12/22/2003 - Ericsson Mobile Platforms has signed a license agreement with RealNetworks, Inc., where by Ericsson will integrate the media engine of the RealOne Player, the Helix DNA Client, and the RealAudio and RealVideo codecs into its platforms offerings.
Ericsson will optimize RealNetworks' technology for high quality digital media playback on mobile devices using the Ericsson reference design. By integrating these applications in current and next generation mobile devices, manufacturers are able to provide consumers access to the wide array of Internet multimedia content available today.
"With the inclusion of RealNetworks' core media engine and codecs in our platforms we expand the capability of our platforms to access more rich multimedia content over wireless networks," said Sandeep Chennakeshu, President of Ericsson Mobile Platforms.
"We applaud Ericsson Mobile Platforms adoption of the Helix DNA Client, and RealAudio and RealVideo codecs in support of their commitment to develop premium mobile platforms solutions capable of providing mobile customers with access to the highest-quality digital media content on the Internet," said Nagesh Pabbisetty, vice president Consumer Products & Support, RealNetworks. Inc.
Ericsson Mobile Platforms offers GSM/GPRS, EDGE and UMTS platforms based on a common software platform, which enables rich multimedia application and service support. Ericsson Mobile Platforms' solution is 3GPP compliant and is designed to support several media formats. RealNetworks' multi format media engine and codecs extend the capability of the platform and enables access to more rich media content for the end users.
Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.
Helix represents a platform, Helix DNA, and a community (www.helixcommunity.org), for the standardization and expansion of digital media. The Helix DNA consists of source code for creation, delivery and playback of digital media developed by RealNetworks over the past nine years, as well as a set of interfaces for building media-enabled applications. Helix community members are able to use this source code to build media-capable products with industry-leading technology and commonly used interfaces. The Helix community offers source code of Helix DNA under commercial community and open source licenses. RealNetworks has also released a family of commercial products built on top of the Helix DNA platform, including the free RealOne® Player, Helix Producer Plus, and the Helix Universal Server.
About RealNetworks, Inc.
RealNetworks, Inc. is the leading creator of digital media services and software. Consumers use RealNetworks' RealOne Player and the content subscription services it offers to play free and premium digital content. Broadcasters, network operators, media companies and enterprises use RealNetworks' products and services to create and deliver digital media to PCs, mobile phones and consumer electronics devices. Consumers can access and experience audio/video programming and download RealNetworks' consumer software at http://www.real.com. RealNetworks' systems and corporate information is located at http://www.realnetworks.com.
RealNetworks, RealAudio, RealOne, RealVideo and Helix are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc.
About Ericsson Mobile Platforms
Ericsson Mobile Platforms offers complete 2.5G and 3G technology platforms covering GSM/GPRS, EDGE, and UMTS standards. Platform delivery includes, reference design, platform software, ASIC's and development boards, development and test tools, support, training and documentation. Ericsson Mobile Platforms are proven and tested to secure final product quality and interoperability. The technology is based on Ericsson's global standardization leadership and the world's strongest Intellectual Property Rights portfolio for 2.5 and 3G. Ericsson Mobile Platforms is wholly owned company within the Ericsson Group.
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