Opera Targets TVs, Set-Top Boxes, Consumer Electronics, Other Devices

1/5/2006 - Opera Software announced its increased focus on developing and marketing solutions for networked devices, including TVs, set-top boxes and consumer electronics. Based on the browser's proven core technology, Opera delivers a superior Internet experience and enables the use of Web technologies such as AJAX (asynchronous JavaScript and XML) to create advanced applications and dynamic user interfaces.

"I am excited to announce Opera's sharpened focus on bringing the full Web and open standards support to TVs, consumer electronics and other devices," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, co-founder and CEO, Opera Software. "Advances in broadband networks and device computing power have set the stage for an explosion in the number and variety of places we will see Opera powering Internet access."

"Opera has long focused on delivering the best Internet experience on any device," said Scott Hedrick, Executive Vice President, Opera Software, "We are already engaged in projects with many leading global brands to deliver Opera in new IPTV set-top box deployments, networked TVs, VoIP screen phones and other entertainment devices before the end of 2006. Stay tuned for an exciting year!"

Opera's flexible Internet browsing and Web execution technology can be integrated into networked TVs, set-top boxes, consumer electronics, automobiles, and other specialized devices. It is currently available for each of these markets.

TVs and Set-Top Boxes
Opera has developed special features such as TV rendering (TVR) and is integrated with leading middleware solutions to enable high quality end user experiences for advanced digital TV set-top boxes, networked HDTVs, Blu-ray and HD DVD players, DVRs, and media servers.

Consumer Electronics
With Opera, the full Internet and AJAX-based user interfaces are a reality on portable media players, VoIP screen phones, Web tablets, remote controls, game consoles and digital cameras.

Automotive and Transportation
Opera's powerful browser technology enables a robust, proven and customizable Web execution platform, as well as quick integration with a wide range of infotainment systems in cars, airplanes and other vehicles.

Industial and Specialized Devices
The flexible Opera browser technology can be integrated into multi-function peripherals (MFPs), industrial handhelds, robots, automation and control systems, medical devices, test and measurement equipment, as well as other specialized devices.

About Opera for Devices
Opera for Devices is a complete suite of Internet technologies for electronic devices, with innovative and powerful features that seamlessly adapt the Internet experience to suit varying screen sizes and input devices. In addition to being a full Internet browser, Opera is an execution environment for Web applications and dynamic user interfaces based on interoperable open Web technologies such as AJAX.

Opera for Devices is currently being shipped in devices from NDS, Amino, Archos, Nokia, Thales and Canal Satellite. In addition, Opera has shipped in tens of millions of mobile phones from companies such as Motorola, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Sharp.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, mobile, digital TV, consumer electronics and other devices. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Motorola, Adobe, Symbian, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Freescale, MontaVista Software, Sigma and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera's browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following operating systems: Linux, Windows, Windows Mobile, Mac OS, Symbian OS, BREW, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway. The Opera browser is also available as a Java-based (J2ME) browser solution called Opera Mini for the world's 700 million Java-enabled mobile phones.

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