6/12/2003 - Digital Communication Technologies (DCTTM) announced at the 2003 JavaOne Conference in San Francisco the availability of their Bigfoot Java Acceleration technology for industry-leading ARM®7/9 processors. Bigfoot enables the design of wireless handsets that can realize the full potential of Java-driven applications by overcoming the issues that continue to plague handset designs: poor performance, long load times for application content, and large memory requirements.
Unlike the current solutions available, Bigfoot provides a combined hardware and software approach that delivers exceptional performance, faster load times and more efficient use of static and dynamic memory. Bigfoot provides a scalable architecture with an entry-level benchmark of 10.8 CM/MHz, which is 3 to 5 times faster than Java solutions currently utilized. DCT will soon announce the availability of Bigfoot's benchmark from EEMBC.
"2002 saw the first silicon implementation of Bigfoot in a Fujitsu application-specific standard product. With an implementation overhead of less than 5,000 gates, that device clearly demonstrated the size and power efficiency of our approach," stated Chris Turner, Chief Technology Officer at DCT. "During 2003, we have focused on ARM-based handset solutions; the efficiency of the ARM ISA has allowed us to extend Bigfoot's performance. Our approach can be applied to most 32-bit RISC architectures including: XScaleTM, StrongARM® and MIPS®."
"Bigfoot's non-evasive approach is transparent to the system architecture and integrates seamlessly with existing operating systems, system code and tools," stated Matt Kubiczek, Chief Architect at DCT. "This will significantly reduce OEMs time to market and implementation cost as compared to other Java acceleration technologies."
"The company is in an excellent position to offer baseband chipset makers the best solution in the world on a cost per performance per memory footprint ratio," said Sean Marzola, President and CEO at DCT. "We are in advanced discussions with several customers and are looking forward to seeing Bigfoot-based products come to market during 2004. They have been waiting for the ideal Java solution and DCT is providing it. We anticipate forming strategic partnerships with Java technology providers so that our customers can leverage the benefits of Bigfoot in any system solution."
Network operators have spent the last several years upgrading their networks with next generation equipment to handle the growing use of revenue generating services such as wireless gaming and business-related applications. Many analysts predict that 2003 with be "a breakout year" for handsets enabled with Java. Strategy Analytics recently forecast that downloadable games will be the fastest-growing consumer application in the world generating $2 billion dollars in revenue by the end of 2003, while the ARC Group forecast that by 2006 virtually all handsets will utilize Java.
"There is no better vehicle for delivering application content to wireless handsets than Java. Bigfoot will benefit the entire wireless value chain from handset manufactures to service providers," stated Scott Avery, VP of Marketing & Business Development at DCT. "The overall effect will provide consumers with an enhanced user experience and a countless number of applications and services enabled by Java."
Founded in 2000, Digital Communication Technologies develops and markets specialized IP and industry-leading support and development tools for embedded JavaTM applications. DCT's innovative hardware architectures and run-time software environments offer exceptional code density through the use of innovative proprietary techniques to speed and simplify Java and C mixed-language execution.
Bigfoot, Digital Communication Technologies, Ltd., DCT, and the DCT logo and combinations thereof are trademarks, and others contained herein are trademarks, of Digital Communication Technologies, Ltd. XScale is a trademark of Intel Corp. ARM and StrongARM are registered trademarks of ARM Ltd. MIPS is a registered trademark of MIPS Technologies, Inc.
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