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Korean research institute unveils embedded Linux technologies

Aug 13, 2002 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 8 views

San Francisco, CA; LinuxWorld — (press release excerpt) — the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), a non-profit organization funded by the Korean government, today unveiled a suite of Embedded Linux technologies and middleware which it plans to license to manufacturing companies within Korea and elsewhere.

ETRI-developed technologies which are being showcased at LinuxWorld include . . .

  • HomeServer — ETRI has developed an entertainment and information server for the home, based on its own Embedded Linux operating system called Qplus (described below). ETRI's HomeServer provides diverse functions including easy home networking, Internet sharing, web browsing, home control, and digital entertainment — including live digital television, digital music, digital video, DVDs, pictures, etc. The result is five digital entertainment products in one system: DTV receiver; personal video recorder; DVD player; digital music jukebox; e-book reader.
  • Qplus — an embedded Linux operating system developed by ETRI. Qplus consists of a reconfigurable embedded Linux kernel, system libraries, a graphic window system, and a target builder. ETRI and Red Hat cooperatively developed Qplus based on Red Hat's embedded software solutions and standards.
  • Target builder — a tool for configuring Qplus. Unlike tools which configure only the kernel, this tool provides the functionality to configure all components of Qplus including the kernel, system libraries, and applications. The system libraries also have been optimized to fit the constraints of embedded systems.
  • Esto (Embedded Systems Tool) — this is a GUI-based toolkit, consisting of a cross compiler, remote debugger, remote monitor, and more. This tool allows developers to build their own custom target systems using 'points and clicks', so it can greatly reduce development time. Furthermore, Esto supports non-stop debugging, allowing development of time-critical software as well as accurate power estimates. Esto runs on both MS Windows and Linux host platforms, with similar look and feel.

ETRI was established in 1976 as a non-profit government-funded research organization in Korea. ETRI has successfully developed information technologies such as TDX-Exchange, High Density Semiconductor Microchips, Mini-Super Computer (TiCOM), and Digital Mobile Telecommunication Systems (based on CDMA).

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