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Aether, Sun strengthen wireless ties

The companies agree to develop Web-based software, under the Sun ONE umbrella, designed for the government and enterprise markets.

Aether Systems has expanded its relationship with Sun Microsystems, with a plan to develop products for the government and enterprise markets.

Aether makes software that runs over wireless and mobile networks. Its applications are already written in Sun's Java language and work with the company's Solaris software. The new plan calls for Aether and Sun engineers to come up with versions designed for the Sun Open Net Environment, which is designed to support Web-based applications.

The two companies have worked together before, developing mobile applications for companies such as Cingular Wireless. The new deal will focus on government applications, including software for homeland security, as well as corporate and logistics markets.

The first new products will be released next month and others will debut throughout the year, said Gregg Smith, president of enterprise mobility solutions group at Aether.

The deal is expected to help strengthen the Sun ONE platform in mobile applications. Sun ONE is at the core of the company's efforts to more fully integrate its hardware and software businesses.

Last year, Sun announced plans to create Web services software that will run on cell phones and other gadgets.