…)

Tips for planning an embedded Linux project

February 21, 2006

This whitepaper by Cliff Brake, an embedded systems consultant, offers practical advice about using Linux in embedded projects. Topics covered include determining Linux suitability, evaluating costs and risks, project scope calculations, scheduling and timeline estimations, and operating system and embedded product lifecycle management. (more…)

Duo of Core Duo SBCs due

February 21, 2006

Kontron is readying a pair of SBCs (single board computers) based on Intel's new dual-processor Core Duo chips. The 986LCD-M mini-ITX motherboard is aimed at processor- and graphics-intensive applications such as gaming, medical technology, and high-end thin clients, while the ETXexpress-CD COM (computer on module) is… (more…)

Article: Webinars address embedded Linux topics

February 21, 2006

TimeSys has announced a series of Webinars on topics of general interest to embedded Linux developers. The Webinars will highlight the company's LinuxLink embedded development services, and will cover basic and advanced topics, the company says. (more…)

FSF publishes GPLv3 video, conference details

February 21, 2006

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has published video from a conference on version 3 of the GPL (GPLv3) held last month, and announced plans for another GPLv3 conference in Brazil this April. Additionally, FSF founder Richard M. Stallman is scheduled to speak in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and in Torino, Italy, in March. (more…)

Article: Tips for planning an embedded Linux project

February 21, 2006

Foreword: This whitepaper by Cliff Brake, an embedded systems consultant, offers practical advice about using Linux in embedded projects. Topics covered include determining Linux suitability, evaluating costs and risks, project scope calculations, scheduling and timeline estimations, and operating system and embedded product lifecycle management. (more…)

IBM plots path to denser chips

February 20, 2006

IBM researchers say they have found a way to shrink microprocessors and other silicon chips by more than two thirds without requiring fundamentally more expensive process technologies. The company claims it has created “the smallest, high-quality line patterns ever made,” with features measuring 29.9 nanometers, using a… (more…)

Euro embedded Linux company projects growth

February 17, 2006

After announcing military/aerospace technology six months ago, Sysgo is growing. The Germany-based provider of embedded Linux distributions, tools, and services expects 50 percent revenue growth in 2006, and a 50 percent staffing increase. Sysgo is headquartered in Mainz, Germany, with subsidiaries in Ulm, Germany; Prague, Czechoslovakia; and Paris. (more…)

Japanese MVNO acquires Linux security appliance vendor

February 17, 2006

A vendor of Linux-based network security and intrusion detection devices has been acquired by a major Japanese MVNO (mobile virtual network operator). Japan Communications Incorporated says that Arxceo's devices will help protect mobile VoIP (voice-over-IP) phone users, including… (more…)