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Archive for October, 2008

HP netbook boasts homegrown Linux distro

October 29, 2008

HP announced a netbook with a proprietary, media-centric Linux distribution called MIE (Mobile Internet Experience). The HP Mini 1000 features an 8.9-inch or 10.2-inch display, a 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, plus a 60GB hard drive or SSD (solid state disk) up to 16GB, says HP. (more…)

Industrial Linux gains ADA 2005 tools

October 28, 2008

AdaCore is offering an embedded Linux add-on for its high-level ADA development tools. GNAT Pro for Sysgo's ELinOS Linux distribution brings the industrially oriented Linux distribution support for the first available implementation of the ADA 2005 standard, the vendors claim. (more…)

Tiny SBC builds on Cortex-A8 SoC

October 28, 2008

Gumstix launched a tiny fourth-generation version of its open-source, gumstick-shaped SBC (single-board computer). The Linux-based Overo Earth measures 0.7 x 2.3 x 0.2 inches, 40 percent smaller than the earlier Verdex, and it has switched to the ARM Cortex-A8-based Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP 3503 system-on-chip (SoC). (more…)

Via demos Nano processor, Pico-ITXe

October 28, 2008

Via Technologies has begun sampling a mini-ITX board based on its 64-bit Via Nano processor, and has unveiled its new “pico-ITXe” form-factor. The Via VB8001 Mini-ITX Board combines a 1.6GHz Nano with a CN896 graphics chipset, 16-lane PCI Express slot, and multiple I/O, says Via. (more…)

Virtual system mimics superscalar SoC

October 28, 2008

Virtutech has announced a virtual system for simulating the Renesas Technologies SH-4A superscalar system-on-chip (SoC). Based on its Simics simulated development platform, the SH-4A simulator has been tested on Express Logic's ThreadX real-time operating system (RTOS), but should also work with Linux, says the company. (more…)

Dell netbook uses MID-sized Atom

October 28, 2008

Dell announced a netbook that breaks from the herd by using an Intel Z5xx Atom CPU and 12-inch display. The Inspiron Mini 12 includes a 60/80GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, webcam, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g WiFi, and runs Ubuntu Linux, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, says Dell. (more…)

Networking platforms run Pentium M SoCs

October 27, 2008

Yet another embedded system vendor has jumped on Intel's EP80579 system-on-chip (SoC), previously code-named “Tolapai.” Win Enterprises announced its EP80579-based PL-10540 and PL-10550 desktop networking platforms, both of which are designed for SOHO/SMB network management and network security applications, says the… (more…)

Torvalds: Real quality means taking it personally

October 27, 2008

The Linux Foundation (LF) has posted a ten-minute video interview with kernel coordinator Linus Torvalds. Held during the Linux Foundation's recent Linux Kernel Summit, the interview reveals the Linux founder speaking out on issues ranging from kernel/userland interactions to why Linux has so many interfaces. (more…)

Embedded ATX boards sport four cores

October 27, 2008

Kontron has announced two new ATX-format embedded motherboards that target “compute-intensive” applications such as image processing. The KTQ45/FLEX and KTQ45/ATXE feature Core 2 Quad or Core 2 Duo processors, dual gigabit Ethernet, 12 USB ports, and five SATA ports, according to the… (more…)

Linux, ATCA rising

October 27, 2008

ATCA (Advanced Telecommunications Computer Architecture) technology will emerge as a $2.65 billion industry in 2013, with growth driven by “mega-mergers,” according to a report from IDC. The research firm also notes that Linux is “changing the software makeup of network infrastructures,” in both network and control layers. (more…)

Tiny $75 SBC gains baseboard

October 27, 2008

Chennai, India-based E-con Systems announced a baseboard for its SODIMM-sized, Marvell PXA270-based processor module. The baseboard adds an LCD touchscreen, USB, serial ports, SDIO slot, and camera interfaces to the company's Linux-ready eSOM270 module, available in volume for about $75. (more…)

Linux wins big in ATCA “Best of Show” honors

October 24, 2008

Linux-friendly products took all four “Best of Show” awards at the AdvancedTCA Summit. Top awards went to Nortel for its Linux-based Versatile Service Engine (VSE) platform and VSE-based MSC Server; to RadiSys for its Linux-based ATCA-9100 blade; and to VirtualLogix for its HA virtualization software. (more…)

ARM tipped for netbooks

October 24, 2008

Netbooks using ARM's high-end “Cortex-A” family of processor cores will begin appearing soon in netbooks, an ARM executive is reported as saying. Rob Coombs, ARM's director of mobile solutions, says to “expect announcements in the next few months,” as quoted by ZDNet UK. (more…)

Fanless box targets industrial apps

October 24, 2008

Aewin announced an “embedded box computer” targeting kiosk, vehicle, and industrial applications. The SEM-7705 supports fanless operation with Intel Core 2 Duo, Core Duo, or Celeron processors, has four serial ports and dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and can employ CompactFlash or hard disk storage,… (more…)

“Storage robot” gains community-built apps

October 23, 2008

Data Robotics has announced a new “Linux Dashboard” and other community-developed “DroboApps” for its Linux-based DroboShare network-storage device. The company is also shipping a more powerful, Firewire-equipped version of the SOHO-targeted Drobo “storage robot,” which is network-enabled by… (more…)