3G kit gets boost from Java accelerator

Nazomi Communications has unveiled its first silicon IC product. The JA108 Java accelerator chip is targeted at mobile wireless applications, such as 2G/2.5G/3G phones.

Nazomi Communications has unveiled its first silicon IC product, the JA108. This new Java accelerator chip targets mobile wireless applications, such as 2G/2.5G/3G phones, and it improves Java software execution while extending battery life.

The JA108 is the first in a series of product offerings under Nazomi’s new KChip product line.

In operation, the JA108 offloads a microprocessor by taking over the task of executing Java bytecode instructions and thus speeds up Java software execution by 15x to 60x, depending on the application.

It accomplishes this without increasing system clock frequencies, requiring additional memory, new tools or causing any new porting efforts. The chip, which interfaces like a standard SRAM device, can be easily integrated into new and existing designs on existing memory buses.

The JA108 works with any baseband processor, chipset, system on chip (SoC), or microprocessor and is transparent to existing designs and legacy operating systems. It also gives designers the freedom to choose any Java Virtual Machine (JVM) or real-time operating system (RTOS).

The JA108 is being sampled now and slated for volume production in Q1 2002 at a US list price $5.59 per device, in quantities of 10,000 or more.