Aplix and VLI to Develop Java-Based SIP and VoIP Technologies

5/28/2004 - Aplix Corporation, the global leader in deploying Java technology in mobile phones, and VLI, a market leader in Mobile Broadband VoIP1 Telephony products and services, announced that they have formed a global strategic alliance. In addition, Aplix Corporation has made an equity investment in VLI and will join the VLI Board of Directors.

Aplix brings to the table its proven expertise in embedded systems for consumer electronic devices and VLI its total solution for VoIP. Together the two companies will collaborate in developing their business and technology of VoIP, including the development of Java-based SIP2. Furthermore, Aplix will immediately gain a toehold into the vast Chinese market where VLI currently maintains an engineering staff of over 40 engineers.

"The combination of Aplix and VLIfs technologies gives us an unprecedented ability to bring groundbreaking products to the SIP and VoIP markets," states Ryu Koriyama, CEO of Aplix.

"We're very excited to be working with a partner like Aplix that already has a proven track record in the mobile handset space with global multinationals as their existing accounts. It is a testament to their confidence in us as the best-in-class mobile broadband VoIP telephony solutions provider," said Bingwei Yao, CEO of VLI.

1 VoIP Short for Voice over Internet Protocol, a technology that enables the transmission of packaged voice data through an IP network.

2 SIP Short for Session Initiation Protocol, a signaling protocol for controlling multimedia sessions over an IP network. Because of its simplicity and scalability, many standards are being established utilizing SIP such as instant messaging.

About Aplix
Aplix Corporation is the global leader in deploying Java technology in mobile phones. The companyfs JBlend technology has been licensed by 13 handset manufacturers and deployed in mobile phones offered by wireless operators around the world. In its domestic market of Japan, JBlend technology is used in all Vodafone K.K. and KDDI Java-enabled handsets and ships in Java-enabled handsets by Sharp and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications for NTT DoCoMo. In the overseas market, JBlend technology is incorporated in handsets from 15 different wireless operators, including Sprint PCS in the US and Vodafone in Europe. In addition, the company has won significant international business, seeing its JBlend technology adopted by Alcatel in Europe and Motorola in the US. 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 Corporation: www.aplix.co.jp/en/

About VL Inc.
VLI is a world leader in providing Mobile Broadband VoIP Telephony Products and Services to enable Telcos and ISPs to deploy VoIP services leveraging Wi-Fi3 spectrum. VLI provides a complete server software suite enabling service providers to integrate Mobile Broadband VoIP into current network infrastructure. VLI also offers the broadest suite of clients in the industry, enabling most mobile and residential devices to use VoIP services, including Windows PCs, Handheld Computers, Wi-Fi Phones, and Residential Telephone Gateways. The company is headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley - Mountain View, California with offices in Tokyo, Japan and Shanghai, China.

For more information:
VLI: www.vliusa.com

3 Wi-Fi
Short for Wireless Fidelity. Wi-Fi is the popular term for wireless local area network (WLAN) standards, IEEE 802.11a/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g. A Wi-Fi certification test is operated by Wi-Fi Alliance (formerly WECA - Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance) to ensure and promote the interoperability of 802.11-based networking products.

JBlend and Aplix are trademarks or registered trademarks of Aplix Corporation in Japan and other countries. Sun and Java are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. VLI, the VLI logo and Gphone are trademarks of VLI (VL Inc.).

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