San Jose, California - February 14, 2001- Sharp Microelectronics
of the Americas (SMA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, and
Parthus Technologies (Nasdaq: PRTH, LSE: PRH), a leading developer of
intellectual property for the mobile Internet market, announced today at
the Wireless/Portable Symposium that SMA has signed a licensing and
royalty agreement for Parthus' InfoStream mobile computing platform.
The licensing of Parthus' InfoStream allows SMA to rapidly deploy
semiconductor products targeting mobile computing devices with the
equivalent processing capability of a desktop PC, but with the
exceptionally low power consumption required for mobile devices.
InfoStream enables complete System-on-Chip (SoC) devices running at speeds
of up to 200MHz to be manufactured on the customer's targeted
manufacturing process. SMA will target customers developing applications
for Internet-enabled appliances, handheld and mobile computing devices, as
well as home and office automation technologies.
SMA has recently been designated Sharp's North American design center
for microcontroller (MCU) and SoC products. Sharp already leads the
industry in the deployment and integration of technology, such as LCD
displays, for the world's leading PDA manufacturers.
"Thanks to its solid relationships with OEMs in the North American
marketplace, Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas can make a dramatic
impact on the growth of next generation mobile technology," said Kevin
Fielding, chief operating officer of Parthus Technologies. "We believe
that by combining the processing power of a state-of-the-art desktop PC
with ultra low power consumption, InfoStream represents a breakthrough for
the mobile computing market."
"Selection of InfoStream will dramatically improve the time-to-market
for our MCU/SoC initiative, quickly positioning SMA as a major provider of
SoC solutions for mobile applications," said Terry Thomas, director of
microcontroller and System-on-Chip for SMA.
Mobile handheld devices are predicted to become an extremely important
component of the new wave of wireless connectivity. The number of wireless
Internet devices is predicted to grow to 800 million by 2003, up from 4
million in 1999, according to Dataquest, an industry research firm.
The InfoStream platform was co-developed with Psion and is targeted at
these next generation wireless handheld devices, including 3G smartphones,
PDAs, Internet appliances and wireless tablets. Due to its innovative
design, InfoStream leads the industry in processing power, power
consumption requirements and levels of integration (e.g., color LCD for
Web browsing). In addition, InfoStream has been configured to operate
across a range of operating systems, including Symbian, Windows CE and
About Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas
Sharp Microelectronics of the America (SMA), Camas, Washington, is a
U.S.-based company and a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation which
is a subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, Osaka, Japan. Sharp is a worldwide
developer of core digital technologies that are playing an integral role
in shaping the next generation of electronic products for consumer and
business needs. SMA offers breakthrough memory, LCD, opto, CCD, RF/IR,
microcomputer and system-on-chip components, along with packaging and
integration skills that help design engineers throughout North and South
America bring their ambitious ideas to market. SMA is dedicated to
improving people's lives through the use of advanced technology and a
commitment to innovation, quality, value and design. Product information
from SMA is available at http://www.sharpsma.com/.
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