Jamaica is more than an Island – 20 Years of Software Made in Karlsruhe

Jamaica is more than an Island – 20 Years of Software Made in Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe, Germany, 2021 – This year marks the 20th anniversary of aicas from Karlsruhe. The company looks back at an eventful history as a visionary software company. In a series of events throughout the anniversary year, aicas presents its forte of continuously progressing and reinventing itself amid global technological and digital developments. 

aicas‘ Beginnings 
On 3 May, 2001, James J. Hunt, Andy Walter, Fridtjof B. Siebert, and Götz M. Fluck, graduates of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), founded aicas with the vision of becoming a company that provides businesses with a flexible and efficient starting point for developing embedded realtime applications. Little did they know that 20 years onwards, aicas would have turned into a global high-tech company with offices and sales partners on four continents and its technology integrated into more than 21 million automotive and industry devices.

aicas’ Products 
aicas provides Java technology and analytical tools for realtime and embedded systems. The flagship product is JamaicaVM, a Java Virtual Machine with hard realtime garbage collection for time- and security-critical applications, such as for avionics, automotive, or industrial process management.

aicas‘ Anniversary Activities 
IoT and the cars of tomorrow – aicas’ 20th anniversary is all about progress, including exclusive glimpses behind the scenes and panels with high-profile international speakers sharing their expert knowledge about the future of automotive and IoT. “THE BEST IS YET TO COME” is the anniversary’s motto, the first activities are fixed, more is to come.

  • “Unlocking the Future of Driving with Data” and “Agile IoT – from Edge to Cloud” will kick off the anniversary year with two digital roundtables with speakers from VW, BMW, Bosch.IO, Telefónica, and many more IoT and automotive visionaries.
  • Important milestones of aicas’ history are listed in the timeline that takes readers through the past 20 years.
  • aicas asked – IT experts from around the world answered. To gain deeper insights into the significance of the friction points within the IoT markets, the software company issued a market study (“Living on the Edge? Current IoT market friction issues“) across different countries and market segments with more than 650 IoT professionals, in order to collect more data about the challenges customers are facing in the area of edge computing.

About aicas: 
Leading car manufacturers and industry companies rely on aicas’ embedded software platforms to connect millions of smart devices and vehicles, safely and securely. The transfer of embedded systems into the cloud is at the center of aicas’ modular and portable products. Founded by technology leaders from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), aicas serves its customers from offices in Europe and North America and relies on a global network of sales representatives.

Press contact aicas:  
Jennifer Bortchen (freelance) 
jb@bortchen.com  
+491711968576 

aicas und SiFive verbinden Flexibilität und Leistung mit RISC-V und JamaicaVM

aicas und SiFive verbinden Flexibilität und Leistung mit RISC-V und JamaicaVM

KARLSRUHE, DEUTSCHLAND, 02. März 2021– aicas GmbH und SiFiveInc ermöglichen Embedded Softwareentwicklern, die Lücke zwischen flexiblem Design und Leistung kritischer Anwendungen zu schließen. Die kollaborative Integration der RISC-V CPU-Architektur und JamaicaVM Java-basiertem Software-Management bietet Entwicklern eine Plattform für den Einsatz programmierbarer RISC-V-basierter Systems on Chips (SoCs). Somit können sie die Systeme ohne Unterbrechung evaluieren, steuern und Updates durchführen. 

Die Verwendung der RISC-V-Umgebung wächst rasant, viele Entwickler schätzen die erweiterbare Software und die Hardware-Unabhängigkeit im Hinblick auf CPU-Architekturen. Benutzerdefinierte Anwendungen im Bereich eingebetteter Systeme und IoT entwickeln sich ebenso wie Chips, die für bestimmte Aufgaben designed, entwickelt, hergestellt und optimiert werden. Daher wächst die Notwendigkeit zur Integration in die breitere Umgebung. Die Integration der RISC-V und JamaicaVM Produktfamilie erleichtert das komplette Lifecycle-Management und reduziert die Hürden der Interoperabilität mit bereits vorhandenen Systemen. 

