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Lucent Technologies & Sun Microsystems

Lucent Technologies, Sun Microsystems to expand market for networked 
information services, products 


SAN FRANCISCO -- Building a new bridge between computing and 
communications worlds, Lucent Technologies and Sun Microsystems today 
signed three agreements that ensure that applications written to Sun's
JavaTM platform will run on all communications devices and networks 
running Lucent's InfernoTM network operating system. 

As a result of the agreements, software developers can now focus on 
deploying information applications not only on the Internet, but on all 
communications and entertainment networks. Service providers - for 
example, telecommunications, cable TV companies, Internet service 
providers, etc. -- can offer different network-resident services for 
their consumer and business customers, confident that these services can 
be delivered uniformly over any network. 

The three agreements, announced at Sun's JavaOne developers' conference 
here, were:

Lucent Technologies licensed the JavaTM technologies from Sun, setting 
the stage for the Inferno network operating system to run Java 
applications on information appliances and servers across many networks;

Sun became a member of Lucent's Inferno Partners Program to help put 
Java-enabled end-to-end network solutions in the hands of Inferno 

Lucent Technologies agreed to participate in Sun's industry-wide 
initiative to help define Sun's new PersonalJava and EmbeddedJava APIs, 
which were announced today. PersonalJava and EmbeddedJava are
designed to be easily portable across an array of high-volume consumer 
products and embedded microprocessor families, and are targeted to 
manufacturers of instrumentation, low-end mobile phones and pagers, 
factory automation, fax machines, printers and network routers and 

"Inferno and Java are complementary products," said Mike Skarzynski, 
vice president and general manager of Lucent's Inferno Network Operating 
System Group. "Fifty million people worldwide are using the Internet, 
but there are 700 million public network access lines around the world. 
There are 55 million cable-TV homes in the U.S. and 25 million people 
subscribing to cellular service. Our mutual goal is to build the 
infrastructure that will support information services across all those 
networks and all kinds of devices."

"Adding the Inferno operating system to the list of Java-enabled 
environments extends the power of Java into the telecommunications and 
network appliance market," said Jon Kannegaard, vice president of 
software products for JavaSoft. "We are delighted to be working with 
Lucent as they truly understand the network environment, the 
creativity and momentum of Java application developers, and ways to 
extend the market for Java applications beyond the desktop."

The Inferno system is a real-time network operating system that provides 
a software infrastructure for businesses to create distributed network 
applications. The Inferno Release 1.0 operating system runs useful 
applications in 1 megabyte of memory, including the Inferno kernel, the 
Limbo programming language, the DisTM virtual machine, the StyxTM 
communications protocols, security protocols and applications. 
Evaluation copies of Inferno can be downloaded via the World Wide Web at 

Javasoft, headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., is a business unit of Sun 
Microsystems, Inc. The company's mission is to develop, market and 
support the Java technology and products based on it. Java supports 
networked applications and enables developers to write applications once 
that will run on any Java-enabled machine. JavaSoft develops system 
platforms, tools, and applications to further enhance Java as the 
programming standard for complex networks such as the Internet and 
corporate intranets. 

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is The 
ComputerTM," has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc., (NASDAQ "SUNW") to 
its position as a leading provider of hardware, software and services 
for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding the power of 
the Internet. With more than $7 billion in annual revenues, Sun
can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at 

Lucent Technologies (http://www.lucent.com) designs, build and delivers 
a wide range of public and private networks, communications systems and 
software, consumer and business telephone systems and microelectronics
components. Bell Labs (http://www.bell-labs.com) is the research and 
development arm for the company. 

For more information, reporters may contact:

  Dick Muldoon
  Lucent Technologies
  908-582-5330 (office)

  Penny Bruce
  Sun Microsystems
  408-343-1796 (office)

  KEYWORDS: networked information services Sun Inferno Java