Monday May 14, 2012

Freescale i.MX5x ARM tablet from FIC

Hi All,

 So here are some pictures of the Freescale i.MX5x powered FIC tablet running our Linux (Open Embedded), XFCE desktop Java SE Embedded for ARM and Tom's JavaFX 2 build.

FIC is a Freescale partner that built this tablet for a Brazilian customer.

 My next task is to see if I can get the Canonical Ubuntu (Linaro) build for i.MX53 to boot on this device with the Unity desktop.

I do have the Canonical build running on a i.MX6 quad core developer platform, so I'm hopeful the i.MX53 build will work on the tablet.

More to come, like what would you want as hardware for a Java tablet ?

Dave

FIC Freescale Tablet


Saturday May 12, 2012

Who thinks a Linux ARM tablet with Java SE and JavaFX is a good idea ?

Hi All,

So it's been awhile since I blogged, I've been busy with my colleague Tom Karbowski  investigating the whole world of ARM, Linux and tablets.

Well because of the great work by Tom we now have a three tablets that don't run Android anymore.

We have a Freescale, Nvidia Tegra 2 and Marvell powered tablets that run our version of Open Embedded Linux, they both run Java SE Embedded for ARM fine.

Tom took the JavaFX code for Linux and cross compiled it for ARM.

We still need to deal with power management of the tablet, but Tom has got most of the hardware working, touchscreen, wifi, USB, ethernet.

Our plan is to work with Canonical (Ubuntu) to replace our Open Embedded as we are the Java Guys not Linux guys, I'm going to try a Canonical Linora build for the i.MX53 on the Freescale tablet next week, this will get use the Unity desktop instead of the XFCE we currently have.

We will be demoing most of this at The Freescale Technology Forum show in San Antonio Texas the week of June 18th, Oracle is a Gold sponsor of this event, so if your in the area come and see us at the show.

http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/overview.jsp?code=FTF_2012_AMERICA_HOME_CAT

I'll be blogging more about building a commercially available Linux tablet as we go through the process.

Dave


Tuesday May 24, 2011

Fun times with Linux on ARM tablets

Hi All,

So it's been awhile, still here.

I'm working with a group of engineers to test Java SE Embedded for ARM on the latest tablets.

We have been working on the process to actually create both the Linux kernel and XFCE desktop, both of which are actually installed into the NAND on the tablet device, not just running from a CF card or SD card.

We have got the process down pretty well now.

Right now we are working on the ViewSonic gTablet a 10.2" Nvidia Tegra 2 powered device with a nice little desktop dock.

Our aim is to just get to a Linux kernel supporting all the hardware, Xorg and a Java aware browser running.

More later

Dave

 

Sunday Dec 05, 2010

Success, Linux kernel running on ZT-180 10" ARM slate

Hi All,

 Long time no chat.

 I've been working with a colleague to get a Linux distro running on a 10" ARM slate called the ZT-180.

 Last week he actually made a custom Linux come up on the slate.

 We have been working with the OpenEmbedded and Angstrom distro's.

The ethernet and wifi are working fine, now we need to get the video working and the rest of the distro built.

The ZT-180 is a 1Ghz ARM with 10" touchscreen slate, at about $200 US it's been a fun project to understand how to build Linux for ARM.

Dave

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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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