New Version of Leading Mobile Browser Engine Provides an Optimized Mobile Internet Experience to Consumers and Mobile Professionals

TOKYO, Japan / NEWARK, USA / OBERHAUSEN, Germany, / BEIJING, China – December 9, 2004 – ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced that the latest version of its NetFront Browser Engine has been deployed as the core browser technology for palmOne, Inc.’s new Treo 650 smartphone through palmOne’s new Blazer® 4.0 Web Browser.

The Treo 650 is the newest member of the Treo family and builds on the award-winning design of the Treo 600 with new and improved features including a new 320 x 320 display that together with the browser technologies enabled by NetFront Browser Engine provide Treo 650 mobile professionals with one of the most advanced and functional mobile Internet experiences available on handhelds today[1]. Among the unique mobile browser technologies enabled by NetFront Browser Engine is Rapid-Render a technology that progressively renders Web page content, significantly accelerating the presentation, discovery and interaction opportunities for end-users.

“The remarkable success of devices like the Treo 600 and soon the Treo 650 demonstrate that palmOne is dedicated to providing their customers with the best possible mobile solutions,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. “It is our goal at ACCESS to help palmOne in their efforts.”

About the Treo 650 Smartphone from palmOne, Inc.
Building on the award-winning Treo 600 design, the new Treo 650 smartphone from palmOne makes it easier than ever for mobile professionals to stay connected. By combining a compact, full-featured mobile phone with email, an organizer, messaging and web access[2], the Treo 650 lets users organize and simplify their business and personal lives all in one place. The Treo 650 offers integrated Bluetooth® technology, a higher-resolution screen, multimedia capabilities, a removable battery, non-volatile memory, an improved QWERTY backlit keyboard, and support for direct corporate email access to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 using VersaMail® email software[3]. More information can be found at www.palmOne.com/Treo650.

About NetFront Browser Engine
NetFront Browser Engine is the browser engine behind ACCESS’ popular NetFront browser. NetFront browser 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. Internet and email access requires data services from a mobile service provider at an additional cost. ISP may also be required. Pricing varies by service provider.
  2. Within wireless service coverage area only. Email requires data services from a mobile service provider at an additional cost. ISP may also be required. Pricing varies by service provider.
  3. Requires Exchange Server 2003 and access enabled by IT administrator.

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, VersaMail 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