Tokyo, Japan, May 15, 2007 – ACCESS CO., LTD. and PLANEX COMMUNICATIONS INC. today reached a comprehensive licensing agreement on the use and integration of ACCESS’ proprietary middleware – NetFront™Living Connect – in intelligent networked appliances to be developed and marketed by PLANEX.
NetFront Living Connect is fully compatible with the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) version 1.5 standard, which ensures smooth integration with ACCESS’ NetFront Browser, used widely in mobile phones and intelligent networked appliances. By combining the advanced compatibility and other features of ACCESS middleware with the networked appliance know-how of PLANEX, the two companies expect an intelligent appliance embedded with Living Connect and compatible with DLNA 1.5 to be introduced in a timely fashion.
PLANEX will initially develop a NetFront Living Connect-embedded appliance that complies not only with DLNA 1.5, but also with DTCP-IP (Digital Transmission Content Protection over Internet Protocol) for digital rights management of content transmitted between digital devices. PLANEX also expects to develop a variety of other DLNA 1.5-version intelligent appliances, including for its Home-server Network Hard-Disk System.
ACCESS will demonstrate the NetFront Living Connect-based system for digital television networking at the 10th Embedded Systems Expo, which will be held at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight) from May 16 to 18. The demonstration will take place at the ACCESS booth (E 44-50) in the East Hall.
About ACCESS CO., LTD.
ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global company providing leading technology, software products and platforms for web browsing, mobile phones, wireless handhelds and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio, including its NetFront™ Browser, Garnet™ OS (formerly Palm OS®) and ACCESS Linux Platform™, provides customers with solutions that enable faster time-to-market, flexibility and customizability. The Company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates 27 subsidiaries and affiliates within Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Index under the number 4813. For more information about ACCESS, please visit www.access-company.com
About PLANEX COMMUNICATIONS INC.
PLANEX COMMUNICATIONS INC. is a manufacturer and distributor of IP infrastructure connectivity devices for use in both private and public/commercial environments. Its main products are network-related devices. These include routers, wireless LAN devices for consumers, and VoIP devices and L2/L3 PoE switches for use by enterprises, government offices, schools and other public institutions. PLANEX also undertakes product planning, development and sales. A future-oriented enterprise, PLANEX has acquired three developers of software for cellular phones — TriStar Inc., American Megatrends Inc. and INPROBE Networks Inc. — to expand its presence in this exciting growth sector. PLANEX looks forward to maintaining its traditional focus on network devices while dedicating itself to development of products and services in the mobile communications industry. Established in July 1995, PLANEX became a public company in 2001 and is currently listed on the JASDAQ bourse. For more information about PLANEX, please visit www.planex.net
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