Sun publishes Java Card 3.0 specification
The Java Card Forum (JCF) and Sun presented the specifications for Java Card 3.0 at the SIMPosium 2008 in Berlin. For the first time, there will be two variants: the Classic and Connected Edition. The former is mainly a continuation of the Java card specifications for 2.2.2 and will be used in bank cards and SIM cards.
The Connected Edition offers APIs for such security functions as
javax.microedition.pki in addition to network access (
javax.microedition.io). Sun claims that web applications will run on cards with the Connected Edition. This is made possible by support for the Java Servlet API in the Java Card Virtual Machine.
Sun estimates that 3.5 billion Java-capable smart cards are used worldwide. The first version of the Java card was launched in 1997.