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Archive for November, 2006

Small Core 2 Duo box has x16 PCIe, runs Linux

November 27, 2006

Taiwanese single-board computer vendor Acrosser is shipping a small industrial PC that supports a variety of embedded Intel processors, including a 667MHz FSB Core 2 Duo. The company claims its AR-ES0892 to be the world's smallest Core 2 Duo system with PCI and x16 PCIe expansion. (more…)

Noise cancellation technology targets mobile phones

November 27, 2006

NCT of Cambridge, England has developed software technology said to allow Bluetooth headsets and mobile phones to be used in extremely noisy environments, such as construction sites and auto racetracks. ClearSpeech Xtreme uses two microphones — one to pick up the speech, the other to pick up ambient noise, according to the company. (more…)

Simplifying eCos makefiles with CMake

November 27, 2006

This detailed, technical how-to explains how eCos developers can use CMake to simplify and streamline the chore of creating makefiles. It discusses both simple, single-application eCos build environments, as well as those with multiple targets, such as production and debug builds for actual and virtual hardware. (more…)

Using eCos with CMake

November 27, 2006

Foreword: This detailed, technical how-to explains how eCos developers can use CMake to simplify and streamline the chore of writing makefiles manually. It discusses both simple, single-application eCos build environments, as well as those with multiple targets, such as production and debug builds for actual and virtual hardware. (more…)

Linux powers gaming “killer NIC”

November 22, 2006

[Updated Nov. 27, 2006] — Gaming equipment startup Bigfoot Networks is shipping a Linux-powered NIC (network interface card) aimed at improving network gaming performance. (more…)

Linux-capable wrist PC wins innovation award

November 22, 2006

Frost & Sullivan has given its 2006 Product Innovation Award in the field of “ambient intelligence” to Eurotech SpA, for its wearable wrist-worn personal computer (WWPC). (more…)

Linux powers flexible industrial firewall

November 22, 2006

Ads-tec GmbH is shipping a Linux-powered firewall device for industrial networking applications. The IF1000 Industrial Firewall implements an easy-to-use appliance that can either operate as a layer 2 filtering switch or as an IP router with IP filters, and that offers flexible power control functions, according to the… (more…)

Tiny Linux module targets WSNs

November 21, 2006

SSV Embedded Systems is shipping a tiny, chip-like, Linux-based SBC (single-board computer) that targets “wireless sensor networks” (WSNs). The DIL/NetPC ADNP/9200 is based on an Atmel ARM9 microcontroller, and integrates Ethernet, UART, SPI, SSI/I2C, and USB controllers, among other functions, according to the company. (more…)

New book elucidates microprocessors

November 21, 2006

A new book from No Starch Press explains what microprocessors do and how they do it. Inside the Machine: An Illustrated Introduction to Microprocessors and Computer Architecture, by Jon “Hannibal” Stokes, uses analogies, four-color diagrams, and clear language to convey the principles of modern computing,… (more…)

Linux PIN pad nears PCI PED approval

November 21, 2006

Italian POS (point-of-sale systems) specialist DA Sistemi Group, will soon obtain security approval from Visa, MasterCard, and JCB for a Linux-based PIN-entry terminal. The PINPAD DAndY Pad incorporates a security-oriented SoC (system-on-chip) and associated Linux software from Innova-Card, and targets supermarket and store… (more…)

Claimed first PC/104-Express SBC announced

November 20, 2006

Switzerland-based Digital-Logic has announced what is claimed to be the first SBC to use the PCI/104-Express extension to PC/104 that it co-developed with Lippert and RTD Embedded Technologies The MSM945CX, in turn, incorporates a COM… (more…)

Low-cost ETX module packs PC punch

November 20, 2006

Win Enterprises Inc. is shipping a new ETX form-factor embedded computer module based on a 500 MHz Geode LX800 processor. The MB-07302 integrates up to 1GB of onboard RAM, along with graphics, networking, and numerous peripheral interfaces into a 4.5 x 3.7 inch component-like module. (more…)

Graphics app dev tool gains enhanced X11 support

November 20, 2006

Altia Inc. has released a major update to its graphics code generator, said to convert prototype GUIs built on a development host into deployable C or Java code that runs on an embedded target. DeepScreen 5.0 boasts improved support for X11 targets, including systems running Linux, among other enhancements. (more…)

High-performance, low-power ARM core targets SoCs

November 20, 2006

Faraday Technology Corp. has released a low-power, high-performance, synthesizable, 32-bit, ARM-compliant processor core for SoC (system-on-chip) designs. The FA626 clocks up to 533 MHz, is supported with a Linux port, and targets STB, DVR, IPTV, printer, WLAN, WiMax, and SAN applications, according to the fabless ASIC and chip IP provider. (more…)

JTAG flash programmer/debugger adds JFFS2

November 17, 2006

Austrian tools vendor Ronetix says its Ethernet-connected JTAG debugger can now be used to program JFFS2 images onto NAND flash, with bad block management. The PEEDI debugger (“powerful embedded Ethernet interface”) can also program NOR Flash and DataFlash, and do simple debugging via… (more…)