Ericsson announced today that it will license Sun Microsystems' Personal Java language and Java Application Environment for use in its next-generation mobile phones and communication systems.
The Swedish manufacturer of wireless telecommunications equipment plans to use Personal Java -- a small-footprint version of the Java language for non-PC information devices such as phones and pagers -- to enhance the functionality of its upcoming Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA) mobile phones and systems, the company said. Ericsson's upcoming W-CDMA products will allow users to transfer data and multimedia services over wireless networks using special handsets.
Ericsson did not elaborate on how exactly it plans to implement Personal Java or when users can expect to see phones with Java support. However, last week at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany, Ericsson did unveil part of its plans in the mobile data communications arena, including a W-CDMA trial to take place in Japan.
Ericsson isn't the first company to license Java for use in mobile phones. Northern Telecommunications (Nortel), Motorola and others have already jumped on the Java licensing bandwagon and are integrating the language into their mobile communications products. Nortel is coming out with a Java-based mobile phone offering Internet access and specialized content later this year.
Ericsson, in Stockholm, can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.ericsson.com/.