Embedded Java Penetrates Consumer and Mobile Devices

9/23/2003 - Java's success in embedded systems is now all but assured, especially in consumer and handheld devices. "We are at an inflection point where most mid-range and high-end mobile phones include an application environment. That environment is overwhelmingly Java based," said Chris Lanfear, Manager of VDC's Embedded Software Research Group.

Java phones, PDAs and other handheld devices have spread from the Asia-Pacific market where they achieve early traction to both Europe and North America. VDC expects over 74 million Java-based devices to be sold in 2003, with most of those being mobile phones. However Java is seeing interest outside the mobile and consumer markets. Office automation and retail automation are starting to see increasing shipments, while significant research and development is ongoing in automotive telematics and even military applications.

"Like all over-hyped embedded technologies, it has taken longer than expected to see wide spread acceptance of Java," said VDC's Lanfear. "However, the momentum is now there and consumers, OEMs and service providers are embracing Java as a mainstream technology."

VDC's research details the strategies of some of the key technology suppliers including long time Java players Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW), Aplix, and IBM (NYSE: IBM). There are also a number of smaller companies that are starting to emerge including esmertec, NewMonics, and Kada Systems.

Report Availability
VDC's new study is entitled, "Java in Embedded Systems." Findings are based on surveys mailed and e-mailed to developers of embedded systems; interviews of engineers, product managers, vice presidents and CEOs at leading software vendors and equipment manufacturers; and extensive secondary research. The report contains dollar volume and unit forecasts for Java virtual machines in embedded applications through 2007, as well as extensive developer and licensee data.

About Venture Development Corporation
Venture Development Corporation (VDC) is a leading provider of market research and consulting services to the embedded systems community, with over 15 years of experience in this area. As part of VDC's Embedded Software Strategic Market Intelligence Program, the firm recently published groundbreaking reports on Vertical Markets and Applications Analysis, Internet Enabling Applications and Middleware, Embedded Operating Systems, Software Development Tools, and Systems Design Automation Tools. Other reports on the embedded marketplace include the World Market for Merchant Computer Boards in Real-Time and Embedded Applications. VDC also published Linux's Future in the Embedded Systems Market and Windows in Embedded Systems in April 2002. VDC offers a significant body of market research reports on embedded systems as part of its ongoing Embedded Systems Market Research Program. For more information, please contact Chris Lanfear at 508-653-9000 x145, or Marc Regberg at 508-653-9000 x 111.

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