FlashPoint have today announced an updated version of their Digita "open" digital camera operating system, DigitaX expands hardware support and opens up the operating system to network connectivity (a hint towards where digital cameras are going.. think.. wireless). Digita licensees include Eastman Kodak, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Konica, Minolta and Sharp.

FlashPoint Announces Latest Digita In-Camera OS

Leading Unified Embedded Software Platform for Digital Cameras and Imaging Appliances Continues to Advance

SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 21, 2001 - FlashPoint Technology, Inc., the creator of Digita®, the underlying technology for wireless and digital imaging, today announced DigitaX(TM), the latest release of its award-winning DigitaOS(TM) embedded software platform for digital imaging.

DigitaX focuses on improving portability and ease of customization for Digita licensees. The platform has a smaller footprint, more modular architecture and uses simpler industry-standard development tools. The result is faster development and simpler integration for digital camera manufacturers. In addition, by opening critical software interfaces, DigitaX gives camera makers complete flexibility in defining their unique hardware architectures while maintaining compatibility with FlashPoint's embedded platform. DigitaX also offers increased network connectivity while preserving programmability, and peripheral connectivity.

"The advances found in this latest release of Digita meet the demanding requirements of today's digital camera design and manufacturing environment,'' said FlashPoint President Stephen Saylor. "Device manufacturers have long valued the significant intellectual property estate made available through the Digita license. With this latest release device manufacturers now have a simple, cost effective way to embed our technology and participate in the growing momentum around FlashPoint's wireless and digital imaging initiative.''

Licensees of Digita benefit from participation in FlashPoint's broad intellectual property estate, which consists of two components: FlashPoint's intellectual property, and the Digita patent covenant. This covenant was established early in FlashPoint's history to ensure a significant intellectual property estate for the Digita platform, protecting both FlashPoint and the platform licensees. FlashPoint's standard license agreement for Digita requires platform licensees to participate in a covenant regarding all issued and pending patents. Digita licensees agree not to assert their patents or patents pending against FlashPoint or the other Digita licensees. Digita licensees include Eastman Kodak, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Konica, Minolta and Sharp. FlashPoint's own intellectual property position consists of over 130 patents filed.

"FlashPoint's unique approach to creating a unified software platform for digital cameras is significantly advanced with the latest release of Digita,'' said Michelle Lampmann, market research analyst at InfoTrends Research Group, Inc. "With DigitaX, camera makers have an easy-to-integrate software platform while retaining control over their hardware architectures.''