Pericom Software will today launch what it claims is the first suite of terminal emulators which meet the 100% Pure Java specification.
The suite, called teemworld is based on Pericom's teemtalk for Windows and Unix workstation products.
Initially, the suite supports nine emulators for Digital, IBM and Tandem terminals. Pericom said it is working on other emulators for Data General and Wyse equipment.
As it is written in JavaSoft's Java language, teemworld can support any Java-enabled platforms. These include OS/2 and Macintosh, platforms previously unavailable to teemtalk users.
John Stephenson, managing director of Pericom, said: "Unlike many of our competitors who offer HTML-based emulators, teemworld is 100% Pure Java and will run on any client capable of accessing the Internet." Stephenson claimed the main problem with HTML-based terminal emulation softwarewas speed, because it is slowed by the emulation software running on the back-end server or mainframe. He also said that teemworld offers features not available to users of HTML-based emulators, such as keyboard mapping and screen colour mapping, mouse integration and toolbars.
Pericom took the decision to rewrite its entire suite of terminal emulators in Java last summer. "Java seemed to be the way everything was going," explained Stephenson. "The port to Java was relatively easy for us because our existing teemtalk product has been written in portable C." Stephenson continued: "Our engineers only needed a couple of weeks' retraining in Java."
Pericom said it has no current plans to move its entire product line over to Java. "Windows offers features such as DDE which are not yet available in Java, although a feature like this will come in time for the JavaSoft language," predicted Stephenson.
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