SavaJe readies Java-based OS for info appliances

While much of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s focus at its JavaOne developer conference this week was on the Java 2 Micro Edition, one Sun partner is using a different version of the language for information appliances.

While much of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s focus at its JavaOne developer conference this week was on the Java 2 Micro Edition, one Sun partner is using a different version of the language for information appliances

SavaJe Technologies Inc. this week released the public beta version of SavaJe XE, a new operating system for information appliances that supports the Java 2 Standard Edition.

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George Grey, CEO of SavaJe, said that by supporting the higher-end J2SE specifications, users get end-to-end security, full Java graphics and access to back-end systems.

"J2ME is very good for small devices like mobile phones, but J2SE provides you with much more functionality," said Grey, in Chelmsford, Mass.

SavaJe is targeting the operating system at manufactures of information appliances and enterprises looking to deploy desktop-class applications on mobile devices, Grey said. Among the devices are smart phones, personal digital assistants, Web tablets and set-top boxes.

"Mobile enterprises are looking to benefit from wireless technology but don't have a way today to easily deploy full Java on small wireless devices," said Grey.

The operating system allows users to run desktop applications on various appliances, initially the Compaq iPaq and Psion NetBook.

SavaJe XE is a 32-bit multitasking and multithreaded operating system, and it currently supports 32-bit StrongARM-based appliances with a minimum of 190MHz processor speed, 12MB of non-volatile memory and 32MB of RAM.

The operating system contains all of the mandatory J2SE libraries and allows for faster execution of Java applications because it eliminates the translation layer.

The public beta is available for download at www.savaje.com. The full release is scheduled for Sept. 23.