ACCESS and PalmSource Announce the ACCESS Linux Platform New Commercial-Grade Linux-Based Platform Designed for Smartphones and Mobile

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- Open, Flexible and Customizable



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    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
        framework
     -- SQLite -- a high-performance database engine commonly used in embedded
        devices
 
     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
 ALP, including:
 
     -- 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
        scalable implementation
     -- 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
 lower cost."
     "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
 application market."
     "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,
 October 2005
 
     NOTE:  Access and NetFront are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 ACCESS Co., Ltd., in Japan and other countries. PalmSource, Palm OS, Palm
 Powered, PalmSource HotSync and certain other trade names, trademarks and
 logos are trademarks which may be registered in the United States, France,
 Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and other countries and are either owned
 by PalmSource, Inc. or its affiliates, or are licensed by PalmSource, Inc.
 from Palm Trademark Holding Company, LLC. These marks may not be used in
 connection with any product or service that does not belong to PalmSource,
 Inc. (except as expressly permitted by a license with PalmSource, Inc.), in
 any manner that is likely to cause confusion among customers, or in any manner
 that disparages or discredits PalmSource, Inc., its licensor, its subsidiaries
 or affiliates. The BLUETOOTH word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth
 SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by ACCESS Co., Ltd., are used under
 license. All other brands and trademarks used herein are or may be trademarks
 of, and are used to identify other products or services of, their respective
 owners.
 
     The content, including without limitation, descriptions of third party
 products, features, functions, specifications, release dates and programs and
 feature products is supplied "AS-IS" AND WITH NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES
 whatsoever made by ACCESS Co., Ltd. PalmSource, Inc. or its third party
 suppliers or licensees. Product features, functions, specifications, programs
 and the development thereof may be modified, deleted or discontinued and any
 release date may be modified or cancelled, at any time and without prior
 notice, in ACCESS Co., Ltd's, PalmSource, Inc.'s or the applicable third
 party's sole discretion.
 
 

SOURCE PalmSource, Inc.

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