Sasken Communication Technologies today announced plans to expand its Symbian Partnership Programme, adding to its already extensive eco-system of partners.  Partners currently include application developers, chipset manufacturers, test and measurement equipment suppliers, handset developers and device manufacturers.

This programme expansion is part of a broader initiative announced today to invest more than €17 million to strengthen Sasken’s position in the Symbian and mobile platforms arena.

“We have developed a strong eco-system of partners, which helps us deliver a comprehensive range of support and consultancy services to our device manufacturer customers.  At this moment in time, there is enormous interest for integration customisation services on the Symbian platform which encourages us to extend our capabilities in this space,” explains Colin Aitken, Vice President and General Manager Europe at Sasken.

“The timing of the Symbian Expo provides an excellent opportunity to launch the next stage of our own partner programme.  During this event, we hope to engage with developers, application and framework providers as well as potential handset suppliers to discuss how we can work together.”

The Symbian Partnership Programme has already seen Sasken work with key partners to deliver solutions to device manufacturers including Panasonic, NEC and other leading phone manufacturers in Europe, US, Asia and the Far East.

The programme will also accelerate Sasken’s ability to offer full phone integration services based on the Symbian platform – enabling device developers and manufacturers to source the full range of integration and testing services from a single supplier.

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Sony Ericsson P910 smartphone powered by Symbian OS among first devices with support

At Symbian Expo today, breakthrough mobile email company, Visto, announced that the Sony Ericsson P910 is among the first mobile phones to support Visto Mobile 5.0, Visto’s next generation platform for push-based real-time over-the-air email, coupled with constantly updated calendar and contact information. Symbian OS is the global market leading open operating system for smartphones.

Visto Mobile 5.0 on Symbian OS means that a wide range of mobile devices will be able to instantly synchronise email, calendar, and contacts with individual PCs or corporate messaging servers. The breakthrough is delivered by Visto’s unique “ConstantSync” technology, which allows the Visto Mobile 5.0 solution to push email, calendar, and contact updates to mobile devices instantly, securely, and with minimum over-the-air data consumption.

Visto’s ConstantSync technology also ensures that new messages, message replies, and calendar or contact updates made on mobile phones are updated on the PC or corporate messaging server automatically and instantly with absolute synchronicity between the user’s Inbox, Sent Items, and Deleted Items folders.

Sony Ericsson’s new P910 smartphone, which has started shipping in selected markets this month, will be the first Symbian OS smartphone supported by Visto Mobile 5.0 and its ConstantSync technology.

Brian Bogosian, Chairman and CEO of Visto said: “We are seeing strong interest from European and global operators, partners and users for push-based mobile email/PIM solutions on devices that mirror phone and PDA functions, in a familiar format, and from the recognised leaders in the market.   The push capabilities of Visto Mobile 5.0, running on the Symbian OS and on a device like the Sony Ericsson P910 meets all these criteria. With this combination we will accelerate market demand for smartphones amongst business users and consumers exponentially.”

 “We’re pleased that Visto is launching and demonstrating Mobile 5.0 on the Sony Ericsson P910 at Symbian Expo today, our annual trade show which is completely dedicated to the entire smartphone industry, said Marit Doving, executive vice president, marketing, Symbian. “Visto 5.0 on Symbian OS phones enables users to enjoy convenient, easy-to-use communications through email, calendar and contact information synchronized automatically over-the-air with Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes servers.”

Henrik Voigt, Senior Manager Enterprise Alliances at Sony Ericsson said: “Our customers want secure and instant access to their email, calendar, and contacts and they want a device that combines the best elements of a phone and a PDA without compromising usability or size. The Sony Ericsson P910 with its unique flip-down QWERTY keypad and Visto’s ConstantSync technology does exactly that and allows users to have a complete messaging experience where they are able to easily compose or reply to messages or open, view and edit message attachments.”

