News and New Product Briefs (November 29, 1999)

Motorola develops world-compliant chip

Motorola announced the world's first baseband processor that can execute all major existing wireless standards, including CDMA, GSM, iDEN, and TDMA, as well as satellite-based devices.

"The DSP56690 baseband processor, part of Motorola's DigitalDNA portfolio for wireless systems, integrates a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) core and an M-CORE microcontroller and is capable of delivering the processing performance to complete a modern wireless exchange," the company said.

The processor provides a large on-chip ROM memory space and a strong peripheral set that allow it to be configured to meet the needs of mid- to high-tier wireless applications, specifically those that take advantage of high data-throughput standards such as general packet radio service (GPRS) and WAP-enabled microbrowsers.

But the device architecture can be scaled down to low-tier applications when needed. According to Motorola, the architecture is expected "to take advantage of applications built around software standards such as Sun's Java."

The bulk of the DSP56690's processing duties are divided between a DSP56600 core running at more than 100 MHz and an M-CORE M210 32 bit microcontroller operating at more than 50 MHz. These two core processors communicate via a unique interface comprising a shared RAM memory block.

Limited samples of the development device and a development board are expected to be available late this year. High-volume production of the ROM-based DSP56690 is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2000.

More information on Motorola's DSP56690 is available at:

http://www.motorola.com/wireless-semi

Sun grants early access to Solaris 8

Sun Microsystems is offering users the chance to preview its Solaris 8 operating system before its official release. Solaris 8 -- a second-generation 64 bit operating environment -- is available for Intel and SPARC processors.

The OS supports:

  • Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)
  • An almost infinite number of Internet addresses
  • 18 exabytes of memory
  • Up to a million simultaneous processes
  • Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition
  • Java Media Framework for streaming media
  • X server video enhancements
  • Synchronization for handhelds and other beeperlike devices
  • Networked realtime processing

The Early Access CD set includes the software and a free license, complete documentation, Appcert (an application certification tool), an unlimited license for StarOffice, plus other tools -- all for 9.99.

Appcert and other Solaris bin-compatibility tools for Solaris are available at:

http://www.sun.com/developers/tools/abi

You can order Solaris 8 Early Access at:

http://www.sun.com/solaris/ea/

IBM creates interactive HotMedia for business

IBM Corporation has announced HotMedia 2.5, a tool designed to help companies create interactive online business media such as slide shows, videos, panoramas, and tours. According to IBM, HotMedia is the first rich-media Web technology to fully harness the power of Java.

IBM HotMedia 2.5 allows developers to synchronize HotMedia streaming audio with images for more interactive Web presentations and slide shows. A batch-processing feature automates the creation of large amounts of rich-media content.

The HotMedia player is composed of small (less than 10 KB) applets that are downloaded to the user on an as-needed basis. For this reason, no plug-ins or special server features are required.

HotMedia objects can be controlled from within the user interface. For instance, the slideshow feature works with any content or presentation product that can generate HTML or GIF/JPEG files.

In addition, HotMedia 2.5 includes:

  • Enhanced streaming audio with selectable quality for the optimization of bandwidth throughput

  • A new GUI for copy/paste and other functions on Windows and Mac

  • An API to customize navigation and playback controls

  • Image scrolling for advanced ticker effects

  • GIF transparency support for optimizing bandwidth and memory use

  • Floating tool tips for enhanced interactivity in rich media

  • User-specified time intervals for automatic transitions from thumbnail images

This newest release of HotMedia enables companies to integrate bandwidth-intelligent, high-volume multimedia with their existing systems. The software's new JavaScript Player Control API enables the tool to work with other objects in a Web application. It all runs on any Java-enabled boxes (including those with Mac OS, Windows 98/NT).

HotMedia 2.5 is scheduled to be released (and the price to be announced) on December 1.

http://www-4.ibm.com/software/net.media/

eWave Engine app server available for free download

Unify's eWave Engine, which follows the Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 1.1 specification, is a pure Java application server devoted to ecommerce and Web portal sites.

"Our customers look to us to develop highly reliable, robust, and scalable solutions that will meet their ebusiness needs," said Danis Yadegar, president and chief technical officer of Arsin Corporation, a Silicon Valley ecommerce solutions provider. "Unify eWave will provide our customers with a standards-based, complete ecommerce infrastructure for bringing business-critical applications to the Web."

Here are a few of eWave's features:

  • An open, component-based, scalable modular architecture
  • Support for the J2EE specification, including JavaBeans 1.1
  • A Java/XML commerce component framework
  • Easy integration with existing enterprise business systems
  • Tools for building end-to-end ecommerce solutions
  • A Web IDE for site design and content management

The Unify eWave Engine began shipping in September. You can download it for free (and gain access to Unify's technical support) by visiting the company's product portal:

http://www.ewavecommerce.com

For more information on Unify's other products for solutions integrators, OEMs, and vertical packaged applications providers see:

http://www.unify.com/

KOPI offers a completely open source Java compiler

The KOPI suite from Decision Management Systems comes complete with a Java assembler and disassembler as well as extensive diagnostic tools.

KOPI consists of tools for editing and generating class files. Dis is a Java disassembler, ksm is an assembler, and kjc is a compiler of Java source code to byte code. The KOPI project also contains xkjc, a compiler for embedded SQL in JAVA.

The KOPI team is currently working on the last part of project -- a visual KOPI interface.

According to the vendor, "kjc is the only Java compiler fully written in Java that comes complete with support for the latest Java Language Specification from Sun." kjc also comes with Kaffe as its default Java compiler.

