Update (9/25): Some users may be experiencing problems when installing the Java ME SDK 8 EA plugins into NetBeans. Please see the updated Java ME SDK 8 EA Release Notes for a workaround.
As I blogged recently, the Java ME 8 specifications are moving full steam ahead. And today, Oracle is announcing the immediate availability of Java ME 8 Early Access.
Java ME 8 in a Nutshell:
Java ME 8 is a significant update of the Java ME platform and provides a modern, flexible, and feature-rich embedded software platform that is aligned with Java SE 8 and allows more efficient development, deployment, and management of embedded software solutions:
- CLDC (Connected Limited Device Configuration) 8: Support for Java SE 8 language features and popular Java SE APIs, an updated virtual machine, and footprint optimizations
- GCF (Generic Connection Framework) 8 (part of CLDC 8): IPv6, enhanced connectivity, new protocols, and support for TLS 1.2
- MEEP 8 (Java ME Embedded Profile) 8: Provides a “services-enabled” application framework, footprint reductions through platform “right-sizing”, dedicated new embedded APIs, and an enhanced security model
- Device I/O API version C: Updated to Java ME 8/SE 8 language support, and new functionality and peripheral support
Java ME 8 Early Access scales down to very small target devices – the single-chip solution used on the STM32F4DISCOVERY board has 192 KB of RAM and 1 MB Flash, and costs around US $5 in volume, yet can host a complete solution of Java ME 8 EA runtime, networking and device access functionality, and Java application.
With this update, Java ME 8 is positioned to be the platform of choice for intelligent devices and the Internet of Things.
To learn more about Java ME 8:
- View the 15 minute webcast “Introduction into Java Micro Edition (ME) 8″
- Browse the full slide deck on “Java ME 8 and The Rise of the Internet of Things”
Getting started with Java ME 8 Early Access:
Java ME 8 Early Access is available now for the following developer boards:
- Raspberry Pi Model B (ARM11/Linux)
- ST Microelectronics STM32F4DISCOVERY (ARM Cortex-M4)
Software development is supported by the Java ME SDK 8 Early Access, which includes a Java ME 8 runtime emulation on Windows as well (so you can get started even without a developer board).
- Learn more and download Java ME 8 Early Access binaries and Java ME SDK 8 Early Access tools
- Access Release Notes and step-by-step Getting Started Guides