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Release: Sept. 17, 1999

aJile Systems to affiliate with UI Technology Innovation Center

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 in Coralville.

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 phones.

These new features might include the ability to remotely upgrade telephone features, purchase theater tickets, and find the nearest gas station.

"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 incubator.

For additional information, contact Nick Mykris at (319) 335-4596 or Tom Bauer, associate director of the TIC, at (319) 335-4067.