To download KOPI:

http://www.dms.at/kopi/download.html

Cahners In-Stat Group assesses demand for wireless devices

In "Demand for Wireless Internet: Carrier Strategies" (report number MD99-04MD) Cahners In-Stat Group estimates that about 50 million people nationwide are already mobile and that they spend 20 percent of their working hours away from the office. The market for wireless devices is thus expected to grow.

Cahners In-Stat Group research report also contained these findings:

  • Users want to pull wireless Internet content themselves rather than have information such as news, stocks, and weather pushed to them at regular intervals throughout the day.

  • Web-clipping services will be very popular.

  • For push content, users want to receive news and weather most often; for pull content, users want access to one central contact database as well as access to location-based services.

  • Affordable fixed-rate prices for wireless Internet access are fundamental for achieving sizable adoption rates. Usage-based plans will be short-lived.

To purchase the report, have ,999 ready as you surf to:

http://www.instat.com/catalog/cat-md.htm#md9904md

New implements hang in JavaToolShed.com

THWT Software recently launched JavaToolShed.com, an ecommerce Web site that offers a collection of tools for Java application developers.

"JavaToolShed.com will retail development tools for improving the production and efficiency of Java-based projects and provide ease-of-use applications for developers and end users," according to the company's Web site. "The site and product offerings represent technical solutions to challenges that THWT overcame in building first-class Java applications."

The site's first products include:

  1. SmartLayout -- a custom manager for component layouts
  2. JavaRunner -- an automatic application-update distributor
  3. THWT Widgets -- a suite of custom Java components

JavaToolShed.com offers a downloadable 30-day evaluation copy of all software development products, plus online versions of the product manuals and documentation.

http://www.JavaToolShed.com

InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition takes care of configuration

Zero G Software has announced the availability of its InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition. Written entirely in Java, the tool helps Java developers install and configure software on any Java-enabled system. It allows the user to distribute applications from any Java-enabled Web browser.

InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition features an open API (application programming interface) that allows developers to customize installations, so you can deploy rich client/server, thin client/server, and standalone applications.

The product can detect and report existing software installations, which is helpful for configuring heterogeneous clusters of servers.

Features in InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition include:

  • InstallAnywhere's Open API, which allows users to add custom interface panels or custom code actions to perform virtually any function before, during, and after an installation

  • Flexible serial number and password protection, which allows users to activate installation sets or control the installation of files and folders

  • The ability to search for existing files or folders on a user's system, which allows for upgrade-type installations over previously installed applications

  • The extraction of archives from a variety of formats during an installation, including zip, jar, StuffIt, and MacBinary

  • Support for 29 languages

The tool is useful for:

  • Creating a universal installer for multiple-platform software (Windows 9x/NT, Mac, Solaris, Linux, AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, Tru64, OS/2, and virtually any other Java-enabled platform)

  • Including a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) with an application's installation

  • Creating smaller and faster installations with SpeedFolders technology

  • Automatically building HTML-based Web installers

InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition is licensed on a per-developer, per-system basis and includes the creation of countless installers. You can order InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition from Zero G Software for ,995.

For 95 on a per-developer basis, you can also buy annual Zero G Software Developer Network (DevNet) support. It includes unlimited e-mail and telephone support as well as access to a password-protected Web site with customer discussion groups, downloadable custom code actions, case studies, and third-party software.

http://www.zerog.com/products/enterprise.html

Hi Spy searches through PDF and HTML files on CDs

PHD Computer Consultants' Hi Spy, now in version 2.1, lets you put a PDF-file search engine on your CD-ROMs. The Hi Spy Java full-text search page also finds words in standard HTML pages and in text files on CDs.

Hi Spy replaces the search engine normally found on a Web server. Accessing a prebuilt search database, the Hi Spy search engine runs from the CD in the user's browser.

Annual licenses range from 50 (for 250 CDs) to ,000 (for an unlimited number of CDs). A source code escrow service is provided for confidentiality.

You can obtain Hi Spy from:

http://www.phdcc.com/download/hispy20k.exe

A 30-day evaluation copy is available from:

http://www.phdcc.com/hispy/

ProSyst lending Jini expertise to OSGI

The Open Service Gateway Initiative (OSGI) reports that ProSyst Software, a producer of Java application and Jini server technology, has joined the industry group, which works to define an open architecture for developing, deploying, and managing Internet services for differing client systems.

The implementation of the long-awaited OSGI standards for Java technology will enable service providers to link external and internal networks with Internet services and to integrate a wide range of end-user devices in the home and workplace.

According to the OSGI site, the OSGI specifications will supplement or extend existing standards, such as Bluetooth or Jini. ProSyst will contribute its know-how in modern Jini server technology.

The first draft of the OSGI specifications is expected early next year.

For further information about OSGI, visit:

http://www.osgi.org

ProSyst is online at:

http://www.prosyst.com/

hotdispatch.com up and running

HotDispatch has introduced www.hotdispatch.com, a marketplace and online service for Java, Linux, and other programming communities.

Membership is free. You ("the requester") propose projects or post questions about technical problems. Then, the company site says, "Providers answer questions and undertake projects, making money on those they successfully complete. Member ratings allow users to develop reputations in the marketplace."

CEO Hazem Sayed says that "HotDispatch presents a new Internet model for knowledge exchange in which buyers and sellers of technical expertise meet in a buyer-driven, task-centric digital marketplace." He adds that hotdispatch.com plans to expand to a wide range of developer and end-user application areas.

To check it out go to:

http://www.hotdispatch.com

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