Companies Expand Browser Technology Collaboration to Include Additional palmOne Products Including Recently Announced Tungsten T5 Handheld

TOKYO, Japan / NEWARK, CA, USA / OBERHAUSEN, Germany, / BEIJING, China – December 8, 2004 – ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced that palmOne, Inc. has selected ACCESS’ NetFront Browser Engine to power palmOne’s new Blazer® 4.0 mobile browser. palmOne and ACCESS also are expanding their existing relationship to include browser technology collaboration on selected future palmOne devices. The first palmOne product to include the new Blazer 4.0 browser is the recently announced Tungsten T5, with additional devices to follow.

Blazer 4.0 provides palmOne users with improved performance enabled by NetFront browser technologies including Rapid-Render a technology that progressively renders Web page content, significantly accelerating the presentation, discovery and interaction opportunities for end-users. Blazer 4.0 provides extensive support for Web standards including HTML 4.01, xHTML 1.0, cHTML, WML 1.3, SSL 3.0, HTTP 1.1, JavaScript 1.5, CSS 1.0 and 2.0 (partial), GIF, animated GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and Cookies. Blazer 4.0 also supports landscape mode viewing an additional advantage for mobile handheld users.

“ACCESS’ NetFront Browser Engine provides us with the advanced browser technologies that help us deliver a comprehensive and powerful mobile Internet solution to our customers,” said David Diangson, director of Business Development, palmOne. “By expanding our current relationship with ACCESS, we’ll be able to extend these technologies to additional palmOne devices, further benefiting our customers.”

“We’re extremely pleased to expand our relationship with palmOne and to be part of the browser technology incorporated into palmOne’s Blazer web browser,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS.

About palmOne’s Tungsten T5 Handheld
The Tungsten T5 handheld from palmOne offers 256MB of flash memory[1], giving productivity-minded mobile professionals the ability to carry more data and applications than ever before on a handheld. The Tungsten T5 handheld’s flash memory protects information even if the device loses its charge, and doubles as a portable flash memory drive[2]. With palmOne’s highest-resolution 320×480 color screen, Bluetooth® wireless technology, and an all-new sleek and slim design, the Tungsten T5 rises above conventional handheld limitations, giving customers the folders and files they need whenever and wherever they need them. More information is available at www.palmOne.com/TungstenT5.

About NetFront Browser Engine
NetFront Browser Engine is the browser engine behind ACCESS’ popular NetFront browser. NetFront browser recently recently surpassed over 139 million deployments globally that include 293 unique devices ranging from mobile phones and PDAs to digital televisions, gaming consoles, and automobile telematics systems from 90 major Internet device manufacturers. NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser including solutions for Palm OS®, Symbian OS, Linux OS, Windows Mobile/PocketPC and mobile handset environments like BREW. NetFront browser technology is used by the world’s leading mobile operators, software providers and electronics manufacturers including Adobe, Alpine, AT&T Wireless, Casio, China Mobile, China Unicom, Epson, Hitachi, Hutchinson 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Mitsubishi, palmOne, PalmSource, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Sony, Telcel Venezuela, Toshiba and more.

About ACCESS
ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with offices throughout the world including major centers in the U.S., Germany, and China. ACCESS is a leading global provider of mobile Internet technologies and consultation services for the beyond-PC market. ACCESS’ NetFront browser technology powers 293 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. ACCESS’ NetFront browser technology is most widely deployed in mobile phones for NTT DoCoMo’s popular i-mode and FOMA services. To date, over 139 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 90 major Internet device manufactures. 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.

  1. 215MB user available
  2. Host computer must support standard USB removable drive and appropriate application software (not included).

ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront and Compact NetFront are registered trademarks of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. i-mode is a trademark or registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries. NTT DoCoMo’s FOMA service is available only to subscribers in Japan. palmOne, Treo and Palm OS are among the trademarks or registered trademarks owned by or licensed to palmOne, Inc. or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.


Contacts

Asia Contact:
ACCESS Co., Ltd., Japan

Risako Onoda
+81 (3) 5259-3685
prinfo@access.co.jpcom
China Contact:
Access China Inc.
Delia Liu
+86 (10) 6566-9636
delia.liu@accesschina.com.cn
Europe Contact:
ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH
Claudia Hoeck
49 (208) 8290-6432
hoeck@access-sys-eu.com
US Contacts:
ACCESS Co., Ltd. U.S. Branch
Manuel Morales
(510) 284-0708
mmorales@access-us-inc.com
Bite Communications Anne-miek Hamelinck
(415) 365-0395
annemiek.hamelinck@bitepr.com