A PlayStation 3 Review

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Feb 272007

A weblog at EDN has some thoughts and review of Linux on the PlayStation 3. Nothing earth-shattering, but some interesting real-user observations.

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Penguinppc.org Catches Up With The Times

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Feb 272007

Years late, penguinppc.org now offers an RSS feed so you can poll our occasional news posts without expending any effort at all. The impetus was an insistent Josh Boyer, and Jon Tollefson who sent in some sample code. Thank them if you see them around. Enjoy, and comments to the webmaster (who knows almost nothing about RSS) are appreciated.

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Ubuntu Drops Official PowerPC Support

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Feb 152007

The Ubuntu Technical Board announced that they will be dropping their PowerPC distribution starting with version 7.04 (aka “Feisty Fawn”). They will continue to maintain current releases, including the 6.06 “Long Term Support” (LTS) which will be maintained until 2011.

PowerPC will become an “unofficial” Ubuntu distribution, which means the company will continue to distribute packages and ISO images as available, but will not delay releases for PowerPC issues and will devote fewer corporate resources to the architecture. More discussion took place on the Ubuntu wiki.

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8641D Blade Announced

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Feb 082007

Interphase Corp has announced their iNAV 74K, a telecommunications-oriented blade that can carry up to four of Freescale’s 8641D processors. The 8641D is a dual-core 7448 system on a chip (SoC) with each core running up to 1.5 GHz, and debuted last year.

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PCI Express Cell Card

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Feb 082007

Mercury Computer, who previously brought you Cell blades and rackmount systems, has announced the Cell Accelerator Board, or “CAB”. This x16 PCI Express card features a 2.8 GHz Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor with lots of RAM. Mercury apparently has also optimized “key algorithms” for Cell, which should make this product much much faster without additional software development.

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First System to Use PA Semi's 1682M

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Feb 072007

Along with all the announcements Monday about PA Semi’s 1682M, we find that Extreme Engineering is already shipping a system based on the 1682M. The XPedite8070 is a VPX-REDI form factor (whatever that means), consumes 34 watts total, and is apparently aimed at military applications. Although the 1682M just started sampling, Extreme Engineering claims the XPedite8070 is “available immediately” for US$7800 in quantities of one.

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PA Semi 1682M Now Sampling

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Feb 052007

PA Semi’s 1682M, a 13 watt (typical) 64-bit dual-core 2GHz PowerPC, is now sampling to customers, and PA Semi has announced a top list list of “alpha customers” including names like Themis, Mercury, and Curtiss-Wright Controls. PA Semi also announced availability of the Electra evaluation board, with Linux, VxWorks, and QNX Neutrino board support packages (BSPs). Electra uses CFE firmware, which is more typically found in MIPS systems. The 1682M will begin commercial production in the fourth quarter this year, about the same time as a single-core SoC will become available.

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QNX Support for 1682M

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Feb 052007

QNX has just announced support for PA Semi’s 1682M. Support includes QNX’s Neutrino real-time operating system (RTOS) and also “Multi-Core Technology Development Kit” and Momentics visualization and development tools.

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DENX Releases Embedded Linux Development Kit 4.1

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Jan 312007

DENX, makers of the popular Embedded Linux Development Kit (ELDK), have just released version 4.1. ELDK includes tools for cross-compilation, creating the root filesystem for the target platform, and support for multiple architectures. ELDK 4.1 is based on the Linux 2.6.19.2 kernel and supports all AMCC evaluation boards.

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Linux Symposium PlayStation3 Giveaway

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Jan 312007

The Linux Symposium has announced that they will host a contest for the best software on Power Architecture in categories such as power management and virtualization. The prizes will be five PlayStation 3s, which have been generating a lot of interest in the Linux community and beyond.

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