Strengthening Multi-Media Strategy in Embedded Market

TOKYO, Japan – May 18, 2006 — ACCESS CO., LTD. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced that it has developed image viewing software for Pocket PC, NetFront LocationFree Player Pocket PC*. The software supports the “LocationFree®“software licensed from Sony Corporation (Head office Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; President, Representative Corporate Executive Officer, Ryoji Chubachi) to ACCESS in April this year. The new software targets information-based home electronics and supports Windows Mobile from Microsoft. Product shipments are scheduled to begin in the second half of this year.

Using information-based home electronics that incorporate the NetFront LocationFree® Player software,”LocationFree®“users will be able to operate and view TV and other video equipment such as DVD players on the Internet or from a wireless LAN any time and any place, as if in their own homes.

NetFront LocationFree® Player uses a MPEG4 decoder from Techno Mathematical Co., Ltd. (head office Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; president and CEO Masafumi Tanaka) featuring a unique algorithm.

“As the communications infrastructure, the merger of communications and media, and the evolution of digital consumer electronics continue to advance, ACCESS is focusing more and more on technologies that will seamlessly connect the services and devices that are beginning to debut now and into the future,” said Toru Arakawa, ACCESS’ president and CEO. “By providing this image viewing software, ACCESS, together with companies like Sony, will advance the LocationFree lifestyle globally through PDA’s and other devices. In the future, we intend to develop all kinds of products that will allow users to enjoy a LocationFree lifestyle with all information-based home electronics, including mobile phones.”

About ACCESS
ACCESS is a global provider of Internet technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets. Its NetFront browser, widely recognized as one of the most advanced Internet browsers in the world, is a cornerstone to the company’s vision of enabling Internet access anywhere and on any device. NetFront technologies are delivering full Internet browsing and related services to next-generation mobile devices and consumer electronics ranging from digital TV to automobile telematics. For more information: www.access.co.jp or www.access.co.jp/english.


* NetFrontTM LocationFree Player Pocket PC is not a final product name.
 
ACCESS and NetFront are trademarks or registered trademarks of ACCESS CO., LTD. in Japan and other countries.


LocationFree is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation

Microsoft, Windows and Windows Mobile are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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ACCESS CO., LTD.
Kyoko Obara +81 (3) 5259-3685
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Maureen O’Connell +1 (408) 400-1543
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Delia Liu +86 (10) 6566-9636
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Claudia Hoeck +49 (208) 8290-6432
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