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New Linux-Java Internet appliance reference platform

Sep 27, 2000 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

ESC, San Jose, CA — (press release excerpt) — Espial today announced the availability of Espial TotalIA, a Linux & Java based Internet appliance reference platform, which includes a completely integrated hardware and software stack intended to significantly reduce time-to-market and minimize get-to-market risks for smart device manufacturers. By assembling technologies from key partners Espial offers smart device manufacturers a total smart device solution out-of-the-box, which provides them all the integrated core technologies, enabling them to focus on adding innovative and differentiating features, customizing and completely branding the solution to suit their needs.

Espial TotalIA is a reference platform, which includes a completely integrated hardware and software stack to enable device manufacturers to accelerate the delivery of rich service-enabled smart devices to market. Espial TotalIA reference platform includes Tao Group's Java Virtual Machine, Espial's DeviceTop Java technology-based application and service platform, the embedded Linux operating system and National Semiconductor's Media GX Processor Board as supplied by Arcom Control Systems. TotalIA is complete with Espial's core applications that include the full-featured Espial Escape web browser, Ebox email and Assistant personal information management technologies. Additional features include full service delivery, remote device upgrade and management capabilities, together with rich multimedia support for Macromedia Flash and MP3 — all in a total footprint of less than 14 MB.

At the core of this reference platform is the powerful Espial DeviceTop, a unique service delivery platform for smart devices enabling the management of application services, a customized and branded user environment, virtual keyboards, together with complete remote device management and service delivery. DeviceTop ensures that smart devices are service enabled and attractive to service providers who are looking to deploy and deliver revenue-generating services to smart devices.

The challenges of delivering services to these physically diverse devices are answered by DeviceServer, a robust service-management platform that talks to any internet-enabled device. Combined with DeviceTop, it enables remote service availability, empowering service providers with universal management of content and applications to virtually any smart device.

Espial Escape is a small footprint, full-featured Java web-browser that supports all the latest Internet standards and protocols including HTML 4.0, HTTP 1.1, JavaScript 1.4, SSL 2.0/3.0 & TLS, CSS 1.0, DOM, and DHTML. Espial TotalIA includes multimedia support for Macromedia Flash and Mp3. This support can be utilized through plug-ins for Escape, which offers the most extensible plug-in capability of any browser available to the embedded market or through other application services.

Espial TotalIA will become available for purchase in October 2000.

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