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Archive for August, 2003

Linux ported to Metagence’s META RISC/DSP multi-threaded processor

August 26, 2003

Embedded product designers building real-time entertainment and communication devices around Linux have a new processor platform to evaluate, as Imagination Technologies division Metagence has a Linux 2.4.18 kernel running on its single core, multi-threaded family of META processors. (more…)

EDC survey updated: Linux strengths/weaknesses, Open Source v. Free Software

August 25, 2003

EDC has supplied new analysis from its Aug. 18, 2003 Embedded Developer Survey. The new data address the following:

  • Perception of Linux's Greatest Strengths for Embedded
  • Perception of Linux's Greatest Weaknesses for Embedded
  • What Percent Expect to Release an Open Source Program This Year?
  • What Percent Expect to Use… (more…)

VDC awards Platinum and Gold PC/104 vendor rankings

August 25, 2003

Market research firm Venture Development Corporation (VDC) announced its year 2003 “Platinum” and “Gold” vendor rating awards for makers of PC/104 and PC/104-Plus modules. PC/104 (and PC/104-Plus) is a board-level form-factor standard which defines a compact, stackable, modularly expandable implementation of the PC architecture for embedded… (more…)

Sharp Zaurus SL-C760 review

August 25, 2003

It looks like a laptop for Silicon Valley Barbie, but Sharp's Zaurus SL-C760 is no toy, according to a review published at Brighthand. While Sharp does not market the device in the U.S., Americans can buy one for approximately $750 from (more…)

EDC survey updated: processor choice, Linux weaknesses, embedded databases

August 22, 2003 has updated its article featuring key findings from Evans Data Corp.'s August, 2003 Embedded Developer Survey. Graphs and analysis have been added to address the following points:

  • Microprocessor choice
  • Perception of Linux's Biggest Technical Difficulties for Embedded
  • What Type of Application Most Uses Embedded… (more…)

Motorola ships much-anticipated A760 Linux/Java smartphone

August 22, 2003

Motorola has shipped its much-anticipated A760 Linux/Java smartphone to the Asian market. The A760 represents the first fruit of Motorola's strategy of basing high-end handsets and smartphones on embedded Linux with Java middleware. (more…)

Four embedded Linux based reference designs for communication gateways

August 22, 2003

SSV Embedded Systems has announced four reference designs that provide a hardware and software foundation for some typical Linux-based communication gateway applications with TCP/IP-based Ethernet driven by a DIL/NetPC. (more…)

Prep for POSIX Certification by participating in Pilot Program

August 22, 2003

Help the IEEE/The Open Group fine-tune its POSIX Certification test suites, and emerge better prepared to certify with a full understanding of the requirements and Web certification system. “The pilot will enable interested parties to shake down their products in preparation for certification,” said Andrew Josey of the Open Group, “and also enable IEEE/The… (more…)

MontaVista on SCO-gate: an embedded perspective

August 22, 2003

MontaVista has published an excellent paper entitled “MontaVista Software, Embedded Linux, and the SCO-IBM Lawsuit.” The work presents MontaVista's perspective on “SCO-gate,” along with a detailed and valuable summary of events citing many primary sources and references. As a leading supplier of Linux for embedded devices, MontaVista makes points that apply to much of the embedded market. (more…)

Ten from IBM — Web services, CVS, VNC, wireless encryption, more . . .

August 21, 2003

IBM has published the following ten technical articles and tutorials on its DeveloperWorks website. They cover a range of interesting (though not embedded) technical topics. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . .

  • Enter the Web Services era — First came the Document Web, created by and for scientists to share technical papers. (more…)

What does SCO-gate mean for embedded developers?

August 21, 2003

Few embedded systems are likely to use non-uniform memory access (NUMA) and other technologies being disputed in SCO's lawsuit against IBM over Linux ownership. Still, according to a recent survey by Evans Data Corp., almost two-thirds of embedded developers are looking into the intellectual property ramifications of using Linux. (more…)

Wiring a vintage teletype to the Internet using Linux

August 20, 2003

Do you have an old teletype with a 5-bit serial interface sitting around that you've been itching to hook up to the Internet? If so, this article by Henry Minsky is just what you've been looking for. (more…)

An argument for self-diagnosing embedded APIs

August 20, 2003

A recent EE Times article argues that developers of third-party APIs used increasingly in embedded systems for messaging, data management, communications, and other purposes could be doing a lot more to ensure code quality. (more…)

16-port gigabit Ethernet switch features Linux support

August 20, 2003

ZNYX Networks, a provider of embedded high-availability Ethernet for Carrier Class systems, is shipping its Intel NetStructure ZT 8102 switch with 16 gigabit Ethernet ports in a CompactPCI 2.16 form factor. ZNYX also offers a customizable version of the ZT 8102 — the ZX4800P — to OEMs. (more…)

Mistral announces embedded Linux support for TI’s OMAP SOCs

August 20, 2003

Mistral Software announced a program of engineering and support services for companies needing to develop products incorporating TI's OMAP system-on-chip (SOC) processors. (more…)