Making Java Apps Zippier

BOSTON (06/02/2000) - Among the technologies on display at the JavaOne event next week will be system-level products designed to speed Java applications running on assorted mobile and specialized network devices. Here is a sampling:

A new Lucent Technologies Inc. -funded start-up, called SavaJe Technologies Inc., has created an operating system called Jscream that's written in C but is designed to run Java programs on devices using ARM or StrongARM microprocessors. This approach eliminates several layers of software, enabling applications to run faster, says Matthew Catino, president of SavaJe. Jscream uses the full-featured Java 2 Micro Edition Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

Another start-up, Zucotto Systems of San Diego, has taken this a step further, designing a Java microprocessor to run wireless applications. Company CEO Mark Wells claims applications can run 20 to 40 times faster on its chip than on a software-based JVM. The Expresso Board will be available later this month for use in cell phones and assorted devices using the Bluetooth wireless technology.

Websprocket will unveil VMFoundry, software that enables users to run Java applications on ARM- and StrongARM-based devices such as cell phones without the need for a Java Virtual Machine. The company has created an open-source version of Java, called Jemini, specifically designed to support such applications.

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