HP drops JVM in embedded move

HP drops JVM in embedded move
Tom Foremski Hewlett-Packard (HP) is reported to have dropped its development of a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) clone for embedded systems. HP now says that it’s in talks with Sun Microsystems about licensing the EmbeddedJava and PersonalJava JVM technologies to produce a virtual machine for use in its printers and other products. The company announced its JVM clone in mid-March, saying that its own JVM took up less memory than Sun’s JVM and was a “clean room” clone. Senior Sun officials at the recent JavaOne conference responded by saying that it is not possible to produce a JVM without violating Sun’s intellectual property rights, and those of hundreds of other companies that have contributed to Java. At JavaOne, JavaSoft president Alan Baratz, said that he offered HP a free license for EmbeddedJava but that HP officials turned him down and said they were unhappy about how Sun was managing the international standards process for Java. Microsoft has licensed HP’s JVM, but the status of that licensing agreement is unclear if HP comes to an agreement with Sun. Microsoft plans to use HP’s JVM in its Windows CE operating system for embedded systems applications.


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