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Intel And Sun Microsystems Collaborate On Java

INTEL AND SUN MICROSYSTEMS COLLABORATE TO ENABLE POWERFUL APPLICATIONS ON JAVA™ MOBILE DEVICES RUNNING INTEL® XSCALE™ TECHNOLOGY BASED PROCESSORS

Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Intel Corporation today announced a collaboration that will enable rich, Java™ technology-enabled audio, visual and multimedia applications to users of mobile devices using Intel® XScale™ technology based processors.

As part of the collaboration, Intel and Sun will optimise Sun’s Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) HotSpot™ Implementation on Intel’s XScale technology based family of processors for mobile devices such as cell phones and PDAs. Sun will then deliver the optimised virtual machines (VM) to leading mobile device manufacturers. Optimisations such as this enable manufacturers to easily integrate Java technology-based software programs onto their devices and help to improve the performance of applications.

“Bringing together Intel’s XScale technology and Sun's CLDC HotSpot Implementation will enable a new wave of mobile applications and innovation within the mobile device segment,” said Hans Geyer, Intel vice president and general manager of the Intel PCA Components Group. “The popularity and prevalence of the Java platform coupled with the high-performance of Intel XScale technology based processors is a powerful combination that will allow mobile application developers to create a compelling array of exciting applications now and in the future.”

“The Intel and Sun collaboration will allow Sun’s optimised Java technology for wireless devices to fully utilise Intel’s XScale technology to provide a significant, high-performance platform to mobile device manufacturers,” said Alan Brenner, vice president of the Sun Microsystems Consumer and Mobile Systems Group. “Java’s momentum in the mobile device
market is creating new opportunities for device manufacturers, applications developers and wireless operators.”

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CLDC HotSpot Implementation is a high-performance virtual machine targeted at mass-market resource-constrained mobile devices such as mobile handsets, pagers, and PDAs. Intel XScale technology based processors, including the Intel PXA255 processor, Intel PXA26x processors, and recently introduced Intel PXA800F cellular processor, provide a power-efficient and high-performance platform for mainstream mobile devices. This collaboration will deliver an optimised platform that will enable rich and powerful Java applications on mobile devices.

Optimisations to Sun's CLDC HotSpot Implementation that take advantage of Intel's XScale technology are expected to be delivered to OEMs in the coming quarter. OEM handsets that incorporate these optimisations are anticipated to become available later this year.* This collaboration will also extend to future optimisations from Sun and Intel.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com.

About Intel
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java, J2ME, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Intel, Intel XScale are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

* Product availability is subject to change without notice.

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