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Archive for August, 2006

DIY Linux home theater PC

August 28, 2006

LixSystems has introduced a low-cost Linux powered home theater PC (HTPC) packaged in a compact, consumer electronics-style enclosure. The Lx8100-MN, available “barebones” (sans CPU, memory, and hard drive) for around $300, offers quiet operation and is supplied with an easily-installed Fedora 5-based system image on DVD,… (more…)

Cellphone video future unclear

August 28, 2006

The market for “long form” (30+ minutes) mobile video content is likely to remain “experimental” for at least two years, In-Stat reports. Furthermore, the analyst firm's research remains inconclusive as to whether consumers will eventually adopt all-purpose multimedia cellular phones, versus using separate mobile phone and media player devices. (more…)

Real-time Linux, middleware support U.S. Navy Aegis systems

August 28, 2006

Real-time Linux and middleware from Concurrent Computer Corp. and Real-Time Innovations Inc. (RTI) are supporting the U.S. Navy's Aegis Open Architecture program, the companies announced Aug. 28. Aegis Open Architecture is the foundation for the modernization of the Navy's Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers, the companies said. (more…)

Linux-powered e-book uses realistic electronic paper

August 25, 2006

iRex used Linux and an electronic paper display (EPD) to build a portable reading device available now for personal and business-to-business applications. The iLiad's paper display “reads just like paper, and is perceived as such by the human eye,” according to the company. (more…)

Industrial Ethernet cameras gain Linux support

August 25, 2006

Industrial camera maker Prosilica has released an x86- and PowerPC-Linux SDK (software development kit) for use in communicating with its line of Ethernet cameras. The GigE Vision cameras target traffic monitoring, machine vision, industrial and pharmaceutical inspection, forest-fire detection, lumber scanning,… (more…)

Book explains high-performance embedded computing

August 25, 2006

Elsevier has published a new book on performance-oriented embedded computing. High-Performance Embedded Computing — Architectures, Applications, and Methodologies, by Wayne Wolf of Princeton University, covers advanced topics in embedded computing, including multiprocessors, VLIW and superscalar… (more…)

Alternative open source OS quick but buggy

August 25, 2006

The open-source Syllable operating system is extremely fast, and is starting to gain enough desktop applications to be usable, writes Jeff Park in a review posted at NewsForge. Despite a primitive installer and some unstable applications, Park comes away impressed with Syllable's raw speed. (more…)

High schoolers build Linux-powered robots

August 25, 2006

Linux-powered robots make great projects for high school science class curriculums, according to… (more…)

Fanless PC/104 SBC runs Linux on Geode LX

August 25, 2006

Aewin is shipping a “feature rich” PC/104-Plus SBC (single-board computer) based on an AMD Geode LX800 processor. The PM-6100 runs fanless at 500 MHz, integrates an extensive set of onboard peripheral controllers, and targets space-constrained, high-performance, low-power industrial and embedded applications, according to… (more…)

Flexible ARM9 SBC boots Linux in 1.69 seconds

August 25, 2006

Technologic Systems is offering a freely downloadable, Debian-based Linux OS image said to boot from an SD card in less than two seconds, on the company's ARM9-based SBC (single-board computer). (more…)

Device Profile: iRex iLiad mobile eBook reader

August 25, 2006

iRex used Linux and an electronic paper display (EPD) to build a portable reading device available now for personal and business-to-business applications. The iLiad's paper display “reads just like paper, and is perceived as such by the human eye,” the company says. (more…)

Linux powers DoCoMo’s first 3.5G phone

August 24, 2006

Japan's largest mobile operator will power-up a 3.5G network next week, and launch a Linux-based phone capable of using it. The N902iX phone, supplied by NEC, offers features most U.S. and European users can only dream of — such as 3.6Mbit/s peak download speeds. (more…)

Open-source stack providers getting squeezed?

August 24, 2006

Pure-play open-source software providers are being squeezed out of the enterprise market by increasingly complete offerings from application and OS providers, according to a report from The 451 Group's just-launched “Commercial Adoption of Open Source” (CAOS) service. The report's findings may be applicable to embedded Linux stack providers, as well. (more…)

Slideshow highlights LinuxWorld Expo standouts

August 23, 2006

eWEEK has published a slideshow from last week's LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco. The photos were taken by LinuxDevices.com Senior Editor Henry Kingman, with LinuxWatch.com Senior Editor Steven J. (more…)

Industrial Linux distro changes names

August 23, 2006

A real-time (RTAI-based) embedded Linux distribution targeting industrial applications has changed its name. Koan Software's Klinux (formerly K-Linux) will henceforth be known as KaeilOS (Koan advanced embedded industrial Linux operating system), according to founder Marco Cavallini. (more…)