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Opens further European offices

Trigenix, the mobile interface company, today announced the latest enhancements to the Trigenix T4 technology. Trigenix 4.1.0 is now available for shipping and offers greater optimisation with enhancements such as improved over-the-air error handling, conditional update fetch, optimised GPRS access and SMS-based subscription management.

The award-winning Trigenix software is also now available for more MIDP 1.0 and MIDP 2.0 devices including Samsung E800, Nokia 6230, RIM Blackberry 77-series, Alcatel OneTouch 756, and Sagem MyX5-2, offering greater handset coverage.

The company also announced its wider expansion into the European market with local representation in the Netherlands, Italy and Spain to assist with operator relationships in those countries.

Steve Ives, Trigenix CEO commented, "Trigenix offers both native and complementary UIs enabling operators and handset manufacturers to customise the UI and scale-up data revenues. As an example, it allows operators to provide promotions and drive revenue from themes, or create an on-handset 'portal' for easy access and promotions, revenue from data feeds, ringtones downloads and games. The latest enhancements enable operators to manage subscription services using premium SMS, and our extended sales team gives Trigenix greater presence throughout Europe. We are truly excited by the prospects that lie ahead."

Based on the highly successful Trigenix User-Interface solution already in use with operators such as T-Mobile and TMN, T4 supports Windows Mobile, Java MIDP 1.0 & 2.0 devices and Symbian OS phones. With T4, service providers will be able to deploy revenue-generating own-brand user interfaces and rich content-based themes across 50% of handsets shipping by the end of 2004.

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Intel Corporation, Nokia Corporation and Symbian announced today a collaboration to bring smartphones based on the Nokia Series 60 Platform to market using Intel technology, as part of Intel's recent membership in the Nokia Series 60 Product Creation Community. Also, Intel and Symbian have agreed to invest in the joint development of a reference platform to enable a new class of 3G devices based on Symbian OSand Intel XScale Technology.

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TI Wireless Technology Powers 28 of 31 Symbian OS-based
2.5G and 3G Handsets

Symbian Ltd and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI)  today announced that TI wireless technology, including OMAP processors, powers 28 of 31 Symbian OS-based 2.5G and 3G handsets either in-market today or scheduled to ship imminently. TI technology is the clear market-leading silicon solution for Symbian OS-based phones, with more than 85% of the five million Symbian OS-based phones shipped in the first half of 2004 based on TI's OMAP platform.

TI and Symbian continue to collaborate closely and invest in initiatives to support Symbian’s internal platform development, including Symbian’s hardware and software integration and verification processes. These initiatives support ongoing development activities being undertaken by Symbian OS licensees and the wider Symbian ecosystem. This extensive engineering cooperation between the companies helps ensure this hardware and software platform remains a market-leading choice for smartphone manufacturers, technology partners and application developers.

“TI’s technology has been a key driver in 2.5G and 3G handsets and has significantly contributed to the rapid emergence of the smartphone category. The close cooperative relationship between Symbian and TI has helped TI become one of the most successful semiconductor companies in the smartphone category,” said David Levin, CEO, Symbian Ltd. “Both Symbian and TI are investing to ensure that handset manufacturers are able to use TI technology to develop phones based on Symbian OS at lower development costs and with accelerated time to market. This will be increasingly important as Symbian OS is adopted as the preferred technology platform for mass market, mid-tier open phones.”
“The large number of Symbian OS licensees selecting TI silicon reflects the advanced technical capabilities of the OMAP platform for running 2.5G and 3G Symbian OS and advanced multimedia applications,” said Alain Mutricy, TI vice president and general manager, Cellular Systems. “Today’s announcement reflects a continued commitment by TI and Symbian to work closely together in wireless application development innovation.

 TI was one of the first semiconductor companies to work with Symbian OS and is the leading supplier of application processors for Symbian OS-based smartphones.

The majority of smartphones shipping today are based on the Symbian platform, with all major mobile phone manufacturers licensing Symbian OS for use as a platform for the development of data-enabled mobile handsets.

