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Sun Microsystems and ARM To Deliver High-Performance, Pre-Integrated Java Solutions For Mobile Devices

07 September 2004

Long-term collaboration to integrate mobile Java solutions will enhance performance and reduce resource requirements and cost of deployment

Santa Clara, CA and Cambridge, UK – Sept. 7, 2004 – Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], today announced a long-term collaboration to integrate and distribute optimized Java™ solutions for mobile devices.  The integration of software and hardware optimizations will enhance the end-user mobile experience by significantly boosting computing power behind mobile Java applications.

Sun and ARM will also streamline access to the integrated product by establishing one single distribution source through Sun, thereby improving integration efficiency and reducing time-to-market for handset manufacturers and carriers.  The integrated product will be distributed by Sun; commercial deployment of the integrated product will be subject to the separate licensing terms of Sun and ARM respectively.

ARM and Sun will jointly optimize and integrate software that enables the widely deployed ARM® Jazelle® hardware acceleration technology into Sun’s Connected Limited Device Configuration HotSpot™ Implementation (CLDC HI), a market-leading optimized Java Virtual Machine for resource-constrained mobile devices. The integrated product is expected to increase application execution speed and reduce application startup time by up to 50% compared to the current version of CLDC HI; other enhancements will enable increased efficiency in power and memory consumption.  These new enhancements will help reduce costs for handset manufacturers and carriers while providing a better mobile experience to consumers running applications such as video streaming, multi-player and advanced imaging applications.

“Java technology continues to drive adoption of mobile data services, and is expected to reach 1.5 billion consumers by 2007,” said Alan Brenner, vice president, Consumer and Mobile Systems Group of Sun Microsystems.  “Through our collaboration with ARM, handset manufacturers and carriers will not only benefit from a high-performance, pre-tuned Java implementation that is supported by both Sun and ARM, but will also gain from significantly increased efficiency and reduced cost and complexity in integrating and deploying Java technology-enabled mobile handsets.” 

Jazelle hardware acceleration technology is an integral part of the ARM portfolio of application processor designs. This latest agreement with Sun continues the rapid expansion in support for Jazelle hardware, and will contribute to bringing significant performance enhancements to the large number of Sun CLDC-HI licensees.

“We are seeing extremely high, worldwide deployment of Jazelle technology-enabled cores, leading to a significant increase in Java performance on a wide range of embedded devices,” said Mike Inglis, executive vice president of Marketing, ARM. “By integrating optimized hardware and software for mobile Java devices, we are improving users’ experiences while increasing return on investment for handset manufacturers and network operators.”

Sun’s CLDC HI customers will be able to integrate, test, and benchmark the integrated product with Jazelle capabilities out of the box. Handset manufacturers and carriers can choose to deploy a software-only solution using CLDC HI alone, or an integrated solution combining CLDC HI and Jazelle technologies.

Sun plans to ship CLDC HI integrated with Jazelle technology-enabling software in Q4 of 2004.

About Sun Microsystems
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- “The Network Is The Computer” -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com

About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, peripherals, software and tools, combined with the company's broad Partner community, provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.

ENDS

ARM and Jazelle are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. ARM926EJ and ARM1136EJ-S are trademarks of ARM Limited.  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, and J2ME are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.  All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. “ARM” is used to represent ARM Holdings plc [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)]; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; and ARM Belgium N.V.

 

PRESS CONTACTS:

Sun Microsystems
Rebecca Lui
Telephone: +1 408 276 5292
E-mail: rebecca.lui@sun.com

ARM
Michelle Spencer
Telephone: +44 (0)1628 427780
E-mail: michelle.spencer@arm.com





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