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Archive for May, 2006

MontaVista touts broad hardware support

May 22, 2006

MontaVista has added support for half a dozen new boards this month, and claims its commercial Linux distributions now support five times as many hardware platforms as its nearest competitor. Additionally, its distributions offer “the most extensive hardware support available on a common source base,” it says. (more…)

Linux PDA stars in another cyber-thriller

May 22, 2006

Writer and network operator Kevin Milne has released another freely downloadable science fiction novel about a master hacker who creates the ultimate network penetration tool, a Sharp Zaurus PDA running Linux and special “Z4CK” software. (more…)

Linux powers low-latency HD transport stream encoder

May 19, 2006

DVEO used Linux to build a high-definition MPEG-2 4:2:2 transport stream encoder that compresses HD-SDI video from HD cameras in near real time, and encodes it for transmission over satellite uplinks or cable networks. (more…)

F-35 cockpit display system to run Linux apps?

May 19, 2006

LynuxWorks says L-3 Display Systems chose its Linux-like LynxOS-178 real-time OS for the cockpit display system in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Key selection criteria included adherence to open standards, Linux compatibility, interoperability benefits of a POSIX API, and support for ARINC-653, according to the… (more…)

Wind River claims record attendance at annual devcon

May 19, 2006

Wind River's “Worldwide User Conference” was held in Orlando, Florida this week. The three-day event drew 600 registrations, said to be the most in the event's history. The event featured entertaining and informative keynotes, sessions, workshops, training, an exhibits area, and “deep dive” technical demonstrations, according to the company. (more…)

Enea posts best year yet, hints at acquisitions

May 19, 2006

Following its best year yet, Enea will continue its “transformation into a major platform provider,” offering customers “more Linux and open source options,” CEO Johan Wall told boardmembers at its annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday. (more…)

Device Profile: DVEO NCoder HD transport stream encoder

May 19, 2006

DVEO used Linux to build a high-definition MPEG-2 4:2:2 transport stream encoder that compresses HD-SDI video from HD cameras in near real time, and encodes it for transmission over satellite uplinks or cable networks. (more…)

Middleware vendor updates Linux IPTV stack

May 18, 2006

Taiwanese embedded Linux specialist EzHomeTech says it is shipping version 3.0 of its SDK (software development kit) for IPTVs (Internet protocol TVs). The company's IPTV3.0 SDK uses MPEG4/H.264 compression, and supports video-on-demand, multi-cast, and, with an available add-on, Internet access, it says. (more…)

WiMAX’s role in IMS, FMC, MANs, and 3G

May 18, 2006

WiMAX and WiFi mesh networking, IMS (Internet multimedia services/subsystems), FMC (fixed-mobile convergence), and real-world MANs (metropolitan area networks) are among the topics discussed by Peter Jarich, principal analyst of wireless infrastructure for market research firm Current Analysis, in an in-depth, moderated Q&A published by Wireless Week. (more…)

JVM vendor readies Linux mobile phone stacks

May 18, 2006

Aplix, best known for its Java stacks for mobile phones, will add carrier-specific mobile phone software reference implementations (RIs) to its product line. Handset vendors will use its modular RIs to quickly create differentiated BTO (built-to-order) designs, it says. (more…)

Hypervisor vendor joins mobile phone org, seeks funding

May 18, 2006

Hypervisor specialist Trango Systems has joined the OMTP (Open Mobile Terminal Platform), in order to contribute to Trusted Processors and Trusted Environment specifications. Trango says its “secure hypervisor” technology can enable single-core phone platforms to concurrently run a security stack along with an open OS such as Linux, Symbian, or Windows… (more…)

Mobile phone market to top $250 billion by 2011

May 18, 2006

The worldwide market for “wireless handsets” totaled $110 billion in 2005, and will grow 23 percent to $136 billion this year, In-Stat reported on May 17. Additionally, although decreasing growth rates are forecast over the next five years, the research firm expects the market to exceed $250 billion by 2011. (more…)

Red Hat, Intel sponsor carrier-grade webinar

May 18, 2006

Ziff Davis Internet will host an interactive “e-seminar” entitled “The Carrier Grade Alternative: Open Platforms Challenge Proprietary for Telecommunications Infrastructure.” Sponsored by Red Hat and Intel, the hour-long event is set for May 31, at 12PM EDT/9AM PDT. (more…)

Wireless NAS gadget dumps Windows for Linux

May 18, 2006

Iomega has switched its wireless network attached storage (NAS) system from Windows Storage Server 2003 to Linux, and dropped the price from $1,300 to $900. It has also reduced RAM from 256MB to 64MB, and added wireless access point capabilities and automated USB camera downloads, reports ExtremeTech(more…)

SDK adds OCR to handhelds

May 17, 2006

Abbyy Software House has released a software development kit (SDK) for integrating optical character recognition (OCR) and business card reading functions into mobile devices and applications. (more…)