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- Java for digital camera?
- Stoian Marius
August 17, 2003, 7:37 pm
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- Lewin A.R.W. Edwards
August 18, 2003, 9:31 pm
Re: Java for digital camera?
Why a Java chip? Why not just leverage an ARM7 or ARM9 core?
This was attempted - achieved actually - by one of the biggish names
in DSCs a couple of years ago. They used a software implementation.
The phones in question had an optional wireless modem attachment. It
was kind of a different route to the same appliance we have today, the
camera-cellphone. They demonstrated it at CES in 2000 or 99. They were
kind of hazy about the actual practical application of being able to
run Java applets on a DSC - they demonstrated a couple of games, and
they talked vaguely about vertical market applications, but I never
heard of the product after the show.
Of course, most (all?) of today's camera-phones have a 32-bit core
capable of running a JVM, and most of them have a software JVM AFAIK.
Can't see the reason to add cost with a Java chip when the software
JVM is fast enough.