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Linux MID stack to debut at IDF

Jul 30, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

[Updated Nov. 26] — Intel's Dirk Hohndel, director of Linux and open-source strategy, will formally announce Moblin 2.0 at the Intel Developer Forum, set for Aug. 19-21 in San Francisco. The event will also feature “over 170 hours” of technical training on MIDs, nettops, netbooks, embedded computing, and consumer electronics, Intel says.

Although not confirmed by the event agenda, Moblin 2.0 may also be featured in Anand Chandrasekher's August 20th keynote on MIDs. Chandresekher is SVP and GM of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group.

Slated for a switch to RPM packaging with a 2.0 release planned for next year, Moblin is designed for MIDs based on the Intel Atom processors. The stack comprises a Linux kernel, UI framework, browser, multimedia framework, and embedded Linux image creation tools, along with developer resources.

Other items of note at IDF include:

  • A presentation on embedded digital media technology by Pat Gelsinger
  • Introduction to Intel Atom processor for embedded applications (i.e., the Z-series Atom processors)
  • Dr. Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar will discuss the N270 and 230 (“Diamondville”) processor for netbooks and nettops
  • Hardware architecture and “QuickAssist” FPGA interface in Intel's new Pentium-M based SoC, the EP80579 (formerly “Tolapai”)
  • Intel Fellow Rajesh Kumar on Intel's next-generation “Nehalem” architecture

Additionally, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will be interviewed by Dr. Moira Gunn of NPR's “Tech Nation,” followed by Intel CTO Justin Rattner speaking on “Crossing the chasm between humans and machines.”

The IDF will run Aug. 19-21 at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco. More information may be found here. An Intel page devoted to embedded offerings at the show can be found here.

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