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Sharp Corp. said Friday it has adopted the Java programming language for its personal digital assistants, mobile phones and other electronics gadgets with telecommunications functions.

Sharp said it has selected Java because the platform allows different portable computerized gadgets to share data, and because it has good networking properties.

Developed by Sun Microsystems Inc. of the United States, Java enables application programs to run on most computers because it is compatible with most operating systems, including UNIX, Linux, Macintosh and Windows.

Sharp plans to take the wraps off its multimedia-savvy PDAs in the United States and wireless PDAs in Europe in the fall, equipping them with Linux and Zaurus operating systems that will use Java for compatibility with numerous domestic and overseas application programs, it added.

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