Sun Microsystems and Intel will collaborate to promote Java and Intel’s XScale processor technology for mobile devices.
The companies will use Sun’s Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) Hotspot Implementation on Intel’s XScale’s family of processors for mobile devices such as mobile phones and PDAs.
The CLDC HotSpot Implementation is a Virtual Machine targeting mobile devices including mobile handsets and pagers. Intel’s PXA255, PXA26a processors, along with its latest PXA800F cellular processor will provide the platform for the mobile devices.
"On the handset side, there’s a very big demand from the consumer side for some of these multimedia messaging services. On the [enterprise] side, with PDAs in particular, we see a low hanging fruit opportunity to enable the wireless enterprise to make sure that sales forces have access to their data," Intel spokesman Mark Miller said.
In the PDA space, Intel has a strong market presence and one of the strategies will be for Java to make gains in the areas of audio and video multimedia by using Intel’s XScale technologies.
Java continues to lead the handset market while Microsoft’s .net operating system dominates the handheld market.
But one analyst tipped Intel as the winner of the deal with Sun.
"The key for a company like Intel with its XScale architecture is in moving large volumes of units, and right now Intel is doing well in the smartphone segment. But that is a very small segment of the market in terms of total devices that are shipping and selling," said John Jackson, an analyst at The Yankee Group.
With 450 million handsets projected to ship this year, compared with approximately 15 million handhelds, Intel now has access to a much larger market, he added.