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ACCESS’ Micro-Browser and Java Enabling Module to be Integrated in NEC’s Latest Handsets for European i-mode® Services

Demonstration Planned at CeBIT 2003 Hanover, Germany

CeBIT 2003, Hanover, Germany – March 12, 2003 – ACCESS (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a leading supplier of embedded software for mobile telephones, PDAs, Internet appliances, car navigation systems and other non-PC devices, today announced that its micro-browser Compact NetFrontTM Plus and JV-LiteTM 2 Wireless Edition, a Java enabling module for mobile phones, will be deployed in NEC’s latest mobile handset, the n31i. This handset is compatible with the i-mode service on GPRS which Europe’s KPN Mobile group launched on a commercial basis last year.

To date, ACCESS has provided its Compact NetFront Plus micro-browser for all international i-mode mobile handsets enabling i-mode users to seamlessly view content in formats like WML and HTML (including Compact HTML). Now, international i-mode users will be able to download i-Appli such as stand-by display, ring tones and games thanks to the deployment of JV-Lite2 Wireless Edition, a Java execution environment certified by Sun Microsystems in the U.S., that conforms to J2ME as well as the specifications of JavaTM for i-mode (Version 1.5 Overseas Edition) under technology license from NTT DoCoMo.

ACCESS will continue to expand the market for i-mode services worldwide in cooperation with operators and handset manufacturers in respective countries by taking advantage of wireless Internet technologies and know-how acquired in the domestic i-mode market.

ACCESS will host a demonstration using n31i in its booth (Hall 12, A46) at CeBIT 2003, the world’s largest comprehensive IT exhibition to be held in Hanover, Germany, from 12th through 19th of March.

About Compact Net Front Plus
Compact NetFront Plus is a microbrowser designed for 2.5G and 3G global wireless services. In addition to Compact HTML/iHTML, it supports WML1.3 and XHTML Basic Internet standards and displays HTML and WML-based Internet content seamlessly through a single browser.Through its HTTP standard proxy server, Compact NetFront Plus enables operators to connect seamlessly to existing WML-based Internet content, portal sites or open CHTML/XHTML sites. As a result, operators are able to deploy Internet services with lower investment costs. Unlike a WAP gateway, which is only able to access WML content, the HTTP proxy server enables operators to directly access a wider range of Internet content through the standard TCP/IP Internet protocol.

About JV-Lite2
JV-Lite 2 is a Java virtual machine designed for embedded applications. It was developed from JV-Lite, a highly successful proprietary implementation of clean-room Java that has been licensed to over 14 OEMs and shipped over two million copies. JV-Lite 2 is a Sun-authorized Java module that guarantees 100% compatibility with Embedded Java, Personal Java and J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition). It runs on real-time operating systems like Linux, VxWorks and ITRON, and has been optimized to realize the advantages that Java offers for application development, debugging and portability, even in systems with limited memory resources and CPU power. JV-Lite 2 also includes WAVE(Windows-based Abstract Virtual Environment), ACCESS’ simple window manager, for easy porting to various types of hardware platforms.

ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with ACCESS Systems America, Inc., its US subsidiary, in Fremont, California, ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH, its German subsidiary, in Oberhausen, Germany, and with ACCESS (Beijing) Co., Ltd, its Chinese subsidiary, in Beijing, China. ACCESS is a leading global provider of software and services for IP-based consumer electronic devices. ACCESS’ embedded NetFront and Compact NetFront browsers power 191 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, almost 80 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 40 major Internet device manufactures (As of November, 2002). ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at

ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront, Compact NetFront are registered trademarks of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. NetFront is a registered trademark of NetFront Communications, Inc. in the United States and is used under license. i-mode is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Java and all Java-based trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Inc. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.


Asia Contact:
ACCESS Co., Ltd., Japan
Kazunori Takahashi
81 (3) 5259-3685
Europe Contact:
ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH
Claudia Hoeck
49 (208) 8290-6432
China Contact:
ACCESS China Inc.
Delia Liu
86 (10) 6566-9636
US Contacts:
ACCESS Systems America
Manuel Morales
(510) 284-0708
Bite Communications Anne-miek Hamelinck
(415) 614-3622