lightfoot hits the road with Java technology for
the car of the future
January 25, 2001 - Automobiles are becoming increasingly
high-tech, equipped with diverse embedded, networked and aftermarket add-on
devices, ranging from navigational aids, through to wireless hands-free
cell phones with internet connectivity, states Matt Kubiczek, Chief
Architect of lightfoot, Digital Communication Technologies
high-output, 32-bit microprocessor core for embedded Java. Major
manufacturers, such as Ford and GM, are working towards bringing the networked
car to the showroom, and lightfoot is well placed to deliver
the under-hood processing capabilities needed to make the networked car
of the future a reality, Kubiczek concludes.
The increasing amount of hardware required by the modern car makes space
a premium. lightfoot offers automakers a compact device which delivers
five times the code density of competitor products coupled with a reduced
system memory footprint.
lightfoot also offers automakers the added benefit of extremely
low power consumption a key element given the power demands made
on the highly equipped, fully-loaded, modern day automobile.
lightfoot delivers near-native Java execution and excellent C performance
for automotive use, from an innovative architecture which is much more
than a hard-coded Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Real-time performance is
also exceptional with low latency interrupts and fast task switching.
Automotive industry users of lightfoot will gain all the benefits
of 32-bit processing in the real-time Java embedded space, without cost
or performance penalties. This is due to the fact that lightfoot
is not based on legacy processors with their inherent high overheads in
cost and performance.
It takes several years to bring an automobile to market, concludes,
Kubiczek, and once a model has left the showroom floor, companies
want to add new devices and services without having to write new code.
lightfoot, with its java-embedded technology, offers a platform
choice that allows additional functions to be added without having to
upgrade millions of autos already in the marketplace.
Further information on lightfoot and other tailored products based
on the lightfoot architecture may be obtained from Digital Communication
Technologies, Unit 5, Windmill Business Village, Brooklands Close, Sunbury
upon Thames, Middlesex, TW16 7DY.