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Odyssey Software Announces Support for Hitachi's ePlate Windows CE-based Handheld PC Pro Device.



SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 15, 1999--

CEfusion(TM) Enterprise Connectivity Suite Provides Developers

with Real-time, Online Access to Enterprise Information

via Industry's Latest Windows CE H/PC H/PC - Hand-held Personal Computer  Pro Tablet Device

Odyssey Software, Inc., today announced at the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG MS-HUG Microsoft Healthcare Users Group ) Conference '99 that its award-winning CEfusion Enterprise connectivity suite supports the new Hitachi tablet-style ePlate,(TM) the latest Handheld PC Professional (H/PC Pro) Edition device from Hitachi America, Ltd.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE NYSE

See: New York Stock Exchange
: HIT), began shipping the ePlate to customers in late July. Now users of the latest Windows(R) CE-based tablet-style device can have real-time, online access to mission critical enterprise information in industries such as healthcare, financial services, sales force automation Automating the sales activities within an organization. A comprehensive SFA package provides such functions as contact management, note and information sharing, quick proposal and presentation generation, product configurators, calendars and to-do lists.  and enterprise resource planning See ERP.

(application, business) Enterprise Resource Planning - (ERP) Any software system designed to support and automate the business processes of medium and large businesses.
.

The ePlate delivers new features for H/PCs in its class, including a flat-screen panel with handwriting recognition and an "Instant On/Instant Off" capability that make it an ideal solution for mobile professionals, as well as commercial and industrial users. In addition, its tablet-style and protective plastic covering delivers a highly efficient, durable form factor for users.

CEfusion is designed for developing mobile applications that require reliable on-line access to enterprise data over wireless, wired, or dial-up connections. CEfusion exposes the rich connectivity technologies on Windows NT to Windows CE. Combining CEfusion, the leading enterprise connectivity software for Windows CE, and the industry's lightest and fastest H/PC tablet-style device sets a new standard in mobile enterprise computing.

"Odyssey Software's CEfusion enables our value-added resellers to rapidly integrate the ePlate into existing enterprises, or build entirely new mobile applications. Having real-time access to enterprise information is a challenging, but critical element for corporations to remain competitive," said Shaw Funami, director, multimedia group, Hitachi America, Ltd. "Employing the robust functionality and connectivity of the ePlate and CEfusion, developers are able to build applications that provide mobile workers with access to mission critical enterprise information which adds to our vision of information anytime, anywhere."

The flexibility of the Windows CE platform enables developers to leverage their existing development skills with a true mobile computing platform designed to run on a variety of form factors and devices. This flexibility allows for the selection of the right device for the job and enables the device to be a true mobile enterprise-computing platform, not just a "PC companion."

"Hitachi's latest entry into the Windows CE market shows their commitment to deliver small, lightweight, powerful devices with a focus on mobile enterprise computing. The ePlate's unique form factor and rich-color display make it a natural choice for developers building line of business, tracking, and forms-based applications," said Mark Gentile, President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , Odyssey Software, Inc. "Windows CE-based vertical application devices, such as the ePlate, can be utilized to meet the specific needs of vertical market applications and workers."

The ePlate employs the Hitachi SuperH(TM) SH-4 RISC processor operating at 128 MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc. , and weighing just 29.6 ounces, is the lightest H/PC in its class. It features a VGA (Video Graphics Array) The display standard for the PC. All PC display adapters support VGA, and Windows machines boot up in "VGA mode" before switching to higher resolutions.  output for large screen presentations and a super-bright, resistive resistive /re·sis·tive/ (re-zis´tiv) pertaining to or characterized by resistance.  touch and easy-to-view 640x480 65, 536-color back-lit LCD screen display. It also offers a built-in 56 Kbps V.90 modem, and 32 MB ROM, 16 MB RAM (max 32 MB).

ABOUT CEFUSION

CEfusion is the groundbreaking set of software connectivity tools for building reliable, online applications for Windows CE-based devices. With the simplest of integration efforts, CEfusion can provide real-time access between the client device and enterprise information contained in any ODBC/OLE DB data source such as SQL Server, DB2, Oracle, Sybase, Access, etc. Additional CEfusion agents are available for network file and print services, reliable messaging with Microsoft Message Queue Server Messaging middleware for Windows NT from Microsoft. Code named Falcon, and abbreviated MSMQ, it allows programs to send messages to other programs. It can be used to queue up transactions in a transaction processing system, for example. , calling middle-tier business logic hosted on Microsoft Transaction Server A TP monitor for Windows NT servers from Microsoft that supports transaction-based applications on LANs, the Internet and intranets. It also serves as the infrastructure for a multi-tier system. It is used in the middle tier between the client and the database server.  (COM (1) (Computer Output Microfilm) Creating microfilm or microfiche from the computer. A COM machine receives print-image output from the computer either online or via tape or disk and creates a film image of each page. +), and 3270/5250-based application integration through Microsoft SNA (Systems Network Architecture) IBM's mainframe network standards introduced in 1974. Originally a centralized architecture with a host computer controlling many terminals, enhancements, such as APPN and APPC (LU 6.  Server.

ABOUT ODYSSEY SOFTWARE

Headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., Odyssey Software, Inc. develops Microsoft Windows CE- and Windows NT-based software tools for application developers, which provide interconnectivity between wireless mobile devices and information sources. These tools include CEfusion, a product suite for developing on-line wireless, wired, or dial-up Windows CE-based applications. CEfusion is built on APIfusion, an open architecture integration tool compatible with wireless LAN-based computing devices and several proprietary models. In addition to Windows CE, Odyssey's products support a variety of mobile platforms, including MS-DOS MS-DOS
 in full Microsoft Disk Operating System

Operating system for personal computers. MS-DOS was based on DOS, developed in 1980 by Seattle Computer Products. Microsoft Corp. bought the rights to DOS in 1981, and released MS-DOS with IBM's PC that year.
 and Windows 95/NT. CEfusion and APIfusion also host Microsoft's Active Scripting engine, allowing developers to extend Odyssey's own server modules using industry-standard scripting languages such as VBScript and JavaScript. For more information, call (716) 214-2409, or visit the web site at www.odysseysoftware.com.

CEfusion is a registered trademark of Odyssey Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
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