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Archive for March, 2006

What is 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…)

AJAX and LAMP boost Linux-based camera UI

March 27, 2006

This technical article explains how Elphel used asynchronous Javascript and XML (AJAX) to add advanced features to the user interfaces of its Linux-based network camera family. A unique AJAX architecture leverages a full LAMP stack (Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP) on the client side, providing richer functionality than a Javascript/XML-enabled browser alone could provide, especially in terms of interaction… (more…)

Jaluna joins Eclipse with embedded virtualization tools focus

March 27, 2006

Jaluna has joined the Eclipse Foundation, and will demonstrate an Eclipse-based tool suite for its platform virtualization software, at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) next week in San Jose. The company's OSware, Linux Edition, targets embedded systems requiring the full functionality of Linux, alongside pre-ported stacks and/or proprietary real-time kernels. (more…)

Geode EPIC SBC available in compact enclosure

March 27, 2006

German embedded board-maker Lippert is shipping its first single-board computer (SBC) in the EPIC form-factor. (more…)

AJAX, LAMP, and liveDVD for a Linux-based camera

March 27, 2006

Foreword: This article explains how a small, Utah-based company used asynchronous Javascript and XML (AJAX) to add advanced features to the user interfaces in its Linux-based cameras. The article was written by Andrey Filippov, a Russian physicist who emigrated to the US in 1995, and founded Elphel six years later. Enjoy . . . ! (more…)

PC/104 design contest finalists announced

March 24, 2006

The PC/104 Embedded Consortium has unveiled eight finalists in its 2006 Design Contest. Finalists based on Linux include include a decontamination trailer and a distributed web-based remote sensing system. (more…)

Videophone reference design runs Linux

March 24, 2006

A codec specialist in Bangalore, India is shipping an IP videophone reference design based on Linux and a Texas Instruments Davinci TMS320DM6446 RISC/DSP SoC (system-on-chip). The IPVP6446 design targets home and enterprise video phones, media centers with videophone capabilities, and video conferencing equipment for… (more…)

12 from IBM: SoC errors, MacMini, cyberhomes, /proc, eclipse…

March 24, 2006

IBM has published the following new 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…)

ESC to feature Linux design seminars

March 23, 2006

An eight-session “Linux Design Seminar” at this year's Embedded Systems Conference will feature classes on building Linux-powered multimedia devices on PowerPC, designing Linux device drivers, running Linux on single-core DSPs, using cryptographic chip hardware features with Linux, DSP Linux, tracking wildlife with embedded Linux, and lots more. (more…)

Mobile phones to get half-gig SIM cards

March 23, 2006

Flash memory pioneer M-Systems is collaborating with a mobile phone SIM card vendor to push the envelope of its high-capacity SIM cards to half a gigabyte, or roughly 8,000 times the storage capacity of today's typical 64 KB SIM cards. (more…)

Pentium 4 SBC targets storage apps, runs Linux

March 23, 2006

Axiomtek recently launched a new single-board computer (SBC) aimed at performance-intensive networking and storage applications. The SBC86804 can be populated with Intel Pentium 4 or Celeron D processors, and integrates four S-ATA channels plus four gigabit Ethernet ports. (more…)

High-rel FFS targets mobile Linux devices

March 23, 2006

Datalight will ship a high-reliability flash-filesystem (FFS) for mobile devices by month's end. The 4GR FFS uses patented “transaction point” technology to safeguard data, the company says. The filesystem supports Linux 2.6 and Windows Mobile 5.0, and comes with ready-made drivers for a variety of modern flash technologies and controllers. (more…)

Please pass the Salton Pepper, I need to check my email

March 23, 2006

A major kitchen appliance vendor will add a Linux-based tablet PC to its futuristic “connected home” product family. Salton, whose brands include George Foreman, Westinghouse, Toastmaster, Melitta, Russell Hobbs, Farberware, Ingraham, and Stiffel, will rebrand Pepper Computer's Pepper Pad for its “Beyond Connected Home” product… (more…)

Linux 2.6.16 — the “high-end enterprise” release

March 23, 2006

The newest Linux kernel offers dozens of features aimed at improved performance in highly available, highly scalable clustered architectures for enterprise, telecom, and database applications. It also includes power management improvements for devices. This guest column by Linux-Watch editor Steven J. (more…)

PMP chip gains Linux SDIO stack

March 22, 2006

EmbWise says its Linux SDIO stack now supports an AMD embedded processor that targets portable media players (PMPs). The SDIOWorx stack's SD/MMC drivers support the SDIO controller built into AMD's Alchemy AU1200, and its SDIO-WiFi and SDIO-Bluetooth (type A) drivers has also been validated under the AMD SoC, EmbWise says. (more…)