March 23, 2006
 

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Sybase's iAnywhere to Support IrSimple for Instant Wireless Data Exchange

iAnywhere, a subsidiary of Sybase, has announced that it will support the Infrared Data Association's (IrDA) IrSimple Protocol and Profile specifications. IrSimple enables mobile devices to instantly connect and wirelessly transmit data.
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Devices that may benefit from the support of IrSimple include: digital cameras, mobile phones, PDAs, televisions and more. iAnywhere's complete line of infrared software development kits, including IrDA SDK and Multi-Transport OBEX SDK, will be updated to be compatible with the specification in the first quarter of 2006. During this timeframe, the company plans to unveil IrSimple SDK, an additional offering that will enable developers to achieve instant compliance with the IrSimple standard for new product designs moving forward.

The IrSimple SDK and related product updates will enable device manufacturers to update their designs to the latest IrDA standards with minimum effort while retaining backwards compatibility with the IrDA's point-and-shoot profile for object exchange. The company's proven SDK model provides licensees with reliable, interoperable, standards-compliant functionality in a small-footprint, highly portable source code package. Application authors benefit by using the same widely deployed OBEX interface used by existing IrDA, Bluetooth, and Data Synchronization licensees.

"The IrSimple protocol is exciting because it enables consumers and prosumers to transfer data—such as photos from a mobile device to a printer—much quicker. Little technical knowledge on the part of the end-user is required," said Ron Brown, executive director of the Infrared Data Association. "We are pleased to see mobile software leaders such as iAnywhere supporting these standards."

The company's IrDA product portfolio was recently acquired by Sybase through its purchase of Extended Systems in October 2005 and has since been integrated into Sybase's iAnywhere subsidiary. Extended Systems has been a leader in the infrared technology space since 1995 with announced customer wins with companies such as Motorola, HP, Palm and Toshiba.
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