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eSOL helps extend Android reach beyond handsets

Posted: 27 Apr 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Android? mobile phone? open source? embedded system?

eSOL Co. Ltd has released eSOL for Android platform, a one-stop development of embedded systems designs using the Google open source platform.

Company president Tsutomu Sawada said eSOL for Android consists of eSOL Adaptor for Android, which enables Android to run on non-Linux OS, and eSOL Professional Services for Android, which offers technical services for Android-based software development. As a result, he said, eSOL for Android is expected to bring Android to a much wider market beyond mobile phones.

eT-Kernel Adaptor for Android, the first in a series of eSOL Adaptor for Android products, permits replacement of a Linux kernel with the eSOL eT-Kernel OS, a high-performance, highly reliable POSIX- and TRON-conformant OS.

eT-Kernel Adaptor for Android is now under development for release in Q2 10. eSOL Professional Services for Android will offer various optimization services based on the knowledge acquired through the development of eSOL Adaptor for Android.

"As the size of software programs required for embedded appliances such as cellphones, other consumer electronics devices, and automotive infotainment systems steadily increases, so does the pressure for improved development efficiency," said Sawada. "To remedy this situation, developers have been working for years to improve software platforms. One result is Android.

"However, every embedded system has its own specific requirements and the Linux kernel-based Android will not fulfill them all, due to issues such as Linux licensing, quality assurance, and lack of true real-time capability."

As an alternative to this situation, he said, eT-Kernel Adaptor for Android replaces the Linux kernel with another OS, enabling high performance and reliability, while at the same time ensuring efficiency and reduced costs.

In addition, eSOL Professional Services for Android will ensure successful development of an optimized Android-based system. eT-Kernel Adaptor for Android, he claimed, combines both the benefits of middleware- and application-rich Android and the real-time eSOL eT-Kernel.

- Bernard Cole

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