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Archive for March, 2006

Networked home electronics market set to take off

March 31, 2006

The market for home networking and connected entertainment devices will grow from $14 billion in 2005 to more than $85 billion in 2011, ABI forecasts. This “astonishing” growth rate will be driven by a desire for “pervasive connectivity” in applications such as multi-room PVRs, place-shifting, and networked gaming, according to the market research firm. (more…)

Low-cost computer module runs embedded Linux

March 31, 2006

Ampro Computers will soon ship a low-cost, “computer-on-module” (COM) product that targets “commercial grade” embedded applications. The component-like XTX 800 integrates Intel “Dothan” procesors along with graphics, networking, and other I/O functions, and supports embedded Linux, according to the company. (more…)

A Linux smartphone market update from China’s E28

March 30, 2006

LinuxDevices.com recently caught up with E28 founder Roger Kung, who discussed E28's vision of the global mobile phone market; the promise of WiFi phones and FMC (fixed mobile convergence); and E28's low-cost Linux smartphone strategy and five new Linux phones for Asia, Europe, and the US. (more…)

TI chip merges Bluetooth and FM radio

March 30, 2006

Texas Instruments (TI) has crammed a Bluetooth wireless transceiver plus an FM stereo receiver into a system-on-chip (SoC) that can stream FM radio programming directly from a handheld device to a Bluetooth-enabled headset. The BlueLink 6.0 SoC is supported by software that targets Linux handhelds, according to the company. (more…)

Palm Linux phone rumor redux

March 30, 2006

Rumors that Palm Inc., may be developing a Linux-based mobile phone have resurfaced, fueled by a Palm job listing for a “Linux Engineer — Mobile Handset, Embedded Systems,” responsible for the “design and development of components of a new software platform.” (more…)

NAND flash gaining on NOR

March 30, 2006

The flash memory market grew substantially in 2005, driven by demand from consumer and communications applications, according to IC Insights. Interestingly, the NOR and NAND segments headed in opposite directions, with NOR sales declining 13 percent to $8.0 billion, while the NAND segment grew 64 percent to $10.6 billion, the research firm says. (more…)

Article: A Linux smartphone market update from China’s E28

March 30, 2006

LinuxDevices.com recently caught up with Roger Kung, founder of Linux smartphone specialist E28 in China. E28 shipped the world's first Linux smartphone, and continues to ship Linux smartphones, with a focus on dual-mode cellular/VoIP (voice-over-IP) designs for MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators)… (more…)

Compact, highly integrated XScale SBC runs Linux

March 29, 2006

Above-Net, a maker of mobile terminals, will introduce a compact XScale-based single-board computer (SBC) at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, Calif. next week. The TopSBC supports embedded Linux and targets applications such as handheld mobile terminals, POS devices, kiosks, ATMs, and telematics applications,… (more…)

HA middleware vendor rolls rev, tips beta

March 29, 2006

Middleware developer GoAhead on Wednesday announced the beta of a new version of its high availability (HA) software platform, which runs on top of various Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) implementations. SelfReliant 5.0 incorporates the Service Availability Forum's latest Application Interface Specification and Hardware Platform Interface standards, the company said. (more…)

To DSO, or not to DSO — a developer’s perspective

March 29, 2006

Yesterday, we published an article defining Device Software Optimization (DSO), based on an interview with John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer at Wind River, which coined the term. In response to that article, we received a thoughtful “rebuttal” from Christopher Stone, offering a developer's perspective on DSO. (more…)

OSDL offers financial support to open source projects

March 29, 2006

The OSDL (Open Source Development Labs) has created a fund to support selected open source projects. The OSDL Fellowship Fund will assist community projects “that don't otherwise have access to financial resources or support,” the group announced Wednesday. (more…)

AMD64 gains real-time BSD SMP

March 29, 2006

FSMLabs announced Wednesday that it is shipping SMP (symmetric multi-processing) support for AMD's 64-bit Dual-Core Opteron processors running a real-time extension to BSD Unix. The company announced similar Linux support last summer, and says it has already supplied the BSD version of RTCore to network equipment… (more…)

Article: To DSO, or not to DSO — a developer’s perspective

March 29, 2006

Foreword: Yesterday, we published an article defining Device Software Optimization (DSO), based on an interview with John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer at Wind River, which coined the term. (more…)

Wind River’s Bruggeman defines Device Software Optimization (DSO)

March 28, 2006

The technology industry is replete with TLAs (three-letter acronyms). Two years ago, Wind River added one more, coining the term “Device Software Optimization” (DSO) as a replacement for the term “embedded software” in its marketing efforts. (more…)

Embedded conference to feature four special events

March 28, 2006

Four “special events” will be held concurrently with the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) 2006, next week in San Jose. The “co-located” special events include the Microprocessor Summit, DSO (device software optimization) World, the EE Times Ace Awards, and the D2M (design to manufacturing) conference. (more…)