Planetweb, Sun, and Sega of America Dreamcast announced, at the
JavaOne Developer Conference, the launch of one of the first
mass-produced consumer electronic products to deliver an enhanced
Internet experience running on the open, cross-platform
technology licensed from Sun. Sega's top selling
Sega Dreamcast gaming console will feature Planetweb's
implementation of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), a fully-enabled
PersonalJava technology solution for Internet appliances.
"In today's network-centric world, anything with a 'digital
heartbeat' is being connected. Integrating Planetweb's
implementation of the JVM-powered browser will place consumer
products such as the Sega Dreamcast at the heart of the
convergence between entertainment, the Internet, and service
delivery," said Patricia C. Sueltz, President, Sun Software
Products and Platforms. "Java technology provides the platform
for enhancing the user experience with better Web fidelity, an
enhanced gaming experience, and new Web-based services."
Planetweb's JVM implementation allows for easy customization of
content and applications by consumer electronic manufacturers and
application developers. The JVM translates code very efficiently
and optimizes full PersonalJava technology libraries for the
Planetweb browser, ensuring compatibility across platforms.
Information appliances are expected to reach a worldwide market
value of $17.8 billion in 2004, up from $2.4 billion in 1999,
according to IDC. As the leader in providing open platform
solutions, Planetweb is committed to bringing the benefits of
Java technology to content developers and manufacturers of
consumer electronic devices.
"Planetweb is pleased to be among the first software manufacturer
to develop a PersonalJava application environment for consumer
electronic devices," said Ken Soohoo, co-founder, president and
CEO of Planetweb. "Planetweb's implementation of PersonalJava
technology offers our OEM partners a robust Internet enabling
software that enriches the usefulness and product life of
consumer electronic devices."
The Sega Dreamcast recently passed the two million milestone for
units sold, making it the fastest and highest selling Internet
appliance in the U.S.
Anticipating increased competition in the
interactive gaming category, Sega is staying ahead of the curve
with the release of the Planetweb V3.0 Sega Dreamcast browser
planned for release in September.
"We're committed to creating the ultimate gaming and online
experience for Dreamcast users," said Gabrielle Mitchell,
director of marketing, Sega.com. "The Planetweb Java technology
powered browser will deliver Dreamcast users access to enhanced
gaming content, including Java technology-based applications and
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