Parthus Joins SyncML Initiative to Create a Common Protocol for Sharing Information Seamlessly Between Wireless Devices

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Parthus Technologies plc

    DUBLIN, Ireland, April 19 /PRNewswire/ --
 Parthus Technologies plc (Nasdaq: PRTH) (LSE:   PRH), the world's leading
 provider of platform-level intellectual property for the mobile Internet,
 today announced that it has joined the SyncML initiative.  SyncML is a common
 protocol designed to allow all mobile devices and applications to synchronize
 data across any network.
     Parthus' work with the SyncML initiative is part of its effort to create
 fully interoperable system-on-chip solutions that significantly reduce the
 cost and time-to-market of deploying next generation mobile Internet
 applications, such as Bluetooth, Smartphones/PDAs and GPRS/2.5G.
     The aim of the SyncML group, that includes Ericsson, IBM, Lotus, Motorola,
 Matsushita, Nokia, Palm Inc., Psion and Starfish Software devices, is to
 enable the smooth and efficient synchronization of personal and business
 information over fixed or mobile networks using existing technologies
 including XML.  SyncML ensures that information in compatible applications,
 such as e-mails, calendars, to-do lists, contact information and other
 critical data, is accessible and up-to-date regardless of the platform,
 manufacturer or application.
     Parthus' work with the SyncML group will encompass three Parthus
 platforms:
 
     BlueStream(TM)   A complete Bluetooth platform, including RF, baseband
                      and software protocol stack enabling wireless-LAN
                      connectivity between electronic devices licensed to
                      industry leaders such as 3Com, Agilent and Hitachi
 
     InfoStream(TM)   A complete mobile computing platform powering Symbian,
                      Pocket PC and Linux operating systems targeting next
                      generation Smartphones and PDAs licensed to leaders such
                      as Sharp and Psion.
 
     MobiStream(TM)   A complete 2.5G GPRS platform including digital baseband
                      and protocol stacks enabling Class 12 (56kbs) through
                      Class 18 (115kbs) broadband wireless connectivity.
 
     "We are pleased to have Parthus as part of our growing group of SyncML
 members," said Douglas Heintzman, Chairman of the SyncML Initiative.  "The
 promise of a ubiquitous synchronization specification is compelling.  We are
 fully committed to ensuring information can be shared in a manner that will
 benefit users and manufacturers of a wide variety of mobile devices. We
 welcome the contributions of companies like Parthus in the pursuit of this
 potential."
     "Providing consumers with a protocol that allows them to synchronize
 business and personal information between any device is key to the success of
 next generation mobile Internet," said Sean Mitchell, vice president and
 general manager, InfoMedia business unit.  "We believe mobile computing and
 connectivity will only be truly pervasive when information can be easily
 shared across any device, be that a PDA, Smartphone or PC.  SyncML is key to
 solving this problem."
     SyncML is designed specifically with the wireless world's tight
 requirements in the mind. By minimizing use of bandwidth, SyncML is well
 suited to dealing with the special challenges of wireless synchronization like
 relatively low reliability of the connection and high network latency.  SyncML
 also enables synchronization over fixed networks, infrared, cable, or
 Bluetooth.  The group hopes to cover most mobile data requirements including:
 
     * vCard, vCalendar, etc
     * email and network news
     * relational data
     * XML
     * HTML
     * binary data
 
     The protocol is also designed to operate over a wide variety of transport
 protocols, including:
 
     * HTTP (internet)
     * WSP (session protocol part of WAP)
     * OBEX (Bluetooth, IrDA, etc)
     * SMTP, POP3, IMAP
     * TCP/IP
     * other proprietary communications protocols
 
     About SyncML
     SyncML is an open industry specification for universal data
 synchronization of remote data and personal information across multiple
 networks, platforms and devices.  The SyncML initiative is sponsored by
 Ericsson, IBM, Lotus, Matsushita, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Inc., Psion, Starfish
 Software and supported by over 600 key wireless companies.  Companies
 interested in deploying SyncML-compliant products and services in 2001 and
 beyond are encouraged to join the initiative.  For more information on the
 SyncML initiative www.syncml.org .
 
     About Parthus Technologies plc
     Parthus Technologies plc is one of the world's leading providers of
 complete platform level Intellectual property (IP) solutions targeting the
 mobile Internet market.  Incorporating radio, baseband and software design
 solutions, Parthus' unrivalled range of mobile Internet platforms are used by
 the world's largest microprocessor companies and electronics manufacturers in
 MP3, GPS, GPRS, GSM, 3G and Bluetooth applications. Parthus' broad range of
 platforms powers a diverse range of mobile Internet devices, such as cellular
 handsets, Smartphones, automobiles, personal audio players and PDAs.  The
 company has leveraged seven years' of IP development experience to deploy
 platforms that lead the industry in terms of ultra-high processing power and
 low power consumption, and deliver significant cost and time-to-market
 advantages to its customers. Parthus is headquartered in Dublin with offices
 in seven countries and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:   PRH) and
 NASDAQ (Nasdaq: PRTH).  More information on Parthus is available at
 http://www.parthus.com .
 
     Safe Harbor Statement:
     This document may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning
 of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of
 the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Any "forward-looking
 statements" in this document are subject to certain risks and uncertainties
 that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated.  Any
 statements that are not statements of historical fact (including, without
 limitation, statements to the effect that the company or its management
 "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans" and similar expressions) should
 be considered forward-looking statements.  Important factors that could cause
 actual results to differ from those indicated by such forward-looking
 statements include uncertainties relating to the acceptance of semiconductor
 intellectual property offerings, expansion of our business, quarterly
 variations in results, and other uncertainties that are discussed in the "Risk
 Factors" section of our prospectus dated November 8, 2000, which is on file
 with the SEC and the Registrar of Companies in the Republic of Ireland.
 
