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Archive for October, 2007

Intelligent quad gig-E card has Linux onboard

October 29, 2007

GDA Technologies is shipping a PCI Express board with four gigabit Ethernet ports, and equipped with an onboard PowerPC processor and embedded Linux OS. The “Data Cruncher” enables standard x86 boxes to be used for media server, storage networking, wireless infrastructure, or telecom applications, according to the… (more…)

Debian-based router Linux achieves major update

October 29, 2007

Vyatta has achieved a major new release of its community-supported, Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at turning commodity x86 hardware into enterprise routers, firewalls, and VPN appliances. (more…)

Control processors gain industrial networking support

October 26, 2007

Freescale Semiconductor has added real-time industrial networking support to the Linux-based development kit for its PowerQUICC II SoCs (system-on-chip processors). The MPC8360E-RDK reference design kit now ships with software support for Real Time Automation's (RTA's) EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet communication protocols for industrial control applications. (more…)

Embedded Linux pioneer opens up its training program

October 26, 2007

Embedded Linux stalwart MontaVista Software is expanding its embedded Linux training program, opening it up for the first time to the general public. Previously, the training was available only to the company's software and tools customers. (more…)

iPod-powered DJ console runs Linux

October 26, 2007

Numark is shipping the iDJ2, a Linux-based DJ mixing console built around the Apple iPod. The iDJ2 allows users to play two songs simultaneously from a single iPod, and offers music control with real-time scratching, pitch control, seamless loop, and full cueing. (more…)

Linux-powered mesh gadget buffs up

October 26, 2007

Saxnet has introduced a major upgrade of its Debian Linux-powered Meshnode wireless mesh-networking router. The Meshnode III boasts increased WiFi transmit power and a self-organizing four-radio transmission system, among other enhancements. (more…)

Maddog talks Linux devices

October 26, 2007

Jon “maddog” Hall has made a featured guest appearance on a podcast series devoted to embedded Linux development. The veteran Linux promoter discusses binary kernel drivers, mixing proprietary and GPL software, and his “secret” retirement plan in the latest episode of TimeSys's Linux Radio podcast. (more…)

Linux-friendly browser syncs devices, desktops

October 25, 2007

Multi-platform browser vendor Opera Software today released a Web-based synchronization service said to share Opera browser information among desktops, mobile phones, and other devices. With Opera Link, says Opera, bookmarks, speed dial, and personal bar are all kept updated, thereby reducing tedious text input. (more…)

Webcast explores open-source virtualization

October 25, 2007

IBM, Intel, and Novell are co-sponsoring a webcast entitled “Evaluating Open Source Virtualization.” Although primarily focused on enterprise applications and benefits, the free, hour-long event on Oct. 30 may interest device developers who are following the current explosion of virtualization technologies and applications. (more…)

Compact, customizable Linux gadget targets IP telephony

October 25, 2007

Pika Technologies has introduced a compact, customizable, Linux-based IP-PBX appliance. Based on the company's host media processing software, “Pika Warp, the Appliance for Linux,” is said to provide IP-PBX (IP-based private branch exchange) functionality along with integrated voice response (IVR), predictive dialing, and… (more…)

Graphical modeling tool leverages real-time Linux

October 25, 2007

Concurrent Computer Corp. is shipping a new simulation tool for its iHawk real-time Linux platforms. The SIMulation Workbench modeling environment is intended to help engineers develop and execute real-time “hardware-in-loop” and “man-in-loop” simulations for applications such as automotive manufacturing, according… (more…)

Mini-ITX SBC does TV out, surround sound

October 24, 2007

Aaeon has announced a “value-positioned” mini-ITX SBC (single-board computer) that can be used to create a media server. The EMB-820T is based on AMD's Athlon-family embedded processors, and features TV output and 5:1 surround sound, according to the company. (more…)

Mobile Linux device stack gains motion detection

October 24, 2007

Trolltech is extending its Qtopia embedded Linux development platform with iPhone-like motion control. Thanks to a partnership with motion-control software firm F-Origin, Qtopia developers will soon be able to trick out their mobile devices with interfaces that respond to landscape/portrait rotation, gestures, and gravity. (more…)

Linux mobile phone stack vendors align

October 24, 2007

MontaVista and Access have pledged to work together to produce a version of MontaVista's Linux-based mobile phone operating system optimized for Access's mobile phone software application and middleware stack. Additionally, MontaVista is among six new members of Access's partner ecosystem, which now numbers 73. (more…)

Linux dev kits target CDMA data routers

October 23, 2007

Ctek Inc. has opened up its SkyRouter broadband wireless data routing platform to Linux device developers, with a family of wireless router development kits. The company's 5100 and 5200 series kits include CDMA radios and run Linux 2.6 on an Axis Etrax SoC (system-on-chip). (more…)