NetFront Browser SDK Supports Multiple Linux Variants and GUI Environments Including Qtopia, QT/Embedded and GTK, MontaVista Linux and MontaVista Graphics

Tokyo, Japan / Fremont, CA, USA – December 22, 2003 – ACCESS (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies, today announced that its new NetFront v3.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) for Linux is available for free download from ACCESS’ web site (http://www.access.co.jp/english). The Qtopia/Qt/Embedded package is available today, and the GTK package will follow in early January. Both trial versions bundle the evaluation version of the MontaVista® Linux® Professional Edition 3.0 and MontaVista Graphics from MontaVista Software, Inc. as well as Qt/Embedded and Qtopia from Trolltech A/S, enabling NetFront as an executable immediately after downloading on these environments.

NetFront v3.1 SDK for Linux is the newly available software development kit for NetFront v3.1, the latest version of the most widely deployed and actively used mobile browser in the world. The SDK supports MontaVista Linux, one of the most widely used embedded Linux development platforms worldwide, and MontaVista Graphics/GTK+, QT/Embedded and Qtopia as GUI environment options. The SDK allows developers to port and customize the NetFront browser for a variety of Linux-based embedded and consumer appliances with minimal development time. The commercial version of NetFront v3.1 SDK for Linux will ship at the end of December.

“We are excited that customers can now download an evaluation version of our joint solution with ACCESS, a recognized global leader in embedded browsers and services. Together, MontaVista Software and ACCESS are delivering a solution that can speed their consumer electronics and Internet appliance products to market,” said Hitoshi Arima, vice president of Sales, Japan, MontaVista Software. “By integrating with NetFront, we are able to offer a proven, scalable, robust and secure micro-browser solution to the worldwide embedded developer community.”

NetFront v3.1 boasts several innovations unmatched by competitors such as Smart-Fit Rendering, a technology that intelligently renders Web pages to fit the narrow screen widths of mobile devices, eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling. Also included is Direct Connect, a new feature that enables the NetFront browser to monitor and control the hard ware connected to the device. With unique advanced features such as these, NetFront provides the best mobile Internet browsing experience for end users on a wide variety of consumer electronics and information appliances.

About NetFront v3.1 SDK for Linux Evaluation version

Packages

  • QtEmbedded/Qtopia package
  • Linux/GTK package

Verified Environment for QtEmbedded/Qtopia package

Distribution

  • MontaVista Linux Professional Edition v3.0
  • Red Hat 7, 8, 9

Window System

  • Qtopia 1.6.2
  • QtEmbedded 2.3

Processor

  • X86

Verified Environment for Linux/GTK package

Distribution

  • MontaVista Linux Professional Edition v3.0
  • Red Hat 7, 8, 9

Window System

  • MontaVista Graphics 3.0, GTK+1.2.10

Processor

  • X86

About NetFront
NetFront v3.1 is the latest version of the most widely deployed and actively used embedded Web browser in the world. NetFront recently surpassed 100 million deployments globally and was selected as a “Best Software Awards 2003″ finalist by Pocket PC Magazine. NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser. In addition to Windows Mobile 2003, ACCESS provides NetFront solutions for Palm® OS, Symbian OS, Linux OS, and mobile handset environments like BREW. ACCESS’ NetFront has been deployed in over 254 unique devices ranging from mobile phones and PDAs to digital televisions, gaming consoles, and automobile telematics systems from 90 major Internet device manufacturers. NetFront browser technology is included in Internet solutions from many of the world’s leading mobile operators, software providers and electronics manufacturers including Adobe, Alpine, AT&T Wireless, China Mobile, China Unicom, Handspring, Hutchinson 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, PalmSource, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and more.

About ACCESS
ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and has subsidiaries in Fremont, California, Oberhausen, Germany, and Beijing, China. ACCESS is a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies for information appliances. ACCESS’ embedded NetFront browsers power 254 different commercial products worldwide including mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, game consoles, PDAs, car navigation systems, web phones, kiosk terminals and intranet terminals. To date, over 100 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 90 major Internet device manufactures (As of Sept, 2003). ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at www.access.co.jp/english/ or www.access-us-inc.com.


ACCESS is a registered trademark of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. and other countries. NetFront is a registered trademark of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. MontaVista is a registered trademark of MontaVista Software , Inc. i-mode is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Contacts

Asia Contact:
ACCESS Co., Ltd., Japan

Kazunori Takahashi
81 (3) 5259-3685
prinfo@access.co.jpcom
Europe Contact:
ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH
Claudia Hoeck
49 (208) 8290-6432
hoeck@access-sys-eu.com
China Contact:
ACCESS China Inc.
Delia Liu
86 (10) 6566-9636
delia_cn@access.co.jp
US Contacts:
ACCESS Systems America
Manuel Morales
(510) 284-0708
mmorales@access-us-inc.com
Bite Communications Bill Danon
(415) 365-0369
bill.danon@bitepr.com