 

SOURCE Parthus Technologies plc
    DUBLIN, Ireland, April 19 /PRNewswire/ --
 Parthus Technologies plc (Nasdaq: PRTH) (LSE:   PRH), the world's leading
 provider of platform-level intellectual property for the mobile Internet,
 today announced that it has joined the SyncML initiative.  SyncML is a common
 protocol designed to allow all mobile devices and applications to synchronize
 data across any network.
     Parthus' work with the SyncML initiative is part of its effort to create
 fully interoperable system-on-chip solutions that significantly reduce the
 cost and time-to-market of deploying next generation mobile Internet
 applications, such as Bluetooth, Smartphones/PDAs and GPRS/2.5G.
     The aim of the SyncML group, that includes Ericsson, IBM, Lotus, Motorola,
 Matsushita, Nokia, Palm Inc., Psion and Starfish Software devices, is to
 enable the smooth and efficient synchronization of personal and business
 information over fixed or mobile networks using existing technologies
 including XML.  SyncML ensures that information in compatible applications,
 such as e-mails, calendars, to-do lists, contact information and other
 critical data, is accessible and up-to-date regardless of the platform,
 manufacturer or application.
     Parthus' work with the SyncML group will encompass three Parthus
 platforms:
 
     BlueStream(TM)   A complete Bluetooth platform, including RF, baseband
                      and software protocol stack enabling wireless-LAN
                      connectivity between electronic devices licensed to
                      industry leaders such as 3Com, Agilent and Hitachi
 
     InfoStream(TM)   A complete mobile computing platform powering Symbian,
                      Pocket PC and Linux operating systems targeting next
                      generation Smartphones and PDAs licensed to leaders such
                      as Sharp and Psion.
 
     MobiStream(TM)   A complete 2.5G GPRS platform including digital baseband
                      and protocol stacks enabling Class 12 (56kbs) through
                      Class 18 (115kbs) broadband wireless connectivity.
 
     "We are pleased to have Parthus as part of our growing group of SyncML
 members," said Douglas Heintzman, Chairman of the SyncML Initiative.  "The
 promise of a ubiquitous synchronization specification is compelling.  We are
 fully committed to ensuring information can be shared in a manner that will
 benefit users and manufacturers of a wide variety of mobile devices. We
 welcome the contributions of companies like Parthus in the pursuit of this
 potential."
     "Providing consumers with a protocol that allows them to synchronize
 business and personal information between any device is key to the success of
 next generation mobile Internet," said Sean Mitchell, vice president and
 general manager, InfoMedia business unit.  "We believe mobile computing and
 connectivity will only be truly pervasive when information can be easily
 shared across any device, be that a PDA, Smartphone or PC.  SyncML is key to
 solving this problem."
     SyncML is designed specifically with the wireless world's tight
 requirements in the mind. By minimizing use of bandwidth, SyncML is well
 suited to dealing with the special challenges of wireless synchronization like
 relatively low reliability of the connection and high network latency.  SyncML
 also enables synchronization over fixed networks, infrared, cable, or
 Bluetooth.  The group hopes to cover most mobile data requirements including:
 
     * vCard, vCalendar, etc
     * email and network news
     * relational data
     * XML
     * HTML
     * binary data
 
     The protocol is also designed to operate over a wide variety of transport
 protocols, including:
 
     * HTTP (internet)
     * WSP (session protocol part of WAP)
     * OBEX (Bluetooth, IrDA, etc)
     * SMTP, POP3, IMAP
     * TCP/IP
     * other proprietary communications protocols
 
     About SyncML
     SyncML is an open industry specification for universal data
 synchronization of remote data and personal information across multiple
 networks, platforms and devices.  The SyncML initiative is sponsored by
 Ericsson, IBM, Lotus, Matsushita, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Inc., Psion, Starfish
 Software and supported by over 600 key wireless companies.  Companies
 interested in deploying SyncML-compliant products and services in 2001 and
 beyond are encouraged to join the initiative.  For more information on the
 SyncML initiative www.syncml.org .
 
     About Parthus Technologies plc
     Parthus Technologies plc is one of the world's leading providers of
 complete platform level Intellectual property (IP) solutions targeting the
 mobile Internet market.  Incorporating radio, baseband and software design
 solutions, Parthus' unrivalled range of mobile Internet platforms are used by
 the world's largest microprocessor companies and electronics manufacturers in
 MP3, GPS, GPRS, GSM, 3G and Bluetooth applications. Parthus' broad range of
 platforms powers a diverse range of mobile Internet devices, such as cellular
 handsets, Smartphones, automobiles, personal audio players and PDAs.  The
 company has leveraged seven years' of IP development experience to deploy
 platforms that lead the industry in terms of ultra-high processing power and
 low power consumption, and deliver significant cost and time-to-market
 advantages to its customers. Parthus is headquartered in Dublin with offices
 in seven countries and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:   PRH) and
 NASDAQ (Nasdaq: PRTH).  More information on Parthus is available at
 http://www.parthus.com .
 
     Safe Harbor Statement:
     This document may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning
 of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of
 the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Any "forward-looking
 statements" in this document are subject to certain risks and uncertainties
 that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated.  Any
 statements that are not statements of historical fact (including, without
 limitation, statements to the effect that the company or its management
 "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans" and similar expressions) should
 be considered forward-looking statements.  Important factors that could cause
 actual results to differ from those indicated by such forward-looking
 statements include uncertainties relating to the acceptance of semiconductor
 intellectual property offerings, expansion of our business, quarterly
 variations in results, and other uncertainties that are discussed in the "Risk
 Factors" section of our prospectus dated November 8, 2000, which is on file
 with the SEC and the Registrar of Companies in the Republic of Ireland.
 
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