Cannes, France – 3GSM World Congress – February 15, 2005 – ACCESS Co., Ltd., (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced that the ACCESS NetFront® browser has been ported to run on Texas Instruments Incorporated’s (TI’s) OMAP2420. Now, users of OMAP™ processor-based mobile device – including FOMA™ phones, Smartphones, PDAs, 3G handsets and 2G/2.5G handsets – can use NetFront’s advanced Internet browsing capabilities.
By incorporating NetFront with the TI OMAP2420, users will now be able to easily browse the Internet, quickly view and retrieve Web content, watch streaming video clips, and play video games on OMAP2420-based mobile terminals. NetFront browser, on the OMAP2420, delivers an advanced Internet browsing experience with a comprehensive feature-set that includes support for WAP 2.0, WML, HTML 4.01, and cHTML as well as unique technologies like Rapid-Render™, an incremental rendering technology that significantly accelerates the presentation of Web pages, and Smart-Fit Rendering™, a rendering technology that intelligently renders Web pages to fit the screen width of mobile devices, eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling. In addition, NetFront is the only mobile browser in the world to provide integrated support for Adobe® Reader® and Adobe’s ubiquitous portable document format (PDF).
“We are pleased to be working with a leader in the mobile multimedia space and extending our NetFront browser to now give users of OMAP2420-based devices a powerful Internet browsing experience,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. “NetFront is one of the most advanced browsers for the global beyond-PC market, and is therefore perfectly equipped to power the wide variety of TI OMAP processor-based devices such as digital televisions, PDAs and Smartphones.”
TI´s OMAP platform is comprised of high-performance processors, a strong software infrastructure and comprehensive support network for the rapid development of differentiated Internet appliances, 2.5G and 3G wireless handsets and PDAs, portable data terminals and other multimedia-enhanced devices. TI’s OMAP 2 architecture enhances the mobile entertainment capability on portable devices. The OMAP2420 includes the benefits of the OMAP 2 architecture’s parallel processing, giving users the ability to instantly run applications and operate multiple functions simultaneously without quality of service compromises.
“ACCESS’ NetFront combined with TI’s OMAP2420 provides users with a robust mobile Internet experience with full browser capabilities. NetFront offers a familiar Web-based user interface for consumers to increase the usability of their multimedia phone and boost the uptake of data application usage and revenue for operators,” said Paul Werp, TI worldwide director of marketing, Cellular Systems.
ACCESS will be demonstrating its complete advanced solutions for mobile at 3GSM World Congress 2005 in stand G15 (Hall 2). ACCESS will be demonstrating its NetFront browser solution for OMAP2420 at the TI stand B6 (Hall 1).
OMAP Developer Network
ACCESS is a member of TI’s OMAP™ Developer Network, a group of leading software developers porting advanced applications to TI’s high performance, power-efficient OMAP processors. Handset manufacturers adopting OMAP devices enjoy the rapid deployment of compelling wireless applications – including streaming audio and video, multimedia messaging, gaming, security, speech recognition, location based services and mobile commerce – across all leading operating systems. Systems level integration services are also provided worldwide by independent OMAP Technology Centers. The OMAP platform has been selected by leading manufacturers, such as Nokia, Palm, NEC, Fujitsu, LG Electronics, Hewlett-Packard, Sendo, HTC and many more, for their 2.5 and 3G wireless devices. For more information, please visit www.ti.com/omap.
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 342 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-modeTM and FOMATM services. To date, over 150 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.
About NetFront Browser
NetFront browser recently surpassed over 150 million deployments globally that include 342 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, Microsoft® 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, Amoi, AT&T Wireless, Casio, Epson, Hitachi, Hutchinson 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Mitsubishi, palmOne, PalmSource, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Sony, Telcel Venezuela, TCL, Toshiba, UTStarcom and more.
OMAP is a trademark of Texas Instruments. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
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 only available to subscribers in Japan. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.
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