Tao Unveils intent 2 Multimedia Platform SDK, Additions to Suite

7/2/2003 - Tao Group strengthened its position as the industry’s most advanced multimedia platform for digital networked clients by announcing major enhancements and additions to its intent® technology suite, and the launch of the intent 2 SDK.

Tao is able to provide the only Open and Accessible Multimedia Platform solution that can satisfy the requirements of all the players in the value chain by bringing together five of its world leading technology components:

In building on its previous base technology, intent now supports the ability for networked content to be delivered using thin or fat client deployment models in a number of different forms, from industry standard C, C++ and Java to scripting and mark-up languages, irrespective of which OS or hardware architecture is employed in the device. Creative developers can now customise the look&feel of the device, in line with the branding requirements of the mobile operators and device manufacturers, using the new Qi Brandable Control Center (subject of a separate release). Coupled with the vastly superior Sound and Visual capabilities of intent 2, operators can look forward to increasing consumer loyalty and revenues per user.

intent’s Java solutions now support PersonalJava and J2ME VMs and an expanding range of J2ME JSR profiles. Tao’s unique VM technology can support the co-existence of PersonalJava and MIDP2.0 on a single VM implementation, improving efficiency and performance whilst reducing memory footprint and cost.

Tao’s intent Sound System (iSS), incorporating BAFTA award winning technology, brings unparalleled audio capabilities to consumer devices, whether the requirement is for Polyphonic ringtones on a mobile phone to full MIDI backing tracks to accompany gaming content.

The new technological components in intent 2 can be deployed individually or as part of a fully integrated environment, making intent the only truly open platform for the execution of revenue generating content and services – synchronising and exceeding consumer expectations.

Francis Charig, Chairman & Chief Executive at Tao Group said: "From its inception 10 years ago, intent was and is about delivering great content, whatever the target device. Too many technology companies have fallen into the trap of delivering technology for technology’s sake and expecting consumers to buy it and be impressed. We have focussed on intent providing all of the rich AV functionality required to enable the creation of content and applications that meet the expectations of the consumers and that they are willing to pay for. Our platform gives content developers maximum scope to create and deploy, and in turn gives consumers maximum enjoyment."

Full details of the intent multimedia platform can be found on the Tao website at: http://withintent.biz. A new intent whitepaper is also available for download from the website.

Pricing & Availability
intent is available today. It is already being deployed in mobile and consumer electronics devices around the world. These include the mydevice smartphone from MyOrigo and the award-winning iPronto remote control from Philips. A full intent 2 SDK will be available in Quarter 3 of 2003 – price on application intentsdk@tao-group.com

About Tao Group
Tao has developed intent®, a binary portable, language independent, high performance, multimedia platform that is now used by many of the world’s leading OEMs in their client products for home and mobile networks. The technology allows these companies to have a single strategy across all of their platforms, irrespective of operating system, hardware and function. intent is now being used in products including smart mobile appliances and digital television. The Company was founded in 1992, has offices in the United States, Europe and Japan and counts Motorola, Mitsubishi, Sony, NEC, Kyocera, and Sharp among its investors. Tao has a growing and high value, global patent portfolio and is the recipient of multiple industry awards, both for its technologies and for the rate of corporate growth.

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