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Partnership to market embedded SQL database

May 2, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

A Japanese embedded Linux development firm will market a Swedish embedded SQL database for the Japanese market. The partnership between Lineo and Mimer Information Technology includes plans for Lineo to distribute Linux versions of Mimer's SQL Embedded database.

Mimer SQL Embedded is a “full SQL” database that supports Linux, Unix, Windows, Mac OS X, and OpenVMS, says the Swedish firm. It offers a binary footprint of between 400-600KB, if SQL statements are stored in the database before deployment, or 1.5-2MB with support for dynamic SQL. The database provides self-tuning and automatic recovery features, says the company, as well as non-locking concurrency control aimed at eliminating locking overhead and deadlock hazards.

The agreement also appears to extend to the marketing of Mimer's Linux-compatible SQL Mobile 9.3 version, which it released last summer. SQL Mobile brings “full SQL, non-locking multi-user access, and multilingual support” to mobile handsets for the first time, claims the company. Mimer also sells a Mimer SQL Enterprise version.

Lineo is primarily known for its uLinux ELITE distribution and cross-compiling toolchain. The company is billing the Mimer partnership as its first foray into the Linux middleware market.

An active member of Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF), the 24-year old Lineo also offers software reference designs and professional services to OEMs. Its Linux-based BSPs support the MIPS Malta dev board, MIPS64 Toshiba set-top box, and SuperH boards from Renesas. Lineo also offers its CodeSourcery G++ tools with its BSPs for ARM-based boards. Recently, it announced a deal with Timesys aimed at adapting the latter's “LinuxLink” service suite to the Japanese marketplace.

Stated Kenji Futatsugi, President and CEO of Lineo, “The market for Linux as an embedded OS is growing rapidly, and it becomes more important to offer good connectivity to middleware and high level applications.”

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