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Omron Software, ITX-EG integrate IrSimple with Symbian OS

Posted: 13 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Omron Software Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Omron Corp., and ITX E-Globaledge Corp. (ITX-EG), a subsidiary of ITX Corp., have announced a joint project to integrate the high-speed wireless infrared communications protocolIrSimplewith the Symbian OS.

ITX-EG jointly developed IrSimple with NTT DoCoMo Inc., Sharp Corp. and Waseda University in August 2005. This protocol has since been formally adopted as a global standard by the Infrared Data Association (IrDA), an international industry organization that develops and standardizes specifications for infrared communications.

As a result of this collaborative project, it will be possible to integrate IrSimple into Symbian OS-based mobile telephones. By combining ITX-EG's high-speed data transmission core technology and Omron's Symbian OS software development expertise, the two companies are aiming to optimize product quality, and accelerate the lead-time to market. Product launch is scheduled for May 2006.

The Symbian OS-compliant infrared communication protocol stack will conform to the IrDA's infrared communication standards. ITX-EG's 'DeepCore' protocol stack facilitates IrDA communication between various electronic devices, including mobile telephones, digital cameras, intelligent home appliances and amusement devices. Key features include compactness, processing efficiency and high performance even in a low power consuming CPU environment, said the press release.

DeepCore is ITX-EG's proprietary brand of IrDA-certified infrared communications protocol. DeepCore3.0+ is the latest version of this protocol, and has been implemented in a wide range of devices, both consumer and industrial.

IrSimple protocol
IrSimple is a high-speed infrared wireless communications protocol that enables faster data transmission speeds (4 to 10 times faster than at present) by improving the efficiency of the current IrDA protocol embedded in mobile devices such as mobile telephones. The IrSimple protocol also maintains backward compatibility with the existing IrDA-enabled protocols.

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