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Release: Sept. 17, 1999
aJile Systems to affiliate with UI Technology Innovation
IOWA CITY, Iowa The Board of Regents, State
of Iowa has approved a lease that will enable the technology start-up company
aJile Systems, Inc. to become the latest corporate affiliate of the University
of Iowa Technology Innovation Center (TIC) on the Oakdale Research Campus
aJile Systems, incorporated in July 1999, is a semiconductor
design company specializing in hardware and software support for the JavaÔ
programming language. It will use the space to develop custom integrated circuits
that enable JavaÔ for use in low power embedded computer systems such
as those found in hand-held devices.
JavaÔ , a computer language developed by Sun
Microsystems, is widely used in industry and academia. Java technologies are
particularly attractive for networked applications, so increasing Java's ease-of-use
and efficiency in low cost consumer products will make it easier for manufacturers
to provide more advanced capabilities in network devices such as cellular
These new features might include the ability to remotely
upgrade telephone features, purchase theater tickets, and find the nearest
"To date, it has been very difficult to apply JavaÔ
technology to low-power, real-time embedded systems. aJile has the technology
to overcome the traditional barriers and provide an efficient and complete
solution," said Nick Mykris, vice president of engineering at aJile.
The founders of aJile Systems have diverse commercial
and academic backgrounds. aJile's CEO, George Hwang, was a founder of both
IDT (Integrated Device Technology), Inc. and ULSI (Ultra Large Scale Integration)
System Technology, Inc. in Silicon Valley.
Another co-founder, Dr. Balkrishna Ramkumar, was a
faculty member in the UI department of electrical and computer engineering
from 1992 to 1997. The remaining co-founders of aJile were members of a development
team at Rockwell Collins, Inc. that developed JEMÔ , the world's first
direct execution JavaÔ microprocessor.
aJile Systems' lease of office space in the Technology
Innovation Center at Oakdale is effective Oct. 1.
One of the University's technology transfer programs,
the TIC was established in 1984 to nurture new technology-based business ventures
and to encourage those companies to establish relationships with the UI.
With the addition of aJile, the TIC will have 16 tenant
companies. Some 12 TIC "graduate" firms remain in business after leaving the
For additional information, contact Nick Mykris at
(319) 335-4596 or Tom Bauer, associate director of the TIC, at (319) 335-4067.