KYOCERA Wireless and Superscape Collaborate to Enable the Delivery of 3D Games Over the Air Using BREW® Solution from QUALCOMM(TM)
Partnership aims to optimize Superscape's Swerve Engine on Kyocera's Koi(TM) 1.2 megapixel camera phone, utilizing QUALCOMM's MSM6100 chip set powered by an embedded ARM® 9 processor
SAN DIEGO -- (June 8, 2004) – Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets and telemetry modules, and Superscape Group plc (LSE: SPS), leaders in revolutionary entertainment for mobile phones, today announced a partnership to optimize Superscape's Swerve Client software engine for Kyocera's Koi(TM) 1.2 megapixel camera phone. Koi's oversized 262,000-color screen, ample onboard memory, intuitive keypad and QUALCOMM’s MSM6100 chip set powered by the ARM® 9 processor make it a platform that is ideal for downloading and playing 3D games and multimedia content delivered over the air using QUALCOMM’s BREW® solution. The collaborative partnership will make Koi one of the first 3D-capable mobile phones in North America when it becomes available this summer.
“As Kyocera continues to appeal to a broad customer base, we recognize that both the casual and prolific gamer are looking for a better mobile gaming experience on their phones,” said Don McGuire, vice president of global marketing, Kyocera Wireless Corp. “Koi offers an ideal gaming platform for next-generation 3D games, combining robust hardware with a large, colorful screen and an easy to use keypad. Superscape's Swerve engine will further help us take this new gaming experience to our customers by leveraging Kois strengths and capitalizing on Kyocera's history with the BREW solution.”
Superscape's Swerve Client, developed in collaboration with ARM, is a fast and efficient software solution that, when running on the wireless device and driven by application code, generates and manages the interactive 3D scenes on the screen using model description data. Swerve Client abstracts the more complex requirements for building interactive 3D applications, making it both easy and fast for designers and programmers to create content without the need for detailed knowledge of such techniques as 3D rendering. Optimized for ARM processor design, Swerve Client runs as part of the actual operating system of the handset and runs games that can either come pre-installed on a mobile device or can be downloaded over the air using the BREW system or Java(TM).
"The BREW solution has significantly expanded the options available to mobile phone users regarding the types of content they can to download to their phones," said Kevin Roberts, chief executive officer at Superscape. "Kyocera launched the first BREW-enabled phone in North America and is aggressively marketing to the types of users who want the 3D gaming capabilities that the Swerve engine can enable. We're proud to work with Kyocera in optimizing our product and look forward to enriching the mobile phone experience for their customers around the world."
Koi, Kyocera Wireless’ first megapixel camera phone, features a 1.2 megapixel digital camera with four times the resolution of existing VGA camera phones and a unique “swivel” form factor. The phone offers easy one-button operation of the camera and can be used swiveled open or closed. Koi has a built-in flash and 5X digital zoom to expand picture-taking options, MPEG-4 video record and playback, and 16 megabytes of onboard memory for images, photo caller ID entries, multimedia files and downloaded games. Koi also features an exceptionally large 262,000-color external display for easy viewing of the Internet, images, videos and games.
Superscape specialises in industry standard (JSR 184) 3D technology for wireless environments. The company’s Swerve technology is a complete solution comprising a software-only 3D engine (Swerve Client), a powerful development tool integrated into 3ds max(TM) (Swerve Studio) and a catalogue of 3D games (Swerve Content) available for licensing. Key players such as ARM, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Siemens, Universal Studios, Samsung, Motorola, Disney, Activision, Verizon, Kyocera and SavaJe have already endorsed Swerve. Superscape is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and has corporate offices in Hook, Hampshire (UK) and San Clemente, California (USA). www.superscape.com
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. Kyocera Wireless maintains an operating belief in the genius of simplicity and strives to make the wireless experience as simple and intuitive as humanly possible. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. 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, 2004, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11 billion (JP¥ 1,140,814 million) with net income of approximately US$655 million (JP¥ 68,086 million).
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