Freescale and Oracle Collaborate for Internet of Things
Freescale Semiconductor, a manufacturer of microcontrollers, microprocessors, and semiconductors, and Oracle, a computer technology company with a specialization in computer hardware and enterprise software, have collaborated in order to assist the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) community.
"The immense potential of the IoT is undeniable, but its promise will only be realized if industry leaders join forces to do the work necessary to turn the vision into a reality," said Geoff Lees, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale's MCU business.
"With its broad adoption, open source model, huge enablement ecosystem and well-defined roadmap, Java technology is ideally suited for IoT requirements. The powerful combination of Java with the performance and security of Freescale's extensive embedded processing portfolio is well-positioned to play a defining role in the evolution of the IoT."
Because of this collaboration, Freescale will join the Java Community Process (JCP) and work alongside Oracle and other JCP members so that standard technical specifications for the Java platform can be improved. Freescale will mainly focus on resource-constrained processing platforms – like microcontrollers – that provide intelligence for IoT-enabled products. Freescale has already joined the OpenJDK community where it will assist Oracle in enhancing the Java for Freescale i.MX application processors.
"As a longtime embedded processing pioneer, with an unusually clear vision on how to use their technology to accelerate innovation and ease-of-use, Freescale has the expertise and insight necessary to help Java evolve and thrive in the IoT era," said Nandini Ramani, vice president of development, Java Platform, Oracle. "We have already made progress in a number of areas that we are proud to showcase together at JavaOne San Francisco 2013, and look forward to expanding our collaboration to cover a broad range of products and activities aimed to position Oracle and Freescale as leaders in the Internet of Things."
The two companies plan on improving the speed and simplicity of the next generation of IoT products through targeted technology initiatives. They will also collaborate on allowing Oracle Java ME Embedded to run on Freescale’s embedded operation system and across a wide range of Freescale microcontrollers.