Motorola, Sega to Announce Java Gaming Cellphone

TOKYO (06/05/2000) - Motorola Inc. will debut later today a new Java-capable cellular telephone that includes computer games programmed in Java and developed in collaboration with Sega Enterprises Ltd.

Motorola, which is scheduled to make the announcement at the JavaOne trade show in San Francisco starting this week, codeveloped a new API (Application Programmable Interface) with Sega that allows game software writers to develop games for cellular telephones, said Miako Shimizu, a spokeswoman for Sega Enterprises in Tokyo.

The first Motorola phone to include the API along with Java support will also be unveiled at the exhibition and is scheduled to go on sale in spring 2001 in the U.S., said the Sega spokeswoman. Through the use of Java and more advanced processing power, the new games will be a generation above the basic games and animated images currently featured on cell phones.

Sega will offer its gaming system, the API and game content to Motorola as part of the deal, said the spokeswoman, but she added the company is open to working with other cell phone makers on similar products.

"We want to spread our system to many other makers," she said. "If Nokia, Ericsson, NTT DoCoMo or any other companies are interested we are able to offer (the technology) to them."

Sega Enterprises, in Tokyo, can be found online at http://www.sega.co.jp/.

Motorola, in Schaumburg, Illinois, can be reached at +1-847-576-5000, or via the Web at http://www.motorola.com/.

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