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New Java OS runs on “bare metal”, supports iPAQ

Nov 6, 2001 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

North Chelmsford, MA — (press release excerpt) — SavaJe Technologies announced the release of version 1.0 of its SavaJe XE operating system. SavaJe XE is the first operating system for embedded and handheld devices to support a full desktop Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) environment. As a result, appliance manufacturers, enterprises and systems integrators can now deliver fast, distributed, secure, and graphically rich Java applications to the wide range of portable and embedded devices that are emerging in both the enterprise and consumer markets.

“The release of SavaJe XE version 1.0 marks our entry into the embedded and handheld operating environment (EHOE) market,” said George Grey, CEO of SavaJe Technologies. “Developers, enterprises and OEMs are demanding better Java solutions for resource constrained devices, until now characterized by poor performance and limited functionality. SavaJe aims to become a key player in the EHOE market by offering the only platform able to run full Java applications at “native” speeds on embedded and handheld devices such as smart-phones, PDAs, web tablets, set-top boxes, and home servers.” According to market analyst IDC, the EHOE market revenue was $666.2 million in 2000 and is expected to grow to $2.8 billion by 2005.

SavaJe XE version 1.0 currently runs on the Compaq iPAQ H3600, H3700 and H3800 series handhelds, and may be ported to any Intel StrongARM, Intel XScale or ARM-based device with a minimum configuration of 150MHz processor speed, 12MB of non-volatile memory and 32MB of RAM.

By supporting a J2SE/J2ME environment natively, SavaJe XE provides the fastest and most complete Java platform necessary for the deployment of real-world enterprise and distributed applications. SavaJe XE is the only platform for information appliances and embedded devices able to run J2ME CDC, Personal Java and J2SE JDK 1.3.1 applications.

SavaJe XE ships with a full suite of Java applications, including a secure browser, an HTML email client, calendar, to-do list, contact lists, MP3 music player, picture viewer, notepad editor, and games. Java developers will find that all standard device drivers are present in SavaJe XE, including support for color displays, an external keyboard, Ethernet, wireless networking, and dialup networking.

SavaJe XE is available immediately for purchase from the SavaJe website for $100 per license, and may be installed on the Compaq iPAQ H3600, H3700 and H3800 Series handheld computers. The company is also making a free 30-day evaluation copy of SavaJe XE available from its website. Volume pricing is also available.

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