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Archive for December, 2007

Cute little MicroTCA box comes with Linux

December 20, 2007

Kontron has announced a cute little 3U, five-slot MicroTCA system that will ship pre-installed with Wind River Linux. The OM6040 boasts “single-star” PCI Express (PCIe) and Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) backplanes, and support for either PowerPC- or IA-based AMC (advanced mezzanine card) processor modules. (more…)

3.5-inch SBC gains PC/104-Plus expansion

December 19, 2007

Kontron has expanded its JRex family of 3.5-inch single board computers (SBCs) with a new model that includes a PC/104-Plus expansion slot. While smaller than the classic PC/104-Plus form factor, the Linux-compatible “JRexplus-LX” can be used with most available PC/104 cards, Kontron says. (more…)

DSP-powered CompactFlash computer runs uClinux

December 19, 2007

A British systems integrator has developed a second-generation computer based on the CompactFlash (CF) format. C Data Solutions's Compact Computer (CoCo) runs uClinux on a 500MHz Blackfin DSP (digital signal processor), and offers programmable I/O via an integrated FPGA (field-programmable gate array). (more…)

Intel releases Fiber Channel-over-Ethernet stack for Linux

December 19, 2007

Intel Corp. has released “initiator” source code to enable Linux implementations of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). By allowing fiber channel SAN traffic to run over Gigabit Ethernet networks, says Intel, storage area network (SAN) and LAN traffic can be consolidated, simplifying network infrastructure in datacenters. (more…)

Linux cookbook deemed “tasty” by reviewer

December 19, 2007

Carla Schroder's Linux Networking Cookbook received a hearty endorsement over at Linux-Watch this week. Published by O'Reilly, Schroder's follow-up to her Linux Cookbook is intended for networking administrators in home-, small-, and medium businesses, but… (more…)

Article: Tiny X86 module runs Linux

December 18, 2007

Icop Technology has announced a “low-power embedded controller” that is effectively a complete headless PC crammed onto a board measuring just 4 x 2.6 inches. The VSX-6115 runs Linux on a 32-bit x86-compatible system-on-chip (SoC) clocked at 300MHz. (more…)

Internet security appliance runs Linux

December 18, 2007

Taiwanese network-appliance system integrator AR Infotek has announced a Linux-compatible Internet security appliance platform supporting low- and high-power Intel processors. (more…)

NASA mandates open source for next-gen avionics system

December 18, 2007

NASA has reportedly called for “open source specifications” in Boeing's contract to build a next-generation avionics system. The avionics system will guide Ares rockets responsible for launching the manned Orion spacecraft into Earth orbit, and then driving it to the moon. (more…)

Linux distributor wins automotive award

December 18, 2007

Wind River has been named the Frost & Sullivan 2007 European Automotive Software Company of the Year. The award is based on criteria including business development, competitive strategy, and leadership in automotive telematics. (more…)

Linux phone industry groups should talk, blogger says

December 18, 2007

In an interesting blog post earlier this month, Wind River's GM of mobile phones called for cooperation between two mobile Linux industry groups. There are potential synergies between the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) and the LiMo Foundation, and ample reason to join together, Jason Whitmire suggested. (more…)

CE Linux show calls for papers

December 17, 2007

The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) is seeking presenters for its next Embedded Linux Conference. The conference is scheduled for April 15-17 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, and the deadline for presentation submissions is February 5. (more…)

Linux Foundation to co-host conference in Beijing

December 17, 2007

The Linux Foundation (LF) announced it will co-host a conference in Beijing, China this winter. Set for February 19-20 in Beijing, the Chinese OSS Promotion Union's “Linux Developer Symposium” includes an embedded and mobile Linux track, and presentations from kernel developers Matt Mackall, Jonathan Corbet, and Andrew Morton. (more…)

Major Chinese handset vendor adopts Linux for 3G phones

December 17, 2007

One of China's largest handset and infrastructure vendors has reportedly adopted a Linux-based mobile phone software stack as part of its standard 3G mobile phone operating system. (more…)

Penny-sized flash drive holds 16GB

December 17, 2007

Intel has announced a flash memory companion module for its forthcoming “Menlow” chipset for Linux-based mobile Internet devices (MIDs). The Z-P140 SSD (solid-state drive) measures 0.7 x 0.5 x 0.07 inches (18 x 12 x 1.8mm), and will be available in capacities up to 16GB. (more…)

Linux-based POS device achieves PCI PED certification

December 14, 2007

Italian point-of-sale (POS) vendor Da Sistemi Group has introduced a Linux-based POS device. The Dandy POS is claimed to be the first PCI-PED certified solution running exclusively on a single-chip SoC — in this case, Innova Card's USIP. (more…)