Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) announced today that the Java(TM) Card Application Programming Interface (API) 2.0 specification is now final and available for download at [http://java.sun.com/products/javacard.]
Java Card 2.0 is a blueprint for building applications to run on smart cards. A smart card is a plastic card that looks almost exactly like a credit card. The difference is that a smart card has a computer chip that stores and processes information. For example, a smart card might contain bank account information, medical records or even money that acts just like cash at retail outlets or on the Internet.
Java Card 2.0 enables any card manufacturer to build smart cards that can interoperate, not only with each other, but with existing cards and card reading terminals. The cards integrating Java Card 2.0 technology will be used to store and update account information, money and personal data. The smart cards created will span a variety of industries, including financial services, telephony, healthcare, Internet access and electronic commerce.
“Java Card 2.0 is the catalyst that will launch the widespread use of multi-function smart cards worldwide,” said Alan Baratz, president of Sun Microsystems’ JavaSoft division. “With the ‘Write Once, Run Anywhere(TM)’ capabilities of Java, the smart card industry can provide the consumer with a card that can store money as easily as it can track frequent flyer miles or provide secure access to a cellular phone.”
The Java Card API, a specialized application programming interface, was unveiled by Sun on October 29, 1996. Sun’s Java Card has been licensed by companies representing more than 90 percent of worldwide smart card manufacturing capacity. The Java Card API 2.0 was developed in collaboration with the industry, including smart card manufacturers, card issuers and smart card associations.
Companies who have endorsed Java Card 2.0 include Bull, Citicorp, First Union, Gemplus, Giesecke & Devrient, Hitachi, Motorola, Schlumberger, Toshiba, VeriFone, Visa and many others (see attached addendum).
Many of Sun Microsystems’ Java Card partners will be introducing Java Card 2.0 applications and products at Cartes `97 in Paris France on October 16, 1997.
Java Card API 2.0 Features
— The Java Card API 2.0 includes support for code reusability. With the memory limitations in cards, efficient use and reuse of code is indispensable.
— Java Card supports secure inter-applet communication. For example, a payment applet can exchange payment transaction information with a cooperating loyalty applet.
— Support is provided for ISO standard card/terminal communication.
— A standard cryptography API is included for access to commonly used cryptographic functions.
— The Java Card API is compliant with ISO standards 7816-4 and 7816-5. With 7816-4, ISO has standardized a number of important functions included in the Java Card API such as I/O and file system access. 7816-5 has standardized identifiers and naming conventions which are supported by Java Card.
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