„Die benötigte Erweiterbarkeit benutzerdefinierter Apps für Embedded-Systeme hat direkten Bezug zum Bedarf an Verifikation, Simulatoren, Debuggern, Compiler-Bibliotheken, Monitoren, Kernels und mehr,“ sagt Chris Jones, VP Product Management bei SiFive. „Durch die Integration der aicas’ JamaicaVM Produktfamilie erhalten Entwickler die notwendige Flexibilität, um kundenspezifische Prozesse zu bauen. Gleichzeitig haben sie das nötige Werkzeug, um sicherzustellen, dass die Geräte und Systeme nicht nur einwandfrei funktionieren, sondern sich auch weiterentwickeln können.“ 

JamaicaVM ist eine gesteuerte Laufzeitumgebung zur Nutzung von Realtime Java und konventionellen Java-Applikationen in einer Embedded-Umgebung. Die Software bietet ein deterministisches, automatisches Speichermanagement und objektorientierte Programmierung, unterstützt von einer echtzeitfähigen virtuellen Maschine, die eine komplette Hardware-Abstraktion bereitstellt, um die Fehlerwahrscheinlichkeit zu reduzieren. Da die Leistungsansprüche kontinuierlich zunehmen und RISC-V-Entwickler die Basis-Befehlssätze von Mikroprozessoren erweitern, erhöht JamaicaVM die Stabilität, Skalierbarkeit und Sicherheit mit Tools zum Testen, zur Steuerung und für Systemupdates. Damit wird sichergestellt, dass Anwendungen von Drittanbietern reibungslos laufen können. Die JamaicaVM Produktfamilie baut auf der Jamaica-VM-Software auf, um ein umfassendes Lifecycle-Management für die Software sowie Updates für verschiedene Marktsegmente anzubieten. 

„Die inhärente Modularität von RISC-V und JamaicaVM erweitert die Spielräume für Aufbau und Steuerung smarterer, effizienterer Systeme und ermöglicht es Entwicklern, Dinge umzusetzen, die mit geschützten Lösungen unmöglich wären“, sagt James Hunt, CTO von aicas. „JamaicaVM fördert die Flexibilität, Portabilität und Zuverlässigkeit der RISC-V-Entwicklung, indem es die Entwicklung vom Desktop aus ermöglicht und System- und Gerätekompatibilität über den gesamten Lebenszyklus hinweg gewährleistet.“  

SiFive wurde von den RISC-V-Erfindern mit dem Ziel gegründet, skalierbare Prozessor- und SoC-Architekturen zu entwickeln, die die heutigen Herausforderungen im Bereich der Computeranwendungen lösen können – und zwar ohne die Kosten und Lasten von Legacy-Sicherheitsarchitekturen. Da immer mehr Entwickler die Grenzen geschützter Architekturen sprengen, wird der JamaicaVM-Support für RISC-V auch zukünftig die Expansion heterogener Designs beschleunigen und die Verlässlichkeit, Skalierbarkeit und Performance workload-zentrierter SoCs erhöhen, indem Befehlssätze mit klar definierten Erweiterungen oder benutzerdefinierten Befehlen zur Anwendung kommen. 

„Die Einführung einer RISC-V-Umgebung wird von dem steigenden Bedarf getrieben, die Time-to-Market- und Entwicklungskosten zu reduzieren“, sagt Hunt. „Die Bereitstellung von JamaicaVM erlaubt Entwicklern, die Risiken hinsichtlich Interoperabilität und Performance zu minimieren, die mit rapide wachsenden und schnell errichteten benutzerdefinierten eingebetteten Systemen einhergehen.“ 

Gemeinsam mit Amazon Web Services (AWS) und SiFive wird aicas seine Softwarelösung auf der embedded world 2021 DIGITAL vorstellen, die vom 1. bis zum 5. März 2021 stattfindet. Weitere Infos über die Präsentation von AWS IoT Greengrass 2.0 auf einem SiFive RISC-V Unmatched Board finden Sie online unter https://www.aicas.com/wp/event/embedded-world-2021-digital/ 

