3GSM World Congress, BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- ACCESS Co.,
Ltd., and its wholly owned subsidiary, PalmSource, Inc., today announced the
ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP), the latest evolution of Palm OS(R) for Linux. The
ACCESS Linux Platform is designed to be an integrated, open and flexible
Linux-based platform tailored for smartphones and mobile devices.
ACCESS' goal is to have ALP become the platform of choice for the
development of high volume, feature rich smartphones and mobile devices for
high performance networks, including 2.5G and 3G, worldwide. ALP is designed
to provide a complete, consistent and customizable solution for handset and
mobile device manufacturers and mobile operators. ACCESS and PalmSource expect
to make the ALP Software Developer Kit (SDK) available to its licensees by the
end of this year (2006).
"We believe that ALP combines best-in-class open source Linux components
with proven mobile technologies developed by PalmSource and ACCESS' Linux
expertise," said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS, Co., Ltd. "As a
commercial-grade, flexible, open, robust and standards-based mobile Linux
based platform, ALP is designed to provide handset manufacturers with faster
time-to-market while supporting the goal of operators to offer revenue-
generating services, applications and content."
ACCESS Linux Platform
An open and flexible software platform -- Major components of ALP include:
-- Standard, commercial-grade Linux kernel -- version 2.6.12 and above
-- Optimized implementation of GIMP ToolKit (GTK+) -- popular open source
libraries for the creation of graphical user interfaces
-- GStreamer -- an open source, modular and multi-threaded streaming media
-- SQLite -- a high-performance database engine commonly used in embedded
Where appropriate, open source components used in ALP are extended and
certified by the Company. For example, ACCESS and PalmSource will enhance and
certify the open source BlueZ libraries to provide ALP with a Bluetooth(R) 2.0
technology compliant software stack.
A number of ACCESS and PalmSource technologies have been incorporated into
-- ACCESS NetFront(TM) browser -- a proven success with over 200 million
deployments in 721 commercial products for more than 30 handset and 90
Internet device manufacturers worldwide
-- PalmSource messaging and telephony middleware -- a highly modular and
-- PalmSource mobile applications including PIMs, multimedia, messaging,
PalmSource HotSync(R) and Palm Desktop -- includes the recognized
ease-of-use that users expect
By combining ACCESS' robust NetFront browser platform, its extensive
business relationships with over 30 handset vendors and Linux expertise with
PalmSource's advanced operating system, application portfolio, user interface
and developer community, the Company believes that ALP will provide the market
with a comprehensive yet flexible and integrated commercial-grade Linux based
solution for the mobile market.
Accelerating innovation -- ALP features MAX, an innovative application
framework designed by ACCESS and PalmSource to deliver an intuitive,
easy-to-use user experience and user interface for smartphones and mobile
devices. MAX will seamlessly support the concurrent operation of multiple
applications and tasks. It will also provide easy access to background tasks.
Designed to deliver a predictable and intuitive navigation model for both
one- and two-handed user interface schemes, the MAX framework offers the
flexibility to support five-way navigation and two dedicated keys, as well as
touch-screen and stylus input mechanisms.
Enabling customization -- In addition to the MAX application framework,
ALP is designed to support the existing Palm Powered(TM) Economy, the J2ME
developer community and the open source community. This flexibility in
choosing application models and user experiences enables handset manufacturers
and operators to customize their offerings.
Providing new opportunities for developers -- The mobile Linux market is
expected to grow from shipments of 3.5 million in 2005 to 28.1 million by
2010, according to the industry analyst firm Informa*. This presents new
opportunities for both Palm OS(R) and Linux third-party developers. ALP has
been designed to ensure that properly written Palm OS 68K applications will
run unchanged. We believe that this compatibility will enable PalmSource's
robust community of over 420,000 registered developers to potentially reach
new customers and markets.
In addition, ALP, because it includes open source components including GTK
and GStreamer, can support a wide variety of third party Linux applications
and services. ACCESS and PalmSource plan to provide the developer community
with development tools and SDKs to enable them to port existing applications
and develop new applications for ALP.
Building a Mobile Linux Ecosystem -- Much like PalmSource gave rise to the
Palm Powered Economy, ACCESS and PalmSource are focused on enriching the
broader Mobile Linux Ecosystem. The first step in this mission is to make ALP
is the most service-ready platform for smartphones and mobile devices by
providing leading mobile operators the opportunity to collaborate with ACCESS
and PalmSource and integrate their feedback and requirements into the ALP
development efforts. Secondly, ACCESS and PalmSource will work closely with
leading developers to optimize their applications to run on the ALP platform.
We believe that doing these things will help build and grow a robust mobile
Linux ecosystem that benefits developers, operators and handset manufacturers
while providing end users with a wide range of applications to meet the needs
of a diverse range of industries and consumers.
Contributing to the Open Source Community -- ACCESS and PalmSource have
contributed Open Binder, a component object framework, similar in general
concept to DCOM and CORBA, but better scaled for use on small devices. Open
Binder provides a unique inter-process communication (IPC) paradigm
implemented as a kernel-loadable driver, and incorporates a broad range of
programmatic utility classes and frameworks. PalmSource and ACCESS have
released the Binder driver and its associated frameworks to the open source
community. For more information, see www.openbinder.org.
