CUPERTINO, Calif. --April 7, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the leading provider of Javaª development environments, and Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced today that Sun has agreed to license Symantec's Just-In-Time (JIT) Java compiler and integrate it into Sun's Java Performance Runtime for Windows which will bring a high performance implementation of the JDKª 1.1 to ISVs and users. Symantec's JIT, the fastest JIT available and an integral part of Symantec's Café and Visual Café products, provides top Java performance by instantly converting Java bytecode to native code on the fly, resulting in an increase in application speed without any additional work on the part of the applet writer.
"By bundling our JIT with JavaSoft's industry standard Java virtual machine for Windows both developers and end-users will benefit from the fastest Java execution available for the Windows platform," stated Mansour Safai, general manager of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "Netscape licensed our JIT and integrated it into their browser. And now with JavaSoft integrating our JIT into their Java virtual machine, it is rapidly becoming the industry standard for Java, providing Café and Visual Café developers consistent and speedy performance of Java applications and guaranteeing the same user experience."
"We are committed to giving Java developers the ability to ship high performance Java applications based on JDK 1.1," said David Spenhoff, director of product marketing at JavaSoft, a business unit of Sun Microsystems, Inc. "The Java Performance Runtime for Windows, including the Symantec Just-In-Time Java compiler, is the fastest environment for Java applications."
Symantec's JIT takes bytecode and converts it into native code on the fly at runtime on the client system. The Java bytecode is usually interpreted by the Java virtual machine. When using Symantec's JIT, this bytecode is turned into native x86 machine code and executed directly instead of being interpreted, resulting in a substantial performance boost. By using the Symantec JIT, end users will see an increase in application speed without any additional work on the part of the applet writer.
In a recent review of Visual Café and Visual J++ performed by PC Magazine, Symantec's Visual Café is faster than Visual J++ in 90% of the benchmarks.
Symantec's Just-in-Time compilers are available in Symantec's line of Internet Tools which include Symantec Café for Windows 95, NT and Macintosh, Visual Café for Windows 95, NT and Power Macintosh, Visual Café Pro for Windows 95 and NT.
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Symantec Corporation develops, markets, and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific, Japan and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free or (541) 334-6054.
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