SOURCE: Aplix Corporation

August 01, 2005 00:00 ET

Panasonic to Use JBlend™ for GSM Phones Overseas

TOKYO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 1, 2005 -- Aplix Corporation (Headquarters: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Ryu Koriyama) announced today its JBlend™ platform will be embedded in GSM phones offered outside Japan by Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. ("Panasonic"); the first model, VS3, has already gone on sale in Europe.

JBlend has been deployed in Panasonic's handsets in Japan since 2002, with the new agreement in place, it marks a new milestone for Aplix to include its JBlend platform into Panasonic phones to be sold overseas.

The JBlend software to be used in the VS3 conforms to Java Technology for the Wireless Industry (JTWI™) 1.0 [JSR-185] specification for the Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME), which includes the Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC™) 1.1 [JSR-139], the Mobile Media API (MMAPI) 1.1 [JSR-135], as well as the Vodafone Group Plc VSCL 1.1. It also incorporates Aplix's own KFTT™ (Patent No. 3472775) acceleration technology. The robust, integrated JBlend platform allows users to enjoy a rich and interactive Java experience.

Panasonic Software Component Development Group General Manager Mr. Nobuki Tominaga says, "VS3 is a high-profile GSM handset, which Panasonic releases with pride in full pursuit towards 'Slim&Visual' concept. We adopted Aplix's JBlend as Java platform for smooth Java application enabling environment. We are pleased to offer this handset with richer application capabilities, to global market."

Aplix President and CSO Wesley Kuo says, "We are very pleased that Panasonic has decided to use our advanced JBlend technology in its new series of mobile phones, allowing even more users to enjoy JBlend performance. We hope to build this relationship into something even stronger, so that in the future we can contribute to the development of Panasonic's most advanced phones."

Java technology is world renowned as a fundamental building block for digital appliances.

JBlend is Aplix's product that transforms Java into a platform that helps those digital appliances do their job. JBlend has been installed in over 112 million phones as of March 2005. By building partnerships with corporate customers around the globe, we hope to make a contribution to the development of household electronics products that are easier to use and more appealing than ever.

About Aplix Corporation

Aplix Corporation is the global leader in deploying Java technology in mobile phones. Aplix was first established in 1986 and has been a Sun Java licensee since 1996. Aplix was publicly listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Mothers) in 2003. On August 24, 2004, Aplix and the Taiwan-based company iaSolution finalized the integration of the corporations.

Headquarters: Tokyo

Regional offices: San Francisco, Munich, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, and Singapore

For more information, please visit: www.aplix.co.jp/ and www.iasolution.net/

About the JBlend Platform

The JBlend platform is the de facto solution for running Java applications and services in consumer electronics devices, including mobile phones. The platform has been licensed by over 30 companies as of December 2004. JBlend technology:

--  Sets the pace by maintaining market leadership through
    innovation.
--  Has proven results, enabling first-to-market deliveries
    for our customers.
--  Over 112 million mobile phones and consumer electronics
    devices have been shipped with JBlend as of March 2005.
    
JBlend and all related trademarks thereto are trademarks or registered trademarks of Aplix Corporation in Japan and other countries.

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