Symbian OS Version 8.0 Includes Media Device Framework

2/24/2004 - Symbian announces that the Media Device Framework (MDF) is to be included in deliveries of Symbian OS version 8.0. The MDF is the result of collaboration between leading semiconductor manufacturers, Symbian licensees and other ISV partners.

The MDF is a multimedia Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) for Symbian OS version 8.0 that provides support for video, audio and voice recognition acceleration technologies. Symbian OS is the global industry standard operating system for smartphones and is licensed by the world's leading handset manufacturers, which account for over 80 percent of annual worldwide sales.

MDF enables mobile phone handset manufacturers and Symbian's middleware partners to take advantage of optimized multimedia acceleration technologies independently of the underlying hardware platform. This provides a faster time to market when developing new devices as any investment made in existing software development can be easily transferred to new hardware.

Multimedia services are standardized for Symbian OS with the MDF, yet handset manufacturers and middleware developers can still capitalize on the benefits of the latest hardware acceleration technology. Semiconductor manufacturers and Symbian OS device creation partners benefit from opportunities to provide optimized Media Device components, including audio and video CODECs and other multimedia accelerated technologies.

About Symbian Ltd
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the BenQ P30, Motorola A920 and A925 for 3, Sendo X, Siemens SX-1, NTT DoCoMo FOMA F900i, F2102V and F2051 built by Fujitsu, Sony Ericsson P800 and P900 Smartphones, Nokia 9200 Communicator range as well as the 7700, 7650, 6600, 6620, 3650/3600, 3660/3620 and N-Gage.

About ARM
ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. “ARM” is used to represent ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM and Nasdaq: ARMHY); its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; and ARM Belgium N.V.

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