The deal, based on Hitachi hardware and Sun's JavaOS operating system, according to sources, marks some of the first tangible results in Sun's bid to proliferate its programming language across a variety of devices.
Tele-Communications Incorporated (TCI) announced plans last month to include Sun's PersonalJava software--a subset of the programming language--for all of its TV set-top boxes. That echoed a similar deal between TCI and Microsoft earlier that same week.
Sun and Hitachi will deploy more than 200,000 set-top boxes based on Multi-RDR hardware and the JavaOS by the end of next year, according to sources.
The market for software to run a variety of consumer devices, such as TV set-top boxes, is the latest battleground for a variety of firms, including Sun, Microsoft, and Network Computer Incorporated, which announced its own deal last month.