Sun Increases Java Options for Embedded Market

Sun Microsystems the immediate availability of two key Java technologies for the embedded market. The first is the completion of the Java platform for Linux, which provides embedded application developers access to the entire Java platform for use on the Linux operating system. In the second, Sun announced availability of the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) for VxWorks, Wind River System's popular realtime operating system.

The announcement signals that the entire Java platform is now available for the Linux operating system. The Java platform includes the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE); the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) and the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME).

The J2ME platform is a collection of software development technologies that are aimed at the growing consumer and embedded market. J2ME is targeted at a wide range of consumer products, including pagers, wireless phones, screenphones, digital set top boxes and car navigation systems. J2ME on Linux includes the availability of two configurations, the Connected Device Configuration (CDC) and Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC). Each targets consumer devices with varying memory footprints. CDC is used in devices with larger memory footprints (2MB+), such as digital television set-top boxes, residential gateways, screenphones, and advanced mobile communicators. CLDC targets smaller footprint devices (512 KB - 2MB), such as mobile phones and, two-way pagers, and other devices.

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