Smart card manufacturers team on Java SIM spec

Sun Microsystems Inc. is teaming with smart card manufacturers Gemplus International SA, Oberthur Cards Systems SA and U.S. technology services company Schlumberger Ltd. to develop interoperable SIM (subscriber identity module) cards using Sun’s Java technology, an Oberthur spokeswoman confirmed Monday.

The SIM card is a smart card containing a microprocessor and memory that authenticate the user’s identity and can contain other information such as the user’s credit card information.

Sun can be reached in Mountain View, Calif., at Gemplus, in Senningerberg, Luxembourg, can be contacted at Oberthur Card Systems, in Kista, Sweden, can be contacted at Schlumberger, in N.Y., can be reached at