OMRON Introduces First Multi-Lingual Text Multitap Input System

6/27/2005 - OMRON Corporation (TSE: 6645)(US: OMRNY) has upgraded "Advanced Wnn", its Japanese language text input system for mobile telephones and information appliances, so that it can support text input in other languages by simply changing dictionaries. Omron will launch "Multilingual Advanced Wnn" on July 1st, targeting mobile telephone, information appliance and OA equipment manufacturers.

Currently, many mobile telephone and information appliance manufacturers are actively engaged in development and export of products for the Chinese and other overseas markets. These products need to support the language of the target country with the same level of sophistication (for example, offering predictive text input) as those made for the home market.

As yet, Japanese manufacturers have not released any mobile telephones or information appliances with bilingual features that support languages other than Japanese and English. There was a need, mainly for export models, for software that facilitates support for multiple language input, allowing the user to choose the language of the region where he/she lives.

In order to fulfill these needs, Omron took up the challenge of adding multilingual capability to its "Advanced Wnn" software, already used in many products for the domestic Japanese market.

The software's dictionary component has been upgraded, enabling multiple dictionaries to share the same conversion/predictive capabilities that are at the core of "Multilingual Advanced Wnn". This has made it possible for the software to support many different languages and allow simple switching between them.

Currently, the software offers input and predictive text support for Chinese (simplified/traditional), Korean and English.

"Advanced Wnn" Main Features

Omron Software plans to market "Multilingual Advanced Wnn" as a new solution for existing users of Advanced Wnn and Mobile Wnn, and for other OA device, game software and information appliance manufacturers who are actively exporting their products overseas.

Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation. Established in 1933 and headed by President and CEO Hisao Sakuta, OMRON has more than 26,000 employees in over 35 countries working to provide products and services to customers in a variety of fields including industrial automation, electronic components, social systems (ticket gate machines, ticket vending machines, and traffic control), and healthcare. The company is divided into five regions and head offices are in Japan (Kyoto), Asia Pacific (Singapore), China (Shanghai), Europe (Amsterdam) and US (Chicago). For more information, visit OMRON's website at

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