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Freescale, Oracle Collaborate on New Services and Products for Internet of Things

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September 26, 2013

Freescale, Oracle Collaborate on New Services and Products for Internet of Things

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

The Internet of Things (IoT) will provide connections and communications involving a wide range of simple and more complex pieces of technology.

As the system is developed, Freescale (News - Alert), which provides products for the auto, consumer, industrial and networking markets, will work with Oracle in coming up with new services and products for the (IoT).

On one level, it will lead to engineering, marketing and standards improvements which will use the Java platform and Freescale processors for IoT service providers and Original Equipment Manufacturers.

“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,” Geoff Lees, senior vice president at Freescale, said in a statement. “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.”

In providing details about the partnership between the two organizations, Freescale said it will join the Java Community Process (JCP). It will “drive standard technical specifications for the Java platform,” according to a company statement.  Freescale joined OpenJDK, “where it will work with Oracle (News - Alert) to enhance Java for Freescale i.MX application processors, as well as contribute to open implementations of Java APIs for the IoT,” the statement adds.

“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,” Nandini Ramani, vice president of development, Java Platform at Oracle, added in the statement. “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.”

Freescale and Oracle will also work on next-generation IoT products, news reports said. Oracle Java ME Embedded will be designed to run on Freescale’s MQX operating system and on Freescale microcontrollers. In addition, Java will run on Freescale’s i.MX 6 applications processors.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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