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CSR, the single-chip wireless systems company, today announced that its embedded Bluetooth software stack BCHS (BlueCore Host Software) is now available in a version optimised for the Symbian operating system.

CSR can now provide a comprehensive range of up to 17 profiles for this operating system including DUN (Dial Up Networking) Audio Gateway, Handsfree, BIP, (Basic Image Printing), Basic printing profile, AVP, (Audio Visual Profile), CTP, (Cordless Telephony Profile), and PAN, (Personal Area Network) profile.  CSR's BCHS for Symbian provides ODMs with a tailored Bluetooth host stack for smartphone applications.

CSR's BCHS for Symbian reduces the risk and cost of adding Bluetooth to a Symbian smartphone by creating a single source solution with proven and integrated software and hardware. CSR's BCHS is the most complete Bluetooth software solution on the market, including 17 profiles and provides a means of introducing new functionality more quickly and at minimal cost. The product is developed to work with both UIQ and Nokia Series 60 SDK's on version 7 of the Symbian OS today and migrating to Version 8 OS for 2005.

John Halksworth, product marketing manager, CSR, commented, "We aim to offer ODMs who design smartphones with the Symbian operating system the same choice for designing with Bluetooth that engineers of many other applications enjoy.  With 17 profiles to choose from, ODMs are able to offer a full complement of Bluetooth functionality to users, as well benefiting from CSR's trusted and robust hardware solution, BlueCore."

Halksworth continued, "According to Ovum and IDC, the smartphone market is expected to increase six-fold over the next three years. CSR has recognised this projected growth and its BCHS for Symbian solution aims to simplify the process for ODMs by providing a Bluetooth software solution rich in functionality and low in cost."

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A selection of cellular antennas from the wireless technology group, Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), has technically pre-selected by the leading Spanish cellular telephony operator, Telefónica Móviles España. A number of the qualifying antennas have been drawn from RFS’s Optimizer premium-grade cellular antenna suite, and some will play a role in the operator’s 2004 third-generation (3G) cellular deployment program.

A total of six antenna ‘families’ were preselected by the operator in 2004. The RFS antenna selection will support Telefónica Móviles in its ongoing program of enhancing its GSM 900 MHz and GSM 1800 MHz services, plus the deployment of Spain’s first new high-speed 3G data transmission service --Oficin@Movistar UMTS-- which was launched in February this year.
 
“We are delighted to again achieve qualification with Telefónica Móviles España, and to play a significant role in its ongoing network development,” said Enric Lara, Director General of RFS Spain. “It is a particular honour to see members of the RFS Optimizer family selected to play a role in Telefónica’s Móviles important 3G program.”
 
The RFS Optimizer series is a suite of high-performance cellular antennas featuring upper side lobe suppression typically better than 20 dB across the entire frequency range, significantly increased gain and superior front-to-back ratio (typically around 30 dB). Optimizer antennas incorporate null fill, and are available in a broad selection of fixed electrical and variable electrical tilts, plus a wide range of beam apertures.
 
Also included among the qualified antenna selection are a number of RFS’s compact helical antennas. Purpose-built to provide cellular coverage at the entrance and exit of rail and road tunnels, the RFS helical antennas feature a uniquely low-profile and robust construction. This ensures they are ideally suited to withstand the very high pressures that can be experienced in tunnels during the passing of high-speed trains. The helical antennas feature a high gain of between 11 to 15.5 dBi that allows them to be spaced up to 2000 metres apart within the tunnels.

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Symetra Sales Force Among Early Adopters Taking CRM Productivity Tools on the Road

Onyx Software today announced a new mobile CRM offering, the Onyx Employee Portal for BlackBerry, optimized for BlackBerry wireless platform from Research In Motion.

The optimized Onyx offering is designed to increase the individual productivity of mobile professionals by providing personalized access to client data and high priority tasks maintained for them in the corporate Onyx CRM application.

Onyx CRM technology via BlackBerry gives mobile professionals fast wireless access to corporate and customer data and makes them available for immediate contact with the office and customers. Wireless updates between field personnel and headquarters keep organizational processes moving and trigger support activities.

