Handspring Licenses Mobileer Polyphonic Ringtone Engine Software

12/16/2003 - Mobileer (formerly SoftSynth.com) announces its polyphonic ringtone engine software has been licensed to Handspring, Inc. for use in its future mobile phone products. "We are very pleased with the sound quality, performance and small footprint of the ME1000 (SP-MIDI synth) software. Mobileer has a great solution for low-powered mobile devices.", said Mitch Allen, Director of Software Engineering for Handspring.

The Mobileer ME1000 is a highly portable, ultra-low memory footprint software product which can be integrated into the designs of mobile phones, PDAs, toys and low cost musical instruments and other handheld devices. The software is designed specifically to be embedded into fixed-point integer 32 bit CPU designs such as those based on ARM or MIPs.

For the ME1000, the music is synthesized directly without using audio samples or wavetables. The ME1000 uses a variety of synthesis techniques to convert standard General MIDI (SMF) files for production of modern high-fidelity sounds. Ringtone and music samples are available for listening on the company’s Web site. The combination of these techniques, filters and more gives the software a very low memory footprint which reduces manufacturing costs.

The software was designed for 32-bit embedded processors such as ARM or MIPS. It uses integer operations for its signal processing and is written in very portable 'C' code that has no operating system dependencies. This allows the ringtone software to be integrated very quickly into the product software.

According to Wayne Cullen, VP Product and Business Development, “the Mobileer ME1000 fills a need in the marketplace for a highly portable, low footprint audio engine software product. ME1000 obviates the need for specialized chips typically used for playing synthesized sounds; ring-tones in a mobile phone, for example. This results in a significant savings in cost, real estate, and power consumption in hand-held devices where low cost, low size and low power are extremely important.”

About Mobileer
Mobileer provides the world with innovative chip-less polyphonic ringtone and audio solutions for embedded devices like mobile phones, PDAs, toys, and other handheld devices. Mobileer is led by a seasoned management team comprised of technology executives and music system designers. Mobileer's ringtone and audio solutions are highly portable, integrate quickly and produce modern, high-fidelity sound. Mobileer's R&D is aimed squarely at pioneering solutions for handheld device manufacturers to address the fast-growing consumer market's demand for polyphonic audio capabilities. Mobileer is a privately-held company based in San Rafael, California. Information about Mobileer can be found at www.mobileer.com.

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