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Archive for March, 2009

Intel adding even more Atoms?

March 20, 2009

Intel is set to launch two new Z5xx processors, one of them the fastest Atom of all, according to a Taiwanese report. The Z550 will clock at 2.0GHz while retaining a 2.4 Watt TDP, while the Z515 will run at either 800MHz or 1.2GHz, HKEPC claims. (more…)

Netbook uses new Via chips

March 19, 2009

The Chinese company Top Crown Technology announced a netbook using Via's 64-bit Nano processor and VX855 northbridge/southbridge. The “3G Netbook” includes a 10.1-inch display, hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and HSDPA (high speed downlink packet access), the… (more…)

Fennec beta ships, looks usable

March 19, 2009

The Mozilla project has achieved a beta release of its cross-platform browser for mobile devices. Available initially for Nokia's Linux-based web tablets, and popular desktop OSes, Fennec 1.0b focuses primarily on performance and stability improvements. (more…)

Board targets x86 vehicle PCs

March 19, 2009

Via is sampling its first x86 board targeting the in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) device market. The Linux-compatible IVP-7500 board is based on a fanless 1GHz Via Eden processor, supports GPS and in-vehicle video monitoring, and targets both consumer infotainment and fleet management applications. (more…)

Failure recovery service targets embedded Linux

March 19, 2009

Lineo Solutions has launched a failure analysis service for embedded Linux developers. The “LL-rescue” service reproduces and analyzes embedded Linux kernel, middleware, application, and hardware problems and bugs, and then offers corrective action and performance improvement solutions, says the Japanese embedded firm. (more…)

Fanless PC has dual expansion slots

March 19, 2009

Axiomtek is readying an expandable fanless embedded computer targeting industrial automation, digital signage, gaming, and vehicle applications. Due in May, the eBOX639-840-FL offers Core 2 Duo or Celeron M processors, PCI and x16 PCIe slots, two gigabit Ethernet ports, four serial ports, and six USB ports. (more…)

Via spins netbook motherboard

March 18, 2009

Via has announced a compact mainboard design targeting first-time netbook manufacturers. The “Surfboard C855 Reference Design” includes a Via C7-M ULV processor and VX855 core-logic chip, accepts up to 2GB of RAM, and enables 1080p HD video playback, the company says. (more…)

10-GbE packet processor cards run Linux

March 18, 2009

GE Fanuc announced two PCI Express “network packet processor” cards that come with Linux support packages (LSPs) and development tools. The WANic 56511 and 56512 are based on 12-way Octeon processors, and can offload packet processing from communications appliances and servers, says the company. (more…)

Free embedded Linux videos posted

March 18, 2009

Free Electrons has posted free videos of this year's FOSDEM (Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting). Videos likely to interest embedded Linux developers include presentations on Wt, OpenWRT, Bug Labs, PTXdist, Hackable:1, Linux-based fire-safety and security, OMAP3… (more…)

Guest Opinion: LiMo should go back to the drawing board

March 18, 2009

[Updated Mar. 19] — LiMo must change strategies to stay relevant, writes VisionMobile Research Director Andreas Constantinou in this hard-hitting guest opinion piece. (more…)

Six-slot MicroTCA system runs Carrier Grade Linux

March 18, 2009

Performance Technologies (PT) is shipping a 1U MicroTCA system aimed at telecom, networking, and aero/defense communication systems. The AMP5071 offers Intel Core 2 Duo or Freescale MPC8641D dual-core processors, up to six AMC modules, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and PT's CGL-compliant NexusWare Linux distribution. (more…)

Article: Guest opinion: LiMo should go back to the drawing board

March 18, 2009

Foreword: This paper examines the Linux Mobile Foundation (LiMo), a well-funded industry group aiming to standardize Linux on phones, but facing marginalization from free stacks like Android, Qt, and even Open Symbian. After in-depth analysis of LiMo and the phone market, author Andreas Constantinou concludes that LiMo must re-invent itself. (more…)

Thread-happy telecom chip gains CG Linux

March 17, 2009

[Updated: Mar. 18, 2009] — Amid rumors that Sun may be acquired by IBM, Sun announced a port of Wind River's Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) to its multi-threading UltraSPARC T2 processor. Sun says Wind River Linux 3.0 is available on several Sun UltraSPARC-T2 systems. (more…)

VDI tool gains snappier Linux support

March 17, 2009

NoMachine says its Linux-friendly X Window System compression technology will by tapped by virtual thin client management software specialist Leostream. The NX technology will reportedly enable Leostream's “Connection Broker” management software to better support Linux desktops, applications, and sessions in VMWare VDI… (more…)

Smallest full-featured Linux PC ever?

March 17, 2009

CompuLab is readying a full-featured Ubuntu Linux PC that draws six Watts and costs $245-to-$400. The Fit-PC2 packs a 1.1GHz or 1.6GHz Atom processor, 160GB hard drive (or SSD), and DVI/HDMI video up to 1920×1080 into a passively cooled case smaller than three CD cases. (more…)