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Linux creator Linus Torvalds thinks the last GPLv3 draft is better than earlier drafts, but he still doesn't like it much, preferring the existing GPLv2 that the Linux kernel is currently licensed under. He has problems with the GPL 3's ban on so-called "tivoization" - Tivo shuts down if users mess with its DRM software - and deals like the Microsoft-Novell pact. " All I've heard are shrill voices about 'tivoization' (which I expressly think is OK)," he wrote Sunday on the Linux development mailing list, "and panicked worries about Novell-MS (which seems way overblown, and quite frankly, the argument seems to not so much be about the Novell deal, as about an excuse to push the GPLv3)." However, he told the mailing list that he might move to GPLv3 if Sun puts OpenSolaris under the GPLv3 like it's been saying it wants to so it can have a standard license. "I have yet... (more)

Sun Charts New Territory For Open Source With OpenSPARC Project

Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the OpenSPARC project to open source its new breakthrough UltraSPARC(R) T1 processor design point. Sun also announced plans to publish specifications for the UltraSPARC-based chip, including the source of the design expressed in Verilog, a verification suite and simulation models, instruction set architecture specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005) and a Solaris OS port. The goal is to enable community members to build on proven technology at a markedly lower cost and to innovate freely. The source code will be released under an Open Source Initiative (OSI)-approved open source license. With this ground breaking move to open source the UltraSPARC T1 code, Sun hopes to spur innovation for massively-threaded systems and “system-on-a-chip” design through increased participation in processor architecture development and ... (more)

IBM Taps Global Network of Innovation Centers to Fuel Linux on Power Systems for Big Data and Cloud Computing

CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the LinuxCon North America conference today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced it is tapping into its global network of over 50 IBM Innovation Centers and IBM Client Centers to help IBM Business Partners, IT professionals, academics, and entrepreneurs develop and deliver new Big Data and cloud computing software applications for clients using Linux on IBM Power Systems servers.  Last year IBM committed $1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies for its Power Systems servers including the opening of five new Power Systems Linux Centers in Beijing, China, New York, New York, Austin, Texas, Montpelier, France and Tokyo, Japan.  Today over 1500 ISV applications are available for Linux on Power, fueled in part by work performed at these centers. IBM is adding Power Systems Linux services to its Innovation and Client Centers t... (more)

Is IT Outsourcing Worth It?

Over the past 20 years the economy has lost over four million jobs. Although some of these jobs have disappeared because of increased productivity, most of them have been exported overseas to countries with low-cost labor such as China and Pakistan. As the world becomes smaller, high-tech services have soon followed. Forrester Research, in a much-quoted study issued late last year, estimated that 3.3 million jobs representing $136 billion in wages would move overseas from the United States by 2015. Everything from computer programming to chip design to support will be affected, moving to countries like India, Poland, China, and the Philippines, according to the study. Think about it - $136 billion, roughly the entire GNP of Indonesia. In only 20 years America has gone from being the mother of invention to the world leader in high-tech job exports. Not long ago, "high-... (more)

Atheros Creates First Single-Chip Cellular Solution

Atheros Communications, a leading developer of advanced wireless solutions, today announced the company's first cellular solution, the Atheros AR1900. In a single chip, the AR1900 implements a complete cellular transceiver, baseband, application processor, audio paths, power management, and keypad, display and USB interfaces. Through this high level of integration coupled with the addition of new industry leading features, the AR1900 enables industry-leading performance at a price that is designed to fuel further market growth. The AR1900 is the first product to leverage a platform of innovative technologies developed by Atheros over the last year, including audio, voice, low-power battery operation and novel RF architectures. The AR1900 is the world's first single-chip solution for PHS (Personal Handyphone System), which is widely deployed in China, Japan, Taiwan and... (more)


Back in 1957, US scientists tracking the first Russian satellite, Sputnik, noticed that they could use the Doppler effect to work out exactly how far away it was. Since they knew where they were they could use that information to work out where the satellite was, and from there it’s a small step to realizing that if you know where the satellite is then you can work out where you are. It wasn’t until 1978 that the US launched the first experimental Earth-positioning satellite, and it was 1993 before the array of 24 satellites, which were needed for accuracy and global coverage, were ready for use. Now, in 2006, we can finally use this multibillion-dollar plethora of technology to calculate how far we jogged this morning and the best route to the liquor store, with the US government spending $400 million a year to keep our jogging records accurate! Of cour... (more)

