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AllLinuxDevices: Red Hat Scores eCos Win with Delphi Mobile Productivity Center

Jan 10, 2001, 20:51 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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"Red Hat scored a win for eCos on Monday by announcing a partnership with Delphi to provide the OS for Delphi's Mobile Productivity Centers (MPC's). The MPC provides hands-free use of PDA's and an interface to cell phones in automobiles. While eCos is most definitely not Linux, the deal is a big advance for Open Source technologies in the embedded space, said Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann."

"The Delphi MPC (pictured installed) allows users to mount their PDA's or cell-phones in a docking station which, in turn, provides voice control for such things as using the PDA's notepad tool, dialing phone numbers, or retrieving information. The device allows for playback through the car's FM radio, meaning users never have to read content while driving."

"eCos is an Open Source operating system designed to be highly configurable and runs on a variety of platforms, including ARM, Hitachi SH3, Intel x86, MIPS, Matsushita AM3x, PowerPC and SPARC. According to Tiemann, eCos provides over 200 configuration points allowing developers to strip the OS down to remarkably small sizes."

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