ACCESS, Equator, Intel, and NEC Join the Helix Community and License RealVideo 9 for Next-Generation Home and Mobile Devices

1/13/2003 - RealNetworks®, Inc., the global leader in Internet media delivery, (Nasdaq; RNWK, Booth #35137), announced that four leading consumer electronics (CE) technology providers have licensed the Helix DNA Client and RealAudio®/RealVideo® to enable Internet media on consumer electronics devices such as DVD players, televisions, audio receivers, PDAs, and mobile devices. Both Helix DNA Client, which enables any format to be integrated into a single media player, and RealNetworks’ formats will be integrated into ACCESS’ NetFront® embedded browser, Equator’s BSP-15TM system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor, Intel®’s XScaleTM technology-based processors, and NEC's 64-bit VR Series MIPS® RISC microprocessors. Other leading CE and mobile technology companies that have previously announced support for Helix include Nokia, Palm, Symbian and Wind River.

“Today’s announcement shows the strong momentum that Helix and RealVideo are gaining in the CE and mobile communities,” said Dan Sheeran, Vice President, Media Systems, RealNetworks. “By cooperating together in a community source code environment, Helix Community members like ACCESS, Equator, Intel and NEC can rapidly enable Internet media across a wide range of mobile and home devices.”

The Helix DNA Client and RealAudio and RealVideo will be integrated into ACCESS’ NetFront embedded browser, enabling consumer electronics manufacturers to incorporate rich media content solutions into devices such as gaming consoles, mobile phones and car navigation systems.

"As the pioneer in embedded browsers for devices, we see that the next frontier is enabling audio and video on these devices with the minimum of power requirements,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO, ACCESS Co., Ltd. “The flexibility of the Helix DNA Client combined with the superior compression of RealVideo makes RealNetworks’ technology a perfect fit for our consumer electronics customers all over the world.”

Equator Technologies, Inc. provides high-performance, programmable and power-efficient SoC processors for video streaming and image processing applications. Through the porting of RealAudio and RealVideo codecs and the Helix DNA Client source code to the BSP-15 processor, manufacturers of DVD players and set-top boxes will have a turnkey solution to deliver RealVideo content on demand through broadband connections.

“RealNetworks’ Helix DNA Client and RealVideo software complement the BSP-15 processors capabilities,” said John O’Donnell, Founder and CTO of Equator Technologies, Inc. “By supporting RealNetworks’ Helix DNA Client and the RealVideo decoder on the BSP-15 processor, set-top box and DVD manufacturers will have a choice of how to make digital entertainment richer, easier and more universal.”

Intel has optimized RealNetworks’ RealAudio and RealVideo for the Intel® XScaleTM microarchitecture. This provides OEMs with an optimized Helix DNA client for the Handheld Wireless Market segment.

"Battery-efficient multimedia is a key characteristic of the Intel® Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA)," said Mark Casey, director of marketing for Intel's PCA Component's Group. We believe having the Helix DNA Client optimized for Intel® XScaleTM technology will be of great interest to Intel® PCA developers."

“NEC Electronics America has optimized RealNetworks’ RealAudio and RealVideo for our high-performance 64-bit VR Series MIPS-based RISC microprocessors,” said Arnold Estep, senior marketing manager, standard LSI solutions strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America, Inc. “Now, with the Helix DNA Client source code, NEC Electronics’ VR Series microprocessors can enhance the digital-media experience that consumer electronics manufacturers are able to design for next-generation digital set-top boxes, home entertainment systems and other consumer electronics devices.”

Helix is a platform and a community for the standardization and expansion of digital media. The Helix platform consists of source code developed by RealNetworks over the past nine years for the creation, delivery and playback of digital media, as well as a set of interfaces for building media-enabled applications. With over 5,000 members, the Helix Community is enabled to use this source code to build media-capable products with industry-leading technology, intellectual property and commonly used interfaces. The Helix Community offers source code of the Helix platform under two source licenses, the RealNetworks Community Source License and the RealNetworks Public Source License — available at RealNetworks has also released a family of products built on top of the Helix platform, including the Helix Producer, Helix Universal Server and RealOne Player.

RealNetworks, Inc., based in Seattle, is the global leader in Internet media delivery. It develop and markets software products and services designed to enable users of personal computers and other consumer electronic devices to send and receive audio, video, and other multimedia services using the Web. Consumers can access and experience audio/video programming and download RealNetworks’ consumer software on the Internet at RealNetworks systems and corporate information is located on the Internet at

RealNetworks, RealOne, RealAudio, RealVideo and Helix are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. VR Series and NEC Electronics America, Inc. are trademarks or registered trademarks of NEC Electronics Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. MIPS is a registered trademark of MIPS Technologies, Inc.

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