Über aicas 
Führende Automobilhersteller und Industriebetriebe vertrauen den eingebetteten Softwareplattformen von aicas, um damit Millionen intelligenter Geräte und Fahrzeuge sicher miteinander zu verbinden. Die Überführung eingebetteter Systeme in die Cloud steht im Zentrum der modularen und portablen Produkte von aicas. Gegründet von Technologieführern vom Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), bedient aicas seine Kunden von Niederlassungen in Europa und Nordamerika aus und verfügt über ein weltweites Netz von Repräsentanten. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter www.aicas.com

Über SiFive 
SiFive ist der führende Anbieter von Prozessorkernen, Beschleunigern und SoC IP zur Entwicklung anwendungsspezifischer Architekturen auf Basis der freien und offenen RISC-V Befehlssatzarchitektur. SiFive bietet skalierbare und konfigurierbare Prozessorkerne mit integrierten Sicherheits-, Rückverfolgungs- und Debug-Features für workload-spezifische Beschleunigerdesigns. Gegründet von den Erfindern von RISC-V, verfügt SiFive inzwischen über 15 Designcenter weltweit und wird von Sutter Hill Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Spark Capital, Osage University Partners, Chengwei, Huami, SK hynix, Intel Capital, und Western Digital unterstützt. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter www.sifive.com

Pressekontakt aicas: 
Jennifer Bortchen (freelance) 
jb@bortchen.com 
+491711968576 

aicas and SiFive Bridge Flexibility and Performance with RISC-V, JamaicaVM Integration

aicas and SiFive Bridge Flexibility and Performance with RISC-V, JamaicaVM Integration

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY – aicas GmbH and SiFive, Inc are enabling embedded systems developers to close the gaps between the freedom of open architecture hardware designs and the assurance of critical application performance. A collaborative integration of the RISC-V CPU architecture and JamaicaVM Java-based software management will give developers a platform to deploy programmable RISC-V-based SoCs and evaluate, manage, and update systems without interruptions.

The RISC-V ecosystem is rapidly expanding as developers embrace extensible software and hardware freedom for CPU architectures. As more custom Internet of Things and embedded systems applications are created using chips that are developed, designed, built, and optimized for specific tasks, the need for integrating them in the wider ecosystem grows. The collaborative integration of RISC-V and the JamaicaVM Product Family enhances full lifecycle management and reduces the hurdle of interoperability with existing systems.

“The need for extensibility in custom embedded system applications is closely tied to the need for verification, simulators, debuggers, compilers libraries, monitors, kernels, and more,” said Chris Jones, VP of Product Management, SiFive. “By integrating aicas’ JamaicaVM Product Family, developers now have the flexibility to build custom cores and the tools assuring devices and systems not only perform, but can evolve as well.”

JamaicaVM is a managed runtime environment for running Realtime Java and conventional Java application in an embedded environment. It provides deterministic, automatic memory management and object-oriented programming supported by a Realtime Virtual Machine, providing a full hardware abstraction to reduce the likelihood of errors. As performance demands continue to grow and RISC-V developers add extensions to the basic instruction sets on microprocessors, JamaicaVM adds stability, scalability, and security with tools for testing, managing, and updating systems to assure critical and third-party applications will operate uninterrupted. The JamaicaVM Product Family builds on the JamaicaVM to provide full software lifecycle management and update for various markets segments.

“The inherent modularity of RISC-V and JamaicaVM provides more latitude for building and managing smarter, more efficient systems, enabling developers to accomplish things that would not be possible with proprietary solutions,” said James Hunt, CTO of aicas. “JamaicaVM perfectly supports the flexibility, portability, and reliability of RISC-V development by enabling development to start on the desktop for assuring full lifecycle system and device compatibility.”

