Zi Corporation

Zi Corporation

June 13, 2007 06:00 ET

Hitachi Ltd. Selects Zi Corporation's Decuma Japanese Handwriting Recognition Software

Zi Technology Will Enhance Ease, Accuracy of Text Entry in Demanding Industrial Applications

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 13, 2007) - Zi Corporation (TSX:ZIC)(NASDAQ:ZICA), a leading provider of intelligent interface solutions, today announced that it has signed a licensing agreement for the Japanese version of its world-class Decuma® handwriting recognition software with Hitachi, Ltd., a leading provider of industrial computing systems in Japan. Hitachi selected Decuma based on its high recognition rates, speed, ease-of-use, and small footprint.

The Japanese language version of Decuma allows Japanese users to easily and quickly enter text into industrial applications. Decuma will be used as an industrial application in Japan starting in fiscal 2007.

Hitachi develops and manufactures customized computing devices for Japan's leading industry players in data collection, logistics, transportation, energy, and manufacturing.

"Our contract with Hitachi, Ltd., one of the most sophisticated hardware companies in Japan, validates the superiority of our Japanese handwriting recognition technology," said Milos Djokovic, President and CEO of Zi Corporation. "Decuma offers Hitachi's users ease-of-use, input flexibility, and the industry's highest recognition rates."

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE:HIT)(TSE:6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

About Zi Corporation

Zi Corporation (www.zicorp.com) is a technology company that delivers intelligent interface solutions to enhance the user experience of wireless and consumer technologies. The company provides device manufacturers and network operators with a full range of intuitive and easy-to-use input solutions, including: eZiType™ for keyboard prediction with auto-correction; eZiText® for one-touch predictive text entry; Decuma for predictive pen-input handwriting recognition; and Qix™ search and service discovery engine to enhance the user experience and drive service usage and adoption. The Zi product portfolio dramatically improves the usability of mobile phones, PDAs, gaming consoles and television set-top boxes and the applications on them including SMS, MMS, e-mail and Web browsing. Zi supports its strategic partners and customers from offices in Asia, Europe and North America. A publicly traded company, Zi Corporation is listed on Nasdaq (ZICA) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ZIC).

This release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbour provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding future events and the future financial performance of Zi Corporation that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results due to a variety of factors, including: the growth trends in the input technology industry; new product development; global economic conditions and uncertainties in the geopolitical environment; financial and operating performance of Zi's OEM customers and variations in their customer demand for products and services; the ability to successfully acquire businesses and technologies and to successfully integrate and operate these acquired businesses and technologies; dependence on the introduction and market acceptance of new product offerings and standards; rapid technological and market change; matters affecting Zi Corporation's significant shareholder; litigation involving patents, intellectual property, and other matters; the ability to recruit and retain key personnel; Zi Corporation's ability to manage financial risk; currency fluctuations and other international factors; potential volatility in operating results and other factors listed in Zi Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any projections in this release are based on limited information currently available to Zi Corporation, which is subject to change. Although any such projections and the factors influencing them will likely change, except to the extent required by law, Zi Corporation will not necessarily update the information. Such information speaks only as of the date of this release.

Zi, eZiType, eZiText, joyZtick, Decuma and Qix are either trademarks or registered trademarks of the Zi Group of Companies. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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