Saturday Feb 16, 2013

Embedded World 2013, Nurnberg, Germany, February 26th - 28th

Hi All,

 Just getting ready to head out to the Embedded World show in Germany, we have a really big booth this year Hall 5/5-134.

 I'll be at the booth most days, so come over and see us if you are at the show.

I've been working with Freescale and Digi for 12 months on the Home Healthcare Hub (HHH), we are just completing the Continua HL7 sender / receiver code in Java SE for the show.

 We will have a fully running system within the Freescale pod within the Oracle booth, come and play with the Continua Bluetooth medical devices attached to the HHH, see how we can display the medical data on an FIC Freescale powered i.MX6 quad core tablet, with only Linux, Java SE Embedded for ARM and JavaFX.

See you there


Digi HHH system

Thursday Sep 27, 2012

JavaOne - Java SE Embedded Booth - Pactron Java Programmable Automation Controller (JPAC)

Hi All,

So at the last JavaOne we talked about developing a Java powered Programmable Automation Controller (JPAC) with our partner Pactron in Santa Clara.

We actually demoed it running first at the Embedded Show in Germany this March.

JPAC is based on a Marvell 88F6282 Kirkwood ARM SOC, we partnered with Hilsher from just outside Frankfurt, Germany for the mini pci ProfiBus controllers, Revolution Robotics from Corvallis, Oregon wrote the Java SE Embedded for ARM to Hilscher Linux driver interface.

Revolution Robotics also designed the HTML5 application that runs on a Marvell ARM tablet to actually send and receive commands via ProfiBus to a slave device.

We will have the system running in our booth at JavaOne this year, come take a look.

If you are registered at JavaOne you can come over to the Java Embedded @ JavaOne for $100

Come see us in booth 5605

See you there


JavaOne - Java SE Embedded Booth - Freescale Technologies

Hi All,

I've been working with Freescale this year on both the Power Architecture (PPC) and ARM solutions to test Java SE Embedded we will have a special Freescale demo case I had built, in the booth at JavaOne is the Freescale i.MX28, i.MX53 and i.MX6 demos plus the P1025 Tower Power Architecture demo.

Freescale i.MX ARM

Freescale Power Architecture

This year we became a sponsor at the Freescale Technology Forum shows in San Antonio, TX, Beijing, China and Bangalore, India, FTF Japan is at the end of October in Tokyo.

It's really exciting to get to see what is being developed in the M2M and IoT space on the Freescale technologies, lots of products use the Freescale chips with Java that we don't even really know about like the original Amazon Kindle.

If you are registered at JavaOne you can come over to the Java Embedded @ JavaOne for $100

Come see us in booth 5605

See you there


Wednesday Sep 26, 2012

JavaOne - Java SE Embedded Booth - Digi - Home Health Hub (HHH)

Hi All,

 So another exciting platform we will have in the booth at JavaOne is the Digi  Home Health Hub (HHH) platform.

This is a Freescale reference design that has been built by Digi, the system is powered by a Freescale i.MX28 ARM SOC, what's really exciting me is it has every wireless protocol you could ever want on a single motherboard.

Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, configurable Sub-GHz radio, NFC plus USB, audio and LCD/touch screen option.

I've been experimenting with lots of wireless capable healthcare products in the last few months, plus some Bluetooth Pulse / Oxy meters, we have been looking at how the actual healthcare wireless protocols work.

Steve Popovich - Vice President, Digi Internationalwill be doing a talk at the Java Embedded @ JavaOne conference in the Hotel Nikko, right next door to the JavaOne show in the Hilton.

If you are registered at JavaOne you can come over to the Java Embedded @ JavaOne for $100

Come see us in booth 5605

See you there


JavaOne - Java SE Embedded Booth - Servergy Hyper-Efficient Enterprise Server

Hi All,

 So it's been awhile, I've been working with all the ARM and Power Architecture partners we have now on testing Java SE Embedded.

We will have a Java SE Embedded for ARM and PPC at Java One next week, I'll be bringing in some of the great ARM and PPC systems to demonstrate.

