Tokyo, April 5, 2000 -- Fujitsu Limited today announced that it is
releasing a complete Java solution for the high volume network
appliance market that features Fujitsu's microprocessor implementing
the picoJava-II(TM) core architecture and Fujitsu's J-StarterKit for
the picoJava-II architecture, a reference board that provides much
faster development, debugging, and deployment. The solution also
includes a software package that contains the popular JTRON-based,
real-time OS (RTOS) that is integrated with Sun Microsystems'
PersonalJava(TM) and EmbeddedJava(TM) technologies. This solution
will be available from June 1, 2000.
The high-performance, direct execution of Java byte codes in silicon,
combined with the real-time software environment, will accelerate
the expansion of Java(TM) technologies into various embedded fields.
These include the emerging networked appliance markets, including
smart handheld devices, communications markets, home and office
equipment and auto navigation systems. These Java-based silicon
and software solutions are powering Fujitsu's "Everything on the
Internet"strategy by seeding devices for ubiquitous connectivity.
"Fujitsu's picoJava based product announcements point to the
continued growth of Java technology in the embedded marketplace.
An accelerator engine built around the picoJava processor core, and
the release of their JTRON real-time OS software developments will
further enhance users' ability to communicate in small, networked
devices," said Fadi Azhari, group marketing manager,
Microelectronics, Sun Microsystems.
"We are excited to have a major semiconductor company like Fujitsu
develop compatible implementations of the Java platform optimized
for the picoJava-II architecture,"said Curtis Sasaki, director of
product marketing, Software Products and Platforms, Sun Microsystems.
"The integrated hardware and real-time software solution will allow
developers to quickly get development projects going, leading to
faster deployments of real products."
The JTRON real-time OS is based on the TMITRON OS kernel that is
popular in Japanese consumer electronics, combined with the Personal
Java or EmbeddedJava environments. Fujitsu has ported JTRON real-time
OS to the picoJava-II core, as well as undertaken the development of
a Java virtual machine (JVM)TM implementation in cooperation with
Fujitsu Laboratories and under the authority of Sun Microsystems.
This is due to the direct execution nature of the picoJava
architecture, in that the Java virtual machine is still required but
in a different form. Included in the software package is middleware
for networking, graphics and storage systems.
In embedded fields, developers need the assurance of hard real-time
response times in the operating system and also desire to utilize the
Java platform's advantages in ease of development and time to market.
But until now, there was no way to guarantee real-time response times
with an interpreter. The JTRON real-time software platform came out
of requests from the embedded markets, and JTRON-based RTOSes are
rapidly being deployed in consumer appliances.
Fujitsu's Java solutions based on the picoJava-II core offer high-
speed execution of Java byte codes. Directly executing Java byte
codes requires less power and memory, and executes at a faster rate
than implementations using compiler or interpreter technologies.
The reduced memory footprint of Java-based chip implementations are
especially useful for portable devices where power consumption and
form factor considerations are critical.
Fujitsu's Java-based chip and evaluation board "J-StarterKit for the
picoJava-II architecture"with JTRON support package is available
for PersonalJava or EmbeddedJava technologies. Also, Fujitsu is one
of the first chip vendors to have a sub-license right for Personal
Java and EmbeddedJava technologies.
These systems will provide connectivity to embedded markets with
real-time operation and high speed, small footprint execution.
Fujitsu's picoJava-based solutions are assisting in creating totally
new applications for the emerging networked appliance markets which
are being built on Java technology foundations.
* Java, PersonalJava, EmbeddedJava and picoJava are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States
and other countries. Sun Microelectronics has disclosed the picoJava
technology under Sun Community Source License (SCSL) since March 1999.
All other company/product names mentioned may be trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective holders and are used for
identification purpose only.
About Fujitsu Limited
Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) is a leading provider of comprehensive
information technology and network solutions for the global
marketplace. Comprising over 500 group companies and affiliates
worldwide -- including ICL, Amdahl and DMR Consulting Group -- the
Fujitsu Group had consolidated revenues of 5.24 trillion yen
($43.3 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 1999. With world-
class hardware and software technology in computers,
telecommunications and microelectronics, and a corps of 55,000
systems and services experts around the world, Fujitsu is uniquely
positioned to harness the power of the network to help its customers
succeed. Altogether, the Fujitsu Group has 188,000 employees and
operations in over 100 countries.