Sanyo to License Symbian's Smart Phone Software

WASHINGTON (08/18/2000) - Symbian Ltd., developer of operating system software for handheld computers and wireless devices, has licensed its software platform to Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., which intends to develop advanced mobile communication devices based on the platform.

The Symbian platform has already been licensed by several major players in the wireless industry, including the world's three leading handset makers, Nokia Corp., Motorola Inc. and L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co., each of which owns a 21 percent stake in Symbian. Other licensees include Psion PLC and Matsushita Communications Industrial Co. Ltd., which also are part owners of Symbian, as well as Dutch electronics maker Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV.

Sanyo will focus on developing mobile communication devices, Sanyo General Manager Tsugufumi Matsuoka said Friday in a release. Sanyo will combine its experience in the consumer electronics market with Symbian's technology to develop products that will work across a variety of networks, Matsuoka added.

Symbian, in London, is at +44-20-7563-2000 or at http://www.symbian.com/. Sanyo Electric, in Osaka, Japan, can be found online at http://www.sanyo.co.jp/.

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