Sun Microsystems released its first JavaChip, a CPU designed specifically to run applications Sun's Java programming language. The release contains at least one surprise, however: it will also run programs written in C/C++. MicroJava 701, as the chip is known, is the first in a planned family of processors. Sun hopes to ship them in volume by late 1998.
The chip will target a variety of devices, including network computers and smart cellular phones. According to Sun, it will run Java applications three times faster than a Pentium.