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IDA and Sun Focus on Developing Next Generation Internet Applications in Strategic Collaboration

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Sun Microsystems today announced the launch of Java Tarik ONE (Java TONE in short), a strategic collaboration that will focus on capability development, market development and market access for Next Generation Internet Applications (NGIA)...

Singapore, 19 March 2003| For Immediate Release

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Sun Microsystems today announced the launch of Java Tarik ONE (Java TONE in short), a strategic collaboration that will focus on capability development, market development and market access for Next Generation Internet Applications (NGIA). The collaboration was officially launched today by Mr Lam Chuan Leong, Chairman, IDA and Mr Scott McNealy, Sun's Chairman, President & CEO. Mr McNealy was speaking as IDA's Distinguished Infocomm Speaker at the same event.

Following the success of the Java Tarik initiatives since 1997, Java TONE aims to develop competencies in the local Infocomm workforce (ONE Capability) and encourage innovation in emerging technologies for NGIA. This will be achieved through initiatives in R&D, piloting and adoption of emerging technologies (ONE Development). Java TONE will also create access to international markets for the resulting innovations (ONE Market). These three areas will form the pillars of Java TONE.

Mr Lam Chuan Leong, Chairman, IDA said, "IDA is happy to participate in this S$100m collaboration with Sun Microsystems, academic and research institutes, as well as technology providers in the industry. This will help develop and trial emerging technologies for Next Generation Internet Applications and create some 500 jobs for our Infocomm industry."

Sun ONE provides a future-proofed model that supports open standards with the ability to integrate products and solutions. Based on this vision of services on demand, our desired outcome for Java TONE shall be an overarching programme that leverages on various current and new initiatives, maximising resources, and gaining maximum value for the infocomm industry in Singapore," said Mr Lionel Lim, Vice President and Managing Director, Asia South, Sun Microsystems. "Java TONE will present many opportunities to create wealth for Singapore. As part of this collaboration, Sun will also be looking at donating an additional S$200 million in software and training to the schools, colleges and universities of Singapore".

ONE Capability will leverage existing Java Competency Centres at the research centres and institutes of higher learning. The scope of such collaboration includes training and attachment programmes, building and integrating new curriculum as well as public competitions for generation of ideas.

ONE Development will spur collaboration in research and development areas such as Sun's N1 architecture and strategy for network computing and identity management.

These Sun sponsored research labs will also link with Sun Labs and Centres of Excellence around the world, to facilitate potential co-development of new products. To bridge the gap between technology and adoption, ONE Development will also facilitate projects that will deploy new technologies through pilots and trials in different sectors.

ONE Market will identify and expand business and technology opportunities for Singapore infocomm enterprises. Local enterprises can leverage Sun's global networks to access Sun's research and development resources, develop global strategic alliances, and penetrate overseas markets.


About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is a dynamic organisation with an integrated perspective to developing, promoting and regulating info-communications in Singapore. In the fast-changing and converging spheres of telecommunications, information and media technologies, IDA will be the catalyst for change and growth in Singapore's evolution into a vibrant global info-communications technology centre. For more information, visit

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Network. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at or the Asia South website at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun ONE, Java and all Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

About Java Tarik

Java Tarik is a series of initiatives jointly developed by Sun and IDA to drive Java capabilities in Singapore and create wealth through capability development in emerging technologies. Since its inception in 1997, the Java Tarik programme has generated S$140 million in investments.

Java Tarik ONE (Java TONE in short)

Java Tarik ONE is a continuation from the Java Tarik brandname. The short form, Java TONE, can be read as Java providing the connection tone to the Internet, where the network is the computer. Moving ahead, Java TONE will also set the "tone" for other Java initiatives.

About IDA Distinguished Infocomm Speaker

Distinguished Infocomm Speaker event serves as a platform for global infocomm leaders to share their ideas on leveraging infocomm technologies to enhance business processes. Through such events, it is hoped that infocomm professionals in Singapore will be inspired by the vision of these luminaries to conceptualize new ideas and innovations. The presence of such distinguished talent in Singapore will establish Singapore as a thought leadership center where top talents congregate to share ideas and transfer knowledge. Previous speakers included Dr Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse and Dr William Raduchel, CTO of AOL-Time Warner.

For media clarification, please contact:

IDA Media Contact
Ms Chia Sher Ling or Ms Ho Hwei Ling
Corporate Communication
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Tel: 65 6211-1840 or 65 6211-1996

Sun Microsystems Media Contact
Kelly Long
PR and Advertising Manager
Sun Microsystems
Tel: 65 6239-7092