M-Systems Targets micro-More RTOS by Joining ACCESS Advanced Alliance

6/29/2004 - M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH) and ACCESS (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) announced that M-Systems has become a member of the ACCESS Advanced Alliance (AAA), a partner program of ACCESS which provides high quality tools, information and services to partners. The two companies will be cooperating to offer support for M-Systems' Mobile DiskOnChip within applications running the micro-More real-time operating system (OS) for mobile devices. micro-More is based on micro-ITRON, which is the most widely used OS for embedded devices developed in Japan.

Through this support, Mobile DiskOnChip can be used like a standard disk drive within the micro-More OS environment. Additionally, TrueFFS, M-Systems' patented flash file system with advanced wear leveling algorithms, on-the-fly error correction, and other NAND flash management features, enables the flash silicon within Mobile DiskOnChip to operate reliably, with a mean time between failures (MTBF) measured in millions of hours.

"Mobile DiskOnChip is the ideal storage solution for handsets and other mobile devices," said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO, of ACCESS. "By supporting Mobile DiskOnChip, mobile devices based on micro-More will have the option of non-volatile memory with the industry's highest reliability."

In order to promote the adoption of Mobile DiskOnChip and micro-More by mobile device developers in Japan, M-Systems has created an evaluation board for the "Solution Engine" platform. Solution Engine, from Hitachi Ultra LSI, is a very popular development platform within the embedded community in Japan.

"ACCESS is contributing compelling software solutions to the mobile industry and I am pleased that M-Systems is now a member of the AAA," said Yuzo Tsukui, president of M-Systems Japan. "Mobile device developers in Japan and throughout the world using the micro-More operating system can now more easily enjoy the benefits of reliable and high-performance on-board memory within their designs."

About micro-More
micro-More v4.0 is an ITRON 4.0-compliant real-time OS for the next generation of mobile devices. Utilizing a CPU's power-saving function, the micro-More OS optimizes an appliance's limited resources to allow for high performance and high functionality while using low power consumption.

About Mobile DiskOnChip
Mobile DiskOnChip implements cost-effective NAND and Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND flash technology to deliver the industry's highest capacity flash memory in the smallest form factor. Its high performance and unsurpassed reliability enable full scale OSs and multimedia applications on advanced mobile handsets. More information about Mobile DiskOnChip can be found on the Internet at www.m-systems.com/mobile.

ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and has subsidiaries in Fremont, California, Oberhausen, Germany, and Beijing, China. ACCESS is a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies for information appliances. ACCESS' embedded NetFront® and Compact NetFront® browsers power 280 different commercial products worldwide including mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, game consoles, PDAs, car navigation systems, web phones, kiosk terminals and intranet terminals. ACCESS' Compact NetFront microbrowser is most widely deployed in phones for NTT DoCoMo's popular i-mode® service. To date, over 126 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 90 major Internet device manufacturers (As of April, 2004). ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at www.access.co.jp/english or www.access-us-inc.com.

About M-Systems
M-Systems designs, develops and markets innovative flash data storage solutions for digital consumer electronics markets. M-Systems primarily targets two fast-growing digital consumer electronics markets: the USB (universal serial bus) flash drive market with its DiskOnKey product and the multimedia mobile handset market with its Mobile DiskOnChip products. For more information, please contact M-Systems at www.m-systems.com.

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