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Linux box serves up embedded Java

Jun 24, 2005 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Sun Microsystems, Via Technologies, and iGoLogic Inc. will debut an x86-based development kit for embedded applications based on Sun's Java 2, Standard Edition (J2SE), next week at Java One. The compact, fully packaged system is supplied with a choice of Linux or Sun's Solaris operating system.

“We are very excited about the launch of this compact and versatile Java development tool, as it will enable us to better engage with the embedded community and provide a compelling reason to make J2SE the first choice for embedded applications,” said Laurie Tolson, VP of Sun's Java Platform Group.

The JBox is based on Via's EPIA M10000 mini-ITX motherboard, which features a 1GHz VIA C3 processor, a Via CLE266 chipset with embedded MPEG-2 decoder and integrated UniChrome graphics core, and a rich set of peripheral interfaces. It comes with Sun's Java2 SE 5.0 Embedded, running on top of a choice of three OSes, two of which are Linux.

Embedded Java, anyone?
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Key features and functions of the kit include:

  • Processor — 1GHz Via C3
  • Memory — 256 MB DDR; 512MB or 1GB options
  • Video:
    • Integrated Via Unichrome AGP graphics with MPEG-2 Accelerator
    • Optional LVDS (LVDS01) or TTL (RGB01) display module
  • Drives:
    • Hard drive — 40GB 2.5-inch notebook hard drive; 80GB option
    • Combo DVD/CDRW drive (option)
  • External I/O connectors:
    • Front panel I/O: 2 USB, mic and headphone jacks, IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
    • Rear panel I/O: 2 PS/2, parallel, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45), serial, 2 USB, VGA, RCA (SPDIF or TV out), S-Video, audio
  • Expansion — 1 internal PCI slot
  • Size — 2.5 x 11.5 x 10.5 in. (63.5 x 270 x 295mm)
  • Power supply — external AC power adapter
  • Software:
    • JVM — Sun Java2 SE 5.0 Embedded
    • Operating system — choice of:
      • Sun Solaris 10 x86
      • Sun Java JDS3
      • iGoLogic's customized Linux 2.6.10 kernel


The Jbox will be available “soon” from Silicon Valley-based iGoLogic's website, the company says. Further details on Sun's J2SE are available on Sun's website, including information on J2SE for embedded.

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