Oulu, Finland, December 17, 2002 - Hantro Products Oy (Hantro), a leading provider of mobile multimedia solutions, announced that Hantro has joined Symbian's Platinum Partner Program. Hantro's video technology has been ported to Symbian OS and is available for licensing to handset manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers and mobile operators.
"We are delighted to welcome Hantro with its proven video technology to the Symbian Platinum Partner Program", says Gilles Allain, VP Partnering , Symbian. "We see multimedia technology as providing key capabilities both in current and next generation Symbian OS-based mobile phones. Hantro's expertise in both hardware and software implementations of mobile video will be a great asset to the Symbian ecosystem. "
"Partnering with Symbian gives us the insight to Symbian OS development we need to enable our customers to more easily introduce video-capable applications for handheld devices," said Tomas Myntti, VP of Sales and Marketing of Hantro. "Recognizing the leading position of Symbian OS, we have productized our technology to Symbian OS and we believe that this partnership will still strengthen our position as a leading multimedia solution provider for handheld devices."
Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS, the industry standard operating system for data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian has licensed Symbian OS to the world's top handset manufacturers including Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. In total, Symbian OS licensees account for more than 80% of worldwide mobile phone sales.
Symbian's mission is to create a mass market for Symbian OS mobile phones by enabling Symbian OS licensees to build winning products. Publicly announced Symbian OS phones include the Sony Ericsson P800 Smartphone, Nokia 7650, 3650 and N-Gage. Currently, there are 20 Symbian OS phones under development (December 02). For more information, please visit www.symbian.com
Hantro provides its customers with video solutions for handheld devices. For video coding Hantro has both hardware and software-based MPEG-4 and H.263 compatible video codecs,that are proven and already delivered to the first customers. Hantro's product portfolio also includes video applications for video capturing, playback, messaging, streaming, and telephony. The company's products are in a key role for the device and semiconductor manufacturers developing battery-operated video-capable end products like cellular phones, still cameras, PDAs, camcorders, PC cameras, and web pads. Hantro's investors are funds managed by CapMan, Startupfactory, Menire and Nexit Ventures.