Kada Systems is today launching a Java virtual machine (JVM) solution for Palm OS.

It will offer both a JVM and the tools for building and running applications on the Palm.

"We're betting on an explosion of smart handhelds and the need for applications," said Jim Acquaviva, Kada CEO.

Java developers can use their skills to build database applications, said Shekar Mantha, chief technical officer of Kada.

Although the initial products work only with the Palm, Acquaviva said the company will release versions for the PocketPC and EPOC operating systems in June at the JavaOne Conference in San Francisco.

The company also plans to roll out a Linux edition "later this year".

"As we go forward, future versions will offer more on the handheld side," Acquaviva revealed.