Oracle announces plans for Java on MIPS By Henrik Stahl
By Juergenkress-Oracle on Jul 27, 2014
At the Imagination Summit in Santa Clara, California, Oracle and Imagination Technologies announced a collaboration around Java and the Internet of Things (IoT). Imagination is an semiconductor R&D and IP licensing company, and the owner of the PowerVR GPU and MIPS micro-architectures. This collaboration between Oracle and Imagination Technologies includes:
- Porting and optimizing Java for MIPS
for embedded and server-side applications. The current plan is to
provide three different configurations:
- The initial port will be Java SE Embedded 8 for 32-bit MIPS R2 embedded SoCs. This is still in planning but is expected some time in the first half of CY2015 (subject to change etc). This will be preceded by an extended early access program.
- Java SE Embedded 8 will later add support for 32-bit MIPS R6.
- Finally, we are also planning for a 64-bit MIPS R6 port. This will more likely be a general-purpose Oracle JDK 8 port aimed at servers and network equipment.
- JavaFX support for the PowerVR GPU family. The initial target for this work will be headful embedded SoCs.
- Collaboration around Java standards for the Internet of Things. Imagination Technologies will join the Java community and work with Oracle and other community members in this area.
MIPS has historically been
somewhat fragmented in terms of multiple partially incompatible
implementations, and lack of a unified source for development tools and
OS support. Imagination is taking steps to address this issue with its
SoC partners through the recently announced prpl
open source foundation, which will work to unify and stabilize support
for Linux, virtualization, open source tools and related things. Oracle
is strongly supportive of this initiative. Read the complete article here.
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