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Device profile: empeg car audio player

Oct 24, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

This article by's Rick Lehrbaum provides a profile of the embedded Linux based empeg car audio player, including what it does and what's inside — from both a hardware and software perspective. The article also discusses empeg's efforts to mobilize a collaborative open source user community around the highly programmable product. Lehrbaum writes . . .

“The empeg car player, now in its second revision, is basically an in-dash digital music player with a capacity of up to 600 hours of high quality music. You load it with downloaded MP3 files from your PC — transferred via USB, Ethernet, or a serial port to a pair of internal laptop-style hard drives — and then you snap it into its docking bay in your car and you're ready to enjoy a seemingly endless choice of your favorite audio entertainment. Additionally, an available FM tuner module option lets you equip the unit to also perform the functions of a car FM radio.”

“But don't be misled. Despite the appearance and features of a modern car stereo, inside empeg's car player there lurks a full-function embedded Linux computer! As you'll see, a growing community of empeg enthusiasts is busy creating fun and entertaining applications that run in the empeg system. In short, your car may never be the same once you've added one of these clever devices!”

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