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2009 Global Frost & Sullivan Smart Cards Company of the Year Award Goes to Sun
Acknowledges Sun as a Market Leader and Major Player in the Smart Card Industry
June 4, 2009,
Volume 136, Issue 1

Java Card's virtual machine delivers cost savings through a shortened development time and allows for the portability of applications regardless of card vendor or card chip-set.

Excellence in business development, competitive strategy, customer satisfaction, and leadership is why Sun has been awarded the 2009 Global Frost & Sullivan Smart Cards Company of the Year Award. Recent analysis of the smart cards market by the Growth Partnership Company Frost & Sullivan found Sun exhibited outstanding management, consistent growth, and high quality products and/or services as well as a positive social and economic impact on local and national communities.

Sun earned this award for its continued emphasis on technology development and innovative product offerings within the Smart Card Market, announced Frost & Sullivan. Sun's holistic Java Card Platform offering focuses on delivering value to operators through the establishment of a standards-based smart card platform. In the Frost & Sullivan announcement the group mentioned the undeniable uptake and market penetration in the last ten years of the Java Card Platform within mobile handsets SIMs, smart payment cards and Enterprise Smart IDs reflects a proven go to market strategy and continuous innovative roadmap.

"Sun Microsystems is globally renowned for the Java Card product and has established itself as a leader in the smart cards market," says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Shyam Krishnan. "In an economic scenario that has seen many companies lose technology partners and forecast a bleak future for products, Java Card from Sun Microsystems has emerged unscathed."

The year-over-year growth for Java Card over the past three years (2006, 2007 and 2008) has stood at close to 19 percent, relates the awarding company.

With the Java Card's virtual machine, cost savings are delivered through a shortened development time and it allows for the portability of applications regardless of card vendor or card chip-set. Java Card application developers are able to develop applications independent of hardware concerns. This has been the key motivating factor driving Java Card adoption among telco operators as well as national and enterprise ID entities, reports Frost & Sullivan

"Global telecommunications operators embraced Java Card SIMs because of its standard, non-hardware specific platform," notes Krishnan. "This led Java Card to become the market SIM leader, making up 50 percent of all global SIM shipments and over 90 percent of all EMEA, North America and South American SIM card shipments."

Today more than 5.5 billion cards are deployed globally. The latest Java Card specification is version 3.0, which targets 32bit RISC architecture smart card chip sets. The original Java Card technology was introduced in 1997.

Sun supports independent Java Card developers and offers a forum for programmers to support one another. The company also offers a vast network of partners, including Accenture, SAP and Oracle.

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These awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

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