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Archive for September, 2003

Embedded Java taking over in consumer, mobile devices

September 25, 2003

Market researcher Venture Development Corp. (VDC) has published a report showing the proliferation of Java in the embedded systems market, especially in consumer electronics and mobile devices such as PDAs and smartphones. VDC predicts that nearly 75 million Java-enabled devices will ship this year, growing to 600 million by 2007. (more…)

Software-only VoIP solution to ship first on embedded Linux

September 24, 2003

Trinity Convergence, a developer of embedded communications software for telecommunications equipment manufacturers, has launched a unique software-only Voice over IP (VoIP) solution to beta test in Q4, 2003 and ship Q1, 2004 for embedded Linux, with support for other platforms to follow. (more…)

Linux-based terminal gains GUIs and a faster CPU

September 24, 2003

SSV Embedded Systems' embedded Linux Terminal TRM/916 and the smaller TRM/816 are now available with more powerful CPUs, support for additional GUIs, and extended operating temperature ranges. (more…)

Boot Linux faster

September 24, 2003

A free article published on IBM's DeveloperWorks Web site by IBM software engineer James Hunt presents a technique for starting some system services in parallel to speed up boot time. (more…)

PVR and VOD join forces to redefine future of TV

September 24, 2003

Video on demand (VOD) and personal video recording (PVR), the two non-linear video viewing models, will redefine the future of the television experience, according to a new study from technology research firm ABI. (more…)

Convergent media device based on embedded Linux readied for US market

September 24, 2003

Taiwanese electronic device manufacturer Lung Hwa is demonstratrating a Linux-based convergent media device at its booth at Computex Taipei expected to hit US shelves in Q4, 2003, priced near $400. (more…)

New Intel set-top box reference design runs Linux

September 23, 2003

Intel introduced a digital set-top box (STB) reference design at last week's Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, CA. The 815 Digital Set Top Box Reference Design is based on an Intel low-voltage Celeron processor along with the Intel 815 chipset with integrated 3D graphics, and supports embedded Linux operating systems. (more…)

Hard real-time Linux for highly integrated low-power SOCs

September 23, 2003

FSMLabs' RTLinuxPro hard real-time operating system development kit is now available for Bright Star Engineering's AMD Alchemy based Spartacus and picoEngine boards capable of running at 500MHz on half a watt of power. (more…)

IP-based industrial controller features open source drivers, libraries, apps

September 23, 2003

Updated Sep. 24, 2003 — Raditex AB is shipping a modular control device for the industrial control and building automation markets that the company says provides an inexpensive, open alternative to special hardware and control buses with high license fees. (more…)

“Simputer” here, but costs too much

September 23, 2003

The Simputer was to be a simple, easy-to-use handheld computer based on embedded Linux and selling in rural Indian villages at half the cost of a PC. As the first devices reach market, that price point has spiralled upwards, though, drawing criticism. (more…)

BSP for PowerQUICC supports integrated dev tools

September 22, 2003

Motorola subsidiary Metrowerks has released a board support package (BSP) for running Linux on Moto's pending PowerQUICC III, a line of next-generation communication processors now sampling in alpha quantities and targeting Q4, 2003 availability. The BSP is optimized for use with Metrowerks' Platform Creation Suite (PCS), and is designed to help developers rapidly deploy solutions on the… (more…)

Tool suite aims to rival Windows Embedded tools for ease, integration

September 22, 2003

Metrowerks has rev'ed its Platform Creation Suite (PCS) for Linux OS to Version 3.0, adding ease of use features that could rival those in development tools from Microsoft for Windows Embedded (XP Embedded and CE) and those from Wind River. Metrowerks says PCS can help developers create their own board support packages (BSPs), Linux distributions, and applications with less effort and less deep know-how… (more…)

What’s the difference between Windows CE and Pocket PC?

September 22, 2003

Ever wonder what the difference is between Windows CE and Pocket PC? If so, this 32-page article at is just what you've been looking for. It compares the main features of Windows CE. NET 4.2, Pocket PC 2002, and Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PC. It tabulates the commonalities and differences between the platforms, and explains the roles each play in Microsoft's ongoing… (more…)

Millions of access points required to meet surging Wi-Fi demand

September 22, 2003

According to market research firm Allied Business Intelligence Inc. (ABI), the Wi-Fi hotspot industry continues to experience tremendous growth, aided by lower pricing points and standardization of technology. ABI believes this growth will continue to accelerate, as companies and consumers adopt usage of the technology at a faster pace. (more…)

Next-gen PCMCIA: “thinner, faster, lighter”

September 22, 2003

The PCMCIA trade association rolled out version 1.0 of its next-generation standard for modular mobile and desktop computer expansion at this week's Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, CA. Dubbed “ExpressCard”, the new standard is “thinner, lighter, faster” than the group's previous PC Card standards, according to PCMCIA chairman Brad… (more…)