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 is advanced 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 breakthrough 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 the STM32F2 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 (OOP). MicroEJ 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 storyboarding, and tools for customizing fonts.
GeeseWare 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.
The STM3220G-JAVA Starter Kit is available immediately from ST or distributors, priced at $349. The full MicroEJ development kit is available from IS2T.