SiFive was founded by the inventors of RISC-V to create scalable processor and SoC architectures for solving modern computing challenges without the burden and cost of legacy instruction set architectures. As more developers move beyond the limits of proprietary architectures, JamaicaVM support for RISC-V will continue to accelerate the expansion of heterogeneous designs and reliability, scalability, and performance of workload-focused SoCs using instruction sets featuring well-defined extensions or custom instructions.

“The adoption of the RISC-V ecosystem is driven by the need to reduce time to market and development cost,” said Hunt. “Pre-integrating JamaicaVM provides added layers that help developers reduce the interoperability and performance risks that come with rapidly developing and deploying custom embedded systems.”

Together with Amazon Web Services (AWS), SiFive and aicas will deliver a virtual demonstration of the solution during embedded world 2021 DIGITAL, March 1-5, 2021. See aicas events online for details about the demo of AWS IoT Greengrass 2.0 running on a SiFive RISC-V unmatched board and go to aicas’ virtual exhibition stand and claim a voucher for a free ticket to attrend the virtual event

About aicas
Major automotive and industrial companies rely on aicas embedded software platforms to securely connect millions of intelligent devices and vehicles. Bridging from embedded to cloud is at the core of aicas’ modular and portable products. Founded by technology leaders from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), aicas serves customers from offices in Europe and North America with representatives world-wide. For more information visit www.aicas.com

About SiFive
SiFive is the leading provider of processor cores, accelerators, and SoC IP to create domain-specific architecture based on the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture. SiFive offers scalable, configurable processor cores pre-integrated with security, trace, and debug features for workload-specific accelerator designs. Founded by the inventors of RISC-V, SiFive has 15 design centers worldwide and backing from Sutter Hill Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Spark Capital, Osage University Partners, Chengwei, Huami, SK hynix, Intel Capital, and Western Digital. For more information, please visit www.sifive.com.

aicas Software Accelerates Connected and Autonomous Transportation

aicas Software Accelerates Connected and Autonomous Transportation

Modular Integration with BlackBerry QNX Software Development Platform Increases Performance, Shortens Time-to-Market and Reduces Costs for Developing Embedded Intelligence.

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY – June 10, 2020 – aicas GmbH modular software solutions today announced they have simplified the development of intelligent transportation products and services for OEMs by integrating with the BlackBerry QNX Software Development Platform (SDP). As a result, embedded software developers can now bring full-featured software stacks to market faster.

aicas’ middleware solutions provide the intelligent connectivity for nearly 20 million devices and are relied on by the auto industry as an integral layer of software stacks for infotainment, telematics and more. As intelligent transportation solutions proliferate, customers are increasingly selecting aicas’ solutions and can now benefit from this greater interoperability and flexibility.

“BlackBerry QNX and aicas have a long history of serving the automotive industry. We are pleased that aicas is now able to provide the auto industry with a pre-integrated version of their Jamaica frameworks,” said Grant Courville, vice-president of product management and strategy at BlackBerry QNX. “This pre-integration provides the building blocks for innovative in-vehicle systems and cloud connectivity that today’s forward looking automakers need.”

aicas embedded software solutions enable developers to tap into realtime capabilities, including critical applications for connected, semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles. A typical application may feature BlackBerry QNX powered ECU and the aicas Jamaica frameworks together enabling simultaneous management and over-the-air software (OTA) updates.

“Our modular integrations with platforms such as BlackBerry QNX enable developers to bring software-defined functions and services to market faster, and with longer lifetime control and lower total cost of ownership,” said Dr. James J. Hunt, CTO of aicas.

Half of the top 10 automakers rely on aicas’ Java and OSGi standards-based products to enable faster development of intelligent transportation solutions, secure and reliable performance, and flexibility to meet requirements or workloads.

About aicas
aicas provides the embedded software solutions that empower millions of connected devices and vehicles for the largest automotive and industrial companies. Based in Karlsruhe, Germany, aicas serves customers from European and North American offices. For more information visit www.aicas.com

aicas Advances IoT Software Management with Embedded Device Portal

aicas Advances IoT Software Management with Embedded Device Portal

KARLSRUHE, Germany — 20 Feb 2020

aicas GmbH today unveiled JamaicaPortal as a first platform for efficiently managing the software that runs embedded systems in connected, IoT device environments.

