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Archive for February, 2008

Linux developer support service adds 32-bit MCU

February 27, 2008

Timesys has added a new Atmel microcontroller (MCU) to its list of supported chips. The company is offering a free Linux-based board support package (BSP) for the AT91SAM9RL, a low-powered 32-bit RISC-based microcontroller targeting smart control panels. (more…)

Linux camera, video server power up over Ethernet

February 27, 2008

Nuvation has introduced two Linux-based reference designs that run on Texas Instruments (TI) DaVinci processors, and support power-over-Ethernet (PoE). The IP Camera includes its own high-resolution camera sensor and lens, while the IVS is designed for use with external analog CCTV… (more…)

Linux-friendly MILS kernel rev’d

February 26, 2008

LynuxWorks is readying a new version of its Linux-compatible separation kernel and hypervisor. Designed to provide multiple independent levels of security (MILS) in aerospace, government, and defense applications, LynxSecure 2.0 offers improved multiprocessor support, a lightweight POSIX run-time environment,… (more…)

FPGA dev kit targets low-cost Linux-based platform

February 26, 2008

Xilinx announced a Linux development kit for embedded systems using its low-cost Spartan FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays). The MicroBlaze Development Kit Spartan-3A DSP 1800A Edition is designed to support the company's MicroBlaze soft-cores, and comes with LynuxWork's commercially supported… (more…)

Cortex-A8 SoCs target embedded, consumer devices

February 25, 2008

[Updated Mar. 3, 2008] Texas Instruments (TI) announced four Linux-compatible, Cortex-A8-based applications processors today. At the high end, the OMAP35xx line closely resembles TI's OMAP34xx offerings for mobile phones, but with a larger ball-pitch and lower-volume pricing, for use in embedded applications… (more…)

Linux-based programmable clock radio arrives

February 25, 2008

Chumby Industries announced volume shipments of its Chumby “consumer Internet device” at a price of $180 apiece. Chumby also announced a slate of content providers for the Chumby Network, including CBS, MTV Networks, MySpace, The Weather Channel Interactive, AOL's SHOUTcast and Scripps Networks. (more…)

If you habit the command line, read this

February 25, 2008

Linux Cookbook author Michael Stutz has written an article describing 10 good habits for Unix command-line users. Published by IBM's DeveloperWorks, Stutz's article offers suggestions for improving the efficiency of some of your most common command-line procedures. (more…)

Linux provider bulks up management team, European presence

February 25, 2008

A week after naming Russell “Rusty” Harris as its new CEO, MontaVista announced that Art Landro would be promoted to Harris's old position: EVP of worldwide field operations. MontaVista also announced that Hitex Development Tools would be distributing its products in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. (more…)

Customizable SoCs gain virtual Linux support

February 25, 2008

Trango has announced a version of its virtualization technology that supports a family of customizable, ARM9-based SoCs. Trango Hypervisor for Atmel's AT91CAP9 generates multiple machine-independent virtual processor instances, simplifying development of multimedia devices, video security, and industrial applications… (more…)

Linux growing fast in POS, Microsoft still tops

February 22, 2008

In the North American market for POS (point of sales/service) terminals, Linux grew 32 percent year-over-year, according to figures released by IHL Group. The research firm reckons Linux accounted for $475 million of the $5.56 billion market, putting it third overall with an 8.5 percent market share. (more…)

Claimed-first Menlow board debuts

February 22, 2008

Lippert Embedded Computers has released what it says is the first board based on Intel's Menlow chipset. The Linux-compatible CoreExpress-Menlow module is also the first in Lippert's newly announced 65 x 58mm CoreExpress processor module format, aimed at automotive, medical, mobile, and… (more…)

Embedded C++ development platform rev’d

February 21, 2008

Applied Informatics has updated its Linux-compatible POCO (portable components) Platform for embedded C++ developers building network-centric embedded devices. The POCO Platform includes new 1.3.2 releases of the open source POCO C++ Libraries, and will be demonstrated next week at Embedded World 2008 in Nuremberg,… (more…)

“Father of PC/104” returns

February 21, 2008

One of the first companies in the embedded PC and single-board computer markets has hired the “father of PC/104” to spearhead its product strategy. After eight years away, Rick Lehrbaum returns to the role of CTO at Ampro Computers, currently enjoying its 25-year anniversary this year. (more…)

Qualcomm SoCs feature “sensor-augmented” GPS

February 21, 2008

Qualcomm has announced a family of three pin-compatible system-on-chips (SoCs) based on an ARM11 core. Built on 65-nanometer process technology, the QST 1000, 1100, and 1105 feature “sensor-augmented” GPS, available cellular connectivity and 3D graphics, and optional mobile TV support, according to the company. (more…)

10-gig Ethernet module supports Linux, SFP+

February 21, 2008

Vancouver, BC-based real-time networking firm AdvancedIO Systems is shipping a Linux-compatible 10-Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and packet processing XMC/PMC module. The V1021 is designed for real-time computing applications, primarily in defense technology, such as radar, signals intelligence, and… (more…)