High-tech trio scoop Smart win

High-tech trio scoop Smart win
Richard Ball Three high-tech London companies have won Smart awards to help in the development of a Java processor, a high density memory and an intellectual property security tool. Digital Communication Technologies, based in Kingston-upon-Thames, has won a ?45,000 Department of Trade and Industry award to aid development of its Java processor, codenamed Lightfoot. “We’re aiming to license it to semiconductor companies,” said managing director Chris Turner. “We’re going to exploit it along the ARM-type model.” Using just 75,000 transistors, the Java processor is aimed squarely at the embedded market, particularly where network interfaces are needed. “It’s different from Sun – its Java core uses four million transistors,” said Turner. The second award for ?43,000 is to Dynamic Material Development, a spin-off from Brunel University, to develop a high density memory. “Our device uses a special metal alloy that changes structure when heated,” said company director Tony Anson. The two states of the alloy are used to represent digital data. “In theory, the storage capacity and access times of our new system may be more than 100 times greater than existing computer storage systems,” said Anson. Without the Smart award, said Anson, the technology will not be developed in time to be commercially viable. Lastly, Ladbroke Grove company Datamark has received ?53,000 for its project to secure intellectual property on the Internet.


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