ALCATEL, SUN IN SOFTWARE PACT FOR CONSUMER NET DEVICES.
Alcatel and Sun Microsystems Inc this week announced plans to work
together to develop software for consumer internet devices. The two
companies said the partnership was based on their desire to
"stimulate the market for internet appliances," and as part of
the alliance Sun said it was supporting Alcatel with the launch of its
first Java-based screen phone next year. Karen Peck, director of
marketing for Alcatel said the two companies had worked together to
develop a customized implementation of a full suite of Java technologies
based on Sun's JavaOS for Consumers. The product provides complete
support for the PersonalJava API as well as an integrated Java browser
development now and going forward, but not on the hardware side."
she said. She added that the two would work together on future versions
of the screen phone.