Orchid Technologies: Power-PC- Based AdvancedTCA Carrier Blade

Orchid Technologies on Ulitzer Orchid Technologies Engineering & Consulting, Completes the Development of a High-speed AdvancedTCA Carrier Blade Design based on a Freescale Power-PC MPC8548 supported by 400MHz DDR2 RAM design. The AdvancedTCA Carrier Blade electronics design demands the most from any engineering team. The 32-bit, 1.3 GHz processor with 48 lanes of PCI Express peripheral support and fat-pipe I/O support is a performance champion. The design also has customized Zone 3 RTM connectivity. In addition, Renasas SH8-based IPMI resource management supports over 200 Watts of on-board hot-swap power control making this ATCA Blade highly reliable. "AdvancedTCA and microTCA architectures are intended for demanding, high availability applications," says Paul Nickelsberg, President and CTO at Orchid Technologies. "Orchid’s early success with AdvancedTCA and microT... (more)

Broadcom Receives 2006 'Product Line Strategy' Award From Frost & Sullivan

IRVINE, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation , a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that the company's multi-core embedded processor portfolio has received the 2006 Award for Product Line Strategy from Frost & Sullivan (a leading global growth consulting firm), in the Embedded Processor category. The Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy is presented each year to a company that has demonstrated the most insight into customer needs and product demands. According to Frost & Sullivan, the innovative chip design, high-performance and low power consumption features of Broadcom's highly integrated, multi-core processor solutions have made them the preferred customer choice for a wide variety of embedded applications such as networking, communications, storage, 3G wireless infrastruct... (more)

Virage Logic Strengthens Management Team With Key Appointments

Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRL), the semiconductor industry's trusted IP partner, today announced key appointments that strengthen its management team and lay the foundation for continued strong growth as the company moves into the second phase of its transformation. Brian Sereda, a seasoned technology and semiconductor industry financial executive with extensive turnaround experience, has been named vice president of finance and chief financial officer (CFO). Reporting to Dan McCranie, chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of the board, Sereda will be responsible for driving all aspects of the company’s global financial and human resources operations. Sereda takes over the CFO responsibilities from Christine Russell who will move into the newly created position of executive vice president of business development where she will be responsible for driving... (more)

SMC Networks Managed Switches Selected for Use in IBM's CloudBurst Solution Demonstration at VMworld 2009

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- SMC Networks(R), a leading provider of advanced, high performance networking solutions for the SMB and enterprise markets, today announced that the SMC TigerSwitch(TM) 10/100/1000 Managed Layer 2 Switches (SMC8126L2) have been selected for use in IBM's CloudBurst(TM) demonstration at VMworld 2009 from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, 2009, at The Moscone Center in San Francisco. The TigerSwitch SMC8126L2, which is part of SMC's latest single family Managed Gigabit solution that features PoE and clustering, and is rated as one of Instat's power efficient switch families, is a high-performance managed layer 2 switch featuring 26 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 4 SFP combo ports for fiber connectivity. This new TigerSwitch will be incorporated into a demonstration that will showcase the capabilities of the IBM CloudBurst 1.1 solution, a ... (more)

Mentor Graphics First to Support Accellera UCIS with Questa Functional Verification Platform

Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT) announced support for the newly approved Accellera Systems Initiative Unified Coverage Interoperability Standard (UCIS) version 1.0 via the Questa® UCIS API library. Mentor made the original donation of the Questa Unified Coverage Database (UCDB) application programming interface (API) specification, which was selected as the basis for the now ratified standard. The UCIS API allows utilities to be developed to perform ranking, merging, analysis and reporting that is vendor independent. Within the Questa verification platform, this database API has been used as the basis of the Questa Verification Management (VM) tools, which include these utilities plus many more higher-level applications such as testplan tracking, trend analysis, results analysis and regression management. In addition to the standard coverage models for all met... (more)