ACCESS Announces NetFront(TM) Browser v4.0 With Super Fast JavaScript(TM) Engine for Embedded Browsers - Free Windows Mobile(R) Concept version available for download

TOKYO, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, today announced NetFront™ Browser v4.0, the latest version of NetFront Browser for mobile handsets and Internet-enabled devices. Featuring one of the world's fastest JavaScript engines(1) developed from the ground up by ACCESS, NetFront Browser v4.0 performs JavaScript executions twenty times faster than ACCESS' NetFront Browser v3.5(2), resulting in a significantly better browsing experience overall, especially for websites that make heavy use of complex JavaScript.

The NetFront Browser v4.0 API application and porting layers are compatible with those of NetFront Browser v3.5, so device manufacturers using NetFront Browser v3.5 can easily upgrade to take advantage of super fast JavaScript engine in NetFront Browser v4.0, making it possible to leverage customized applications with minimal additional investment.

ACCESS will make a concept version of NetFront Browser v4.0 for Windows Mobile available for free download for a limited time beginning January 13, 2010(3). In addition to the Windows Mobile version, ACCESS also plans to provide NetFront Browser v4.0 for major mobile operating systems and Internet-enabled devices to improve Internet access and use. For more information and to download NetFront Browser v4.0, go to ACCESS' website: http://www.access-company.com/products/mobile_solutions/netfrontmobile/browser/concept.html.

"The more users and companies come to depend on cloud computing, the more important web application performance and web JavaScript execution become," said Tomihisa Kamada, president, CEO and co-founder of ACCESS. "NetFront delivers not only an exceptionally fast mobile browsing experience, but also a mobile cloud computing experience that is fluid and truly useful. ACCESS will continue to improve and extend our technologies to bring users around the world a faster, easier and more enjoyable Internet experience."

NetFront Browser is the most advanced, versatile and powerful full Internet browser for mobile and beyond-PC devices. Specifically designed and optimized to deliver high performance in resource-constrained environments, it has been deployed by major operators, handset manufacturers and consumer electronics manufacturers around the world.

NetFront™ products including NetFront Browser reached approximately 850 million and 1,960 models at the end of October 2009. According to an analysis concluded in September 2009 of devices offered by top-tier operators and device ownership data from comScore's MobiLens research, NetFront Browser is the standard browser deployed on more handset models in the U.S. and through multi-country operators in the top five European markets (France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain) than any other mobile Internet browser.

About ACCESS

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 and ACCESS Linux Platform™, provides customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates 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://www.access-company.com/

© 2010 ACCESS CO., LTD. All rights reserved.

ACCESS, the ACCESS logo, NetFront, ACCESS Linux Platform, Garnet and PagePilot are registered trademarks or trademarks of ACCESS CO., LTD. in the United States, Japan and/or other countries.

The registered trademark LINUX® is used pursuant to a sublicense from Linux Mark Institute, the exclusive licensee of Linus Torvalds, owner of the mark on a world-wide basis.

JavaScript is a trademark or registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Windows Mobile is a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks, logos and trade names mentioned in the document are the property of their respective owners.

NetFront Browser v4.0 Features

Super Fast JavaScript Engine

NetFront Browser v4.0 boasts JavaScript execution performance that is twenty times faster than the JavaScript execution performance seen in NetFront Browser v3.5. NetFront Browser v4.0 delivers a significantly better browsing experience overall, but especially for websites that make heavy use of complex JavaScript.

Great User Experience

Libraries and UI options offered through NetFront Browser facilitate the integration of the NetFront Browser engine with any kind of application that needs advanced Web rendering capabilities. NetFront Browser application highlights include a stunning graphical tool that allows end-users to manage their favorite Web pages and PagePilot™ a pan and zoom navigation tool that enables a desktop-like presentation of Web pages on mobile devices with limited screen sizes.

Swift Navi

Swift Navi significantly smoothes the scrolling of Web pages on mobile devices.

Animated Zoom

Animated Zoom quickly and smoothly magnifies selected areas of a Web page.

PagePilot

PagePilot enables smooth pan and zoom navigation. PagePilot is activated by continuously pressing the scroll key.

(1) Based on ACCESS internal SunSpider benchmark JavaScript engine testing for Windows Mobile as of January, 2010.

(2) Based on ACCESS internal SunSpider benchmark JavaScript engine testing as of January, 2010.

(3) The trial period for this software expires on June 30, 2010.

SOURCE ACCESS CO., LTD.



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