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[News] More Linux Devices and BSPs Debut

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Cortex-A8 module ships with baseboard, Linux BSP

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| Direct Insight is readying a SODIMM-sized 
| computer-on-module (COM) based on 
| Freescale's ARM Cortex-A8 i.MX51 system-on-
| chip. The 800MHz, 2.7 x 1.0-inch Triton-
| TX51 module offers extensive I/O, including 
| Ethernet and USB 2.0 On-The-Go and host, 
| plus an available "StarterKit-5" baseboard 
| with a Linux BSP, says the company.


Sensor mote platform offers Linux IDE

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| Libelium announced a ZigBee-enabled 
| wireless mote-sensor platform with open 
| source code and a Linux-compatible IDE. The 
| Waspmote runs on an Atmel microcontroller, 
| boasts low 0.7uA power consumption, 
| provides 2.4GHz, 900MHz, and 868MHz radios, 
| and offers add-ons for GPS, GPRS, and SD, 
| as well as gas, events, and prototyping 
| sensors.


Pogoplug: A wolf in sheep's clothing

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| Allow me to explain: Hidden inside the 
| Pogoplug is a 1.2GHz Marvell ARM SOC RISC 
| processor and 256MB of RAM and 512MB of 
| internal flash storage. On this neat little 
| package runs a stripped-down Linux distro 
| with the kernel.
| Here's what the Pogoplug does: You power up 
| the device, plug in an Ethernet cable, 
| connect a nerd stick or a USB HDD drive 
| (USB or externally-powered) and then browse 
| to my.pogoplug.com where you create an 
| account giving your e-mail address and 
| selecting a password.



Linux still top embedded OS

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| In a new whitepaper on Linux in the embedded market, VDC researchers cite the
| following reasons for Linux's popularity:
|     * Licensing cost advantages
|     * Flexibility of source code access
|     * General familiarity
|     * Maturing ecosystem of applications and tools
|     * Growing developer experience with Linux as an embedded OS


Embedded Linux research report ships

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| EDC noted that some 40 percent of the survey's 500 respondents were targeting
| embedded Linux.
| [...]
| Also in the earlier reports, Andrews observed that the need for RTOS source
| code was "one of the reasons that proprietary RTOSes created in-house for a
| specific system have long been popular, and now it's a primary motivating
| factor in the adoption of Embedded Linux."
| The now completed survey results are said to include "expert analysis" from
| Ann Thryft, a 20-year industry veteran. The report includes chapters on
| platforms, processors, tools, languages, security, target devices, mobile
| development, and of course, Linux.

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