Aplix's JBlend Technology Powers Sharp GX20 Camera Phone

11/10/2003 - Aplix Corporation, the global leader in deploying JavaTM technology in mobile phones, announced that its JBlendTM platform is shipping in the new Sharp GX20 GSM/GPRS camera phone. The GX20 mobile phone is available across Europe from Vodafone.

Both the new GX20 and its predecessor, the Sharp GX10 mobile phone, incorporate the JBlend platform. The GX20 features color screens on both the main and exterior screens, and includes a built-in digital camera offering 640 x 480 resolution. The phone also has a dedicated button to provide rapid access to Vodafone live!, which launched across Europe one year ago and is now also offered in Australia, Egypt and New Zealand.

Since the GX20 phone includes the same JBlend Java technology as its predecessor, users can enjoy a wide range of existing premium Java technology-based content available via Vodafone live!, including full-color games and polyphonic ring-tones. The GX20 also includes a newly implemented "Resident MIDlet" feature that enables a MIDlet to be placed in background mode while another application is executing, then immediately reinitiated when desired or upon particular phone events.

JBlend technology is the most deployed Java execution platform for mobile phones worldwide. More than 20 million handsets have been shipped with JBlend technology, which has been incorporated into 58 wireless handset models from 11 different manufacturers. Phone manufacturers are able to benefit from Aplix's extensive experience with a wide variety of chipsets, operating systems and network operator profiles to quickly and efficiently deliver advanced, feature-rich products to market.

Working closely with Aplix, Sharp implemented JBlend technology for the new GX20 mobile phone, which incorporates the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2METM) Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDCTM), Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP), Vodafone Java extensions and Aplix's patent-pending KFTTTM acceleration technology.

About the JBlend Platform
The JBlend platform is the de facto solution for running Java applications and services in mobile phones. It includes a high-performance, small-footprint Java virtual machineTM for a variety of configurations (CLDC, CDC) and profiles/extensions (MIDP, i-mode DoJa, Sprint and others); and all the porting tools and test suites needed to Java-enable a full line of consumer products. The JBlend platform supports a variety of popular operating systems and microprocessors, and has also been successfully integrated in many digital appliances and embedded devices. JBlend technology offers device manufacturers the following key benefits:

About Aplix Corporation
Aplix Corporation is the global leader in deploying Java technology in mobile phones. The company's JBlend technology has been licensed by 13 handset manufacturers and deployed in mobile phones offered by wireless operators around the world. Aplix was first established in 1986 and has been a Sun Java licensee since 1996. The company is headquartered in Tokyo with subsidiary operations in San Francisco and Munich.

For more information:
Aplix Corporate of America: www.aplixcorp.com.
Aplix Corporate of America: www.aplix.co.jp.

JBlend, KFTT and all related trademarks thereto are trademarks or registered trademarks of Aplix Corporation in Japan and other countries. Sun, Java, JVM, and J2ME are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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