Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard are among a group of companies who have set up a rival Java consortium, at the same time as Sun announced its plans to push Java as an international standard.
In a statement issued today, the rival group, called the 'J Consortium', said it intends to, "drive the development and adoption of open, freely available standards relating to real time and embedded Java technologies."
The J Consortium, which has evolved from the Real Time Java Working group, formed by Microsoft and HP last year, said it is unhappy with the control Sun has over Java and said it wants to create a process where other companies are able to contribute to development.
The group said it is open to any company or individual interested in advancing real time extensions for the Java APIs. Several J Consortium members have their own Java clones, like HP's Chai.
Wendy Fong, J Consortium chairman, commented: "Our goal is to create specifications that can be submitted to a consensus based standards organisation so the real time community can benefit."
"By using a process that is open to anyone who's interested, the J Consortium will be able to tap the expertise of top industry minds and deliver the best possible specification. There are no secrets here, all members have a say and there are no closed compliance tests," she said.
She said that currently Java is ill suited to real time tasks, as its task switching primitives are incomplete or inoperative and its underlying memory mechanisms take unpredictable amounts of time during routine operation.
"Real time extensions will address these problems, enabling developers to take advantage of the strengths of the Java programming language," she said.
Other companies who have expressed intent to join the consortium are Ericsson, Telemedia Devices and Transvirtual Technologies.
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