Sun's McNealy demos Java smart card chip

Sun’s McNealy demos Java smart card chip
Tom Foremski
Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy demonstrated a “smart ring” one of the first applications for embedded Java processors during the ground-breaking ceremony for Sun’s new $200m East coast campus. The ring uses the processor to transmit data to other devices and McNealy said it could be used to open car doors, and start the car.
McNealy explained that the ring uses smart card technology and a special version of Java written for smart card applications. Sun is trying to promote the use of Java in smart card applications and says that major smart card chip firms are supporting the use of Java. However, there are still virtually no commercial applications and Sun’s embedded Java chip strategy is dependent on major chip makers producing chips with on-chip Java processors.

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