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Dev kit supports Linux RapidIOEmbedded Alley claims its new RapidIO development kit is the first one based on open-source software. The Linux RapidIO Development Kit (LRDK) supports a PowerQUICC III-based blade that targets network security and virtual storage applications, and includes a Linux kernel with RapidIO support. ...
 
Compact industrial PC runs Linux on Celeron MMPL AG has added a new model to its line of "Packaged Industrial PCs" (PIP). The PIP9 is based on a 1 GHz Celeron M processor, and boasts an extensive set of "PC compatible" functions in a compact, industrial-strength package, according to the Switzerland-based company. ...
 
Developing a real-time Linux data acquisition applicationThis whitepaper describes the development of a real-time data-acquisition application using a real-time Linux implementation along with an off-the-shelf data-acquisition board. It also compares the relative sampling frequencies supported respectively by RTLinux and a standard Linux kernel, and offers ...
 
Eight from IBM: RoHS, WiMAX, JET/Eclipse MDD, OpenBSD...IBM has published the following new technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks website. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics, primarily related to Linux and open source system development. Some require free registration. ...
 
Review compares Linux PDA with Linux web tabletSharp's Linux-based Zaurus PDA was ahead of its time, and can still compete with modern Linux-based handhelds such as the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, writes MobileTechReview Editor-in-Chief Lisa Gade in a mostly-positive review of the SL-C3200 model. ...
 
USB stack supports Atmel ARM7/ARM9 processorsJungo Software has added support for Atmel's ARM7 and ARM9 microcontrollers to its embedded USB software stack. The support includes low-level drivers for Atmel's AT91 series microcontrollers' USB host and device function cores, along with standard class drivers that enable developers to easily incorporate USB connectivity, the company says. ...
 
Linux gadgets gain one-button WiFi setup — Devicescape has renamed its WiFi client software stack, and added support for a "one-button" secure WiFi configuration standard. The Devicescape Agent, formerly "Secure Wireless Client," offers a standards-based "Easy Access" feature aimed at making secure WiFi network configuration trivial for "service-enabled" consumer electronics devices such as network-ready cameras and music-players. ...
 
Send your gamer gal (or mom) to SwedenPC silicon vendor Via Technologies is holding a contest that encourages "girls" of any age (over 18) to hone their gaming skills at a world-class gaming facility in Sweden, where they'll be treated to some high-powered gaming training with Via's "girlz 0f destruction" gaming ambassadors. ...
 
Why thin clients enhance data securityNeoware, a vendor of Linux-powered thin clients, recently published a whitepaper making the case that server-based thin client computing "can dramatically improve data security at the desktop," compared to the use of standard PCs in a networked environment. ...
 
Linux phone toolkit wins LinuxWorld honor — The just-concluded LinuxWorld Conference and Expo awarded its Product Excellence Award for the "best application development platform and tool" to Trolltech's Qtopia Phone Edition (QPE) version 4. Earlier this week, Trolltech unveiled the Greenphone, an "open" Linux-based phone that it plans to begin supplying to QPE application developers in September. ...
 
Making the most of BusyBox in embedded Linux devices — IBM has just published an online article about BusyBox, the single executable file that implements an extensive set of standard Linux commandline utilities in a highly resource-efficient manner. The article explores the purpose of BusyBox, how it works, how to use it, and how to extend it, among other topics. ...
 
3D graphics framework supports Linux devicesTech Soft 3D has announced a new release of its high-level graphics framework software for developing high-performance, interactive 2D/3D applications. Version 14.0 of HOOPS 3D Application Framework (HOOPS/3dAF) is supported on a range of operating systems including Linux. ...
 
Hardware/software kit teaches embedded LinuxIntellimetrix, a specialist in real-time and embedded software development and training, has introduced a low-cost embedded Linux learning kit. Aptly named the Embedded Linux Learning Kit (ELLK), the kit comprises an ARM-based SBC (single-board computer), cables, power supply, Linux OS, development tools, and comprehensive documentation.  
Consortium updates XTX computer-on-module specThe XTX Consortium has released revision 1.1 of the specification for XTX, one of several alternative upgrade paths to the popular ETX computer-on-module (COM) standard. The latest revision includes the complete definition of all signals as well as detailed mechanical descriptions, according to the consortium. ...
 
Freescale to develop wireless software in BangaloreFreescale Semiconductor has opened a 100,000-square-foot facility in Bangalore to support research and development in software for wireless technologies. The company says it also recently acquired a 300,000-square-foot campus in Noida, India for expansion and to serve as its Indian headquarters. ...
 
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Developing a real-time Linux data acquisition applicationForeword: -- This whitepaper describes the development of a real-time data-acquisition application using a real-time Linux implementation along with an off-the-shelf data-acquisition board. It also compares the relative sampling frequencies supported respectively by RTLinux and a standard Linux kernel. ...
 
