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Java already built-into iPhone h/w

So says ZDNet's Ed Burnette.
Ed Burnette: Shortly after the iPhone went on sale, hardware enthusiasts started tearing into them to see what made them tick. They found that the iPhone is using an ARM1176JZF-based processor, probably the Samsung S3C6400 that operates at 667MHz. This chip sports an embedded Java acceleration engine called Jazelle.
And in closing Ed writes:
Now, if Apple can just get over its anachronistic “Java is heavyweight” beliefs, then small, efficient, hardware-accelerated Java games and multimedia for your iPhone could be just a software upgrade away.
Maybe the iPhone won't suck for developers after all.

If that means supporting MIDP ... thanks but no thanks. If that means supporting eSWT, might be interesting. I'm not getting my hopes up.

Posted by Patrick Mueller on July 09, 2007 at 02:13 PM EDT #

Yeah, I'd rather have a full-on JVM rather than MIDP. But I can live without any form of SWT.

Posted by Dave Johnson on July 09, 2007 at 03:14 PM EDT #

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