TOKYO, JAPAN, AND CAMBRIDGE, UK - July 1, 2004 - Aplix Corporation, a global leader in deploying Java technology in mobile phones, and ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)] announced today a technical and marketing agreement under which the companies are working together to improve Java performance in next-generation, ARM Powered® wireless devices.
Aplix has ported its JBlend technology, a platform for deploying Java applications and services in mobile phones, to the ARM® RealView® Versatile Platform, which includes the ARM Jazelle® Java acceleration hardware as well as the PowerVR MBX graphics acceleration solution from Imagination Technologies. Aplix's collaboration with ARM enables it to offer designers a solution that exploits the performance potential offered by the Jazelle technology.
Maximising the performance of the Java platform will vastly improve the experience of consumers using mobile devices for popular Java-based applications such as 2D and 3D games. The integrated technologies will also create a platform capable of supporting the next generation of Java-based applications such as Web services, location based services and video streaming.
"Consumers are demanding a wider array of rich content and applications from their mobile devices while service providers continue to deliver new applications that will bring value to their customers," said Ryu Koriyama, CEO of Aplix. "Partnering with ARM will enable us to ease the transition for wireless device manufacturers seeking to meet the demands of consumers and service providers."
"We have witnessed explosive growth in the deployment of mobile Java applications. The continued evolution of mobile Java applications will require that developers have a firm foundation upon which to build their applications," said Mary Inglis, Director, OS & Alliances, ARM. "Our work with Aplix has resulted in a fully integrated platform that will shorten the time-to-market of next-generation Java platforms."
Aplix Corporation is the global leader in deploying Java technology in mobile phones, and was first-to-market with a Jazelle enabled mobile phone. The company's JBlend technology has been licensed by 13 handset manufacturers and deployed in mobile phones offered by wireless operators around the world. In its domestic market of Japan, JBlend technology is used in all Vodafone K.K. and KDDI Java-enabled handsets and ships in Java-enabled handsets by Sharp and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications for NTT DoCoMo. Aplix has leveraged this domestic success to create significant international business, seeing its JBlend technology successfully deployed by Motorola in the US and Alcatel in Europe. In the overseas market, JBlend technology is incorporated in handsets from 15 different wireless operators including Vodafone in Europe, and Sprint PCS in the US. Aplix was first established in 1986 and has been a Sun Java licensee since 1996. The company is headquartered in Tokyo with subsidiary operations in San Francisco and Munich. For more information: Aplix Corporation: www.aplixcorp.com
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