Although Sony has yet to disclose its exact plans for using the language, sources say the Tokyo-based consumer electronics behemoth is interested in integrating Java into set-top boxes and TVs to create an interactive system that connects users to the Web.
The announcement comes roughly one week after Hewlett Packardlaunched a competitive campaign against Sun by creating a lightweight Java virtual machine for use in consumer devices and embedded systems.
Terms of the Sony deal where not announced; however, the license is believed to include per-unit royalty payments.
The announcement is the latest in a string of recent successes for Sun in taking Java into more mainstream devices. Earlier this year,