HI Collaborates with NeoMtel on Developing a User Interface Solution "HIVE", Facilitating the Development of User Interfaces with a Combined 2D Vector Graphics and 3D Graphics

TOKYO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 25, 2010 — HI CORPORATION (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO: Kazuo Kawabata; "HI")(JASDAQ:3846)(ISIN:JP3160860007) announced today that HI has developed a user interface (UI) solution "HIVE" for embedded devices, collaborating with NEOMTEL CO, LTD. (Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea, CEO: Paul Kim; NeoMtel) and has launched its sales.

HI has cooperated with NeoMtel in developing a solution "HIVE" that enables a fusion of 2D vector graphics and 3D graphics with the highest need for UI development through combining HI's global standard 3D technology MascotCapsule® and NeoMteL's 2D technology specialized for 2D vector graphics.

The HIVE consists of a middleware that is the core of a graphics player on embedded devices and an emulator that runs on the computer.

On the HIVE development environment, it is possible to build UI with a combined 2D vector graphics and 3D graphics through the same development method as 2D vector graphics on the computer, enabling the creation of a SWF file with embedded 3D animation. It is also possible to play such a SWF file on the embedded device. Supporting ActionScript, HIVE allows detailed settings for UI.

Through this solution, the developer can give UI a broader expression compared to those with only 2D graphics, allowing for the creation of enriched, sophisticated UI with 3D graphics.

In addition, working with a 3D graphics accelerator supporting OpenGL® ES, HIVE enables the high-speed rendering of 2D/3D graphics.

Provided with high flexibility of MascotCapsule, HIVE allows the developer to use model data created using commercial 3D tools such as Autodesk®, 3ds Max®, and Maya®. Its operating system supports Windows, Mobile®, Linux®, and AndroidTM.

NeoMtel has developed 2D vector graphics and ActionScript while HI has developed 3D graphics in the HIVE engine. Both companies will keep providing support for each technology.

HI is committed to collaborating with NeoMtel in marketing activities to promote the global development of this solution in the GUI market with an ever-increasing demand for embedded devices.

*MascotCapsule is a registered trademark of HI CORPORATION in Japan.

*Other company and product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of respective companies.

[About HI ]

HI CORPORATION is a leading research and development company in middleware development for embedded devices. Its flagship product, a real-time 3D rendering engine "MascotCapsule," has been shipped with more than 500 million units as of March 2009.

A variety of console-quality 3D content and 3D UI using MascotCapsule are widely distributed in China, Europe, Japan, South Korea, United States and more. HI will continue to actively provide MascotCapsule for home and car electronic devices other than mobile phones.

For more information, visit our website at http://www.hicorp.co.jp/english/index.html.

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