Sun Microsystems and Qualcomm announce at the JavaOne conference the early-access release of Java Platform Standard Edition 6, or Java SE 6, ported to Qualcomm's Snapdragon ARM-based processor, which the companies said provides accelerated performance on netbooks.
SAN FRANCISCO-Sun Microsystems
announced the early-access release of Java Platform Standard Edition 6
ported to Qualcomm's Snapdragon ARM-based
processor, which provides accelerated performance on smartbooks, aka netbooks,
the two companies said at the JavaOne
conference here on June 4.
The new release "optimizes Java application performance and power
management for Snapdragon-powered smartbooks. A free evaluation copy of this
release is available for download at http://java.sun.com/javase/embedded/,
Sun said in a news release. According to the release:
Sun and Qualcomm worked together for
nearly a year to port a complete, optimized, and standard version of the Java
SE platform onto the Snapdragon platform. Sun's implementation of the Java
Virtual Machine (JVM) has been optimized for Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipsets -
running over 32 times faster than earlier Java SE implementations on ARM-based chipsets.
Company officials said, "The combination of Java SE and the Snapdragon
platform provides a rich Internet and media experience with full Web browsing
capabilities along with day-long battery life and ubiquitous, real-time
connectivity via Wireless Wide-Area Network (WWAN), Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth
technology. On this platform, Java technology will deliver thousands of personal
productivity, social graph and entertainment applications optimized for great
performance on Snapdragon."
"We are very pleased to have reached this milestone release," Eric
Klein, vice president of Java Software Marketing at Sun, said in a statement.
"Delivering an optimized Java SE release for this exciting new Qualcomm
hardware platform enables customers, developers and OEM partners to leverage
the power of Java and JavaFX software on smartbooks, enjoying consistent access
to their Java software content and applications they use at work and at home.
This release also demonstrates Sun's commitment to custom engineering services
that provide partners like Qualcomm with quality solutions and rapid time to
"Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform is enabling a new class of devices that
fundamentally redefine mobility, and by offering the Java SE platform on our
Snapdragon products, our OEM partners are in a better position to deliver a
compelling and consistent Java user experience on these smartbooks," said
Rob Chandhok, vice president of software strategy for Qualcomm CDMA
Technologies. "As Java technology is used throughout social networking, media
and merchandising sites, we believe that a full Java SE port is an important
factor in delivering on our vision for smartbooks."
According to Qualcomm and Sun, "Smartbooks are a new class of devices
that bridge the functional divide between smartphones and laptops, delivering
the best aspects of a smartphone experience on a larger-display form-factor.
Constantly connected via 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS,
smartbooks are ultraportable, personalizable [and] easy to use, and last all
day on a single battery charge. Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform has a unique
combination of capabilities that makes it exceptionally competitive in the
smartbook category, which is redefining mobility for consumers at productivity