Kada Provides Java for Analog Devices' Blackfin Automotive Telematics

7/10/2003 - Kada Systems, a leading independent provider of certified JavaTM 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2METM) software deployment solutions, announced that Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a leader in semiconductors for signal processing applications, has selected Kada to implement their “Java Powered” J2ME solution for use in the newly-announced Blackfin® Car Telematics Platform.

A comprehensive and open solution based on the company’s Blackfin Processor, ADI’s Blackfin Car Telematics Platform enables cost reductions of at least 50 percent over current car telematics system implementations. Adding J2ME to ADI’s Blackfin Car Telematics Platform ensures that applications developed for the platform will run across multiple vehicle models.

Analog Devices’ Blackfin Processor combines best-in-class digital signal processing performance with microcontroller functionality onto a single core, executing at speeds of up to 600MHz. Kada Systems J2ME implementation has been uniquely designed to allow real-time signal processing tasks to co-exist with the Java environment on a single Blackfin Processor. This concurrent functionality is especially valuable in the Analog Devices’ Blackfin Car Telematics Platform, by which a single Blackfin based system may be deployed to execute J2ME applications as well as signal processing tasks, such as GPS location tracking and MP3 music playback.

“Analog Devices’ new Blackfin Car Telematics Platform is a comprehensive solution that provides significant cost savings to automotive manufacturers, thereby enabling more motorists to enjoy the benefits of car telematics, such as receiving communications for automatic roadside assistance and remote diagnostics, downloading digital audio files and obtaining ‘smart’ transportation information,” said Mike Haidar, general manager, software and systems technology, Analog Devices, Inc. “Kada Systems’ JVM complements ADI’s Blackfin Car Telematics Platform by providing added benefits such as ease of programmability, ensuring that these telematics functions can be supported easily in a broad range of automotive designs.”

“The Kada Mobile Platform offers Analog Devices a superior, proven J2ME implementation and the exceptional expertise that comes from a company focused on mobile Java solutions,” said Jim Acquaviva, CEO of Kada Systems. “In addition, benefiting from the performance, speed and reliability of our J2ME implementations, Analog Devices will be able to leverage our proven technical integration capabilities in their new Blackfin Car Telematics Platform.”

Kada Systems excels in delivering optimized, commercial J2ME platforms that have achieved the “Java Powered” certification and are tightly integrated with the capabilities of the device including multimedia, networking and native graphical “look and feel”. The J2ME (CLDC1.1/MIDP 2.0) implementation for the Blackfin Car Telematics Platform has been optimized for the ThreadX Real Time Operating System from Express Logic. Kada Systems’ unique blend of Java Virtual Machine expertise, success with independent J2ME implementations, and experience with the Sun Microsystems CLDC HotSpot Implementation, position the company as the industries most capable commercial J2ME provider. Kada’s relationships with key partners and technology providers have enabled Kada to develop a thoroughly tested and commercially viable approach to natively integrating with mobile devices. The Kada Mobile Platform provides a complete and portable environment ready to be optimized for footprint size, efficient use of memory resources, tuned for high performance, and customized for advanced graphical “look and feel” – all required on today’s advanced mobile communication devices.

Kada is a registered trademark of Kada Systems, Inc. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Blackfin is a registered trademark of Analog Devices, Inc.

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