IBM is currently working ion a PowerPC 603e version that will support PersonalJava
to upgrade from the current PowerPC 403 version, that does not support Java.
The product provides complete support for the PersonalJava
The two firms have signed a memorandum of understanding to use the language in 'network-aware digital consumer electronics.' Initially, Matsushita will license PersonalJava
and the two firms will work together on a Java application programming interface (API) and its adaptation to a Java digital television (DTV) platform.
Aside from the desktop environment, the idea, says John McFarlane, president of Sun's Solaris software unit, is for Sun and AOL-Netscape to develop thin versions of the AOL service for small footprint consumer devices, such as pagers and phones using the PersonalJava
platform as a base.
The processor is called mj 501 and runs at 100MHz supporting PersonalJava
Additions include a new graphics portfolio, improved file system support, PersonalJava
for VxWorks, and the SENS 2 networking stack.