Opera, Amino to Integrate Browser into Next Generation IPTV Products

2/7/2006 - Opera Software, a global leader in Web browser technologies, today announced its extended partnership with Amino, leading IPTV software and customer premises equipment provider. Amino now offers the Opera Browser as an option for shipments of its AmiNET110 set-top boxes, and will also work with Opera to integrate browser technology into next generation products.

Opera 8.5 SDK was chosen for its faster performance, lower memory footprint, and support for advanced Web-based user interfaces for IPTV. The fast and full-featured Opera Web browser offers a compelling surfing experience for users of Amino's IPTV set-top boxes, and Opera's leading compliance with open Web standards enables the quick development of advanced, interoperable, cross-platform Web applications and dynamic user interfaces.

"We are proud to partner with Amino and together address the increasing demand for full Web browsing technology in the IPTV market," says Scott Hedrick, Executive Vice President, Opera Software. "With Opera, Amino is able to enhance its IPTV offerings to include advanced features that are only possible through a standards-based, advanced Web browser such as Opera."

As a part of Opera and Amino's partnership, Amino can also provide application developers with the Amino Software Development Kit with the Opera browser option. Opera's browser technology has been ported on top of Amino's Intact (TM) IPTV Software Stack. As a result, Amino delivers a platform to support full Internet browsing, advanced Web-based user interfaces, and applications combining video and graphics.

"Customers will benefit from Amino's partnership with Opera," says Roy Kirsopp, VP & General Manager, Amino. "Its industry-leading support for the W3C Web standards and its remarkable performance make Opera an attractive choice for better browsing and advanced user interfaces on Amino's AmiNET110 and our upcoming next generation set-top boxes."

Amino's AmiNET110 set-top boxes with Opera browser are currently available. Middleware vendors including Dreampark, Orca, Industria, Tandberg and Alcatel have solutions available for Amino set-top boxes running Opera.

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.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, mobile, PDA, home media and vertical markets. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo 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 MiniTM for the world's 700 million Java-enabled mobile phones.

About Amino
Amino Communications develops core software technologies and customer-premises products for the IPTV market, and partners with world-leading companies in content aggregation, middleware, conditional access, and head-end systems.

Amino software is designed to manage all types of digital content, enabling the provision of multiple services such as voice, data, broadcast TV, and on-demand services in a single consumer device. Amino is the global leader for making the smallest, most attractive, high-performance IP set-top boxes on the market, based on our software technology, which has been adopted by telecom service providers for broadband TV deployments worldwide. Fundamental to this success has been Amino's ability to develop a highly stable, industry proven, versatile software stack, portable across a variety of silicon platforms.

Building further on our core software, we also provide bespoke development services to create digital, on-demand TV systems, to order, specifically for the hotel and leisure industry.

Amino Communications is part of Amino Technologies plc. listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM, symbol AMO. Amino is based near Cambridge, UK, and has offices in Atlanta Georgia and Hong Kong.

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