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NewsFactor: Domo Arigato, Linux Roboto

May 30, 2003, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vincent Ryan)

[ Thanks to scott_R for this link. ]

"Suddenly, embedded-Linux applications have gotten a lot sexier. Long a bastion of roll-your-own operating systems, robot brains--and the applications that run them--increasingly are being handed over to Linux, and a new market is burgeoning.

"Academic researchers faithful to the open-source operating system have been on the leading edge, but now commercial manufacturers also are adopting Linux, and Intel is designing a 'robot in a box' package that emphasizes open-source software and drivers. Where the market is headed is anybody's guess--but for now, Linux fits the bill.

"The use of Linux in robotics is getting a boost from an Intel initiative to provide researchers and manufacturers standards-based hardware and software. The Intel reference designs feature its XScale microprocessor, Intel Centrino mobile technology, and 802.11 compatibility for wireless sensor networks. The package also includes Linux 2.4.19 and open-source drivers for devices that do things like sense infrared and perform ultrasonic measurements..."

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