sparcalarms, was Re: [rescue] Perverse Question

Dave McGuire mcguire at
Mon Jun 16 01:34:52 CDT 2003

On Sunday, June 15, 2003, at 10:17 PM, Eric Josephson wrote:
>>> OTOH, Java runs on cell phones, so obviously there is some kind of
>>> subset that it can be cut back to.  Or perhaps Sun has hired some
>>> software developers who understand assembler for some platforms?
>>    There are even Java VMs for 8-bit's gaining
>> great popularity in the embedded world.  One Java VM for the 8-bit 
>> 8051
>> architecture is all of 24Kbytes in size.
> A Java VM on the 8051?  Can it do anything useful, or is
> it a just a toy demonstration?

   It's a commercial product that's quite capable, surprisingly.

> You can do a lot with an 8051.  More than you ever should, really.

   Yup.  I've spent the last 1.5yrs doing more with 8051s than is 
reasonable.  It has cost me a great deal of sleep.

   Sounds like you've done a bit of that too. ;)


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St. Petersburg, FL           for the occasion."       -Doc Shipley

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