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Issue #2003 - 17 (May 2003)
(Updated May 24, 2003)


Aplix JBlend Technology in 20 Million Mobile Phones

SAN FRANCISCO--May 20, 2003--Aplix Corporation, the global leader in deploying Java(TM) technology in mobile phones, announced today that its JBlend(TM) technology has shipped in more than 20 million mobile phones as of March 31 of this year -- a two-fold increase since July 2002. Aplix reported in August 2002 that its Java execution environment had surpassed ten million shipments in mobile phones and other embedded products.

In addition, JBlend technology has been implemented in 43 different deployed handset models from eleven different manufacturers. These products are sold in eleven different operator networks that service such countries as Australia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the US.

Aplix JBlend Platform -- the Environment of Choice for Advanced Mobile Phones

The Aplix JBlend platform for mobile phones is based on the Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME(TM)) Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) and Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP). All implementations of the JBlend platform include Aplix's patent-pending KFTT(TM) software acceleration technology to ensure a responsive and optimal user experience.

Aplix is an active member of the Java Community Process (JCPSM), participating in eleven J2ME JSR expert groups. Aplix's extensive experience in implementing Java technology in mobile phones has enabled the company to establish a strong track record of meeting its customers' time-to-market goals and fulfilling unique requirements, such as custom extensions and profiles for J-PHONE JSCL, KDDI ezplus, NTT DoCoMo DoJa API, Sprint PCS and Vodafone VSCL. As a result, JBlend technology has enjoyed unparalleled success in the Japanese market and is the most widely deployed Java execution environment for mobile phones worldwide.

In a report published in September 2002 [1], Zelos Group analyst Seamus McAteer concluded that Java will be the dominant terminal platform in the wireless sector, and that the technology will be found in over 450 million handsets sold in 2007, corresponding to 74% of all wireless phones that ship that year. In the report, McAteer also stated, "Few Java client platform or Java acceleration technology vendors will survive through to 2004. Thanks to its dominant position with Japanese carriers and OEMs, Aplix Corp. is emerging as the leading client platform company."

About Aplix JBlend Platform
The Aplix JBlend platform is the de facto solution for running Java applications and services in mobile phones. It includes a high-performance, small-footprint JVM for a variety of configurations (CLDC, CDC) and profiles/extensions (MIDP, i-mode, Sprint and others); and all the porting tools and test suites needed to Java-enable a full line of consumer products. The JBlend platform supports a variety of popular operating systems and microprocessors, and has also been successfully integrated in many digital appliances and embedded devices. In addition, JBlend technology offers device manufacturers the following key benefits:

  • A field-proven Java platform that is fast, stable, and robust;
  • The ability to continue to use manufacturers' existing software resources, while adding the key benefits of Java technology, including outstanding scalability and ease of network support and
    user interface development;
  • The ability to significantly shorten the product development cycle, enabling manufacturers to bring their products to market much faster than before.

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. It is headquartered in Tokyo with a subsidiary office in San Francisco and sales office in Paris.

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Aplix has an obvious lead in providing Java runtime environment for mobile phones. 

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