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Nazomi chip accelerates Java execution up to 60x

Posted: 31 Jan 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The JA108 accelerator chip is claimed to speed up Java software execution by 15 to 60 times, by offloading the microprocessor and taking over the task of executing Java bytecode instructions. A member of the KChip line, the chip is targeted for mobile wireless applications, such as 2G, 2.5G and 3G phones.

The company further claims that the chip speeds up Java software execution without increasing system clock frequencies, requiring additional memory, new tools or causing any new porting efforts, while extending battery life.

"With the deployment of 2.5G and 3G networks, wireless carriers are increasingly looking at offering Java-based-interactive applications, such as multimedia messaging, financial services and gaming, to increase the average revenue per unit and customer loyalty," said Jay Kamdar, VP of marketing at Nazomi. "With JA108 enhanced devices, handset manufacturers can readily answer the carriers' demand for Java-enabled phones that deliver enhanced performance in the most economical and practical way."

The JA108which interfaces like a standard SRAM deviceis a stand-alone Java accelerator that can be easily integrated into new and existing designs of memory buses. The company maintains that the chip works with any baseband processor, chipset, SoC or microprocessor, and is transparent to existing designs and legacy operating systems. This gives designers the freedom to choose any Java Virtual Machine or RTOS.

Built on the company's patented Java hardware acceleration technology, the 128-pin BGA chip is available either in a 10-by-10mm, 0.8-mil pitch, or a 7-by-7mm, 0.5-mil pitch configuration.

The JA108 is priced at $5.59 per device in quantities of 10,000 or more.

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