Cambridge, MA--May 17--Natural Intelligence Inc. (Cambridge, MA) has licensed its Roaster virtual machine, "just-in-time" (JIT) compilation, and other technologies for Java to Apple Computer Inc. (Cupertino, CA) for use in the Macintosh operating system.
The Java virtual machine (VM) interprets Java byte code (i.e. low-level code) into machine code that executes on specific platforms. Apple is licensing Natural Intelligence's own implementation of the Java VM as part of its strategy to bring Java implementation to theMac OS. Apple expects to integrate portions of the Roaster VM and other Natural Intelligence technologies into the virtual machine that Apple has licensed from JavaSoft to create a Mac OS Java virtual machine.
The Roaster VM, so called because it is a core component of NaturalIntelligence's Roaster product line of development tools for Java, isMacintosh-specific. Natural Intelligence is also licensing its "just-in-time" compilation technology, which provides considerable speed gains for interpreting and compiling Java code.
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