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Archive for November, 2008

Webinars explore RTOS-to-Linux driver migration

November 20, 2008

MontaVista Software announced two educational webinars on porting real-time operating system (RTOS) drivers to embedded Linux. Presented by Linuxpundit.com's Bill Weinberg (pictured) on Dec. (more…)

Open phone goes robotic

November 20, 2008

Toronto, Ontario-based Koolu announced that it will release a version of Google's Linux/Java Android stack optimized for Openmoko's Neo FreeRunner Linux phone. A beta of “Android for FreeRunner” is due the first week of December, says Koolu, which will also sell the FreeRunner loaded with Android. (more…)

MontaVista touts Android readiness

November 19, 2008

MontaVista announced that it will support developers who use MontaVista Linux with Google's Linux/Java Android mobile platform. In other Android news, Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo and Korean handset manufacturer KTF will produce an Android phone next year, says a Reuters story. (more…)

USB Linux key targets netbooks

November 19, 2008

French mini-PC vendor Linutop announced a version of its Ubuntu 8.4-based Linux distribution on a USB key targeting Asus Eee PCs. The key (pictured) is based on its small-footprint Linutop 2.2 distro, which is designed for ultra-low-powered systems such as its own Linutop 2 mini-PC. (more…)

Via panel PC resists shock, liquids

November 19, 2008

Via announced a fanless panel PC that runs Linux, and resists both liquids and dust. The “VIPRO VP7710” includes Via's Eden or C7 processors, a 10.4-inch touchscreen display, gigabit Ethernet, three serial ports, and two USB 2.0 ports, the company says. (more…)

Linux provider touts support award

November 19, 2008

Wind River Systems announced that its Support Operations Centers in North America and Europe have achieved Service Capability and Performance (SCP) certification for the third time. Wind River is the only embedded Linux vendor to have earned the Service Strategies certification, claims the company. (more…)

World’s smallest humanoid robot can run Linux

November 19, 2008

[Updated: Nov. 21, 2008] — Mobisense is shipping a Linux-ready, robot-targeted “MBS270-520” single-board computer (SBC) that can control small robots such as Tomy's i-Sobot. The 6.5-inch-tall i-Sobot has been dubbed “the smallest humanoid robot in production” by Guinness World Records, says Tomy. (more…)

Linux connects TVs to ‘Net video

November 19, 2008

[Updated 12:50PM] — Neuros Technology is shipping a set-top box aimed at delivering Internet video on-demand to high-definition TVs. The $300 Neuros LINK works with a free Neuros.TV service to let users play popular video content on-demand, without subscribing to cable or satellite television broadcast services,… (more…)

Mot camera-phone runs widgets

November 18, 2008

Motorola announced a Moto VE66 camera-phone that offers WiFi, GPS, a 5-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, and MontaVista Linux. The VE66 is the first Motorola phone to support the MotoDev Studio for WebUI “widget” platform, says Motorola, which also announced a “MotoDev Widget Developer Challenge.”

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Linux-ready MILS kernel gains POSIX

November 18, 2008

LynuxWorks is shipping version 2.0 of its Linux-compatible separation kernel and hypervisor for high assurance systems. Aimed at multiple independent levels of security (MILS) applications in the aerospace, government, and defense industries, LynxSecure 2.0 offers enhancements including improved multi-processor support and a lightweight POSIX run-time environment, says the company. (more…)

Multimedia processor plays H.264 video

November 18, 2008

Texas Instruments (TI) is accepting orders for a Linux-ready DaVinci multimedia SoC (system-on-chip) targeting digital photo frames, IP network cameras, and low-cost digital video recorders. The Ethernet-equipped TMS320DM357 has a 270MHz ARM9 core, and a DSP core supplied with royalty-free codecs for H.264 (D1 resolution), MPEG-4, JPEG, and G.711. (more…)

$7 ARM9 SoC gains mainline support

November 18, 2008

Rousset, France-based semiconductor firm Atmel announced that the Linux 2.6.27 mainline kernel release has added support for its AT91SAM9G20 system-on-chip (SoC). Equipped with an ARM926EJ-S core clocked to 400MHz, the AT91SAM9G20 is offered with a Linux v2.6.27 kernel, patches, drivers, demos, and the Angstrom/OpenEmbedded development environment, says the company. (more…)

Mini-ITX board has HDMI port

November 18, 2008

Advantech has introduced a mini-ITX motherboard that targets embedded information and entertainment applications, such as information station kiosks and lottery machines. The AIMB-221 supports single- or dual-core AMD processors, and offers an HDMI A/V port, for connection to multimedia displays such as… (more…)

Papers sought for Embedded Linux Conference

November 17, 2008

The largest embedded Linux conference has announced its venue and topic list for next year's event. Set for April 6-8, 2009, at San Francisco's Hotel Kabuki, the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum's fifth-annual Embedded Linux Conference directly precedes the Linux Foundation's Spring… (more…)

Rugged Linux wrist computer upgraded

November 17, 2008

Just in time for the latest 007 movie release, Eurotech subsidiary Parvus announced a new version of its military-targeted personal wrist computer. The Linux-ready Zypad WR1100 offers a faster Marvell PXA 270 processor, more memory, a higher-resolution display, plus ZigBee and fingerprint scanner options. (more…)