• Eight new members added to ACCESS Connect Ecosystem partner program
  • Global ecosystem partners provide solutions for ACCESS Linux Platformand other ACCESS products

LINUXWORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – August 6, 2007 – ACCESS CO., LTD., today announced the addition of eight new members to the growing roster of companies supporting its ACCESS Linux Platform and NetFront browser technologies through the ACCESS Connect Ecosystem (ACE) global partner program. New members include companies in strategic, high growth geographies, like China, as well as mobile Linux®-based partners that provide tools and technologies that harness the full power of native Linux solutions for the mobile and beyond PC markets.  The addition of the eight new members brings the total number ACE partners to over 65.

ACE partners work closely with ACCESS to expand the mobile Linux market and help fuel the growth of converged technologies and devices.  Recent announcements from ACCESS and ACE partners on joint solutions and business opportunities demonstrate the value that a robust ecosystem can deliver to customers and to the industry as a whole.

The Mobile Linux Market Is Gaining Momentum
ABI Research forecasts that by 2012, more than 127 million devices will be enabled with a commercial Linux OS, up from 8.1 million in 2007. Additionally, device shipments that incorporate Linux as an RTOS replacement are set to grow to more than 76 million units in 2012, up from nearly zero in 2007. “Linux within the cellular phone is not a question of if, but when,” said ABI Research Director Stuart Carlaw.

“We believe that mobile Linux adoption can be accelerated to its full potential with the development of a robust industry ecosystem to complement and support it,” said Toru Arakawa, ACCESS CEO, president and co-founder. “The ACCESS Connect Ecosystem program brings together the industry’s best and brightest to ensure that a full range of solutions and technologies are available for mobile Linux and converged devices.”

The newest members of the ACE global partner program announced today include:

CodeSourcery, Inc. (www.codesourcery.com)
California, USA. CodeSourcery builds software tools that enable its customers to get the most out of hardware platforms ranging from embedded devices to supercomputers. Sourcery G++, a complete software development environment based on the GNU Toolchain, is the leading choice for software engineers, operating system vendors, semiconductor companies and device manufacturers.

Fluendo, S.A. (www.fluendo.com)
Barcelona, Spain. Fluendo, leader in GNU/Linux and UNIX multimedia solutions, is the company that has been funding, redesigning and improving the GStreamer framework.  With strong multimedia expertise on PC and embedded device platforms, Fluendo provides codec implementations for GStreamer and a modular media center framework called Elisa.

Mentor Graphics Corporation (www.mentor.com)
Oregon, USA. Mentor Graphics (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor companies.

Movial Corporation (www.movial.fi)
Helsinki, Finland. Movial delivers software and services for the IP communications market that promote seamless convergence on unified multimedia messaging, voice calls, video calls, video share and others.

MOZAT Pte Ltd. (www.mozat.com)
Shanghai, China. MOZAT develops carrier-grade and enterprise-class mobile solutions for enterprises, mobile carriers, software providers and device manufacturers. MOZAT mobile software solutions help users access everything in their digital world, including push e-mail, remote desktop documents, instant messaging, mobile video, Web information by push RSS and PIM synchronization and mobile search.

OpenedHand Ltd. (www.o-hand.com)
Bromley, United Kingdom. OpenedHand creates, adapts and improves Unix- and Linux-based open source software for consumer-facing mobile and embedded devices.

Sigmatrix Technology Corporation (www.sigmatrix.cn)
Beijing, China.  Sigmatrix is a leading provider of barcode and 2D message technology in China.

UnisCode, Inc. (www.youma.cn)
Beijing, China. UnisCode product lines cover barcode protocol and software, cross-platform mobile phone software and embedded fingerprint and OCR software. The company is one of the Top 100 Electronic Information Enterprises in China and has won numerous awards, including the National Technology Invention Award.

ACCESS Connect Ecosystem (ACE) Global Partner Program
The ACE partner program (www.access-company.com/partners) is designed to create an ecosystem of world-class partners that will unleash the potential of the digital life generation by driving development and adoption of new mobile converged technologies and solutions. As part of its strategy to enable a truly connected world, the ACE partner program is an integral component in the delivery of interconnected products. ACCESS enables digital life by delivering open, extensible, and unifying platforms that partners can leverage and build on, including:

  • ACCESS Linux Platform – A complete next-generation Linux platform for smart mobile devices.
  • NetFront Mobile Client Suite – A mobile browser and application suite now in millions of devices worldwide.
  • NetFront Living Connect – Advanced technologies for the home networking and digital TV markets based on Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standards.
  • NetFront IMS Client Package and NetFront Media Player – One of the industry’s first IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) solutions for businesses that provides leading edge IMS solutions that tightly integrate Internet viewing and messaging environments with audio and visual media.


In addition to the companies announced today, current member companies of the ACE program include:

AnyDATA Corp.
AppForge, Inc.
ArcSoft, Inc.
ARM
Astraware Limited
Beijing Lingtu Software Co., Ltd.
BlueStreak Network, Inc.
Bytemobile, Inc.
Comodo Group Inc.
Cybertrust Japan Co., Ltd
db4objects, Inc.
Digital Airways
DynaComware Corporation
EASTON CO., LTD.
Embedio, Inc.
Emtrace Technologies, Inc.
FUJITSU BROAD SOLUTION & CONSULTING, Inc.
GlobalSign K.K.
Go Daddy Software, Inc.
Hantro
HI CORPORATION
HIFONT SYSTEM CORP.
Hitachi Advanced Digital, Inc.
Infineon Technologies Japan K.K.
InnoPath Software
IT Access Co., Ltd.
LIM Corp., Ltd.
Linux Phone Standards Forum (LiPS)
Marvell
Me2B UK, Ltd.
Mobopia Corp.
MOCOCO, Inc.
Monotype Imaging, Inc.
Motricity, Inc.
Netone Technology Inc.
OMRON SOFTWARE Co., Ltd.
Orange
PacketVideo Corporation
PATTEK CO., Ltd.
PenPOWER Technology, Ltd.
Penthera Technologies, Inc.
QSound Labs, Inc.
RadiSys Japan K.K.
Red Bend Software, Inc.
Realeyes 3D S.A.
Renesas Technology Corp.
Roundbox Inc.
SanDisk IL Ltd.
SoftFront
Sophia Systems Co., Ltd.
Sprint Nextel
Telefónica Móviles España
Tensilica K.K.
Texas Instruments, Inc.
VeriSign Japan K.K.
ViXS Systems
Wireless Industry Partnership Connector, Inc. (WIP)
Zi Corporation

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, provide customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates 29 subsidiaries and affiliates within Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mother’s Index under the number 4813. For more information about ACCESS, please visit http://gl.access-company.com/

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