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ACCESS Extends Mobile Linux Solutions To Emerging Markets and Innovative Products

  • Company unveils ACCESS family of Linux platforms, previewing ACCESS Linux Platformv3.0 and introducing ACCESS Linux Platform mini
  • Extends capabilities and functionality of ACCESS family of Linux solutions to meet the needs of customers across a broad range of products

ACCESS Day, Tokyo, Japan, – October 20, 2008 – ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, today extended its ACCESS family of Linux platforms to include ACCESS Linux Platform v3.0 and the new ACCESS Linux Platform mini, a mobile Linux platform targeted at price-sensitive and emerging markets. In a presentation to key constituents at its annual ACCESS Day event, Tomihisa Kamada, ACCESS CTO, executive vice president and co-founder, gave a preview demonstration of ACCESS Linux Platform v3.0, the next generation of the company’s flagship mobile Linux platform, which provides an advanced UI and LiMo compatibility essential to major carriers worldwide. The demonstration showcased highly detailed visuals, smooth transitions and animations, and an intuitive and engaging user experience.

Additionally, ACCESS introduced ACCESS Linux Platform mini, the newest member of the ACCESS family of mobile Linux solutions. ACCESS Linux Platform mini is a compact, commercial-grade Linux platform designed for mobile and next-generation Internet-enabled devices. ACCESS Linux Platform mini features a scalable and customizable platform that includes a comprehensive application suite suitable for devices ranging from feature phones and low-end smartphones to Internet-enabled, beyond-PC devices, such as portable navigation devices, portable media players and set-top boxes.

ACCESS Linux Platform mini is well-suited for the more stringent cost and performance requirements of mobile and Internet-enabled devices in emerging markets. The product’s market-proven technology has already been commercially deployed in China and Taiwan on devices from manufacturers such as global leader Haier Co., Ltd. and Shanghai Novarobo Technology Co., Ltd.

“ACCESS Linux Platform mini provides carriers with the opportunity to seriously contemplate unlocking data ARPU (average revenue per user) potential in all segments of their subscriber base – not just smartphone users – in a cost effective, proven and scalable way,” said Stuart Carlaw, vice president and research director, Mobile Wireless, ABI Research. “This development will be critical in enabling the expansion of the next phase of mobile user experience for the majority of today’s mobile phone users, including those in emerging markets.”

ACCESS Linux Platform mini includes a complete set of middleware and customizable applications, an optional Linux kernel enhanced by ACCESS and development kit. ACCESS also provides customers and partners with technical and professional services to help enhance their competitiveness in the global market, including product customization, localization, integration and QA services.

ACCESS Linux Platform mini is optimized for the following minimum hardware specifications: 200MHz CPU, 32MB RAM, 32MB ROM. Key product features include:

  • An innovative UI design
  • Open architecture based on components and services
  • Development environment: IDE based on Visual C++ (in Windows)
  • ACCESS NetFront Browser pre-integrated
  • Support for NetFront Browser Widgets (optional)
  • ACCESS Media Music player integrated
  • Multi-media applications and RSS Sync
  • PIM sync
  • GPS
  • Mobile TV
  • Multiple profiles, including mobile, STB, and PND/PMP profiles

“The openness and flexibility of Linux are driving innovation in mobile phones and Internet-enabled devices,” said Toru Arakawa, CEO, president and co-founder of ACCESS. “With the introduction of ACCESS Linux Platform mini and the enhanced capabilities of our LiMo-compliant ACCESS Linux Platform v3.0, we can offer our customers a complete range of solutions extending from feature phones through low-end smartphones, to high-end smartphones and Internet devices that will further enable the next generation of mobile Internet use.”

ACCESS Linux Platform mini is available immediately to licensees.

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, Garnet OS (formerly Palm OS®) and ACCESS Linux Platform, provides customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates subsidiaries and affiliates within Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mother’s Index under the number 4813. For more information about ACCESS, please visit

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