Sun buys startup with hot Java VM technology

Sun Microsystems has acquired a startup called LongView Technologies, which develops technology it claims doubles the performance speed of Java applets. Sun will make the technology available to all JavaSoft licensees.

Sun Microsystems has acquired a startup called LongView Technologies, which develops technology aimed at improving Java performance.

Financial terms and details concerning exactly how Sun will incorporate technology from LongView are not yet available. Sun officials say the acquisition will focus on Java performance, but that LongView does not develop a just-in-time compiler.

"The performance will be a significant improvement over current technology from any source," according to a JavaSoft official. Officials indicate they expect at least a doubling of speed.

Palo Alto, California-based LongView develops a virtual machine technology called HotSpot which the company claims doubles the performance speed of Java applets. HotSpot works with Java virtual machines (the run-time engine that allows Java applets to run on browsers and operating systems across any platform) to make Java applets run more efficiently and quickly, according to LongView.

The LongView technology, which will be integrated into the Java virtual machine will be available to all JavaSoft licensees, according to a JavaSoft official.

LongView's seven employees will immediately join the engineering staff at Sun's JavaSoft division.

Sun plans to detail its plans for LongView's technologies at its 1997 Worldwide Java Developer Conference which will take place in San Francisco on April 2-4.

LongView, which is also known as Animorphic Systems, can be reached at http://www.animorphic.com/.

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