Sun Microsystems? Javasoft unit has acquired Integrity Arts, which provides development tools for building Java-based smartcard software in an attempt to boost its Javacard technology.
The 16-person start-up was established in 1995 and licenses its technology on an OEM basis to smartcard manufacturers. Until the acquisition, Gemplus, a French smartcard manufacturer, had owned a majority stake in the venture.
Integrity Arts supplies development tools to enable programmers to build Java-based operating systems and applications for smartcards and Javasoft is expected to provide the technology to its developers as a means of promoting its Javacard application programming interfaces (APIs).
The Sun division hopes developers will use the tools to write to the Javacard APIs when building Java smartcard packages.
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