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GeoVector and Texas Instruments Transform Wireless Handsets
Posted: 25-Apr-2001 [Source: Texas Instruments and GeoVector joint press release]

[Companies announce joint plans to provide real-time streaming audio and video to handsets trasforming them into virtual remote controls.]

Dallas and San Francisco -- In an effort that would transform the digital wireless handset into a virtual remote control, Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN - news; TI) and GeoVector today announced plans to enable GeoVector's innovative pointing access technology on TI's open and programmable digital signal processor (DSP)-based OMAP(TM) platform for 2.5 and 3G wireless devices. By combining the DSP performance of TI's OMAP platform with GeoVector software, users of next generation Internet access devices will be able to point at a street location such as a movie theater or restaurant, and immediately access movie trailers, ticketing information, menus and more. (See http://www.ti.com/sc/wireless or http://www.geovector.com.)

``Access to TI's DSP-based OMAP platform extends the benefits of our Pointing Access Method(TM) so consumers will enjoy the highest quality streaming video and audio downloads when they point and access information about locations of interest,'' said John Ellenby, Chief Executive Officer for GeoVector. ``Together with TI, we will bring consumers cool, new high performance applications, greatly enhancing their overall user experience.''

GeoVector's pointing access technology uses data generated by a mobile device's positioning system and heading sensor, allowing users to point their devices to indicate interest and access specific information or entertainment without having to fumble through irrelevant information from all surrounding directions. GeoVector's GuideMe(TM) feature allows users to be directed to their destinations without the need for a map. Now, by leveraging TI's DSP- based OMAP platform to run GeoVector's software, consumers will enjoy quick access to quality, multimedia-rich applications such as streaming video and audio downloads.

TI's leading DSP technology that runs applications on the OMAP platform enables the highest levels of performance for multimedia applications. For manufacturers designing with GeoVector's software and TI's OMAP, this means they can ensure fast and efficient delivery of the most bandwidth-intensive location-based services to a user's mobile devices without compromising the speed at which the content is delivered.

``GeoVector's software technology coupled with TI's OMAP platform provides a strong combination for making broadband personal and portable,'' said Paul Werp, Worldwide OMAP Marketing Manager for TI. ``GeoVector is truly accelerating the market for location-based services with its exciting method for mobile users to access information around them.''

GeoVector will also benefit from TI's broad footprint that includes support from a wide variety of software application developers and endorsements from OEMs including Nokia, Ericsson, Sendo and Sony who have announced plans to use TI's OMAP architecture for their next generation wireless handsets and advanced mobile Internet devices. Since TI's network of developers includes companies with popular applications such as multimedia, security, m-commerce and more, TI has the unique advantage of bringing its developers together with GeoVector to collaborate on future services and capabilities. GeoVector will also enjoy the openness of TI's architecture since it is capable of supporting all wireless industry standards, operating systems and programming languages.

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