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PRESSRELEASE: Kyocera and Tao set new standards for PDAs
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 22.05.02 - 16:16:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 6108x
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E3, Los Angeles, Ca., May 22nd 2002 - Kyocera Corporation has announced 'Pocket Cosmo', its next generation PDA based on Tao's intent® universal multimedia platform. This will be sold from the end of July, initially targeted at the networks and at corporate users. The Pocket Cosmo device will be able to deliver a new level of richer contents to the user. Kyocera believes that it is these richer contents that will drive the rapid growth of the mobile data communication market.

Kyocera has used Tao Group's intent embedded application environment including its native operating system. Together they enable a very small memory footprint and hitherto unmatched performance levels. Due to the performance of intent, the new PDA runs Javaâ„¢ programs many times faster than any other client device and it has levels of multimedia functionality never before seen on mobile handsets enabling the kind of content upon which consumers will place a very high premium.

The Pocket Cosmo Fast Java environment enhances the usability of the PDA. Its first iteration supports Tao's intent PersonalJavaâ„¢ edition which is Sun Microsystems-branded and compatible with PersonalJava 1.2. intent is the first practical Java execution environment for these kinds of devices.

The user interface of the Pocket Cosmo is entirely original with rich menus supporting 3D movement and smooth scrolling and with instantaneous switching of applications.

Hirao Nishiguchi, President of Kyocera said, "We are aiming to deliver new services, ones which customers can easily utilize and derive real value. Combining the technologies at Kyocera with the Tao expertise has allowed us to develop this extremely exciting Pocket Cosmo PDA."

Francis Charig, Executive Chairman of Tao Group said at the E3 show in Los Angeles, "The work undertaken by Kyocera to develop a truly intuitive interface has been inspirational. Kyocera is sending out a signal to manufacturers and carriers that by using intent as the language independent, universal multimedia platform they can create their own brand recognition in a way that would be impossible with any other software technology. Kyocera has developed a product that proves that there is software technology existing already today that enables the running of content in an easy-to-use manner that really does meet the expectations of the consumer. Pocket Cosmo is a ground breaking product and Kyocera has set a new benchmark in the market place."

Kyocera was one of the founder members of the Open Contents Platform Association [OCPA] in October 2001 and its President, Yasuo Nishiguchi, is the OCPA's Chairman. The OCPA's objective is to deliver rich media contents across a common platform and it has adopted Tao's intent as the core software for the standardization. The launch of the OCPA was only 8 months ago, and this is the first Kyocera product to utilize intent.

About Kyocera
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO) was founded in Japan in 1959, by Dr.Kazuo Inamori, now Chairman Emeritus, as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, the company has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2002, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled 1,034,574 million with net income of 31,953 million. Employees: 44,000.

About Tao Group Limited
Tao has developed intent®, the Universal Multimedia Platform now used by many of the leading electronics manufacturers in their client products for home and mobile networks. intent is the platform specified by the Open Contents Platform Association (OCPA), launched successfully in Japan last year by Kyocera, JVC and Sharp, and now with more than sixty member companies. Tao was founded in 1992, has offices in Dallas, Tx., Reading, England, and Tokyo, Japan and has Mitsubishi, Sony, Motorola, NEC, Sharp and Bowman Capital Partners amongst its investors. intent enables a single, rich content strategy across all platforms, irrespective of operating system, hardware and language, and is used in a broad range of products such as smart mobile appliances and digital television. Tao's range of Graphics, Audio, Java™, C, C++ and VP-based products have been designed from their inception to run best-in-class multimedia and real-world content many times faster than any alternative. Tao has a growing and high value, global patent portfolio and is the recipient of multiple industry awards.


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