Toshiba, Sun to team up on small devices

A subsidiary of Japanese electronics maker Toshiba will collaborate with Sun Microsystems to build a new software and microprocessor platform that will run applications for mobile devices, set-top boxes and networked equipment.

A subsidiary of Japanese electronics maker Toshiba will collaborate with Sun Microsystems to build a new software and microprocessor platform that will run applications for mobile devices, set-top boxes and networked equipment.

The platform will initially be built on 32-bit, 129MHz RISC chips from Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) and Sun's PersonalJava and ChorusOS software, according to a Toshiba statement.

Sun released the final version of PersonalJava in January of last year and has been aggressively pushing the software platform to a number of Japanese vendors, including Sony , NTT Mobile Communications Network, and Matsushita Electric, the maker of National brand products.

ChorusOS is widely used in the telecommunications industry, according to the release.

Toshiba for its part has been looking for new ways to revitalise its chip business after posting a $US115 million loss for the year ending March 31.

Toshiba will show aspects of the development platform for PersonalJava technology/ChorusOS applications at JavaOne, Sun Microsystems' Java developer conference. The conference runs through this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.8

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