Kyocera Wireless Corp. Extends Palm OS® Platform License Through 2005
Agreement Supports Ongoing Development and Distribution of Kyocera's Industry-leading Palm Powered SmartphonesSAN DIEGO AND SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Oct. 16, 2002 - Kyocera Wireless Corp. today announced a three-year extension to its licensing agreement with PalmSource Inc. (subsidiary of Palm Inc., Nasdaq: PALM). Under terms of the agreement, Kyocera will continue expanding its line of smartphone devices utilizing the industry-leading Palm OS® platform. The Kyocera license covers Palm OS versions 3, 4, 5 and beyond, as well as Palm applications, and may include future value-added products.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. created the category of Palm OS-based smartphone devices, or devices that combine wireless connectivity and the Palm handheld computing platform, in North America with the March 2001 launch of its QCP 6035 smartphone. The QCP 6035 was the first device to successfully merge a wireless phone with a Palm Powered personal digital assistant. To date, Kyocera has sold more than 250,000 smartphones in North America.
"Our ongoing relationship with PalmSource is the foundation of Kyocera's converged device development plans into the foreseeable future," said Skip Speaks, president and CEO of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "We pioneered this category and we continue to lead with our new 7135 smartphone. Together, we'll continue making great products that keep consumers and enterprises alike connected, entertained and organized."
With the recent announcement of the Kyocera 7135 smartphone, Kyocera Wireless Corp. continues to set the standard for converged device design, functionality, and ease-of-use. Among its many features, the 7135 is the first smartphone with an expansion slot, a 65,000-color display, and an on-board MP3 player. It also incorporates GPS position-location technology and CDMA2000 1X for data speeds of up to 153 kbps. Kyocera Wireless Corp. plans to maintain its market leadership by continuing its line of handsets incorporating the Palm OS software and bearing the Palm Powered brand identity.
For PalmSource, the agreement further extends the Palm OS platform onto high-speed third-generation wireless networks and creates new opportunities to support wireless access to enterprise networks. Kyocera Wireless Corp. will continue to support a PalmSource application developers program.
"Kyocera's innovation and leadership role in the creation of smart phones has helped to establish the Palm OS platform as the industry-leading standard. Our continued partnership will accelerate the expansion of the smartphone market and provide users with new innovative devices, " said David Nagel, president and chief executive officer of PalmSource.
About PalmSource, Inc.
Information about PalmSource, Inc., the Palm OS® subsidiary of Palm, Inc., is available at http://www.palmsource.com. Information about Palm Inc. is available at www.palm.com/aboutpalm.
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA handsets and accessories for customers worldwide. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.
Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera 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 US$7.78 billion (JP¥ 1,034,574 million) with net income of US$240.25 million (JP¥ 31,953 million).
2002 Kyocera Wireless Corp. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. QCP is a trademark of Kyocera Wireless Corp. Palm OS, Palm and the Palm Powered logo are trademarks of Palm Inc. or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective owners.
John Chier, Kyocera Wireless Corp.
phone 1-(858) 882-3543
Kim Coutts, Fleishman-Hillard for Kyocera
phone: 1-(619) 235-9995
Tricia Arana, A&R Partners for PalmSource
phone: 1-(650) 762-2804