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MontaVista Software and ACCESS to Offer Advanced Embedded Browser Development Solution for Linux-Based Devices

MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition and NetFrontv3.1 Now Available on TI OMAP platform

Cannes, France – 3GSM World Congress – February 24, 2004 – MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, and ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies, today announced they have teamed to provide a complete Linux-based development platform and embedded browser solution for TI’s OMAP platform (OMAP 1510 Innovator). ACCESS will demonstrate the joint solution at 3GSM World Congress 2004 (Hall 4 stand L29).

MontaVista® Linux® Consumer Electronics Edition (CEE), is the world’s first embedded Linux product targeted at advanced consumer electronics devices. The integration of the versatile MontaVista embedded operating system and cross development environment with ACCESS’ NetFront v3.1 embedded browser, provides Internet device manufacturers a comprehensive solution that reduces development time and gets their OMAP-based Internet devices to market more quickly.

NetFront v3.1 is the most widely deployed and actively used embedded browser in the world. NetFront v3.1 boasts many innovations that provide an unparalleled Internet browsing experience including Smart-Fit Rendering a technology that intelligently renders Web pages to fit the narrow screen widths of mobile devices, eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling. NetFront v3.1 also features Rapid-Render a patent-pending rendering technology that progressively renders and displays Web page content, significantly accelerating the presentation, discovery, and interaction opportunities for mobile Internet users.

“The combined solution of MontaVista Linux and ACCESS’ NetFront browser technology provides our customers with an optimized solution that eases development and speeds time-to-market,” said Scott Hedrick, Senior Product Marketing Manager MontaVista Software Inc. “MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition is optimized for consumer electronics devices, a market that ACCESS serves well with their market-leading NetFront browser.”

“Linux is increasingly becoming the systems software of choice for consumer electronics OEMs,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO, ACCESS Co., Ltd. “ACCESS and MontaVista Software will work closely together to provide embedded Internet software solutions for developers seeking to build Linux-based, next-generation products for the consumer electronics markets.”

About NetFront
NetFront v3.1 is the latest version of the most widely deployed and actively used embedded Web browser in the world. NetFront recently surpassed 100 million deployments globally and was selected as a “Best Software Awards 2003” finalist by Pocket PC Magazine. In addition to Windows Mobile 2003, NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser including solutions for Palm® OS, Symbian OS, Linux OS, Windows Mobile/PocketPC and mobile handset environments like BREW. ACCESS’ NetFront has been deployed in over 267 unique devices ranging from mobile phones and PDAs to digital televisions, gaming consoles, and automobile telematics systems from 90 major Internet device manufacturers. NetFront browser technology is included in Internet solutions from many of the world’s leading mobile operators, software providers and electronics manufacturers including Adobe, Alpine, AT&T Wireless, China Mobile, China Unicom, Handspring, Hutchinson 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, PalmSource, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony and more.

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 267 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. More information is available at or

About MontaVista Software, Inc.
MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software and development tools for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing Open Source GNU/Linux-based software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, MontaVista offers a family of products that address software developer needs encompassing applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. MontaVista products include MontaVista Linux Professional, Consumer Electronics and Carrier Grade Editions. MontaVista DevRocket, a powerful integrated development environment, delivers state-of-the-art development tools across all product Editions. MontaVista Graphics offers a rich GUI development tools platform.

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, Calif., MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors such as Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co., IBM, Intel Capital, Sony, Panasonic (Matsushita), Toshiba America and Yamaha Corporation. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit .

ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront is registered trademark of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. i-mode is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a registered trademark of MontaVista Software, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of 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 Bill Danon
(415) 365-0369
MontaVista Software Joe Samagond
(408) 328-9234