Acorn to license RISC OS to Philips for Net device

Acorn Computerplans to announce a strategic licensing agreement with Philips, to license its RISC OS operating system for the Philips ScreenPhone video telephone and Internet device.

Acorn Computerplans to announce a strategic licensing agreement with Philips, to license its RISC OS operating system for the Philips ScreenPhone video telephone and Internet device, according to sources close to the company.

Meanwhile, Acorn has signed an agreement with the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute of Korea (ETRI) to license its RISC OS for the development of a range of smart telephones that work over the Internet. "ETRI will prototype a number of mobile telephone and personal digital assistant-type devices for companies such as Lucky Goldstar Electronics and Hyundai Electronics Industries," says Peter Bonder, director of Acorn RISC Technologies. "But it will be at least a eighteen months before we see any products."

Acorn’s RISC OS forms the basis of Oracle’s network computer reference design and is expected to become a major operating system in embedded and portable devices because of its low battery requirement and the small amount of memory it requires, according to analysts.

Acorn is on the World Wide Web at http://www.acorn.com.

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