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Archive for May, 2006

Embedded Linux ecology tips

May 25, 2006

This brief article presents tips and tricks for reducing the consumption of power, paper, RAM, storage, and processor cycles in Linux systems. It was written by Michael Opdenacker, of Free Electrons, a training and consulting company that publishes free presentations and training materials about… (more…)

Snapshot of the embedded Linux market — May, 2006

May 25, 2006

The results of LinuxDevices.com's sixth annual Embedded Linux Market Survey are in! This brief summary outlines our interpretation of a few key data points. Overall, we find the results encouraging for embedded Linux, and for companies in the embedded Linux OS and tools market. (more…)

Low-power PC/104 SBC supports embedded Linux

May 24, 2006

Eurotech has introduced a RoHS-compliant PC/104-Plus single-board computer (SBC) that targets low-power, space-constrained embedded applications such as mobile computer systems, real-time industrial control, and multimedia data acquisition. (more…)

IBM seeds new embedded Linux projects in Brazil

May 24, 2006

IBM will expand its Brazilian Linux Technology Center (LTC), in order to advance several projects of interest to embedded Linux developers. The $2.2M investment will further projects devoted to Linux-on-Cell and Linux-on-Power, Linux ease-of-use, virtualization, and government security certifications for Linux. (more…)

Contest explores uses for Nokia’s 770 Internet tablet

May 24, 2006

A weekly social networking event in Helsinki devoted to open source software is sponsoring a contest to suggest uses for Nokia's 770 Internet tablet. The contest, sponsored by “Open-Tuesday,” is open to private individuals, associations, and corporation globally, and three winners will be awarded 770 tablets. (more…)

Linux robots elicit human responses

May 24, 2006

U.S. soldiers in Iraq are forming emotional ties to Linux-powered robots, according to Reuters. iRobot's robots — used for tasks such as explosives defusing and cave exploration — are being given nicknames and winning loyalty, to the extent that soldiers request repairs for their favorites, Reuters says. (more…)

Trolltech goes public

May 24, 2006

After 12 years in business, Trolltech on Tuesday filed an application for listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE). The OSE reports receiving the application the following day, and says Trolltech is now subject to disclosure of information requirements. (more…)

Embedded Linux ecology

May 24, 2006

Foreword: This brief article presents tips and tricks for reducing the consumption of power, paper, RAM, storage, and processor cycles in Linux systems. It was written by Michael Opdenacker, of Free Electrons, a training and consulting company that publishes free presentations and training materials about embedded Linux. Enjoy . . . ! (more…)

World’s first single-core Linux phone demoed

May 23, 2006

FSMLabs and Infineon Technologies claim to have achieved the world's first demonstration of a Linux mobile phone based on a single processor core: a working prototype based on a single ARM9 core running FSMLabs's RTLinux real-time Linux OS, along with a functional 2G/3G (WCDMA/EDGE/GPRS/GSM) stack from Infineon's wholly-owned subsidiary, Comneon. (more…)

Microsoft taps open-source mojo with coding contest

May 23, 2006

Microsoft is sponsoring its first open, er, make that “shared source” programming contest. With several Xbox 360's and an HDTV on the line, hackers will download 120-day trial versions of Windows CE and associated tools, and create apps using designated (more…)

Place-shifting media gateway design runs Linux

May 23, 2006

Axentra and Freescale have partnered on a hardware/software reference design for remotely accessible residential gateways and home media servers. The Digital Home Center platform combines Axentra's UPnP-compliant “HipServ” application stack with Freescale's Linux-based,… (more…)

Sony rolls out pocket-sized tablet PC

May 22, 2006

Sony Electronics has introduced a “pocket-sized” device claimed to offer “full-size computer performance.” The VAIO UX Micro PC is based on an Intel Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage CPU, weighs about a pound, and sports a 4.5-inch 1024×600 touchscreen display. (more…)

First C/C++ binaries bidirectional debugger targets Linux

May 22, 2006

A U.K.-based start-up founded by two Ph.D's is shipping a bidirectional debugger for arbitrary Linux binary programs, including those written in C or C++. Undo Software says its UndoDB lets developers “reason backwards” from the point of failure, a technique said to greatly simplify debugging. (more…)

Live Linux CD demos Qtopia phone stack

May 22, 2006

[Updated May 31] — A live CD demontrating Qtopia Phone Edition (QPE) 4.1.1 will soon be available from Trolltech's website. Based on Knoppix Linux and the fluxbox window manager, the bootable CD includes software emulators that demonstrate both the touchscreen and keypad versions of the… (more…)

Renesas preps Linux-friendly telematics SoC

May 22, 2006

Renesas says it will sample in August a new SoC (system on chip) and development board that support Linux and target telematics and in-vehicle systems. The SH7397 “Euclid” SoC is based on a 300MHz, 32-bit SH-4A SuperH processor, and will double performance of the company's current SH7760 “Camelot” telematics processor, the company says. (more…)