Open Source Engineering: Programming

Adafruit bears Raspberry Pi prototyping kit

An add-on prototyping kit forRaspberry Pi is available from US-based hobbyists website Adafruit.Designed to snap-on to the Pi PCB, the prototyping plate has both breadboard style and perfboard style areas for wiring up DIP chips and sensors. The GPIO/I2C/SPI and power pins are broken…

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ARM releases Development Studio 5 Community Edition for Andorid

For small firms, ARM has released Development Studio 5 Community Edition, a free version of its reference software development toolkit, writes our technology editor Steve Bush. Known as DS-5 CE. “the new edition is dedicated to the Android application developer community and helps them create native software for compute…

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MulticoreWare works with AMD on OpenCL multicore tools

MulticoreWare has announced the beta availability of key OpenCL tools and libraries for download from its website, writes Richard Wilson. The company has worked with microprocessor firm AMD to provide support for OpenCL in multicore design incorporating graphics procesors (GPUs) and CPUs. “We have worked closely with AMD to produce…

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RaspberryPi £15 ARM Linux computer due for Christmas

The RaspberryPi Foundation, which aims to put computers in front of children for £15, has taken delivery of 50 engineering prototypes, and intends to get the final version to customers by the end of the year, writes Steve Bush. Based in Cambridge and founded by six high-tech high-flyers…

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Microsoft goes open source with Gadgeteer electronics

We can file this one – at a push – under open source engineering, even if – given this involves Microsoft – no Linux is involved. The Redmond giant has has announced the official launch of Gadgeteer, a set of electronic parts designed to be plugged together to build prototypes or working electronic devices…

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Raspberry Pi lets a TV run Linux

Raspberry Pi is a tiny ARM-based single board computer that enables a TV to run Linux and scripting languages such as Python. Designed by Cambridge business men and academics to engage children with computer science and thereby improve the skills pool from which they draw employees and undergraduates, it…

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Raspberry Pi lets kids discover programming on a TV

Raspberry Pi is an ARM-based USB stick-style PCB that can turn a TV into a computer, writes Steve Bush. Announced by UK games developer David Braben, the device can run Linux and is intended to be a low-cost (£15) way to introduce children to computer science. It…

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FreeRTOS moves to v7.0 adding software timer

Version 7.0 of the open-source real-time operating system FreeRTOS has been released, adding a software timer, a port to the MSP430X microcontroller, and two additional ‘demos’, writes Technology Editor Steve Bush. The timer is the first time FreeRTOS has used a ‘daemon task’ – a task which is…

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