Motorola and Sun Microsystems Monday
announced that Motorola has licensed Sun's full family of Java platform
technologies for use in systems as well as semiconductor products.
Under the agreement, the two companies plan to work together to bring
Motorola's embedded and communications technologies to the Java
"Java has been widely accepted by various industries, our software
development partners, but most importantly our customers as an open
software solution," said Chris Galvin, Motorola's chief executive officer.
"When you couple Java's 'Write Once, Run Anywhere' attribute, which can
be employed throughout Motorola's independent business units, with its
potential to be used in the widest range of complex to the simplest of
embedded silicon solutions and telecom applications, Java is a sought after
alternative for us and our customer partners."
Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola said it now has the opportunity to
incorporate Sun's Java technology across its entire portfolio of products,
including silicon systems and IC solutions, smart cards, automotive
components, wireless devices, and advanced electronics systems and
The agreement is the largest licensing pact in the history of the Java platform,
said Scott McNealy, chairman, president, and CEO of Sun Microsystems.
"Motorola ships many tens of millions of embedded silicon solutions and
radio products a year worldwide as the market leader in various industries,"
McNealy said. "We look forward to seeing Java technologies in as many of
those products as possible."