OSGi to drive development of gateway standard

Press Release – 11/22/99

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OPEN SERVICES GATEWAY INITIATIVE (OSGi) TO DRIVE DEVELOPMENT OF GATEWAY STANDARD FOR HOMES, SOHO AND REMOTE LOCATIONS

Sun’s Java(tm) Technology Accelerates Development of Specification

PALO ALTO, Calif., November 22, 1999- Open Services Gateway Initiative (OSGi) and Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced today that Sun has transferred the effort to define an open gateway specification from the Java(tm) Community Process to the Open Services Gateway Initiative. OSGi is an independent, non-profit industry group working to define and promote open specifications for linking future generations of networked consumer and business devices to the Internet.

OSGi began the development of the specification through the Java Community Process (JCP), an open process used to develop extension Java technology application programming interfaces (APIs). Future development of the Gateway specification (JSR008) has been transferred to OSGi. OSGi has formed a Java Expert Group, led by Li Gong, director of engineering at Sun, to continue further development of the specification.

Sun is a founding member of OSGi and a major contributor to the technical foundation of the Gateway specification. The initial specification will be based on Sun’s Java technology and will focus on a thin-server framework in order to standardize the delivery of services to gateways. The first release of the OSGi specification is expected in the first quarter of 2000.

“Sun is a founding member and is strongly committed to OSGi. Sun offered to start the specification process under the JCP to enable OSGi to jump-start the work,” said Jim Mitchell, Chief Technology Officer of the Consumer and Embedded Division at Sun Microsystems. “Now that OSGi has created its own open process, it is natural and fitting that this work be completed in OSGi. We were pleased to help get OSGi a set of existing specifications from Sun in order to save time in the developmental process.”

Founded in March 1999, OSGi was formally incorporated as a non-profit organization in June, with 11 member companies elected to its Board of Directors. The decision to transfer the development of the Gateway specification from JCP to OSGi was made by the OSGi board, which includes a representative from Sun. OSGi currently has more than 30 member companies. More information about OSGi can be found at https://www.osgi.org.

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Jennifer Stiglic
Burson-Marsteller
312-494-4258
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

David Nieland
BSMG Worldwide for OSGi
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dnieland@bsmg.com

Jennifer Stiglic
Burson-Marsteller for Sun
312/494-4258