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2010.04.12

Barnes & Noble and Best Buy Announce Partnership For NOOK™ eBook Reader and BN eReader Software Distribution

Best Buy to sell NOOK by Barnes & Noble in stores and at bestbuy.com beginning April 18 Best Buy to feature BN eReader software on PCs, netbooks, tablets and smartphones

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- Apr 12, 2010 Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world’s largest bookseller, and Best Buy Co., Inc., America’s leading consumer electronics retailer, today announced an exclusive partnership to distribute Barnes & Noble’s popular NOOK eBook Reader and accessories, as well as free BN eReader software through Best Buy in the United States. NOOK is expected to arrive at Best Buy beginning April 18, just in time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduation gift season.

Through the partnership, the award-winning NOOK eBook Reader and stylish accessories along with NOOK and Barnes & Noble eBook gift cards will be prominently featured in Best Buy’s 1,070 stores nationwide and online at www.bestbuy.com. As with Barnes & Noble stores, NOOK at Best Buy will be featured at a special in-store display where customers can see, try and buy a NOOK for $259.99 with the guidance of a trained Best Buy Blue Shirt.

In its growing eReader selection, Best Buy named Barnes & Noble a preferred eBookstore solution, offering more than one million eBooks, magazines and newspapers for download and enjoyment within seconds. Best Buy will feature Barnes & Noble’s free BN eReader on select PCs (laptops and desktops), netbooks, tablets and smartphones sold at Best Buy and supported by its Geek Squad Agents, giving customers access to shop Barnes & Noble’s world’s largest eBookstore (www.bn.com/ebooks) and enjoy their Barnes & Noble digital library anywhere they go.

2010.03.31

NEC Electronics America Enhances Microcontrollers for Industrial, Consumer Devices

SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- NEC Electronics America, Inc. announced it has expanded its robust 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) portfolio with the new All Flash™ 78K0/Kx2-A MCU series, featuring enhanced analog functionality for battery-operated portable devices. The four new MCUs offer robust peripherals combined with NEC Electronics’ proven 78K0 MCU interface and safety features to support applications that require high-precision analog sensing capabilities. Target applications include industrial building automation sensors and monitoring devices, and consumer electronics devices with human interface systems such as game-control handsets.

The new 78K0/Kx2-A series extends the rich analog peripheral set offered in NEC Electronics’ 78K0/Kx2 general-purpose MCUs and includes up to 12 channels of 12-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), and 3-channel operational amplifiers (op-amps) interlocked with 12-bit ADC inputs.

To facilitate easy migration within the 78K0/Kx2 series, the new 78K0/Kx2-A MCUs also share many of the built-in features common to the 78K0 MCU family. The peripheral set includes UART, I2C and CSI/SPI serial interfaces, 8- and 16-bit timers to manage an array of real-time input and output events, clock generators, and a real-time counter with clock and calendar functions to maintain time-of-day clock without CPU intervention. The analog and serial interface integration helps to reduce system costs, while the optimized 8-bit circuit design helps designers achieve low power consumption and high performance levels similar to those associated with NEC Electronics’ other 78K0/Kx2 devices.

NEC Electronics America also provides a comprehensive suite of development tools to support the new 78K0/Kx2-A series. This includes software tools such as the CubeSuite™ integrated development environment, compiler, assembler, software debugger and code generator, as well as hardware tools such as NEC Electronics’ full-function IECube™ in-circuit emulator with real-time trace and MINICUBE2™ on-chip debug emulator and stand-alone flash programmer.

Pricing and Availability

The new 78K0/Kx2-A MCUs will be available in a 30-pin shrink-small outline package (SSOP) and 48-pin low-profile quad flat package (QFP) with flash memory capacities ranging from 16 to 32 kilobytes (KB). Samples are available now and distribution suggested resale pricing begins at $1.65 in volumes of 10,000 units. Mass production of the new devices is slated to begin in July 2010. (Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.) More information about NEC Electronics America’s MCUs can be found at http://www.am.necel.com/micro/product/index.html.

*CubeSuite, IECube and NEC Electronics America are either registered trademarks or trademarks of NEC Electronics Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. NEC Electronics is a registered trademark or trademark of NEC Corporation. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

2010.03.24

Companies Provide Operators with an Interoperable, End-to-End Solution for over-the-Air Firmware Updating and Standards-Based Device Management

FORT MYERS, Fla. --(Business Wire)-- Interop Technologies, a provider of core solutions for messaging, device management, and connectivity gateways, today announced that it has achieved interoperability with Red Bend® Software’s market-leading Mobile Software Management (MSM) solutions for firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updating and standards-based mobile device management (MDM). As a result, wireless network operators benefit from lower customer care costs and simplified remote management of mobile phones and connected wireless devices.

Following the Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA-DM) standards, the two companies have ensured interoperability between the Interop Technologies SCOPE™ (Subscriber Capability Originated Provisioning Environment) Device Management solution and Red Bend’s vRapid Mobile® and vDirect Mobile™ client software, deployed in 680 million mobile devices worldwide. Red Bend’s software has been adopted by eight of the top 10 mobile phone manufacturers to improve the mobile user experience of smartphones, wireless modems, machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and netbooks.

“Achieving interoperability of our SCOPE™ DM solution with Red Bend, the industry leader in mobile software management, will help Interop Technologies meet its goal to be compatible with the broadest number of mobile devices in the market,” said Steve Zitnik, executive vice president of technology and new ventures, Interop Technologies.

“As mobile consumers demand increasingly sophisticated devices like smartphones, e-readers and netbooks, operators are faced with a growing management challenge from both an operational and a customer care perspective,” said Lori Sylvia, executive vice president of marketing at Red Bend Software. “Our collaboration with Interop Technologies gives mobile operators a standards-based solution that will reduce the operational expense of managing the growing number of wirelessly connected devices.”

The Interop Technologies SCOPE™ solution is a robust OMA-DM solution that supports next-generation provisioning technologies and easily integrates with legacy SS7-based OTA solutions.

For more information, visit www.interoptechnologies.com,www.redbend.com.
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