DCT Scores with Bigfoot Java Acceleration Technology

1/12/2004 - Digital Communication Technologies (DCTTM), released Amark 1.3 benchmark scores for its Bigfoot Java-acceleration technology. The Amark benchmark tool is the most-utilized J2ME/MIDP benchmark in the mobile phone industry. The Amark suite's thirteen graphical tests provide a comprehensive measure of a device's JavaTM gaming performance.

The benchmark results were obtained using DCT's Bigfoot development platform. The results are compared to scores obtained for popular phone models, such as the Nokia® 7650, running Sun Microsystems' CLDC HotSpot Implementation (HI) on ARM9 processors clocked at 104 MHz. Although there was a wide variance in the individual scores obtained across manufacturers' ARM9 platforms, the baseline Bigfoot implementation delivered an average speed increase of over 10x compared to that achieved by Sun's CLDC HI.

"Since its inception as an interpreted language, a range of solutions have been used in trying to solve the Java execution bottleneck; from dedicated processors, through co-processors, to software JIT solutions," stated Chris Turner, Chief Technology Officer at DCT. "Performance has hit a plateau during the last year with the current state-of-the-art being represented by the likes of the largely orthogonal Jazelle® and JIT technologies. Utilizing software/hardware co-design Bigfoot-for-ARM breaks the established barriers, delivering the performance levels required to keep up with end-user experience expectations."

Bigfoot's design approach enables manufacturers to scale performance, differentiate their solution, and lower power consumption according to their specific design needs, freely leveraging JIT techniques alongside the base Bigfoot hardware acceleration platform. Bigfoot can match the performance of current solutions, such as Sun's CLDC HI, using one-tenth of the power and one-tenth of the memory.

DCT announced the availability of Bigfoot for industry-leading ARM7/9 processors at the 2003 JavaOne Conference in San Francisco and is currently working with mobile phone and baseband manufacturers to bring Bigfoot-enabled products to market. DCT recently joined EEMBC's Java Sub-Committee and plans to publicly announce its Bigfoot GrinderBench score in the near future.

"Java-driven gaming and business applications are the fastest growing segment in the mobile industry," stated Scott Avery, VP of Marketing and Business Development at DCT. "Java is a unique, differentiating technology and Bigfoot-enabled handsets will add value to the entire wireless value chain."

About DCT
Founded in 2000, Digital Communication Technologies develops and markets specialized IP and industry-leading support and development tools for embedded Java 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. ARM and Jazelle are registered trademarks of ARM Ltd. Sun, Sun Microsystems, CLDC HotSpot, Java, and J2ME are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Nokia is a registered trademark of Nokia Corporation.

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