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Archive for July, 2009

PICMG board sports six SATA II ports

July 28, 2009

Ibase announced a PICMG 1.0-compatible CPU card that supports Intel Core 2 Quad processors and features DDR3 memory. The IB945 offers one IDE port and six SATA II interfaces, a Mini PCIe slot, DVI and VGA video outputs, four serial ports, and two gigabit Ethernet ports, the company says. (more…)

Study: Wind River outpaces MontaVista

July 28, 2009

[Updated: 1:30PM] — VDC Research issued a report estimating that Wind River has pushed past MontaVista, taking the top spot among embedded Linux providers. In a separate study, VDC estimates that real-time solutions outperformed the general embedded market last year, with nine percent growth, but that 2009 will be a down year for all segments. (more…)

Carrier may tap Mot phone for Android debut

July 27, 2009

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse revealed that Sprint will field an Android phone this year, and that the carrier was leaning toward Motorola's first Android phone, says eWEEK. Meanwhile, the “Donut” build of Android has been seen on several HTC G1 phones, offering universal search and CDMA support, says another eWEEK story. (more…)

$8 ARM chip touted for DDR2 support

July 27, 2009

Atmel announced a new member of its Linux-compatible ARM9-based SAM9G family of industrial-focused embedded processors. Touted for supporting DDR2 memory and 100Mbps+ data rates, the “AT91SAM9G45” clocks to 400MHz, supports LCD touchscreens and 3.3 V power, and offers a 480Mbps USB interface, says the company. (more…)

Palm reconnects smartphone with iTunes, debuts SDK

July 27, 2009

After Apple blocked the Palm Pre from being able to sync to its iTunes music software, Palm released a Palm WebOS 1.1 update that reconnects Pre users to ITunes, says eWEEK. Meanwhile, Palm has released its Palm Mojo SDK for the Linux-based WebOS. (more…)

Cortex-A8 core runs faster, sips power

July 27, 2009

Samsung and Intrinsity say they have created “the industry's fastest mobile processor core implementation” of the ARM Cortex-A8 architecture. SoCs based on the implementation — code-named Hummingbird — will use a 45-nanometer (nm) production process, run at 1GHz, and feature extremely low power leakage in sleep mode, the companies say. (more…)

VPX board steps up to Penryn processors

July 24, 2009

GE Fanuc has announced a Linux-compatible SBC (single-board computer) using the military-friendly VPX format. The VPXcel3 SBC341, “available in five ruggedization levels,” includes an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, DDR3 memory, and 1GB of flash storage, according to the company. (more…)

Ten years after, MontaVista’s Jim Ready looks forward

July 24, 2009

A decade after launching MontaVista — and many would say the embedded Linux industry — CTO Jim Ready spoke with LinuxDevices about how the industry has changed. Ready touches on everything from early Linux cellphones to the rise of semiconductor distributions to how MontaVista's MontaBello technology foreshadows Google's Chrome OS. (more…)

Ten years after: An Interview with MontaVista’s Jim Ready

July 24, 2009

Embedded Linux pioneer and MontaVista CTO and founder Jim Ready recently spoke with LinuxDevices about how the industry has changed over the last decade. The interview arrives on the heels of MontaVista's 10th anniversary. (more…)

Gaming board has Via CPUs, onboard FPGA

July 24, 2009

Win Enterprises announced a Linux-compatible motherboard intended for a gaming console or slot machine. The MB-64000 supports Via Nano or Via Eden ULV CPUs, as well as dual displays, and offers an onboard stereo amplifier, cryptographic memory, and an FPGA, the company says. (more…)

Navigation smartphone launches next week in Taiwan

July 24, 2009

Garmin-Asus announced that its Linux-based Nuvifone G60 will go on sale in Taiwan on July 27. The G60 will debut in Singapore and Malaysia by the end of August, followed by a U.S./Europe roll-out, says Garmin-Asus. (more…)

Is Sony Ericsson prepping an Android phone?

July 24, 2009

Sony Ericsson has tipped its first Android phone, according to an industry report. Meanwhile, despite apparently rosy Android sales, and HTC's prediction that next year Android will eclipse its Windows Mobile sales, some believe Android may be pushed aside by Google's Chrome OS — or even merge with it. (more…)

Rugged panel PC runs on ARM Cortex-A8 SoC

July 23, 2009

Glacier Computer has released a Linux-compatible panel PC intended for forklifts and other “fixed-mount harsh environment applications.” The “E2000” is available with 10.4-, 12.1- or 15-inch displays, uses a Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP35xx processor, and includes 256MB of flash storage, the company says. (more…)

Ion netbook has HDMI output

July 23, 2009

The Dutch company Point of View has announced a 10.2-inch netbook that runs Linux and includes Nvidia's Ion companion chip. The “Mobii Ion” comes with Intel's Atom 230 processor, an HDMI output, a 160GB hard disk drive, 802.11b/g wireless, and a choice of three- or six-cell batteries, the company says. (more…)

Intel’s Wind River subsidiary claims embedded Linux dominance

July 22, 2009

A new study by VDC Research claims that Wind River is the leader in the embedded Linux marketplace. A wholly owned subsidiary of Intel since last Friday, Wind River now represents over 30 percent of embedded Linux revenues, says VDC. (more…)