Managed Runtime Environments for Next-Generation Mobile Devices

 

The adoption of cellular communications has been one of

the fastest growing technology trends in history. Many

analysts predict that the demands of our increasingly

wireless world will result in the rapid convergence of

cellular communications and powerful, handheld

computing devices, enabling a wide array of exciting new

user experiences. By 2006, the analyst firm Instat/MDR

predicts there will be over 760M Internet-enabled mobile

devices in use (1), and the ARC Group predicts that by

2007, over 1.7 billion users will utilize wireless data

services (2). Intel is a leading building block supplier to

this new converged device industry with our Flash

memory products, our high-performance Intel XScale™

mobile application processor family, and our Personal

Internet Client Architecture (PCA) for mobile computing

devices and handsets. Intel is also developing key

technologies that will accelerate the adoption of managed

runtime environments (MRTEs) for mobile devices. The

industry predicts that the majority of converged devices

will include MRTEs (primarily in the form of J2ME and

.NET∗) and because of this, MRTEs are a key component

of Intel’s overall mobile industry strategy.

This paper describes how MRTEs are important enabling

technologies for the future of wireless computing and how

they are contributing to the fast delivery of wireless data

services. The term “managed runtime environment” as

used in this paper refers to new functionality and

technologies that extend the capabilities of the first

Intel® XScale™ is a trademark of Intel Corporation or its

subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

generation of runtime environments, notably, the Java∗

Virtual Machine and the Microsoft .NET Framework.

These first-generation MRTEs need to evolve further to

serve the demands of the mobile data market. We also

illustrate how PCA is the ideal platform to take full

advantage of MRTEs, and we conclude with descriptions

of Intel’s R&D to enable the next generation of MRTEs

for mobile devices

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