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Archive for February, 2007

Low-cost thin client runs Linux

February 26, 2007

Low-cost thin client specialist Devon IT is shipping a $140 model that supports Unix, Citrix, and Windows network computing protocols. The fanless DIT6040A runs Devon's Linux-based “Devon Terminal Operatiing System” (DeTOS) on a 400MHz Via Eden processor. (more…)

Chipset targets digital media-oriented systems

February 26, 2007

Via Technologies has launched a new core-logic chip aimed at “power-efficient” and “affordable” embedded and desktop systems. The CN896 pairs with Via's C7 and Eden processors, and includes 2D and 3D graphics accelerators, dual-simultaneous display support, and both 1- and 16-lane PCI Express. (more…)

ARM9 SoC targets M2M messaging apps

February 26, 2007

Device networking specialist Oxford Semiconductor will soon sample ARM9-based SoC (system-on-chip) silicon aimed specifically at machine-to-machine (M2M) messaging. The OXETHU954 offers Ethernet, PCI, serial, and optionally USB interfaces, while its development kit includes a Linux BSP (board support package),… (more…)

Linux phone features Treo-style keyboard

February 26, 2007

A startup in Penang, Malaysia is readying a Linux-based dual-mode WiFi GSM/GPRS phone expected to ship in Q2. Gupp Technologies's “Phreedom” phone boasts a Treo-style QWERTY keyboard, a 2.5-inch QVGA color screen, and VoWiFi (voice-over-WiFi) capabilities based on the SIP standard. (more…)

Single-core DSP dev kit bundles Linux, virtualization

February 26, 2007

TI will bundle VirtualLogix's Linux distribution and platform virtualization layer with a DSP development kit that targets multimedia applications. TI's TMS320DM6437 Digital Video Development Platform (DVDP) for DaVinci technology will include a trial version of VLX-DM (digital multimedia) v2.0, along with a no-cost, royalty free Linux BSP (board support package). (more…)

11 from IBM: Mem debug, Cell, bash, XML, PHP Opcodes, XForms…

February 23, 2007

IBM has published the following new technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks and AlphaWorks websites. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics, primarily related to Linux and open source system development. (more…)

Single-core Linux phone hits the market

February 23, 2007

Grundig Mobile has launched a Linux phone based on a single-core, single-chip architecture, long considered to be the “holy grail” of modern handset technology. The U900 runs Linux and an RTOS (real-time operating system) on an NXP ARM9-based SoC (system-on-chip), using VirtualLogix platform virtualization… (more…)

Free embedded Linux dev tools on tap at Euro OSS show

February 23, 2007

Openembedded will host a booth at this weekend's Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting (FOSDEM) in Brussels. Project representatives will demonstrate various devices running Linux — including an OpenMoko phone — and accept hardware donations from those interested in… (more…)

Real-time JVM targets deeply embedded apps

February 22, 2007

Aonix has released version 1.0 of a virtual machine said to overcome Java's traditional weaknesses for “deeply embedded” systems. PERC Pico can be used with or without an embedded operating system such as Linux, and offers execution times “similar to C/C++ programs,” with determinism in the low microsecond range, the company claims. (more…)

Community Linux router distro goes Debian

February 22, 2007

A commercial supplier of open-source routing and firewall software has transitioned its community-supported firewall/router Linux distribution to a Debian base. Vyatta Community Edition 2 (VC2) is based on Debian, runs on commodity x86 hardware, includes excellent documentation, and supports numerous enterprise features, including serial T1/E1 cards, VLANs, RIP, and OSPF. (more…)

Free dev tools support Renesas chips, Linux hosts

February 22, 2007

An India-based development services provider is offering Eclipse plugin-based GNU toolchains for Renesas processors, and an Eclipse-based IDE for Linux- and Windows-based development hosts. KPIT Cummins says its “KPIT Coronoa” IDE and KPIT GNU toolchains offer state-of-the-art features, and are suitable for commercial product development. (more…)

High-integration SuperH SoC targets multimedia devices

February 22, 2007

Japanese semiconductor vendor Renesas is readying a new 32-bit RISC SoC (system-on-chip) with integrated 2D graphics engine and lots of PC peripherals. The SH7764 clocks to 324MHz, runs Linux, and targets audio systems, digital media players, office automation, and car navigation systems, among other applications. (more…)

PS3 available pre-installed with Linux

February 21, 2007

Linux distributor TerraSoft is accepting pre-orders for Sony Playstation3 gaming devices pre-installed with Linux, alongside the PS3's native gaming OS. Additionally, TerraSoft, IBM, RapidMind, and Vivendi game publisher High Moon Studios are offering seminars to help game developers… (more…)

IMS/VCC framework supports TI OMAP, Linux

February 21, 2007

HelloSoft has ported its IMS/VCC (IP multimedia subsystem / voice call continuity) framework for dual-mode mobile devices to TI's OMAP850 mobile phone processor. The HelloIMS IMS/VCC client offers users a seamless hand-over between cellular and WiFi networks using a single device and a single user interface, according to the company. (more…)

Ultra-rugged USB key supports Linux

February 21, 2007

A&D Electronics is offering a flash storage key that may actually be bombproof. Aimed at the military market, and priced at $700 for a 1GB unit, the IronDrive was designed to offer protection from “moisture, vibration, shock, caustic agents, EMI, and nuclear effects,” the company claims. (more…)