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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 Pro Tablet Device

Odyssey Software, Inc., today announced at the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group (MS-HUG) 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: 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 and enterprise resource planning.

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, 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, and weighing just 29.6 ounces, is the lightest H/PC in its class. It features a VGA output for large screen presentations and a super-bright, resistive 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).


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, calling middle-tier business logic hosted on Microsoft Transaction Server (COM+), and 3270/5250-based application integration through Microsoft SNA Server.


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 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

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