Sharp Develops Wireless Handset Featuring Nazomi's Hardware Acceleration Technology for Java Software: Provides Consumers an Enhanced Experience for Rich Multimedia Applications
SAN JOSE, Calif.- June 24th, 2003 - Nazomi Communications, Inc. today announced a significant technology integration milestone that results in a new era of wireless handsets manufactured by Sharp Corporation. Nazomi's JSTAR coprocessor technology for the Java platform has been incorporated into Sharp's Spring Model 2003 wireless camera phones that provide users with increased handset performance while at the same time providing greater application performance.
The wireless camera phone, now shipping throughout Japan, has unique value-added capabilities as the Java software processing function has been migrated to Java hardware processing. Sharp accomplished this by working with Nazomi to integrate Nazomi's JSTAR coprocessor into its wireless handset. This technology brings users optimal functionality of Java applications that are run by the handset.
Koji Yamashita, department general manager of Sharp's Personal Communication Systems Division 2, commented, "We appreciate Nazomi's innovative technology. Nazomi's acceleration technology for the Java platform has given us a very unique solution for our line up of advanced Java and multimedia mobile phones."
"We are honored by Sharp's decision to integrate Nazomi's JSTAR technology. To be a part of this high-end camera handset clearly indicates that our technology provides outstanding capabilities and meets the requirements of world-class electronics companies, and in particular, those that are producing wireless handsets with Java software capabilities," said Mukesh Patel, president and CEO of Nazomi. "We are very excited that our technology significantly contributes to the high-performance functionality of the applications in this device. Sharp's adoption of JSTAR also shows that Nazomi and its hardware-based acceleration of Java software are gaining recognition and success in the international marketplace."
About Nazomi's JSTAR
The JSTAR patented acceleration technology for the Java platform, is a transparent intellectual property coprocessor solution that boosts the speed at which Java software executes by 10X to 40X. Provided as synthesizable RTL, the processor is easily integrated with any microprocessor or system on chip (SoC). Its design does not require additional pins, which means that a JSTAR-enhanced chip can be a drop-in replacement. Additional benefits are that existing legacy software runs as-is without modification and all legacy development tools can be used.
About Sharp Corporation
Sharp Corporation is a worldwide developer of innovative products and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of electronics. As a leader in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and digital technologies, Sharp offers one of the broadest and most advanced lines of consumer electronics, information products and electronic components, while also creating new network businesses.
Sharp Corporation currently employs about 56,100 people in the world and recorded consolidated annual sales of over 2,003.2 billion yen for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003. For more information, please visit Sharp's Web site at http://sharp-world.com/index.html.
About Nazomi Communications
Nazomi Communications, Inc. is a Silicon Valley technology company focused on performance boosting products that enhance the performance of wireless multimedia applications running on the Java Platform and other universal runtime platforms. Nazomi's flagship products include the JA108 Multimedia Application Processor as well as the JSTAR Coprocessor and JSMART Card Coprocessor. The JA108 is the company's first chip offering targeted at wireless handsets. It is capable of accelerating multimedia applications, written in Java or native languages, that use any baseband processor or virtual machine, and in a most practical and efficient way. The JSTAR coprocessor intellectual property core is specifically targeted at wireless mobile devices and also targets Internet appliances and embedded applications. The JSMART coprocessor is specifically for Java Card technology targeted at smart cards. Nazomi, a privately-held company, was founded in September 1998 and is located at 2200 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara, California, 95054, phone: (408) 654-8988, fax: (408) 654-2938, web: www.nazomi.com.