Taiwan Vendors Sign With Lucent's Inferno 04/30/97
NB / HKG by way of firstname.lastname@example.org Henry Baker
Wed, 30 Apr 1997 18:01:08 PDT
TAIPEI, TAIWAN, 1997 APR 30 (NB) -- By Robert Clark. A dozen major Taiwan
vendors have signed up to make set-top units and other hardware based on
Lucent Technologies'[NYSE:LU] Inferno operating system.
Computer giant Acer and communications vendor Tecom, who have already
Inferno Partners, are among those who have signed with Lucent.
Taiwan National University Professor Juang Jih-yang, who is designing
sample applications for Inferno, described it as "a small but powerful
real-time system" which can work on any kind of device, from a simple
screenphone to a highly complex telephone exchange.
It is similar to Java, which can also run on any kind of platform, but
Juang says Inferno takes up less memory -- about one MB of RAM compared
with 4MB RAM for Java. Additionally it is secure and has wider
applications, he said.
Inferno, like Unix and C++, a product of the Bell Labs Computer team, has
won positive reviews since it was launched in May last year, but in
marketing terms is a long way behind Sun's Java.
Lucent executives say the smaller Inferno can run on "thin clients," thus
potentially reducing the price points for Internet access devices,
set-tops and other platforms.
US computer company JCC has contracted to use Inferno for a set-top
device to enable the TV screen to be used for Internet access and
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