Sun's Microelectronics division is developing an add-in card that enables Wintel PCs to run Java applications.
Although few of these applications yet exist, the card, codenamed Javablaster, will be available by the end of the year, according to the division's chairman Chet Silvestri. It will enable PCs to run Java software significantly faster than they can now, said Sun, but it would not put a figure on this performance hike.
The card will include the Java Virtual Machine and Sun's picoJava processor. It will be priced below $200 and support either PCI or ISA buses.
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