Munich, Germany--July 22, 1997--Sun Microsystems (Mountain View, Calif.) microelectronics group and Siemens Semiconductors (Cupertino, Calif.), a group of Siemens AG, have signed an agreement to license Java technology toSiemens to produce a new generation of smart card chips that accelerate the execution of the Java Card Instruction Set.
These new chips, based on Sun's Java technology, are expected to be used in a variety of smart card applications including banking, electronic commerce, mobile communications, and healthcare. One card has the potential of allowing consumers access to their bank accounts, loyalty programs, even access to the Internet.
Siemens' new chip platform will be based on its recently introduced Triple E line, SLE66CXXs. The 16-bit core will offer a bilingual instruction set for 8051 as well as Java code, and will be optimized to directly execute Java applications on the industry standard Java Card platform. The product is expected to be available in volume quantities by mid-1998.
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