 The first system I'd like to tell you about is a really cool 8 core Power Architecture Hyper-Efficient Enterprise Server from a company in Dallas called Servergy.

Java One will be it's first public outing, Bill Mapp the CEO will be doing a talk at the Java Embedded @ JavaOne conference in the Hotel Nikko, right next door to the JavaOne show in the Hilton.

To read more about Servergy

If you are registered at JavaOne you can come over to the Java Embedded @ JavaOne for $100

Come see us in booth 5605

See you there


Tuesday May 15, 2012

Technical difficulties

Hi All,

 So I'm having a few small technical difficulties here, I want to post some better pictures of the tablets and some movies of Java SE and JavaFX running on the tablets, we have a 2MB upload limit on the blog site, so I'm having to find ways of dealing with this.

 Basically Tom knows now how to build a Linux for a stock tablet we can buy of the web, it's been much easier with Marvell, Freescale and FIC helping us with techniques and drivers.

Touchscreen has cause Tom a lot of grief but we have single touch under control now.

Getting a wifi network manager caused him fits, but that is fixed also.

If someone wants to build a commercial tablet  just for Java, basing it on Linux and SE-E looks like feasible option.

Have been playing with Ubuntu and it seems to be a good option.

We are trying to pick what sort of ARM processor we want, single or dual core to start.

Screen size, I'm leaning to 1280 x 1024 to start.

What size nand to put inside 8Gb or 16Gb, what ports we want, USB, HDMI, do we want a 3G chip, which means we need a sim card slot.

Though all of these decisions always come back to price point.

In terms of hardware, there are several vendors who provide designs that can be used to build such a tablet.

More later


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.

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


Wednesday Sep 14, 2011

Fun with Java SE Embedded for ARM and Java One

Hi All,

 So it's been a little while since I've blogged, I've been working on finding partners in the ARM space.

 I've been assigned to create ARM based components that will fit horizontally across multiple verticals, such as Industrial Automation, Healthcare, Smartgrid, M2M, etc.

 I've now found some really great partners who are willing to develop hardware tested to run with both Java SE Embedded for ARM and Berkeley DB (BDB).

Now I can tell you that all the partners will be a Java One in the ARM booth #5204 with running demos.

Our new partners Freescale, Pactron, Mobile Integration, Marvell, Softing and Si14 will be showcasing there products and how Java SE Embedded for ARM and BDB can be used to develop and deploy creative / cutting edge applications.

I'll be doing introductions of the partners in the next few blogs before Java One, showing you the unique hardware and potential application usage.

We will be showing multi core servers, embedded devices, development systems and tablets in the booth, so come and see us.

Great to be blogging again.


Thursday Nov 12, 2009

Java SE 6 plugin on an ARM Netbook

Hi All,

 So I'm off trying some new Java SE 6 binaries on an ARM based netbook.

 The TouchBook comes from a company called Always Innovating, it's based on a really cool motherboard called BeagleBoard.

This is the beagleboard 3" x 3"

I have it hooked up to a 3 port USB adapter with ethernet, plus a Realtek USB b/g/n wifi adapter, I have it hooked with hdmi - dvd cable to a USB touchscreen, still working on the touchscreen driver.

I'm working with the AI linux distribution for ARM, create with bitbake from the  distro.

I did follow the instructions for actually creating the AI distro on a Core 2 Duo 1.83Ghz system loaded with Ubuntu 9.10, it's quite amazing, 8,800+ automatic steps, about 80Gb disk space.

Bitbake creates the ARM kernel, libraries, compilers, utils, Xfce, applications like Firefox, an amazing peice of work from AI.

So this arrived today the Touckbook.

It's actually in two pieces, you can un-dock the keyboard from the main display, both pieces have a battery. It has an 8.9" 1024x600 touchscreen.

Why am I doing this, well it's to test Java SE 6 and the firefox plugin.

I hope to be able to get JavaFX applications to run on the system also.

I'll probably be working on getting my favorite email/calendar software cross compiled and installed Evolution.

It's going to take awhile to get my head around Linux again, the setup to cross compile to ARM really complex.

I did test an ARM version of Android on the Beagleboard, worked pretty well.


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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