“JamaicaPortal simplifies complex IoT system management.  It provides controlled access to the software in each device, enabling each of them to adapt based on knowledge gained from live data analysis, as well as with the latest protection against security threats in dynamic connectivity environments,” said Dr. James J. Hunt, CEO and CTO of aicas GmbH. “Independent of industry, scale, and use case, aicas delivers seamless device and OT system control for high-performance and flexibility, without sacrificing security.”

As the latest product from aicas’ portfolio of JamaicaVM-based technologies, JamaicaPortal includes DevOps tools and concepts within a device software management system for automated and immediate supervision, control, configuration, and management of fully integrated IoT environments. JamaicaPortal brings IT best practices and processes like service, release and deployment management as well as problem and incident management, to embedded software-defined IoT systems.  JamaicaPortal is built with the DNA of aicas’ JamaicaVM, the only Java virtual machine with nearly 20 years’ of proven success supporting realtime, critical IoT, and embedded system requirements. Jamaica-based products enable intelligent connectivity within the software stacks of 20 million automotive, transportation, logistics, and industrial applications that have shipped to customers globally, to-date.

Supported by an online dashboard, JamaicaPortal enables on-the-fly user configurations based on unique requirements, such as load or function, and the ability to set rules-based, automated reconfiguration.  Designed to meet the needs of both small scale environments and enterprise-wide deployments, JamaicaPortal’s modularity enables full hardware, software, and embedded integration regardless of the hardware and operating systems used in an IoT environment.

With JamaicaPortal, software packages can be filtered, and components can be managed individually or as groups, so that only fully-validated code or services can be used for updating critical systems. Further, developers have tools to distribute, manage, and check the applicability of software components, examine runtime behavior, and protect components against corruption without the need for shutting the system down.  The platform provides for scalable, life-cycle management, error diagnostics, and machine learning functions.

To learn more, visit our JamaicaPortal page.

About aicas
aicas embedded software solutions empower millions of connected devices and vehicles for the largest automotive and industrial companies. Founded by technology and academic leaders in Karlsruhe, Germany, aicas serves customers from offices in Europe and North American. For more information visit www.aicas.com

aicas Taps ITEC for Embedded Technology Distribution

aicas Taps ITEC for Embedded Technology Distribution

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY and TEL AVIV — 11 Dec 2019

aicas GmbH today announced a partnership with ITEC, Ltd to support aicas’ delivery of solutions that meet the Israeli tech industry’s demand for embedded tools for developing applications with critical, realtime capabilities.

The partnership enables ITEC to provide rapid access to aicas’ JamaicaVM embedded solution for simplified coding for complex applications. Backed by 30 years’ experience as Israel’s leading development tools supplier, ITEC will provide pre- and post-technical sales support for customers developing applications in a wide range of industries.

“ITEC has remained at the forefront of the fast-developing electronics industry through its commitment to provide forward-looking solutions,” said Dr. James Hunt, co-founder and CEO of aicas GmbH. “We’re excited to have a partner that understands how our software solves the complex development challenges facing the development community.”

ITEC will primarily support the growth of JamaicaVM as an option that reduces development costs and expands application capabilities. The virtual machine and build environment was developed by aicas for coding and running hardware agnostic realtime Java programs for embedded applications.

“ITEC is pleased to add industry leading aicas solutions into our product portfolio,” said Mauri Gottlieb, ITEC Ltd. CEO. “By adding the aicas JamaicaVM to our wide offerings, we are able to deliver additional functionality for our expanding Israeli technology sector in the avionics, defense, automotive, medical and telecommunication markets.”

JamaicaVM has proven reliability as an embedded solution for simple development and management of critical Cloud-based applications. It is optimized for Real-Time Operating Software (RTOS) and provides developers total control of coding with Java resources for application compatibility across Operating Systems and processors.

