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Archive for October, 2010

Embedded Linux group merged into Linux Foundation

October 27, 2010

The Linux Foundation (LF) and its smaller embedded Linux counterpart, the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) announced they will merge, with CELF becoming a technical workgroup at the LF. With the merger of the two non-profit groups, the Linux Foundation will expand its embedded computing technical programs, and will launch a new embedded Linux “Yocto Project.”

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Asustek, Garmin ending joint smartphone development

October 26, 2010

Asustek and Garmin announced they have made their last Garmin-Asus smartphones, which include several Linux- and Android-based Nuvifone and Garminfone models. Asus will instead offer its own phones, and Garmin will develop apps, say the partners.

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Ubuntu drops GNOME in favor of homegrown Unity UI

October 26, 2010

The “Unity” user interface that debuted in Ubuntu 10.10's Netbook Edition will be standard on the next version of the Ubuntu Desktop Edition as well. Ubuntu Desktop 11.04 will replace the Linux distribution's default GNOME desktop environment in favor of the multitouch-enabled Unity interface, says Ubuntu sponsor Canonical.

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Low-cost network appliance has six gigabit Ethernet ports

October 26, 2010

Axiomtek announced a 1U network appliance that uses Intel Atom D410 or D510 processors and provides six gigabit Ethernet ports. The NA-320 includes both hard disk and CompactFlash storage, accepts up to 2GB of RAM, and has a PCI Express Mini Card expansion slot, the company says.

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Mobile processor market is hotter than ever, In-Stat says

October 26, 2010

The mobile processor market is set to reach four billion units by 2014, market research firm In-Stat has reported. The pronounced growth is expected to create room for a number of processor architectures to flourish

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Security processors get 64 RISC cores

October 26, 2010

Cavium Networks announced the next generation of its Nitrox security processors, supported by a Linux software development kit (SDK). The four new Nitrox III security processors integrate 16 to 64 security RISC cores with compression engines, virtualization hardware, and a PCI-Express Gen 2 interface, and are said to be scalable from 5Gbps to 40Gbps.

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Wi-Fi Direct networks will work without base stations

October 26, 2010

The Wi-Fi Alliance announced a new wireless networking specification that will allow devices to connect to one another without the aid of an access point (AP). To be available later this year, “Wi-Fi Direct” will allow “direct connection groups” for tasks such as printing, syncing, and sharing content, the industry group says.

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Amazon Kindle now allows for e-book lending

October 26, 2010

Amazon.com has enabled a 14-day e-book lending feature on its Linux-based Kindle e-reader device, matching a similar Barnes & Noble feature and escalating the e-reader wars. Meanwhile, Amazon's Android-ready Kindle app has added the ability to receive newspapers and other periodicals, says the company.

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Adobe updates AIR dev tools, supporting Android

October 25, 2010

Adobe launched version 2.5 of its Adobe AIR rich-media development platform, extending support to TVs, smartphones, and tablets, and also launched a cross-platform app distribution service called Adobe InMarket. Adobe AIR 2.5 adds support for accelerometer, camera, video, microphone, multitouch, and geolocation functions, supporting Android, iOS, and BlackBerry Tablet OS, as well as desktops including Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.

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MontaVista Android platform targets single-Watt ARM11 SoCs

October 25, 2010

MontaVista Software announced the availability of an Android reference platform for the Econa CNS3xxx ARM11-based processors manufactured by its parent company Cavium Networks. The reference platform offers support for on-chip hardware acceleration blocks, and integrates drivers for peripherals including Bluetooth, 802.11n, and touchscreens, says MontaVista.

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Samsung readies Galaxy S heir while Android phone rumors heat up

October 25, 2010

Samsung is readying a 4.3-inch “i9200” update to its Galaxy S phones that runs Android 3.0 on a 2GHz processor, says an industry report. Other rumored Android phones include an Acer Liquid Metal phone, an HTC device that may be called the Knight or the Speedy, an LTE-ready LG model, a high-end Motorola Olympus, and a Motorola Quench XT3, say reports.

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Samsung Android PMP open for pre-orders

October 25, 2010

French online retailer Material.net has begun taking pre-orders for an Android portable media player (PMP) spinoff of Samsung's Galaxy S phones. Aiming to compete head-on with Apple's iPod Touch, the Samsung Galaxy Player 50 offers a 3.2-inch 400 x 240 pixel display, a two-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and GPS.

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Wind River Hypervisor adds QorIQ, Xeon 5600 support

October 25, 2010

Wind River has upgraded its embedded virtualization software to support two major multicore processor platforms. Wind River Hypervisor 1.2 adds support for the Intel Xeon 5600 series and Freescale's QorIQ P2 and P4 system-on-chips (SoCs), including the P4080 model, and offers a new device management layer and automated software upgrades, says the company.

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FPGAs to be integrated with ARM and MIPS cores, Altera says

October 22, 2010

Altera announced that it has licensed ARM's Cortex-A9 core, and will incorporate it into a 28nm chip integrating FPGA (field programmable gate array) technology during 2011. Meanwhile, a soft processor core based on MIPS Technologies MIPS32 architecture will be released earlier in the year, the company added.

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Android DIY kit builds on BeagleBoard platform

October 22, 2010

LiquidWare announced an open source hardware development platform for Android-based tablet or HMI devices. Designed for rapid prototyping, the DIY Android Modular Gadget Platform is based on modular hardware, including a 720MHz TI OMAP3530-based BeagleBoard, a 4.3-inch OLED touchscreen, and a “BeagleJuice” battery pack.

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