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Archive for July, 2006

Linux in-memory database goes 64-bit

July 27, 2006

McObject has released a 64-bit version of its ExtremeDB 3.0 IMDS (in-memory database system). ExtremeDB-64 supports much larger databases, offers “instantaneous sorting, retrieval, and manipulation of massive databases,” and targets engineering, science, computer simulation, finance, game production applications, the company says. (more…)

NEC and Panasonic form mobile phone development joint venture

July 27, 2006

NEC, Matsushita, and Panasonic Mobile Communications say they have signed a memorandum of understanding, and will establish a joint venture devoted to mobile phones. The as-yet-unnamed venture will launch in October, and offer contract mobile phone handset development, including software, and silicon known as… (more…)

Tiny computer module packs Linux, does GPRS

July 27, 2006

SSV Embedded Systems is shipping a tiny processor module targeting complex industrial communications applications. The ARM9-based DNP/9200 single-board computer (SBC) comes pre-installed with Linux, and is available in a Starter Kit that includes an evaluation board with a socket for a GSM/GPRS modem and SIM card. (more…)

Chip offloads WiFi security, encryption

July 26, 2006

Connect One is shipping a secure IP (Internet protocol) coprocessor chip aimed at adding encrypted WiFi connectivity to cost-constrained machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The iChipSec CO711AG coprocessor offloads the overhead of sending and receiving secure data over 802.11b/g wireless networks using a wide… (more…)

Linux devices gain Java software lifecycle management technology

July 26, 2006

Linux developers building Java-capable devices can now take advantage of a standardized, component-based method for remotely managing deployed software, thanks to patent pledges from the OSGi Alliance and members IBM, Nokia, Samsung, ProSyst, and Gatespace Telematics. The pledges appear to allow royalty-free implementations of OSGi Service Platform R4.0, previously available only to Alliance… (more…)

Wind River touts multi-core Linux

July 26, 2006

[Updated Jul. 27] — Wind River says it supports Linux on a dual-core Freescale communications processor capable of SMP or AMP operation (symmetric or asymmetric multiprocessing). The company's Linux implementation for the MPC8641D is available with hardware and software tools, run-time environments, and middleware, including message-passing middleware based on TIPC (transparent interprocess… (more…)

Moto rides Linux to #2 smart mobile device spot

July 26, 2006

Motorola shipped a million Linux-based smartphones in China last quarter, making it the second-largest vendor of smart mobile devices, according to Canalys. Chinese smartphone shipments enabled Motorola to pass RIM, Sharp, and Palm, but the number-two mobile phone vendor still trails Nokia by a… (more…)

Mobile Linux DVR targets law enforcement, security

July 25, 2006

Amptronix used Linux as the embedded operating system in a 4-channel mobile DVR (digital video recorder) targeting high-end security applications in law enforcement, aviation, military, and public transportation. (more…)

Rugged, six-wheeled robot vehicle runs Linux

July 25, 2006

French transport and cleanliness robot specialist RoboSoft has used real-time Linux in a six-wheeled outdoor autonomous vehicle aimed at reducing human risks in reconnaissance, monitoring, and safety operations. (more…)

Tool enables virtual prototyping of ARM-based designs

July 25, 2006

ARM plans to ship in September a graphical tool aimed at allowing customers to create and modify their own “instruction-accurate virtual prototypes” of ARM-based chip designs. The ARM RealView System Generator will support ARM9 and ARM11 cores, and other ARM IP (intellectual property), enabling parallel hardware and software development, ARM says. (more…)

NEC, Panasonic may deepen Linux phone alliance

July 25, 2006

Responding to tough competition from mobile-phone powerhouses Nokia and Motorola, Matsushita (Panasonic) and NEC may form a joint venture around Linux-based mobile phones, according to several news sources in Japan, as reported by Reuters. The venture may focus on Linux OSes and applications, mobile phone hardware, and/or mobile phone chips, and may include Texas Instruments (TI), the news… (more…)

Device Profile: RobuSoft RobuROC 6 autonomous vehicle

July 25, 2006

French transport and cleanliness robot specialist RoboSoft has used real-time Linux in a six-wheeled outdoor autonomous vehicle aimed at reducing human risks in reconnaissance, monitoring, and safety operations. (more…)

USB debugger gains 32-bit ColdFire support

July 24, 2006

Macraigor says its value-priced USB-2 debugger now supports 32-bit Freescale ColdFire processors. The ColdFire usb2Demon is available with source and binary GNU tools, makefiles, gdbinit, and sample configurations for “most standard ColdFire evaluation boards,” the company says. (more…)

Linux app converts speech files to searchable text

July 24, 2006

Wizzard Software is shipping speaker-independent voice recognition software aimed at adding large-vocabulary, offline voice-recognition capabilities to server-based Linux applications. The company says WizzScribe SI can convert large volumes of audio data into searchable text, for data-mining, storage, analysis, and information archiving. (more…)

PalmSource offers early access to Linux phone stack

July 24, 2006

Developers interested in porting applications to PalmSource's Linux implementation for mobile phones are invited to a special “PalmSource Developer Day” at this year's LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco. Attendees will receive early access to the Access Linux Platform (ALP), and get hands-on experience building applications for the platform, PalmSource says. (more…)