Freescale, Sun Microsystems Team on Java for Embedded Systems

Developers and systems designers may soon incorporate the functionality, security and portability of the Java(TM) SE platform into embedded systems powered by Freescale Semiconductor’s popular line of PowerQUICC III processors. Freescale and Sun are planning to create an implementation of Java SE for Embedded that is optimized to leverage the outstanding hardware acceleration, gigahertz performance, and ultra-low power capabilities of the PowerQUICC III processor family. Freescale, the world’s top provider of communications processors, will demonstrate a preliminary version of the implementation running on its MPC8544 device at the Freescale Technology Forum taking place this week in Tokyo.

The planned implementation is designed for high-performance embedded applications such as multi-function printers (MFPs), connected industrial and robotic systems, military avionics and medical imaging equipment – applications where PowerQUICC processors are prevalent. Availability of the implementation enhances Freescale’s position in MFP markets, where optimal power-to-performance ratios are essential and seamless connectivity between printers and networks is mandatory.

“Enterprise adoption of Java technology has been prolific, and large organizations want next generation MFPs that can effortlessly connect to the enterprise and communicate natively with other devices on the network,” said Jeff Timbs, marketing director for Freescale’s Networking Systems Division. “Freescale’s PowerQUICC III processors are designed to deliver outstanding performance within an extremely aggressive power envelope. These qualities, together with the ability to process Java SE for Embedded, make Freescale a compelling choice for advanced MFP designs.”

Java SE for Embedded is a lightweight, high-performance version of the Java platform customized for embedded applications. It offers embedded markets the portability and rich feature set that has made Java ubiquitous in desktops and servers. Java SE for Embedded provides specific features for the embedded market, including a small footprint Java Runtime Environment, headless configurations, memory optimizations and additional platform support.

PowerQUICC III processors from Freescale are based on Power Architecture technology and combine outstanding performance and low-power operation with hardware acceleration, an onboard signal processing engine, high-speed memory interface integration, and network security processing.

“Freescale’s PowerQUICC III processors are a great choice for showcasing the power of Java SE for Embedded,” said Dave Hofert, group marketing manager, Java SE and Embedded/Real-Time at Sun Microsystems. “Performance and power consumption are critical for embedded devices, and being able to access the rich capabilities of Java SE for Embedded on such a compelling processor shows why Freescale is a leader for embedded processors.”

PowerQUICC technology is supported by a broad ecosystem of third-party hardware and software partners offering development tools and systems, as well as robust middleware and software stacks. For developers, this ecosystem means faster board bring-up, rapid application development and accurate performance benchmarking.

A fully certified version of Java SE Embedded optimized for the PowerQUICC III family is expected be available from Sun Microsystems in Q4, 2007.

About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with 2006 sales of $6.4 billion (USD).

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