aJile Systems, the Java pioneer founded by the developers of the first Java microprocessor, has created the world’s first pure Java wireless mobile device, the aJ-100WRP. The wireless mobile device combines the features of a mobile telephone handset, PDA and gaming device into a concise consumer product that delivers a full complement of Java-based mobile applications, wireless Internet connectivity, and stunning graphics performance.
Widely viewed as the essential technology platform for the next-generation of highly integrated wireless mobile devices, Java technology has been incorporated into dozens of popular handsets and PDAs over the last 12 months. This first generation of Java handhelds clearly demonstrates the rapidly emerging requirement to deploy Java applications to mobile users. By relying on slow software-translating Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) however, the performance of first-generation Java-enabled mobile devices does not meet the needs or expectations of consumers.
The release of aJile’s ground-breaking 100% Java mobile device dramatically transforms the mobile device landscape by using aJile’s aJ-100 Java processor, which bypasses software Java translation and directly executes Java bytecode in silicon. The result is a 10X performance enhancement that delivers full-motion, 16-bit color animation on the wireless mobile device’s 320×240 QVGA display–performance that rivals the Java execution of a desktop PC, and stunningly outpaces the gray-scale, limited frame-rate performance of first generation Java-capable wireless PDAs.
“Java applications are increasingly important in wireless PDA and smartphone products, but software translation offers excruciatingly slow execution–no serious gamer or road warrior will settle for that,” explained aJile President and CEO, George Hwang. “The aJile reference design demonstrates that full action Java applications are achievable with hardware execution. Mobile system developers no longer need to accept inferior performance.”
aJile Licenses Java Reference Design
aJile designed its pure Java mobile communications device as a reference design, which it is licensing to system developers that want to rapidly develop the next-generation of smart phones, communication and gaming devices, and mobile POS terminals and wireless webpads. The Java runtime environment is compatible with Sun’s J2ME/CLDC/MIDP API. The reference platform comes with a full suite of Java based applications, including an address book, scheduler, email, HTML-based web browser, MP3 player, SMS instant messaging, calculator, world clock, note pad, host synchronization, MIDP applications manager and games, and the underlying Java real-time operating system.
The reference design is built around aJile’s 32-bit aJ-100 direct-execution Java processor, which executes all Java bytecodes and real-time Java threading primitives directly in hardware. The handheld reference design also incorporates 8MB of PSRAM, 8MB of Flash memory, a 3.5 inch LCD TFT reflective display, a mini-QWERTY keyboard, touch screen, thumb wheel selector, MMC card slot, USB synchronization port, rechargeable lithium ion battery pack, and 2.5G GSM/GPRS or CDMA 2000 dual-band wireless communication modules. The reference design allows system OEMs to offer a new level of functionality and performance at the same price point as far slower first generation mobile Java products.
The Flexibility, Scalability and Security of Java Comes to Mobile Computing
“With more than thirty Java-enabled products introduced in the past year, the mobile market is clearly embracing the cross-platform portability, dynamic delivery and upgradability, and enhanced security that Java technology offers,” said aJile Vice President of Marketing, Danh Le Ngoc. “But these first-generation devices do not deliver the performance and interactivity that consumers have come to expect from Java mobile applications running on their desktop PCs. With aJile’s new pure Java wireless mobile reference design, OEMs can now create products that meet consumer expectations for full-motion, full-color, fully-interactive Java mobile applications.”
aJile’s reference design is offered with a complete set of collaterals, including platform schematics, parts list, net list, user’s guide, memory map, and source code for all software drivers. Licensees also receive a comprehensive development environment that includes an optimizing linker/application builder and application debugging tools.