Esmertec invests in Java developer -

Esmertec invests in Java developer


LONDON — Esmertec (Zurich, Switzerland) has taken a strategic investment in Javaground (Irvine, California) the supplier of a suite of tools and services that enables the rapid deployment of Java games and applications across multiple models of phones and multimedia devices.

Esmertec, a developer of software solutions for mobile handsets and embedded devices, has taken a minority stake of 19.9%, and has an option in 2007 to obtain a controlling interest in the company. In addition, Esmertec has agreed to provide Javaground with a loan to supplement its operating resources.

Javaground was founded in 2001 in Belgium and its patent-pending technology allows programmers to create and completely port a Java mobile game in an average time of 2 weeks and the can be extended to other types of mobile content.

It also offers a scalable provisioning server, Avancys, to mobile operators and service providers to manage the delivery of games and content. It has to date delivered tested Java games in over 350 different device models.

Alain Blancquart, Chairman and CEO, Esmertec, said, “Both companies will be able to benefit from the synergies in the porting and testing of applications, and in time enable Esmertec to expand its product portfolio in the mobile phone segment.”

Alexandre Kral, CEO, Javaground. “The investment from Esmertec will assist us in further developing our technology, extend our market reach in the Java mobile industry, and leverage each other's internal resources as well as relationships with partners and customers.”

• A recent 'how to' article on Mobile Handset DesignLine describes how the prevailing approaches using C/C++ and Java make it difficult to achieve adequate data abstraction for better platform-independence, efficiency, and quality in the development of handset applications.

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