Several early adopters will roll out the new Onyx offering this fall, including Symetra Financial (formerly Safeco Life & Investments), an insurance and financial services company based in Redmond, WA. Symetra Financial plans to implement the new service for its field sales people who will be able to use the BlackBerry to access critical sales and service information while they are traveling on business.

"We've been a long-time customer of Onyx and we look forward to utilizing this new technology solution to help increase productivity of our sales force," said Pat McCormick, Senior Vice President of Sales & Distribution, Symetra Financials. "With BlackBerry and Onyx CRM, our field sales staff will have enhanced access to client information."
A broad range of Onyx CRM capabilities are accessible through BlackBerry, including contact management, pipeline management, opportunity management, task management, quick search features, and email integration with the Onyx incidents feature.

"For mobile professionals who are on the road or frequently away from their desk, accessing corporate and customer information can be a challenge," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. "Applications like Onyx CRM are ideally suited to capitalize on the power of the BlackBerry platform to help keep sales and service representatives informed and productive while in the field."

Onyx CRM for BlackBerry is the latest addition to the Onyx Portable CRM product family, which includes products for offline laptop access with data synchronization and wireless access for mobile devices like the BlackBerry and other leading handheld devices.

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New media and signal processing technology will be implemented in next-generation ARM processors

ARM today launched its new NEON technology, a media and signal processing solution designed to accelerate abroad range of applications. The ARM(R) NEON technology is targeted for
mobile and consumer products that need the flexibility to implement multiple combinations of video encode/decode, 3-D graphics, speech processing, audio decoding, image processing, and baseband functionality. NEON technology will be implemented in future ARM processors, and will be supported by ARM and
third-party tool chains enabling broad industry adoption.

NEON technology is a 64/128-bit SIMD (single instruction multiple data) instruction set that provides standardized acceleration for next generation media and signal processing applications. NEON technology can execute an MP3 audio decoder in less than 10 CPU MHz, and can run the GSM AMR (Adaptive Multi-Rate) speech codec using only 13 CPU MHz. It features a comprehensive instruction set, separate register files, and independent execution hardware.

NEON supports 8-, 16-, 32- and 64-bit integer, and single precision floating-point SIMD operations for handling audio/video processing as well as graphics and gaming processing.

"NEON technology benefits everyone from the consumer to the chip designer," said Mike Inglis, executive vice president, Marketing, ARM. "It will deliver to the consumer  desktop-quality audio, video, and 3-D graphics using a solution that can be reprogrammed for changing industry standards.
NEON technology offers system designers unrivalled flexibility and performance while meeting the exacting power and area constraints of next generation mobile and consumer products."

"We have come to expect ARM to produce these kinds of advancements," said Tony Massimini, chief of technology, micrologic, Semico Research Corporation. "The NEON technology is further evidence that ARM continues to develop
enhancements for the ARM core that satisfy the growing demands of the cell phone and digital consumer market."

"Together, TI and ARM are enabling the growth of multimedia applications on handsets, making the cell phone an entertainment device," said Paul Werp, director, Cellular Systems, Texas Instruments. "The NEON technology multimedia capabilities provide a significant boost that can enable more applications to run on the ARM core, both cost- and power-effectively."

"As mobile devices become the primary targets for delivering streaming video, audio, digital photography, and 3-D gaming services to consumers, the need for powerful and  reprogrammable, yet efficient processors has grown,"
said Mike McCourt with FreeScale's wireless group. "Products built upon industry standards accelerate product level support for new content-based features. Freescale, a key ARM Partner and a member of the Khronos group, has been active in driving the OpenMAX initiative and endorsing the NEON
technology strategy. These technologies taken together will help drive the expansion of products and services for the mobile market.

NEON technology's diverse instruction set has been designed in
conjunction with vectorizing C compiler technology and will be released with C compiler support for the ARM developer community. The new technology is a target of the OpenMAX APIs being defined by the Khronos group to enable software portability, reuse, and reduced time to market.