About aicas
aicas provides the embedded software solutions that empower millions of connected devices and vehicles for the largest automotive and industrial companies. Founded by technology and academic leaders in Karlsruhe, Germany, aicas now serves customers from European and North American offices. For more information visit www.aicas.com

About ITEC Ltd
Itec Ltd. is a leading provider of tools and services to the Israeli Hi-Tech embedded development market. Being in this demanding field for over 30 years we have established excellent contacts and gained invaluable technical experience. Through our highly technical, marketing sales and support team, and based on the collaboration with renowned vendors, we provide best of line offerings to our vast customer base, ranging from Government organizations, through leading hi-tech companies and up to many start-ups. We focus mainly on high-end mission critical applications, where the best tools are required for safety and security, in the fields of Avionics, Medical, Military, Chip design and Automotive.

aicas and ISIT Accelerate Distribution of Embedded Real-Time Technologies

aicas and ISIT Accelerate Distribution of Embedded Real-Time Technologies

Karlsruhe, Germany — 25 Nov 2019

aicas has upgraded its OSGiTM Alliance membership to Principal Member to improve its ability to support the Internet of Things (IoT) initiative in the OSGi Alliance. IoT bridges the gap between Information Technology (OT) and Operational Technology (OT) systems, and the aicas team brings its experience with Realtime JavaTM to the OSGi Alliance and its standards.

The OSGi Alliance is a consortium of technology innovators who collaborate on the advancement of open specifications that enable the management and update of applications and microservices built with Java technology. The framework has become an important element of developing the IoT. The OSGi IoT framework can be enhanced using the semantic extensions and APIs of Realtime Java Technology.

“OSGi has developed into a powerful Java modularization and management environment, and will only become more relevant and more prominent as IoT matures,” said Dr. James J. Hunt, CEO and CTO, aicas GmbH. “As more industries and more things connect, the OSGi Alliance needs to ensure the gaps between realtime programming and dynamic software management are filled. Realtime extensions and resource enforcement based on Realtime Java facilities will help fill that gap”.

As an OSGI Alliance Principal Member, aicas will continue its work extending OSGi with important features for Industry 4.0, including stronger bundle isolation and the ability to provide realtime reliability. Joining current Principal Members Makewave and Thingstream, aicas is now eligible to lead expert groups, committees, and officer positions.

aicas provides embedded software solutions for industrial and vehicle applications. aicas frameworks, such as Jamaica-IoT are based on the OSGi standard as part of simplifying programming for realtime capabilities. Paired with OSGi, aicas solutions enable advanced IoT connectivity and modular execution, such as over-the-air software and firmware updates and secure messaging and connectivity.

“aicas has been a valuable member for the OSGi Alliance and community and we welcome their increased contribution,” said Dan Bandera, president of the OSGi Alliance. “Industry 4.0 is certainly a priority area for OSGi Alliance, and aicas’ expertise in this area will be a great asset along with their participation in our OSGi Expert Groups.”

aicas has contributed to the Alliance for the past year as a Contributing Associate. Community contributions have included testbed demonstrations and thought leadership during OSGi events. aicas contributed during the October 21-24 OSGi Community Event in Germany with a demonstration of technologies and frameworks for dynamic and open realtime systems.

aicas is a long-time contributor to several industry associations and working groups. As a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium and others, aicas’ CEO Hunt led the IST project HIDOORS and the Artemis CHARTER project. Based on this, tools and technology for Java-based safety-critical systems were developed. As an active contributing member to the Java Community Process, Hunt recently submitted an updated Real-Time Specification that was approved by the Java community (JSR-282).

About aicas
aicas provides the embedded software solutions that empower millions of connected devices and vehicles for the largest automotive and industrial companies. Founded in 2001 by technology and academic leaders in Karlsruhe, Germany, aicas now serves customers from European and North American offices. For more information visit www.aicas.com

About OSGi
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