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Texas Instruments and RealNetworks to Offer Mobile Users Access to the Largest Selection of Internet Media Content
Wireless Carriers, Handset Manufacturers to Benefit from RealPlayer Mobile Using TI's OMAPTM Platform
SEATTLE (September 17, 2001) -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) and RealNetworks(R) Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK) today announced that RealPlayer(R) Mobile, the mobile version of the world's leading digital media player, will be made available to wireless operators and handset manufacturers and will be optimized for TI's OMAP platform for mobile handsets. The offering will enable the processing power for digital media playback and multimedia video and audio streaming on mobile devices over an architecture that has become the de facto standard for 2.5 and 3G networks. Mobile carriers and handset manufacturers will now be able to offer wireless subscribers access to the vast array of Internet media content, without compromising battery life or playback performance. RealNetworks also announced today the availability of the beta release of the RealSystem(R) Mobile.
In January 2001, RealNetworks and TI announced the integration of RealAudio(R) and RealVideo(R) codecs into TI's DA250 processor and the OMAP platform; the companies have expanded their relationship to now include RealNetworks' RealPlayer Mobile with TI's high-performance and power efficient OMAP710 and OMAP1510 processors. TI's wireless expertise and leadership in programmable digital signal processing (DSP), and RealNetworks' world-class Internet media delivery technology will be fused into next generation mobile appliances such as portable Internet audio players, mobile handsets and personal digital assistants (PDAs). Wireless carriers and handset manufacturers will be able to offer their customers the ability to watch breaking news and sports highlights, listen to music and receive the latest entertainment and weather updates - all through RealPlayer Mobile.
"We welcome this joint effort by TI and Real Networks. Nokia is pioneering mobile video with its recently launched Nokia 9200 Series Communicators, and it is our intention to further develop mobile multimedia capabilities in our upcoming products based on Symbian's OS and TI's OMAP architecture. The solution offered by TI and Real Networks is excellent for this purpose," said Janne Jormalainen, Vice President, Product Marketing, Nokia Mobile Phones.
"Today's announcement with TI is significant to both the wireless community and to mobile consumers," said Martin Plaehn, senior vice president, Media Systems, RealNetworks, Inc. "Mobile users will be able to experience rich digital media content without compromising the performance of their mobile device, while mobile device manufacturers will benefit by being able to offer high-performance digital media capabilities to their customers in record time."
"By optimizing the RealPlayer Mobile for TI's OMAP platform, we will enable mobile device manufacturers quick and easy integration of audio and video onto next-generation wireless devices," said Alain Mutricy, general manager of TI's OMAP platform. "We are excited about the technology that RealNetworks and TI will provide to mobile consumers - a true digital media experience."
The core components of RealNetworks' RealPlayer Mobile technology will be optimized for TI's high performance, low power OMAP architecture. TI's OMAP processors are the engines that make real-time communications-based applications a reality in wireless handsets and advance mobile devices. Handset manufacturers using TI's programmable DSP-based OMAP platform can easily incorporate support for RealPlayer Mobile into their products and enable mobile access to digital media in RealNetworks' formats, which are used to deliver 85% of the streaming media content on Web pages. The support for RealPlayer Mobile is scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2002.
Real Networks is a member of TI's OMAP Developers Network, a group of companies writing wireless applications for mobile Internet devices. OMAP developers enjoy a variety of tools and support to enable rapid application development for leading operating systems and programming languages plus the opportunity to collaborate with a range of developers designing applications such as multimedia, security, location based services, mobile commerce and gaming. OMAP developers also benefit from TI's open, scalable OMAP platform, which has been selected by Nokia, Ericsson, Sony, Sendo, HTC and others for their 2.5 and 3G wireless devices. For more information about the OMAP Developers Network, please visit www.ti.com/sc/omap.
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