10/29/2003 - ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies for information appliances, announced that its SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language) multimedia player has been licensed by KDDI for deployment on its au branded handsets available through its 3G CDMA 1X WIN data delivery service running on a CDMA 2000 1x EV-DO network.
The SMIL player for KDDI, formally named NetFront v3.1 SMIL Player for KDDI, supports both SMIL Basic, the latest W3C specification, as well as KDDI’s own feature set. NetFront v3.1 SMIL Player for KDDI allows consumers to access and play multimedia content, like movies, animations, still images, sounds, and text in a dynamic manner. Information can be selected and organized for display by consumers according to their personal preference, greatly enhancing and personalizing the end-user experience. NetFront v3.1 SMIL Player for KDDI will initially support KDDI’s EZ Channel.
Mr. Toshio Maki, Director of au Operations Project Division, KDDI Corporation stated, "We chose to partner with ACCESS for the development of this multimedia solution because ACCESS has not only world class technical expertise but also global experience in next-generation mobile Internet technologies. This new multimedia browser software solution will allow our customers to enjoy a greatly enhanced and personalized Internet experience."
"We are very pleased that ACCESS software was selected to support the innovative services announced today by KDDI, services which will usher in a new era in mobile telephony. With this solution, EZ Channel customers will benefit not only from a dynamic user interface but sophisticated handset functionality as well," said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS.
About CDMA 2000 1xEV-DO and SMIL Compatible Content Delivery Services
(1) CDMA 2000 1x EV-DO
A new 3G high-speed wireless packet data network, enabling a maximum download speed of 2.4Mbps and upload speed 144 Kbps (both at best effort).
(2) EZ Channel EZ Channel allows one to program automatic content delivery from a programming guide, with daily or weekly updates. Furthermore this service provides end-users to download contents on demand through specialized contents window format.
ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and has subsidiaries in Fremont, California, Oberhausen, Germany, and Beijing, China. ACCESS is a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies for information appliances. ACCESS' embedded NetFront browsers power 254 different commercial products worldwide including mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, game consoles, PDAs, car navigation systems, web phones, kiosk terminals and intranet terminals. To date, over 100 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 90 major Internet device manufactures (As of Sept, 2003). ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at www.access.co.jp/english/ or www.access-us-inc.com.
ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront is registered trademark of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan and other countries.
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