Computerized devices such as white goods, office equipment and industrial controls could soon present users with rich graphical features such as animations and widgets, as seen in smartphones, thanks to new technology from STMicroelectronics a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications.
Gadgets such as smartphones and media players have become increasingly attractive, dynamic and easier to use than other electronic products in the kitchen or workplace. One reason for this isadvanced Object Oriented Programming (OOP) software design environments, such as Java, the mobile industry is using Java, while microcontroller systems mainly use traditional structured programming languages such as C. In particular, Java simplifies building graphical user interfaces, which by nature are object oriented using features such as hierarchies of widgets.
“Today we are announcing break through professional Java tools ideally suited for embedded designers to create new generations of products offering unprecedented familiarity and ease of use,” explained Dominique Jugnon, Microcontroller Development Tools Manager, STMicroelectronics.
ST has worked with its partner IS2T an innovative Java tools specialist, to create ready to use Java development kits for its STM32 microcontrollers. The STM3220G-JAVA Starter Kit combines an evaluation version of IS2T’s MicroEJ Software Development Kit (SDK) and theSTM32F2 series microcontroller evaluation board providing everything engineers need to start their projects.
The MicroEJ Software Development Kit can be regarded as the world’s first professional quality tool set enabling embedded system designers to leverage Java Object Oriented Programming provides extended features to create, simulate, test and deploy Java applications in embedded systems. Support for Graphical User Interface (GUI) development includes a widget library, design tools including story boarding and tools for customizing fonts.
Geese Ware contributes to the ecosystem supporting Java for STM32 with its complete one stop shop hardware and software solution. It combines IS2T’s MicroEJ SDK with a comprehensively featured development board supporting STM32F2 and STM32F4 microcontrollers.