Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) and the Java Card Forum (JCF) recently introduced the Java Card Platform v.3.0. The new Java Card 3.0 platform specification is available in two separate editions: Java Card Platform v.3.0, Classic Edition and Java Card Platform v.3.0, Connected Edition. Both editions are compatible with applications written for previous versions and can leverage the same security features within the platform specification.
The Java Card Platform v.3.0, Classic Edition is based on an evolution of the existing Java Card Platform, Version 2.2.2 and targets the most resource-constrained devices, such as credit/debit cards and basic SIMs for mobile handsets. The Java Card Platform v.3.0, Connected Edition includes a significantly enhanced execution environment, along with new network-oriented features such as support for web applications. Critical to the Java Card Platform v.3.0, Connected Edition functionality is a new version of the Java Card Virtual Machine — the engine that executes Java Card technology applications. The new Java Card Virtual Machine offers developers the ability to use standard tools and techniques, such as the Java Servlet API to create Java Card 3.0 technology-based applications.
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