Sun Microsystems is to buy embedded systems specialist Chorus Systems of France, to form the basis of a division focusing on non-computer Java devices.
Sun will integrate Chorus' operating system microkernel technology, which is currently used mainly in communications devices, into the JavaOS.
Following completion of the deal, Chorus will become part of the new Embedded Systems Software group, which will market lightweight, non-PC Java appliances.
According to Sun, this group will focus on producing open systems software solutions for the embedded market, using the JavaOS, but adding to it components of Chorus' applications to increase availibility and reliability.
"Our objective is to make it possible for anyone, from anywhere, at any time, with any device, to connect to the Internet's Webtone - the twenty first century equivalent of today's dialtone," said Janpieter Scheerder, president of Sun's software division, Sunsoft.
The group plans to develop new products, or control software for third party products, including telecommunications switches, consumer electronic devices and manufacturing equipment.
No financial details of the deal were disclosed. Chorus Systems' revenue last year exceeded $10 million.
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