Sunday Dec 06, 2009

VIA / Ubuntu / JavaFX hardware HD decode - Digital Media Platform

Hi All,

 So I'm working on a new project, trying to build a really goo Digital Media Platform, for applications like, shopping malls, airports, hotels, stores.

We want the actually user interface to be in JavaFX, the hardware and operstaing system needs to be able to decode HD content (AVI,WMV,M4V) in 720P or 1080P.

The system also has to be able to support a large touchscreen, this requires the Xorg driver and calibration program.

 I'm working with VIA using there hardware platforms to support Ubuntu and JavaFX.

VIA has created the DRM and kernel drivers for the HD decoders and video, also the mplayer and special video out plugins.

The difference when you play an HD movie is amazing, VIA gave me the seen from the matrix movie when the enter the building, if you play it with the standard video out on the 1.5Ghz processor the sound is way ahead of the choppy video.

 When I play the same movie using the VIA supplied Mplayer video out plugin, the movie is absolutely smooth and in sink with the sound.

 So now we have the basic hardware and OS layer working, I've finally got to the point I cannot put off any longer, learn Java and JavaFX.

I've just started the course, learning Java in 21 days, I'll let you know how it goes.


VIA Digital Media Platform - Front

VIA Digital Media Platform - Back

VIA Digital Media Platform - Left Side

VIA Digital Media Platform - Right Side

Sunday Oct 25, 2009

NWAM Phase 1 EA - looks really good

Hi All,

 So I took the Acer Aspire One 10" and installed or company VPN software.

 Jumped into the network and followed the instructions.

NWAM Phase 1 Early Access looks really good, it's got more buttons and whistles than I expected.

 I'm really going to have to test it some more, but it looks really cool, I'll have to build some profiles, see how it really configures.

  Looks like you cannot use it with the panel Network Monitor, the "Track system active interface" switch does not want to work.

Monday Sep 21, 2009

Acer One Aspire 11.6" with Poulsbo chipset - OpenSolaris 1002 B123

Hi All,

 So I wanted to test the Intel Poulsbo chipset with OpenSolaris to see if it was a solution to a fan less embedded product.

I could not find a cheap motherboard with the chipset, on my weekend trip to CostCo, they had the Acer Aspire One 11.6" netbook for $278, what a deal.

Frys has the 2Gb 250Gb HD model for $379

Walmart is $348 for the same as I have.

I just wanted to test the chipset :-)

Anyway it has the Intel Poulsbo chipset that looks like it has a video controller from

This is a good writeup on the Intel Poulsbo chipset

Anyway, no 2D or 3D video driver for Xorg, the usb is really weird, keeps pushing the cursor into the top left corner.

RealTek Ethernet and Atheros wifi work.

I'd decided to change out the mini pci-e wifi for an 802.11n one, boy did I get a shock when I opened the hatch in the bootom on the wifi card looks like half a postage stamp.

Found a 802.11n same size on Ebay.

I did my standard install with Windows 7, just took 1/3 of disk for C drive, then created an 80 Gb what I thought was FAT32 partition, it came up as exFAT, OpenSolaris cannot month this.

Changed it back to FAT32 with Paragon Partition Manager 10.0 Personal Edition.

It said it did a format in place, there went my iTunes folder, Pictures and Videos.

Thank goodness I have the Maxtor OneTouch Mini 4 backup USB hard drive :-)

So I have the Acer One, looks like Panasonic has a ToughBook with Poulsbo.

How many other netbook type devices exist with the Poulsbo chipset ?

Is it even worth pushing engineering to get an Xorg driver for this video ?

Friday Jan 02, 2009

Intel Video Driver Acer Aspire One - here


 I've uploaded the Intel Drivers here, follow instructions in blog.


Tuesday Dec 30, 2008

OpenSolaris SDCard driver for Acer Aspire One - here

Hi All,

Here is the Alpha Release tar file for the SDCard driver for OS .

tar xvf SUNWsdcard.tar

pkgadd -d .

init 6

Now you should be able to insert sdcards in either slot.

Have fun



I work for the Java Embedded Global Business Unit of Oracle within Java Industry Solutions group under Alliances and Channels . I'm focused on the Java SE Embedded and BDB for ARM and PPC across multiple verticals


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