PalmSource and NVIDIA Partner to Advance Graphics on Palm Powered Mobile Devices
NVIDIA Joins Palm OS Ready Program
Laurie Spindler, Public Relations
SAN JOSE, Calif., PalmSource® Developer Conference, Feb. 10, 2004 – PalmSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSRC) provider of Palm OS®, a leading operating system powering next generation mobile devices and NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced plans to enhance the graphics acceleration in Palm Powered® smart mobile devices running Palm OS® Cobalt and Palm OS® Garnet. NVIDIA joins existing Palm OS Ready Partners Intel, ATI, M-Systems, Motorola, Samsung Semiconductor and Texas Instruments.
As a member of the Palm OS Ready Program, PalmSource will provide NVIDIA with Palm OS Garnet and Cobalt tools and components designed to enable the creation of software drivers for the NVIDIA® GoForce™ family of media processors and make them available to Palm OS licensees. The NVIDIA GoForce media processors offers advanced features for smart mobile devices, including support for multi-megapixel image capture, accelerated graphics for gaming, and video capture and playback. Using dedicated hardware accelerator engines, the GoForce processors deliver high performance for multimedia applications and drive high-resolution displays, while minimizing battery life consumption on the device.
“Partnering with one of the leading mobile platform providers, PalmSource, supports our business strategy of extending our graphics solutions to deepen our penetration in the market for smart mobile devices,” said Phil Carmack, general manager and vice president of handheld group at NVIDIA. “We believe Palm OS licensees will benefit from NVIDIA’s cutting-edge technology, manufacturing leadership and global support infrastructure to create successful mobile solutions tailored to the multimedia and entertainment markets.”
“We believe that combining NVIDIA’s technological expertise in the mobile device market with the flexibility and ease-of-use of Palm OS, licensees can leverage the tools and resources to build new products for the multimedia market that feature higher display resolutions, video capture and playback features,” said David Nagel, president and CEO of PalmSource, Inc.
Palm OS Ready Program
Launched in July 2001, the Palm OS Ready program allows industry-leading component providers to drive faster innovation of Palm Powered Devices and foster growth throughout the Palm Economy. Combining access to key components of Palm OS technology with in-depth technical training and resources, the Palm OS Ready Program allows silicon providers to deliver more complete solutions to the Palm OS licensee community enabling Palm OS licensees to bring innovative and differentiated Palm Powered mobile devices to market faster and more efficiently.
NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms. Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,800 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.
PalmSource, Inc. is the company behind Palm OS, a leading operating system powering mobile information devices. More than 30 million Palm Powered handhelds and smartphones have been sold to date worldwide. Industry leaders Aceeca, AlphaSmart, Fossil, Founder Technology, Garmin,
GSL, HuneTec, Kyocera, Lenovo, palmOne, PerComm, Samsung, Sony, Symbol Technologies and Tapwave license Palm OS to create diverse mobile devices that meet unique customer needs. Palm OS has given rise to a large community of users, enterprises, developers and manufacturers, who together make up the Palm Economy. More information about PalmSource is available at www.palmsource.com, http://www.palmsource.co.uk, http://www.palmsource.fr, http://www.palmsource.de and http://www.palmsource.com.cn.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements related to, the enhancement of the graphics acceleration in Palm Powered smart mobile devices running Palm OS Cobalt and Palm OS Garnet; the features and benefits of Palm OS Cobalt and Palm OS Garnet tools and components and the Palm OS Ready Program; NVIDIA’s cutting-edge technology, manufacturing leadership, global support infrastructure, technological expertise in the mobile device market and state-of-the-art graphics performance and the features, functions and benefits of the GoForce family of media processors. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the ability PalmSource and NVIDA to timely and successfully create and distribute to Palm OS licensees software drivers for the GoForce family of media processors; the ability of Palm OS Cobalt and Palm OS Garnet tools and components to perform as specified; the ability of Palm OS Cobalt and Palm OS Garnet tools and components and the Palm OS Ready Program to provide the anticipated results and benefits including enhancement of the graphics acceleration in Palm Powered smart mobile devices; the acceptance and use of Palm OS Cobalt and Palm OS Garnet by PalmSource’s licensee; the ability of PalmSource licensees to benefit from NVIDIA’s cutting-edge technology, manufacturing leadership, global support infrastructure, technological expertise in the mobile device market and state-of-the-art graphics performance and the GoForce family of media processors; the ability of PalmSource to benefit from any growth in the enterprise, entertainment and smart mobile device markets; and the general economic conditions in the U.S. and abroad and other risks and uncertainties contained in our public announcements, reports to stockholders and other documents filed with and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended August 29, 2003 and November 28, 2003. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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