TeraLogic and ACCESS to Provide Innovative Digital TV and Internet Solution For BS Digital Broadcasting in Japan
TOKYO and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 28 -- TeraLogic, Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) and ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan) have signed a joint development and marketing agreement for the digital TV market. As part of this agreement, ACCESS has ported its "NetFront for DTV" Internet browser to TeraLogic's Cougar development platform for DTV. The first geographic focus is Japan; subsequently, the partnership will be extended worldwide. Initially, TeraLogic and ACCESS will be working on the BS Digital Broadcasting project in Japan.
"NetFront for DTV on Cougar" will be demonstrated at the BS digital fair sponsored by NHK, which is held at the NHK broadcasting center, Shibuya, Tokyo, starting April 29, 2000.
In Japan, the BS Digital Broadcasting trial will begin with the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in September. It is expected that the trial period will be completed and actual service will start in December 2000. The Japan DTV market will be expanding within a couple of years to CS (communications satellite) and terrestrial services.
NetFront is ACCESS' popular embedded browser with nearly 80% browser market share in Japan's information appliances market. ACCESS' "NetFront for DTV" browser is specifically designed for digital TV, so it can display digital data content. "NetFront for DTV" complies with the BML (Broadcasting Mark-up Language) of ARIB (Association of Radio Industries and Business) specifications and support XHTML 1.0, ECMAScript, style sheets, DOM, and ARIB-defined extended APIs for broadcast. "NetFront for DTV" can seamlessly access the Internet, allowing both BML broadcasting content and HTML Internet content to be viewed with one browser software module. "NetFront for DTV" supports various real-time operating systems used in DTV, including VxWorks. An evaluation package for the PC/Windows environment also is available. ACCESS is shipping "NetFront for DTV" now for deployment in consumer devices by the end of 2000.
"TeraLogic is pleased to be working with an innovative company like ACCESS with marketing leading products such as NetFront for DTV," said Mark O'Brien, director of business development at TeraLogic. "This underscores our commitment to the Japanese market and belief that the BS-4 digital deployment will be a very significant milestone in the history of digital television. We congratulate ACCESS on its use of the Cougar Development system to create such a feature-rich and market-enabling product in record time."
TeraLogic's Cougar is the platform which allows the rapid deployment of set-top boxes and DTV sets that are compliant with worldwide DTV standards. The Cougar platform provides a complete solution by incorporating hardware, software and peripherals including tuners, demodulators, transport demuxing, 5.1 channel audio support, video processing and display. Specially, advanced graphics capabilities are paid attention at developing products for data broadcasting. In Japan, Cougar is sold through Marubun Corporation (Chuo-ku, Tokyo), a leading semiconductor distributor.
ACCESS Co., Ltd. is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with Access Systems America, a US subsidiary in Milpitas, Calif. ACCESS is a leading embedded software supplier for information appliances. Its NetFront browser has been adopted in more than 60 internet appliances commercially shipped by major manufacturers worldwide, such as television sets, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, PDAs, word processing machines, car navigation systems, web phones, and intranet terminals. Compact NetFront, an HTML-based micro browser for display constrained information appliances, has been adopted by three out of the four vendors that ship NTT DoCoMo's i-mode cellular phones. More than 8 million commercial units have been shipped with NetFront or Compact NetFront for widespread use in consumer devices and Internet appliances. More information can be found at www.access-us-inc.com.
Founded in 1996, TeraLogic, Inc. is a leading provider of solutions for broadband digital television video, audio and interactive data services. The company designs and develops integrated circuits, platforms and software for advanced TVs, set-top boxes and PC-TV convergence products. Using products powered by TeraLogic's technologies, consumers can enjoy crystal clear video and audio, Internet, electronic commerce, electronic program guides and interactive data services enabled by the emerging broadband digital television networks. TeraLogic is currently shipping ICs and platforms, and licensing software, to leading consumer electronics and personal computer manufacturers in the US, Japan, Europe and Korea. Customers and partners include ACCESS, Hauppauge, Kenwood, JVC, Lucent, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, NDS, NEC, Quantum, TiVo and Zayante. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., TeraLogic currently has over 100 employees. More information about TeraLogic may be obtained by calling the company directly at 650-526-2000 or by visiting the company's website at www.teralogic-inc.com.
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