Device Profile: LinkGear LG100 wired/wireless network applianceLinkGear is shipping a small form-factor, ultra-low-power network appliance device that comes preinstalled with Linux, and targets WiFi bridging and routing applications. The LinkGear Series 100 (LG100) is powered by an SH-4 (SuperH) processor, draws only two Watts (typical), and costs $200 in quantities of 25+, ...
 
Implementing an embedded Linux web app frameworkForeword -- This article describes a way to build embedded Linux web applications that follow the "Model, View, Controller" (MVC) software architecture popular nowadays among enterprise web application developers, yet are capable of running on a 130MHz ARM processor. The method is based on several popular open source software components. ...
 
Device Profile: MobileRobots Seekur indoor/outdoor mobile robotMobileRobots (formerly ActivMedia) is shipping an all-weather, indoor/outdoor Linux-ready mobile robot that targets "intelligent navigation" applications, such as laser mapping. The nimble, "holonomic" Seekur offers space, power, and networking for up to five EBX form-factor embedded PCs, and is available with a variety of ...
 
Device Profile: RobuSoft RobuROC 6 autonomous vehicleFrench transport and cleanliness robot specialist RoboSoft has used real-time Linux in a six-wheeled outdoor autonomous vehicle aimed at reducing human risks in reconnaissance, monitoring, and safety operations. The RobuROC 6 supports a variety of add-on modules, and is user-programmable for complex missions, the company says. ...
 
Hands-on Preview: Motorola Rokr E2 music phoneLinux graphics stack vendor Trolltech recently supplied LinuxDevices.com with a Motorola Rokr E2 music phone for (p)review. The phone appears to be the same E2 that shipped in China last week through carrier China Mobile, but semi-localized to the U.S., to demonstrate the phone's capabilities ...
 
Interview: Philippe Robin, Linux product manager for ARMForeword -- In this detailed, in-depth interview, Philippe Robin, ARM Ltd.'s product manager for Linux, explains how Linux helps ARM test its processors, the growing adoption of embedded Linux and ARM, and new technologies of possible interest to embedded Linux developers targeting ARM processors. ...
 
Device Profile: Trinity Audio Group portable digital audio workstationStart-up Trinity Audio Group (TAG) is using Linux and open source audio applications in a small, portable, inexpensive digital audio workstation (DAW) claimed capable of professional-quality recording and mixing. The Trinity DAW is based on an Intel PXA270 processor, and targets field recordists, podcasters, and producers. ...
 
CEO Interview: Havaard Nord, co-CEO of TrolltechThis interview with Trolltech Co-CEO Haavard Nord took place the day after Trolltech's IPO on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Nord candidly describes Trolltech's products, markets, and plans, which include broadening its phone software platform through one or more acquisitions. ...
 
Intel, AMD drop out of mobile handset chipset game — June, 2006 goes down in history as the month Intel and AMD folded out of the high-stakes, ultra-high-volume mobile phone chip market. AMD sold its MIPS-based Alchemy chip line to Raza Microelectronics on June 15, and Intel sold its ARM-based XScale applications and baseband processors to Marvell two weeks later. ...
 
An overview of NAND Flash memory controllersIntroduction The demand for NAND flash memory is growing at a phenomenal rate. In 2005, worldwide revenue for NAND flash rose to $10.8 billion, up 60 percent from 2004. The inclusion of NAND flash in an increasing number of MP3 players, high-end cell phones, and digital cameras has fueled expectations ...
 
Leveraging processor-supplied SRAM to facilitate OneNAND bootloadersIntroduction NAND flash memory densities for device-resident memory are increasing -- and the price decreasing -- with designers desiring to remove NOR flash devices from their design, and instead boot their processors from less expensive NAND. However, due to the architecture of NAND memory devices, NAND flash can't be used ...
 
Embedded is a Services Industry - Part 2Foreword -- Positioning the intellectual property that goes into embedded systems as "service" rather than "product" distributes risk more evenly between client and vendor, writes embedded services company founder Curt Schacker. The service model fits the "no-cost" nature of software copying, and has been proven successful by free software vendors, ...
 
CEO Interview: Thomas Kelly of MontaVista SoftwareThis interview occurred six days into Thomas Kelly's tenure as MontaVista's new CEO, and one day after his appointment was made public. It covers Kelly's plans for MontaVista, including potential acquisitions and partnerships, investments in new technologies and growth, and focusing on sound business practices. ...
 
Device Profile: Merlin Patient Care SystemIBM and St. Jude Medical used embedded Linux to build a device that lets cardiac care clinicians retrieve and analyze data from implanted cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and pacemakers, and make programmatic changes to them. The St. Jude Merlin Patient Care System runs a customized MontaVista Linux ...
 
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