FRAMINGHAM (07/11/2000) - Insignia Solutions Inc. and Informix Corp. are working to tie together a Java Virtual Machine with a database for mobile applications.
The combination will let applications on embedded systems or handheld devices store and manage data, working invisibly to end users. These minidatabases can then be synchronized with enterprise databases.
Today, many handheld devices can only temporarily hold some data in memory, without being able to share it among different applications, query or update it.
Insignia offers Jeode, an embedded Java Virtual Machine, based on Sun's PersonalJava and EmbeddedJava specifications. Informix offers Cloudscape, a small, all-Java, object-relational database. The companies are making changes to both products to ensure they'll work together smoothly.
The software combination will act as the underlying data management framework for such things as mobile shopper appliances or independent Point-of-Sale systems for the retail industry. The partners did not say when their joint development work would be completed.