Japanese consumer electronics giant Matsushita is licensing Sun?s PersonalJava specification, and will work with Sun on extending it for use with digital televisions.
However, the firm is keeping its options open and has already licensed Microsoft?s Windows CE operating system, while developing an embedded operating system of its own, called PieOS.
Matsushita, which is better known under its chief brand name, Panasonic, is considering using PersonalJava in its next-generation of consumer appliances, ranging from digital televisions to refrigerators, said Paul Liao, Panasonic Technologies? president.
But he added that much depended on which technology was used would depend on the way developing Digital Television (DTV) standards moved.
In the summer, Matsushita signed with Microsoft to integrate PC and DTV, and licensed Windows CE for use in future products. It also promised to ship WebTV systems in Japan.
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