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Archive for April, 2008

Atom-based CPU module runs Linux

April 25, 2008

Eurotech (formerly ADS) has introduced an Intel Atom-based development system built around a 3.9 x 2.8 inch computer-on-module (COM). (more…)

Atom-based COM uses nanoETXexpress form-factor

April 25, 2008

Kontron has introduced the first COM (computer-on-module) using the company's nanoETXexpress form factor. Targeting demanding handheld applications, the nanoETXexpress-SP uses Intel's Atom processor, has up to 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash on board, supports HD video, and offers eight USB ports, says Kontron. (more…)

Nokia adds Qt to Maemo

April 25, 2008

Nokia will support Qt application development on its Linux-based Internet tablets, it has announced. Noting that GTK and Qt co-exist in the desktop world, Nokia says it hopes to distribute Qt libraries for Maemo during Q4, enabling N8xx tablet ports of Qt-based desktop and device applications. (more…)

Tablet PCs use Intel’s Atom

April 25, 2008

Nexcom has announced three tablet computers targeting logistics, health care, and vehicle applications. The MTC 2100, MTC 2100-MD, and MRC 2100 use Intel's Atom processor, and feature 8.4-inch sunlight-readable displays, fingerprint readers, Infineon TPMs (trusted platform modules), and battery life up to 8 hours, Nexcom… (more…)

Linux-friendly CPU module boasts 90nm ARM9 SoC

April 24, 2008

PhyTec is readying a small CPU module powered by an ARM9-based SoC (system-on-chip) built on 90 nanometer process technology. The PhyCore-LPC3250 weds seven serial ports with “state-of-the-art” power management, and targets consumer, medical, industrial, and automotive applications, PhyTec says. (more…)

Apple acquires Linux-friendly chip vendor

April 24, 2008

A vendor of power-efficient multicore PowerPC processors that run Linux and other embedded OSes will be acquired by Apple. Its purchase of P.A. Semi could signal Apple plans to migrate its desktops, servers, and embedded consumer products back to PowerPC. (more…)

PC/104-Plus SBC resists shock

April 24, 2008

VersaLogic has announced a PC/104-Plus SBC (single board computer) that targets military, avionics, and medical applications. Running on an AMD LX800 processor, the dual-Ethernet port equipped Cougar operates fanlessly, draws under five Watts, and features high resistance to mechanical and thermal shock. (more…)

SODIMM-sized module runs Linux

April 24, 2008

Cogent Computer Systems is now shipping an SO-DIMM-sized computer module targeting “any size-restricted, low-power embedded system.” Based on Atmel's AT91SAM9263 processor, the CSB737 “system-on-module” (SOM) runs Linux, and is available with a development kit and carrier board. (more…)

Linux still top embedded OS

April 23, 2008

Linux was used by 18 percent of embedded engineers responding to a survey, making it tops overall among both free and commercial OSes. Additionally, open source operating systems such as eCos, BSD, FreeRTOS, and TinyOS were reportedly used collectively by another five percent of respondents. (more…)

ARM9-based SoC targets low-end PMPs

April 23, 2008

Korean chipmaker MagicEyes Digital has announced an ARM9-based system-on-chip (SoC) intended for low-end navigation devices and PMPs (personal media players). The Linux-friendly “Pollux” SoC features on-chip 3D graphics acceleration, an NTSC/PAL video encoder, and a video DAC with picture-in-picture capabilities. (more…)

Linux firewall fits inside Windows laptops

April 23, 2008

Yoggie will offer its tiny Linux-based hardware firewall in the PCMCIA ExpressCard form factor. Available next month, the Gatekeeper Card Pro firewall fits completely inside host laptops, and runs 13 different applications aimed at keeping Windows-based PCs safe from viruses, spam, malware, and other security… (more…)

Japanese embedded Linux house adds DIY subscriptions

April 23, 2008

Embedded Linux specialists Timesys and Lineo Solutions have announced a multi-year joint development and marketing alliance aimed at adapting TimeSys's “LinuxLink” service suite to the Japanese marketplace. The partnership will leverage Lineo's engineering and marketing expertise, in order to deliver Linux software, tools, and support for Japan's top processors, the partners said. (more…)

PC/104 module runs x86 Linux on 1.85 Watts

April 22, 2008

Tri-M Engineering has started shipping a low-cost PC/104 processor module based on a low-power x86-compatible system-on-chip (SoC). Targeting industrial computing applications, the rugged, extended-temperature VSX104 runs Linux, Windows CE, DOS, and other popular 32-bit RTOSes on a Vortex86SX SoC clocked… (more…)

Chipmaker helps sponsor Linux device software “bounties”

April 22, 2008

Open Linux devicemaker Neuros Technology has pre-announced a new hardware platform based on a Texas Instruments (TI) DaVinci system-on-chip (SoC). The Linux-based “Open Internet Television HDPlatform” will use TI's TMS320DM644x SoC, with TI helping sponsor “bounties” for developers who complete key open source software projects for the platform, Neuros said. (more…)

JVM runtime rev’d with Wind River support

April 22, 2008

Aonix upgraded its PERC Ultra Java runtime, a JVM (java virtual machine) aimed at embedded applications, and announced a design win with a Linux-based automotive diagnostic system from ETAS. PERC Ultra 5.1 improves performance and security, says Aonix, and adds support for real-time operating systems (RTOSes) including Wind River Linux. (more…)