NEON technology is designed to complement the ARM OptimoDE(TM) data engine, and employs a fixed instruction set designed to address a broad range of applications in software running on general purpose processors. OptimoDE data engines implement highly configurable VLIW instructions to deliver exceptional application specific performance. Many applications including next-generation mobile handsets will use both the NEON and OptimoDE technologies to implement outstanding baseband and applications performance.

NEON technology will be implemented in future families of ARM processors. In order to provide for the specific demands of its Partners' highly vertical applications, ARM has created core technologies suited to multiple markets at multiple price and performance points: ARM TrustZone(TM) technology for data
security; Jazelle(R) technology for Java acceleration; Intelligent Energy Manager for power management; and now the NEON technology and OptimoDE data engines for media and signal processing.

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Adax, the industry leader in high performance communications and signaling infrastructure and IntelliNet Technologies, a leading provider of network signaling products and solutions, have strengthened their partnership in EMEA with the announcement of SS7 pre-integrated signaling stacks.  These binary products provide off-the-shelf SS7 solutions for application developers, significantly reducing time to market for applications requiring SS7 such as SMS offload, Location Based Services for 2G, 2.5G and 3G networks, Ring Back Tone, Missed Call Notification and other enhanced services.

The binary SS7 products integrate the Adax HDC protocol controller and layer 2 software with the IntelliNet MTP3 and higher layers for TCAP, MAP and ISUP SS7 stacks.  IntelliNet’s AcceleroTM SIP together with Adax HDC protocol controller now provides the ability to seamlessly bridge SS7 signaling into the IP world bringing in the choice of SIGTRAN and SIP transports. Development of emerging applications such as Multi-protocol BSC will become significantly easier with this combination. 

“Network application developers are always looking to reduce their build costs and time-to-market.  This cost-effective SS7 stack does exactly that, “said Robin Kent, Director of European Operations, Adax Europe. “Adax and IntelliNet have a successful history and can now further this partnership in Europe using this new development as the first step into the region.”

“This field proven combination of infrastructure products are coming together with richer features to deliver unsurpassed value to the telecom application developer. IntelliNet’s commitment to EMEA region is further demonstrated by a dedicated facility that was set up this quarter. “said Anjan Ghosal, President and CEO IntelliNet Technologies.

“Carrier grade AcceleroTM Application Development Software can support up to 4096 signaling links and allows signaling application portability in a transport independent manner. This binary offering together with Adax HDC, provides a high return on infrastructure investment in a world where innovative services are introduced at a scorching pace.” said Arun Handa, Vice President for Product Management at IntelliNet Technologies.

The Adax HDC controller is a high density, multiple protocol, fully channelized platform that is ideal for signaling and media gateways, softswitches and SGSN/GGSN nodes for Next Generation Networks.  The card is dynamically configurable and provides up to 128 channels of MTP2, SCTP, LAPB/D/V5, Frame Relay, X.25 or HDLC software in any combination per board.  The HDC is available in PMC and PCI formats and has up to four T1/E1 interfaces.  The PCI card has an option of two Ethernet ports for IP connections.

IntelliNet’s AcceleroTM Application Development Software (ADS) is a powerful, yet easy-to-use platform for the development of 2G, 2.5G, and 3G wireless and IN applications. Designed to insulate the business logic of applications from the various underlying signaling transports, AcceleroTM ADS speeds development by delivering a signaling-transport independent architecture across IP (Sigtran and SIP) and SS7.  Accelero TM ADS provides the most comprehensive API support in the industry.

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BT today announced a major extension of its mobile video service trial with Newmediacom to provide live video streaming of CNBC Europe news to mobile handsets in 17 European countries.  The service will allow customers to view live broadcasts from CNBC Europe, the financial and business news network..

The service will benefit customers and business users who will be able to access industry news and information as it happens. Based on BT's leading edge Fastnets technology and Content Management Platform, the service can be accessed from a range of mobile devices.  Users register for the service online and pay using their credit or debit cards for daily or monthly access.

