Pactron JADE - Java 7 and Berkeley Database (BDB)-Enabled ARM Development System Product Brief



Java has become the defacto programming environment for a broad range of embedded applications. With the release of Java SE 7, developers are able to utilize the same functionality for deployment on ARM powered hardware at the same time as features become available for the PC platform. To take advantage of this, there needs to be a comprehensive, low cost, easy to use development platform which avoids the need for cross compilation etc.


System Overview

Pactron’s Java ARM Development Environment (JADE) embedded Java 7 system, is a fully featured platform for developing embedded applications in Java SE Embedded with BDB.


The fan less system has a diverse set ports allowing for the integration of a broad range of external devices used in embedded applications. The platform also incorporates the standard set input/output ports associated with traditional x86 based systems, such as USB 2.0, SD CARD, Gigabit Ethernet, audio input/output, SATA and serial ports.


At the heart of the JADE platform is a 2.0GHz ARM processor and DVI video output. A 1.2GHz ARM processor with VGA output is also available.


The boot subsystem for the JADE platform can be SATA (HDD/SSD), SD CARD or internal NAND memory. The system is pre installed with the Linux file system, tool chain, compilers and loaders. In the identical way to the approach used on an x86 based Linux system, optional components can be installed using the Debian dpkg facility. Development can be executed using the larger, internal HDD/SSD disk with a full Linux desktop environment.


The operating system and applications can be injected into the NAND memory, following the operating instructions supplied with the kit, that indicate how to reboot and test the system in the mode that reflects a deployed production environment.


If the NAND test OS and applications do not perform as required, the system can be rebooted back to the good HDD/SSD image, in a way similar to a “Rescue Mode”.


The exposed PCI-E connector allows for integration of additional hardware elements not supported in the standard JADE platform.


Using this system allows developers to quickly complete initial software development. Pactron offers additional turnkey hardware and software services to design, develop and manufacture (in the USA, both test- and full production quantities) optimized production hardware.


In summary, the JADE system is a simple and easy to user environment for developers of a variety of embedded applications including Industrial Automation, Healthcare, Smart Grid, Retail, Security and Surveillance that need “embedded PC” type functionality at dramatically lower cost, footprint and power points.


Figure 1: Functional Block Diagram

Figure 2: System / Front Panel / Back Panel


Detailed Feature Set

  • Based on ARM,  Open Source LINUX and Java SE Embedded for ARM

  • Linux-2.6.33-rc8 ARM Linux Kernel

  • Debian Squeeze stable version 6.0 files system

  • Fanless

  • 32 GB Internal SSD

  • CPU Details

    • Marvell 88F6282 2 GHz ARM processor

    • 32 kilobytes of instruction cache (I-cache)

    • 32 kilobytes of data cache (D-cache)

    • 256 KB L2 cache

    • Eight-channel Generic DMA controller

  • Memory and Storage

    • 1GB DD3 SDRAM (x16)

    • 8-bit 1GB NAND Flash boot support

    • SD Card Interface

  • I/O Ports

    • DVI Video

    • Seven USB 2.0 ports

    • Two 1GB Ethernet

  • Power Supply

    • Power input: 90-240VAC, 50-60 Hz

  • Development Software

    • BDB, JavaSE Embedded for ARM

  • Environmental

    • Operating Temperature Range: 0ºC to 40ºC (32ºF to 104ºF);

    • Storage: -25ºC to 70ºC (-13ºF to 158ºF)

    • Humidity: 5% to 95% non condensing

For additional information, please send email to systemsolutions@pactroninc.com


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