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Archive for October, 2007

ATCA conference deems virtualization “best of show”

October 23, 2007

VirtualLogix won its first “Best of Show” award at the recent AdvancedTCA Summit. Its Linux-based VLX for Network Infrastructure real-time virtualization software won in the “Best Software Product” category at last week's conference in Santa Clara, Calif., which showcased technology adhering to the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA). (more…)

Linux device app stack gains commercial fonts

October 23, 2007

Trolltech's popular Qtopia graphical application framework for Linux-powered devices has gained a commercial font plug-in from long-time font specialist Bitstream Inc. The plug-in's integrated “Bitstream Font Fusion” rendering engine is faster, uses less memory, and offers higher quality than Qtopia's native… (more…)

COM Express board does high-end graphics, Gig-E

October 23, 2007

MSC Vertriebs has announced a computer-on-module (COM) aimed at embedded applications requiring high-performance graphics and networking. The COM Express-format CXE-C2D965 module supports Intel's Celeron M or Core 2 Duo processors and runs Linux, according to the company. (more…)

Linux dev kit targets SODIMM-sized computer module

October 22, 2007

Microcross Inc. has released an embedded Linux development kit aimed at easing the design of portable, multimedia-enabled devices. The new version of Microcross's GX-Linux Enterprise Platform targets Cogent Computer Systems's CSB735, a tiny embedded computer module based on Freescale's i.MX21 SoC (system-on-chip). (more…)

NSLU2 morphs into sensor network gateway

October 22, 2007

Crossbow Technology has pressed the ubiquitous Linksys NSLU2 (aka “Slug”) into service as a network gateway. The Stargate NetBridge enables remote access to data collected by the company's wireless sensors, and runs a customized embedded Debian OS along with specialized applications. (more…)

Linux SDK supports sub-$10 HD-video SoC

October 22, 2007

RidgeRun has introduced a Linux-based SDK (software development kit) for Texas Instruments's sub-$10 TMS320DM355 digital video SoC (system-on-chip). The SDK is intended to jump-start the development of cost-constrained, battery-powered devices with multimedia requirements such as high-definition video. (more…)

RIP Linux “Greenphone”

October 22, 2007

Trolltech has discontinued its Linux-based “Greenphone” development platform. Touted upon its introduction as the first Linux-based mobile phone with user-modifiable firmware, the device will be superseded by various third-party products, including not only open phones, but also portable media… (more…)

FSF to host online GPLv3 pow-wow

October 19, 2007

What's up with GPLv3? Hoping to clear up both confusion and FUD, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) Compliance Lab will hold a public Q&A session on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 2 PM (ET). (more…)

Text input software showcased on Access Linux Platform

October 19, 2007

Zi Corporation continues to sow its multimodal text input software throughout the Linux mobile phone community. At Access Day 2007 in Tokyo today it showed off the technology pre-integrated into the Access Linux Platform (ALP) mobile phone stack. (more…)

Image acquisition development platform runs Linux

October 19, 2007

India-based embedded board specialist E-con Systems and U.K. distributor Direct Insight have collaborated on an image acquisition development platform based on Marvell PXA270 or PXA320 processors. (more…)

MontaVista expands in U.K. and Ireland

October 19, 2007

Embedded-Linux pioneer MontaVista Software is expanding its presence in the British Isles. The company announced this week that it has appointed SDC Systems Ltd to distribute and support its products in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. (more…)

ETX v3 module targets Linux-based embedded apps

October 19, 2007

MSC Vertriebs has released a compact processor module claimed to comply with version 3.02 of Kontron's ETX “computer-on-module” form-factor spec. The ETE-GLX3 is based on AMD's x86-compatible Geode LX processors and targets Linux-based embedded applications, according to the company. (more…)

Telecom infrastructure software gains DSP support

October 19, 2007

Telecom RTOS (real-time operating system) and HA (high-availability) middleware vendor Enea has launched a new product aimed at helping developers and administrators control, monitor, and debug DSP (digital signal processor) farms. “dSpeed” supports DSP management processors running Linux, and works with DSP clusters based on Enea's OSEck RTOS for DSPs. (more…)

Linux kernel 2.6.23 brings new scheduler, more

October 18, 2007

Analysis — The newest Linux kernel, released earlier this month, adds a desktop-oriented scheduler, better memory management, more ALSA and other device drivers, and enough new virtualization features to make Linux the most virtualization-friendly of all the operating systems. (more…)

World’s lowest cost Linux thin client?

October 18, 2007

Bangkok-based Norhtec has unveiled a sub-$85 mini-PC claimed to be the most affordable Linux thin client system to date. The “ultra-low-power” MicroClient JrSX is based on a 300MHz x86-compatible SoC (system-on-chip) and includes both CompactFlash and 2.5-inch hard drive storage options, along with 10/100Mbps Ethernet… (more…)