Andy Lay, general manager of new business innovation for BT Wholesale said: "The trial of this new service further demonstrates BT's commitment to working with a range of exciting companies to drive innovative services in the UK and European markets."

Mick Buckley, President and CEO of CNBC Europe stated: "This deal re-enforces our leadership position in delivering quality business and financial news throughout Europe. This innovative mobile video capability perfectly complements our fast growing broadband service and provides a unique service for the business leaders, finance professionals, private investors, and those who need to know first, who make up our viewers across Europe."

Peter Jones, Chairman and CEO of Newmediacom's parent company, Phones International Group, said  "This is the first pan - European mobile video service offering live broadcast services so we are delighted that CNBC Europe chose us to provide it. The service will be available through the leading mobile networks across Europe so it will be widely available. We will be making this service available to an ever increasing range of mobile phones and PDAs."

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The newly founded Siemens Communications Group started operations today on October 1, 2004.

The merger of the former Siemens fixed and mobile communications units - IC Networks and IC Mobile - has created one of the world's largest suppliers in the telecommunications sector. In terms of sales, Siemens Communications shares rank three with Motorola, behind Nokia and Cisco.

The new Group, which is currently represented in more than 160 countries, is headed by Lothar Pauly and subdivided into the three segments Carrier Networks, Enterprise Networks and Devices, with a total of eight divisions. Its Group Executive Management has five members: Lothar Pauly is the Group President and is also in charge of fixed and mobile networks in the carrier segment; Michael Kutschenreuter is responsible for finances; Anton Hendrik Schaaf holds the post of Chief Technology Officer and also oversees the Group's carrier service business; Andy W. Mattes is responsible for enterprise business; and Thorsten Heins heads the Devices unit.

"Siemens Communications has a clear, two-pronged strategy," explains Lothar Pauly. "First, we plan to expand our established business toward end-to-end solutions, from the core network to devices. Second, we will be consolidating our role as a trendsetter in convergence solutions for fixed and mobile networks, public and private networks, and multifunctional devices. Here, we already have a good head start in terms of innovations." Pauly goes on to explain that Siemens Communications is currently the only supplier capable of offering its customers a complete portfolio that covers everything from devices for end-users to complex network infrastructures for enterprises and operators, along with associated lifecycle and professional services.

The Devices segment is subdivided into the three divisions Mobile Devices, Customer Premises Equipment and Wireless Modules, which offer a complete portfolio of multifunctional devices for fixed networks, mobile networks and wireless access, thus enabling a wide range of mobile solutions. The Devices portfolio includes mobile, cordless and system telephones, broadband modems and radio modules.

The Mobile Devices division is headed by Clemens Joos, with Paul Reitmeier in charge of Customer Premises Equipment and Jose Costa e Silva heading Wireless Modules.

The Carrier Networks segment consists of the three divisions Mobile Networks, Fixed Networks and Carrier Services. Carrier Networks provides the complete infrastructure, applications, turnkey solutions (including broadband) and a full portfolio of professional services for mobile network and fixed network operators. On the basis of its fixed/mobile convergence concept, Siemens offers operators of hybrid networks common platforms, applications and broadband solutions for all access types and services.

In addition to being number one in digital telephone switching systems (with more than 300 million installed ports) and in IP convergence solutions, Siemens is a technology leader in broadband access. Over 180 network carriers around the world currently use Siemens mobile communications technology. Siemens is also among the leaders in segments such as Prepaid and Microwave, as well as applications and mobile communication services.

Mobile Networks will be headed by Karl-Christoph Caselitz, Fixed Networks by Christian Unterberger, and Carrier Services by Daniel-Rui Felicio.

Enterprise Networks comprises the two divisions Enterprise Systems and Enterprise Services. Enterprise Networks provides enterprise customers with real-time communications systems and applications, solutions (including security) and a full range of professional services designed to help them improve their business processes. With presence-based applications such as HiPath OpenScape, the common HiPath 8000/ SURPASS softswitch platform bridges carrier and corporate networks and supports enterprises in boosting their productivity.

