Feeds

Sun and Intel friends for a day

Jintel?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

Several gallons of oil must have been poured over the PR works within Sun Microsystems and Intel as a shared Java announcement was produced Monday.

It's rare to see Sun and Intel team on anything, so the words "Java" and "XScale" flashing out from the same release produced a shock. The deal between the companies will see Sun tune a specialized version of its JVM (Java Virtual Machine) for the XScale processors from Intel used in mobile devices such as phones.

Sun has what it calls the Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) HotSpot Implementation, which is a VM built for handsets, pagers and PDAs. Java does not exactly fly, making a more resource friendly JVM useful on these small devices.

Sun will optimize the code for XScale chips and then send it off to device makers. Products using the combined technology are expected in the coming quarter.

On one hand, Sun has given its longtime partner Texas Instruments a weak slap. TI helps build Sun's UltraSPARC chips and leads the device market. Sun, however, needs to cover its bases and is willing to give the deal with Intel a chance even if it causes some discord among friends.

More surprising though is Sun's readiness to stand side-by-side with Intel ahead of this week's JavaOne conference.

The two companies feuded for some time over porting Sun's Solaris operating system onto Intel's Itanium processor. After a war of words, this effort came to a close. These days, Sun and Intel tend to do little more than bash each others' high end processors.

These disagreements must have been put on hold for a moment as gears greased up and begrudging flacks found a point of collaboration. And so Jintel was born. ®

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup
Just hook us up to more 10Gbps ports, backbone biz yells in tit-for-tat spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.