Industry Support for ACCESS Linux Platform
"The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum is dedicated toward specifying an
application development environment for Linux based mobile, fixed and
convergence phones that will enable developers to write applications and have
them run on any LiPS compliant phone profile," said Haila Wang, president and
chairman of LiPS. "PalmSource/ACCESS is a leading contributor to LiPS and its
new ACCESS Linux Platform embraces this philosophy. This approach will help
handset makers and operators to bring phones to the market more quickly and at
"The mobile Linux market has great potential and delivers benefits to all
market participants -- from ISVs to device manufacturers to the mobile user,"
said Stuart Cohen, CEO of Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), the global
consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux. "An offering, such
as the ACCESS Linux Platform, that incorporates and supports mobile Linux
standards, can only help foster the growth of this market. PalmSource is doing
very important work with mobile Linux and its participation in OSDL's Mobile
Linux Initiative is a great asset to the marketplace."
"Freescale is seeing significant interest for Linux-based solutions to
complement our MXC platforms-part of Freescale's portfolio of comprehensive
solutions for mobile phones," said Findlay Shearer, cellular platform
marketing manager, Freescale Semiconductor. The introduction of the ACCESS
Linux Platform further accelerates the availability of commercial grade Linux
offerings for the high-growth mobile market"
"As an industry leader in supporting Linux-based platforms, Intel is
pleased to see another industry proof-point for the growing demand for
Linux-based solutions in the mobile phone market segment," said Mark Casey,
general manager, Applications Processor Business Unit for the Handheld
Platform Group, Intel Corporation. "Intel looks forward to our continuing
relationship with PalmSource and ACCESS to deliver solutions for next
generation Intel XScale(R) processor-based devices."
"As the largest provider of software distribution solutions to the Palm
Powered Economy, Motricity is excited about the opportunities that the ACCESS
Linux Platform will provide for applications developers and consumers," said
Larry Wallace, vice president of business development for Motricity. "The open
software platform will provide increased opportunities for content providers
to innovate and expand the possibilities that mobile computing provide for
consumers and enterprise customers."
"NEC Electronics offers platformOViA (Open, Value Interface for your
Applications) semiconductor solution platform, which enables set manufacturers
to significantly reduce development times for new products. PlatformOViA
allows customers to build a platform framework optimized for a variety of
product-lines such as mobile, automotive and digital consumer electronics,
inducing maximum performance of System LSI (NEC's technology that puts an
entire system on a single silicon chip)," said Seiji Mitsuoka, Vice President,
System Software Development Operations Unit, NEC Electronics Corporation.
"ACCESS Linux Platform has an important role for platformOViA in the mobile
phone market and will enable us to further offer high-quality solutions."
"NTT DoCoMo has been a pioneer in the Linux mobile phone market since it
began shipping the Linux-based FOMA 3G handset. To date, millions of the FOMA
3G handsets have been shipped, which we believe demonstrates the strength and
potential of the Linux-mobile phone market," said Dr. Kiyohito Nagata, Ph.D.,
vice president and managing director, Product and Service Division, NTT
DoCoMo. "We are excited about the ACCESS Linux Platform and expect ACCESS and
PalmSource to lead further development of the Linux-based phone and
"Samsung is looking carefully at the ACCESS Linux Platform powered by
PalmSource. We hope that customers can enjoy an enhanced multimedia experience
through flexible and open Linux operating systems," stated Kitae Lee,
president of Telecommunication Network Business of Samsung Electronics. "We
will adapt the advanced technology faster than any others and keep providing
customers with a variety of choices of technologies."
From Telefonica Moviles Espana: "At Telefonica Moviles Espana we are
always looking for innovative solutions that enable us to more effectively
deliver new customized operator services. It benefits not only the industry,
but also our customers. We support the openness, flexibility and ability for
customization that the ACCESS Linux Platform will provide."
"Texas Instruments (TI) is committed to driving wireless innovation and
enabling new market opportunities through support for mobile Linux," said
Markus Tremmel, worldwide manager of TI's Cellular System Ecosystem. "We
welcome the ACCESS Linux Platform as it provides a complete ecosystem of
solutions for our OMAP(TM) platform customers to leverage and allows
development costs to be spread over a broad portfolio of mobile devices."
"Wind River shares ACCESS' commitment to helping handset manufacturers and
operators provide their customers with a powerful, easy-to-use mobile phone,"
said Kevin Curry, strategic alliance manager at Wind River. "We believe that
the ACCESS Linux Platform is a natural extension to Wind River's device
software platform and development suite offering."
About ACCESS Co., Ltd.
ACCESS (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is a global provider of mobile content
delivery and Internet access technologies to the beyond-PC market. Its
NetFront(TM) browser, widely recognized as one of the most advanced Internet
browsers in the world, is a cornerstone to the Company's vision of making the
ubiquitous Internet a reality. 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.
NetFront browser recently surpassed 214 million deployments globally,
representing 721 unique devices from global manufacturers (as of September 20,
2005). For more information: www.access.co.jp or www.access.co.jp/english.
About PalmSource, Inc.
PalmSource, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ACCESS Co., Ltd, is the
Company behind Palm OS(R), a leading operating system powering mobile devices
and phones. PalmSource's products include a wide range of software for mobile
phones at all price points. More than 40 million mobile phones, handhelds, and
other mobile devices run PalmSource software. PalmSource and Palm OS have
given rise to a large community of users, enterprises, developers and
manufacturers, who together make up the Palm Powered(TM) Economy. More
information about PalmSource is available at www.palmsource.com,
www.palmsource.co.uk, www.palmsource.fr, www.palmsource.de,
www.palmsource.com/es and www.palmsource.com.cn.
* Informa Telecom & Media "Future Mobile Handsets 7th Edition" Report,
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