Beyond Cell Phones in the Micro-Embedded Space

Just how far can Java be pushed in the micro-embedded space? That's what Eric Arseneau, principal investigator of the Squawk virtual machine and his team want to know. With the goal of being “as invisible as possible”, in order to enable multitudes of companies to do multitudes of things, Arseneau is looking beyond Sun SPOTs to targets devices like SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) cards and similar devices running approximately 16K of Flash and 2K of RAM.

Vice President of Global Systems Engineering, Hal Stern, welcomes Arseneau to this latest edition of Innovating@Sun to delve deeper into the possibilities in the embedded world thanks to technology such as Project Squawk. The interview includes:

  • Goals for this small-scale “Java operating environment” - as Eric Arseneau likes to call it
  • Why Sun open sources both the Squawk virtual machine and the hardware specifications for what it can run on
  • Efforts to not only expand the marketplace, but create licensing opportunities as well
  • Moving beyond traditional computer science to target cross-disciplinary applications among audiences such as universities, artists, and scientists to name a few
  • The expected proliferation of very small, embedded devices given a lower barrier to entry for developers and manufacturers
  • Why future embedded devices will have increased orders of magnitude over the cell phone

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    Squawk Operating Environment

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