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Feb 4, 2000
From EMJ Embedded Systems
EMJ Embedded Systems Introduces White Dwarf Linux
Contact Name: Kathleen Conroy
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EMJ Embedded Systems, a leading
distributor of embedded solutions, has lowered the costs for
developing embedded applications.
Its white dwarf linux (wd linux) 1.0 is now available at
Containing more than 40 software packages, including a web browser, an
Apache 1.3.11 web server and email capability, white dwarf 1.0 is
based on the most recent Linux kernel: 2.2.14.
This tiny distribution of Linux is ideal for Internet appliances,
process control, medical equipment, industrial automation, wireless
applications and testing equipment.
“Linux is the wave of the future when it comes to embedded
applications,” EMJ Embedded Systems Vice President Mark Estill says.
“Because wd linux is open source, developers have the ability to
modify their applications whenever they want. Gone are the days of
paying huge licensing fees for a proprietary operating system.”
Continuing, Estill adds,“With wd linux, engineers can use the Internet
to monitor or trouble shoot embedded controllers in the field or in
Named for a White Dwarf Star, which is a small but extremely dense
star, white dwarf linux is small enough to load on embedded PCs but
dense enough to contain the features embedded applications demand
- A fully graphical package-based installer that allows developers to
choose the exact features they need for their applications
- TCP/ip tools including ftp, telnet, ping, hostname, ftpd, telnetd
- Mailx to allow sending and receiving of email
- A full-featured terminal emulation package
- A stripped down Apache 1.3.11 web server
- gcc development tools
- ppp drivers and scripts
- vim, a modern vi replacement
white dwarf linux for SBCs
wd linux currently runs on JUMPtec single board computers including
the DIMM-PC, the MOPSlcd4 , and the MOPS586. The roadmap calls for
it to support all JUMPtec and Adastra single board computers with
support for other platforms in the future.
wd linux consists of a 1.44MB bootdisk and a 1.44MB rootdisk. The
bootdisk contains the kernel, while the rootdisk contains the
installer needed to do a network install of wd linux. Currently v1.0
is a package-based install that can be from 5MB to over 50MB depending
on the options chosen. It is designed to download directly to the
DIMM-PC's onboard flash or a chipDISK flash drive on the MOPS boards,
or to an IDE Drive.
DIMM-PC, MOPSlcd4 and the MOPS586
JUMPtec’s DIMM-PC/486 measures only 40x68 mm (1.57 x 2.68 inches) but
packs the same punch as a standard 486 PC. DIMM-PC/486 ships with 16
MB of DRAM, 16 MB of IDE compatible flash and supports two serial
ports and a parallel port, as well as floppy and hard drive
interfaces, a real time clock and watchdog timer, and an I2C-bus.
Ethernet and VGA/LCD capabilities are controlled by an optional
DIMM-PC I/O module.
The MOPSlcd4 and MOPS586 boards from JUMPtec are PC/104 single board
computers. Both feature an AMD 586 133MHz processor and 4MB of DRAM
and support ethernet, two serial ports, a parallel port, floppy and
harddrive, keyboard, real time clock and watchdog timer. The MOPSlcd4
supports VGA/CRT and LCD.
ABOUT EMJ EMBEDDED SYSTEMS
EMJ Embedded Systems, a division of EMJ America Inc., distributes a
full line of single board computers, Flash solutions, PC Card disk
drives, PC Card readers, PC/104 add-on cards, PC/104 peripherals,
alphanumeric displays, software and enclosures. EMJ is a publicly
traded company with revenues of $150 million and can be found on the
Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol EMJ. (T.EMJ for Internet quote
servers). Visit EMJ America online at http://www.emj.com.
JUMPtec® Industrielle Computertechnik AG is a leading developer and
marketer of high integration CPU and LCD controller boards for
industrial applications. JUMPtec was founded in 1991 by a team of
industry veterans and has extensive experience in PC technology and
high integration design techniques. JUMPtec is a publicly traded
company on the New Market. http://www.jumptec.com
LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.