Enterprise Systems is headed by Bernd Kuhlin, while Gerhard Otterbach is responsible for Enterprise Services.

Zi Corporation's Text Input Technology Pre-Integrated on Series 60; Easier Texting Now Available on the Leading Smartphone Platform

Zi Corporation, the leading provider of intelligent interface solutions, today announced that its advanced eZiText technology is now pre-integrated and available to Series 60 licensees worldwide.

With this Series 60 Platform announcement, Zi is now pre-integrated on all the major operating system platforms for mobile phones. It further strengthens the profile of Zi's expanding presence in the global wireless market. Series 60 licensees will be able to license eZiText directly from Zi.

Series 60 Platform is developed by Nokia, and it is the world's leading smartphone platform, with millions of devices already in the market. The platform is noted for its data capabilities and extensive feature set.

With the pre-integration of eZiText, licensees of the Series 60 Platform now have the option to use eZiText's core capabilities in all supported languages and benefit from minimal integration effort and faster time-to-market. Through eZiText's robust Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), licensees will also be able to customize and enhance the eZiText input experience to add features or create differentiation. An eZiText Front End Processor (FEP) is also now available to manufacturers through Zi. The FEP is a fully developed user interface that manages the entire text input interface and display of eZiText on the Series 60 Platform.

"Smartphone manufacturers that have chosen the Series 60 Platform can now benefit from Zi's competitive and feature-rich technology quickly and seamlessly," said Mike Donnell, president and CEO of Zi Corporation. "Zi is committed to fully supporting the Series 60 Platform and to extending the benefits of eZiText to smartphone users everywhere."

eZiText functions within all Series 60 applications that require or provision predictive text entry including messaging (SMS and MMS), Web browsing, calendar, phone book, notes and others. End users will benefit from the ease of use and speed benefits of Zi's text input capabilities as a core function of the handset. eZiText is available in and supports over 41 unique language databases.

Panasonic Mobile Communications has introduced the X300 to the UK market. The X300 is the first mobile phone to incorporate a one-push pop-up screen. This tri-band handset also combines video record and playback capability, polyphonic ring tones, Multimedia Messaging (MMS) and a CMOS VGA built-in digital camera.  Shipments for the UK have already begun.

Graham Carter, General Manager, Panasonic Mobile Communications UK, comments, "This handset is an exciting addition to Panasonic's product line up.  Combining an innovative design with advanced mobile and imaging technology, the X300 draws on many of Panasonic's core areas of expertise. Its innovative, pop-up screen design, transforming a high-quality mobile phone into a digital camera with the capability to shoot short video clips as well as still shots, will appeal to the growing number of digital camera phone users in the UK market."

Style and function
In accordance with the other mini and fashion handsets in the Panasonic mobile phone range, the X300 brings advanced technology into a stylish and creative design.  Available in a silver and black finish, it weighs just 87 grams and measures 92 x 49 x 21mm.  Light and easy to use, the X300 is designed for the style-conscious user who will also benefit from the latest mobile technology available.

Share the moment
The X300 allows users to send photos and video clips to other mobile users through its GPRS, EMS and MMS functionality.  Its innovative design will give the user maximum flexibility when creating these images.

Video capability
With its one-push, pop-up screen and built-in digital VGA camera with video capability, the X300 is a pioneer in mobile imaging technology. This handset has a 65K colour screen allowing the user to view photographs and short video clips with excellent clarity.  The camera also incorporates a self-timer function as a further benefit to users.

Back to basics
In addition to its advanced imaging and design features, the X300 has all the functions that you would expect from a mobile phone.  'Its tri-band capability allows users to make calls and send messages whilst abroad.'The handset's 40-polyphonic ringtones, WAP capability, calendar, calculator, built-in games and wallpapers, as well as the option to download additional logos and ringtones, further enhance and personalise the user experience.