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Archive for October, 2009

3.5-inch SBC targets thermally constrained display devices

October 27, 2009

Commell announced a 3.5-inch single board computer (SBC) equipped with the thermally enhanced, automotive-focused Intel Atom Z510P CPU. The LE-375 provides gigabit Ethernet and includes support for 3D graphics, H.264 video acceleration, and dual displays, says Commell.

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Qseven module targets device prototyping

October 27, 2009

The Swedish company Hectronic announced a Qseven COM (computer on module) and a carrier board to go with it. The H6049 module and H4103 carrier provide an Intel Atom Z5xx processor, up to 1GB of RAM, a SSD (solid state disk), four PCI Express x1 slots, and a Linux BSP (board support package), says Hectronic.

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Semi vendor taps hypervisor for open source Cortex-A9 phones

October 27, 2009

Embedded virtualization vendor Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) announced a partnership with wireless semiconductor firm ST-Ericsson. The joint project will combine OK Labs' OKL4 hypervisor and ST-Ericsson 3G multimedia chipsets on an ARM Cortex A9 multi-core platform running mobile open source operating systems including Linux, Android, and Symbian, says OK Labs.

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Mobile WiMAX service expands

October 27, 2009

Mobile WiMAX provider Clearwire Communications has announced plans to offer service in eight additional U.S. cities during the fourth quarter, for a total of more than 25 markets by year's end. In related news, Clearwire demonstrated international roaming via Aicent's WRX (WiMAX roaming exchange), and the Maravedis analyst firm said WiMAX subscriptions are increasing 74 percent year-over-year.

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NAS device offers 14TB storage, Core 2 Duo

October 26, 2009

Thecus Technology announced a Linux-based, seven-bay networked-attached storage (NAS) appliance. The N7700Pro runs on an Intel Core 2 Duo with up to 4GB of DDR2 800 memory, has dual gigabit Ethernet adapters plus a PCI Express x8 slot, and supports 14TB of storage, says the company.

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Linux development framework targets FPGA soft cores

October 26, 2009

Timesys announced that its LinuxLink development framework now supports Altera's Nios II 32-bit soft RISC processor cores, which are available for Altera's FPGAs. LinuxLink for Nios II includes a board support package (BSP) for Altera's Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit and Embedded Systems Development Kit, Cyclone III Edition, says Timesys.

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MIPS-like SoCs offer up to 100 cores

October 26, 2009

Tilera Corp. announced a new family in its Linux-ready “Tile” line of massively multi-core system-on-chips (SoCs), including a model touted as “the world's first 100-core processor.” The 40nm-fabricated Tile-Gx family features a new 64-bit core and DDR3 memory controllers, and includes 16-, 36-, 64-, and 100-core models.

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Qualcomm launches open source subsidiary

October 26, 2009

Qualcomm has established a subsidiary to develop software for mobile open source platforms. The Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. (QUIC) will optimize open source software with Qualcomm technology, using platforms including Linux, Webkit, Android, Chrome, and Symbian, which last week achieved a major milestone in migrating to open source.

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UMPC ref design runs Linux

October 26, 2009

iWave Systems of Bangalore announced a Linux-compatible, Intel Atom-based reference design for UMPCs (ultra mobile PCs) or in-car computers. The iW-Rainbow-G6 is equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen, and is available with optional cellular and GPS modules, the company says.

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3.5-inch SBC works up to 185 degrees

October 23, 2009

Axiomtek has introduced a “3.5-inch” SBC (single board computer) that uses the “PT” versions of Intel's Atom, offering an operating range of -40 to 185 deg. F. The SBC84823 includes VGA and LVDS video, six USB ports, four serial ports, plus Mini PCI Express and CompactFlash expansion, the company says.

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Android phones proliferate

October 23, 2009

Motorola posted and then removed specs for its Verizon-destined, Android-based “Droid” phone, says eWEEK. Meanwhile, Motorola “Calgary” and “Zeppelin” Android phones have been tipped, T-Mobile launched Huawei's Android-based “Pulse” phone in the UK, an HTC Desire photo has appeared, and HTC released source code for the Hero, say various reports.

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Linux-based route server battles BGP attacks

October 23, 2009

IP Infusion announced a Linux-based networking server package based on its ZebOS carrier-grade middleware. The ZebOS Internet Route Server enables service providers to remotely view, monitor, filter, and track networking routes, identifying and avoiding Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijacking and other denial-of-service attacks, says the Access subsidiary.

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FPGAs to incorporate ARM Cortex IP

October 22, 2009

Xilinx and ARM Holdings announced they are collaborating to enable ARM's processor and interconnect technologies on forthcoming FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays). Xilinx will adopt ARM's Cortex processor IP and its AMBA (advanced microprocessor bus architecture), the companies said.

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Soft radio middleware supports Linux

October 22, 2009

Wind River and PrismTech announced a jointly developed “Spectra SDR” software-defined radio (SDR) middleware platform for both military and public sectors, compatible with Wind River's Linux and VxWorks distributions. Meanwhile, Wind River launched a blog feature, starting with President Ken Klein explaining how Wind River is a “firewalled subsidiary” of Intel, committed to independence.

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LiMo phone sports fan-like interface

October 22, 2009

Japanese software firm Access and Israeli mobile design firm Emblaze Mobile today demonstrated a smartphone prototype and device stack based on the LiMo-compatible Access Linux Platform (ALP) 3.0. The Else phone incorporates a Texas Instruments OMAP3430, 16GB internal flash, 3G, WiFi, GPS, and jointly developed “Else Intuition” software.

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