April 19, 2002 – Metrowerks is shipping a new set of tools that enables application development for the Tao Group’s portable media platform for consumer appliances, called intent.
Metrowerks, a Motorola subsidiary, said CodeWarrior Development Tools for intent lets developers create and deploy content and applications for a multitude of media devices — such as set-top boxes, PDAs, mobile phones, VCRs, DVDs, and digital cameras — with little porting.
CodeWarrior Development Tools for intent is the first full-featured, integrated development environment for intent, according to Metrowerks. The toolset allows for “pre-platform” applications development, where developers can begin creating applications before the device is ready. Once hardware engineering is complete, the code base can then be moved to the prototype device. This makes it possible for software and hardware development to proceed concurrently. The toolset supports intent, Java Technology Edition, a Sun Authorized Java-compliant and branded engine that runs real-world, rich multimedia Java content in very small footprints.
“CodeWarrior is the most advanced toolset for wireless platform and content development,” said Francis Charig, executive chairman at the Tao Group. “With this announcement Metrowerks is enabling developers to target the intent platform and take advantage of its many benefits including best-in-class graphics and audio combined with a binary portable code base, multi-language, multi-operating system and multiprocessor support.”
The intent Media Platform is included with the CodeWarrior tools. Hosted on Microsoft Windows 98/NT/2000 platforms, the toolset supports C, C++, the Java language, and Tao Group’s proprietary Virtual Processor (VP) assembly language.
“Our CodeWarrior tools for intent are an important addition to Metrowerks’ family of platform development tools for wireless devices,” said John Smolucha, vice president of marketing for Metrowerks. “It takes us one step further into fulfilling our vision of providing developers with tools to create the products that change the world.”
Tao’s intent provides a portable framework that allows developers to easily create multimedia content, such as advanced video games, that run on connected digital appliances, even low-end client devices. The intent suite is available as a binary portable content engine on Windows, Pocket PC, Microsoft Smartphone, Linux, embedded Linux, iTRON, Symbian OS, and VxWorks.
CodeWarrior Development Tools for intent Media Platform, Java Technology Edition, is available today for Intel processors. The product can be purchased directly at a cost of US$4,995 per license.