CUPERTINO, Calif. -- April 15, 1996 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) announced today the availability of the Symantec Just-in-Time Compiler for Java, free to all Symantec Café customers. The Just-in-Time compiler turns Java bytecodes into native processor instructions for faster execution on 32-bit Windows. The result of this process is a dramatic speed improvement in the execution of Java web applets and standalone applications of up to 23 times*.
"While Java brings execution security and cross platform to programming, its execution performance is severely penalized by interpretation," said Mansour Safai, general manager of Symantec's Development Tools division. "By providing the JIT, Symantec brings the execution speed of native C/C++ to web applets and standalone Java applications -- this will have a dramatic impact on the rapid acceptance of Java for the development of serious business applications on the web."
The Symantec Just-in-Time Compiler is available on the Symantec website (http://cafe.symantec.com) free-of-charge to all initial Café customers. The price for non-Café users is $19.95 and is also available for download via the website. A version for the PowerMac will be available at the second quarter of this year.
Java is a Sun Microsystems' branded programming language and development technology for developing cross-platform applications across the public Internet and corporate intranets.
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* Benchmarks recorded using the Fibonacci benchmark. Results indicated an average result of 23 times faster with the Symantec JIT versus the Sun JDK 1.0.