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ACCESS and PalmSource Announce the ACCESS Developer Network

New online resource to provide mobile developers with technical and business services to create and market mobile Linux applications for ALP-based devices

Linux World Conference & Expo, San Francisco, CA, August 14, 2006 — ACCESS CO., LTD., and its wholly owned subsidiary, PalmSource, Inc., today announced the ACCESS Developer Network, a new online resource designed to accelerate the creation, distribution and usage of mobile Linux applications for devices based on the ACCESS Linux Platform(ALP).

The goal of the ACCESS Developer Network is to help Linux application developers “go mobile” and provide companies seeking to tap into the rapidly growing worldwide mobile Linux applications market with exclusive access to in-depth technical information and enhanced business development support. The projected growth in this market is expected to spur the expansion of the mobile Linux ecosystem by attracting new developers interested in creating applications for Linux-based mobile devices, including those based on ALP.

The new ACCESS Developer Network is expected to extend the thriving PalmSource developer community by providing comprehensive developer support & services for ACCESS’ next generation mobile Linux platform, ALP. The ADN will provide extensive technical and business information on mobile Linux application development to new Linux developers and more than 420,000 existing registered members of the Palm OS® Developer Program, one of the world’s largest dedicated mobile application developer communities.

Building a Mobile Linux Ecosystem – Much like PalmSource gave rise to the Palm Powered Economy, ACCESS and PalmSource are focused on enriching the broader Mobile Linux Ecosystem. ACCESS and PalmSource, through the ACCESS Developer Network, will work closely with developers to optimize their mobile applications to run on the ALP platform.

“PalmSource has a great history building a successful developer ecosystem and supporting mobile developers. The ACCESS Develope rNetwork will further enhance the developer offering and be focused on building and growing a robust mobile Linux ecosystem benefiting developers, operators and handset manufacturers while providing end users an extensive catalog of market ready applications- right out of the gate,” said Larry Berkin, senior director developer ecosystem & technology acquisition, PalmSource, Inc., an ACCESS Company.

“As the stewards of Palm OS®, we have included in ALP a compatibility engine (GHost) that provides forward compatibility for the 25,000 strong Palm OS application titles base – one of the largest in the mobile content & services market,” continued Berkin.

About the ACCESS Developer Network (ADN)
As ACCESS and PalmSource’s global developer program for Palm OS and ALP, the ADN connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan and China, ADN provides technical and business development support to mobile developers, handset manufacturers and operators to assist the min achieving their goal of successfully launching mobile applications and services for Palm OS and ALP to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at:

Developers wishing to learn more about ADN and ALP can also visit ACCESS and PalmSource executives at Booth #502 and attend PalmSource Developer Day (Wednesday, August 16th, Moscone Center) during LinuxWorld. For more information about the ALP Developer Day please visit:

ACCESS Developer Network Membership Information
The ADN is expected to launch to the public later in 2006, but developers can register now to be notified when the ADN is launched.

Further information on developer tools, resources and technical documentation will be made available through the ACCESS Developer Network. Please visit:

About the ACCESS Linux Platform
The ACCESS Linux Platform, or ALP, is a fully integrated, open, flexible and commercial grade Linux-based platform designed for smartphones and mobile devices. ALP combines the best-in-class open source Linux components with proven mobile technologies from the portfolios of PalmSource and ACCESS.

The ACCESS Linux Platform will include a Palm OS® compatibility layer, currently known as GHost (Garneton Host). It is expected that properly written 68K Palm OS applications will run on ALP-based devices with little or no modification.

About ACCESS CO., LTD. and PalmSource, Inc.
ACCESS CO., LTD., is a global company providing leading technology, software products and platforms for web browsing, mobile phones, wireless handhelds and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio, including its NetFront browser, Palm OS® and the ACCESS Linux Platform provide customers with solutions that enable faster time-to-market, flexibility and customizability. The Company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates 11 subsidiaries and affiliates within Asia, Europe and the United States, including PalmSource, Inc. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Index under the number 4813.

PalmSource, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ACCESS CO., LTD., is the Company behind Palm OS®, a leading operating system powering mobile devices and phones. PalmSource’s products include a wide range of software for mobile phones at all price points. More than 40 million mobile phones, handhelds, and other mobile devices run PalmSource software. PalmSource and Palm OS have given rise to a large community of users, enterprises, developers and manufacturers, who together make up the Palm Powered Economy.

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Maureen O’Connell
PalmSource, An Access Company.
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