Zi Corporation, a leading provider of intelligent interface solutions, recently announced it has licensed its user-friendly eZiText(R) predictive text input technology to three additional Asian-based wireless handset designers and manufacturers, furthering the Company's extensive inroads into China, the world's largest wireless phone market.
The three new licensees are Goldwiz Electric (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd., Shenzhen Chitwing Co. Ltd., both based in the People's Republic of China, and Taiwan-based Darts Technologies Corporation. Each of these licensees expects to begin deliveries of handsets embedded with eZiText in either late 2003 or early 2004.
The terms of these agreements, which each license Zi's technology in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese and English as well as additional languages for Darts Technologies, call for Zi to receive upfront payments and volume-based royalties. The signing of these agreements means Zi has now generated more than 80 licensing agreements with original design and equipment manufacturers throughout the world.
"We continue to make progress in one of our most important sales and marketing objectives-serving the large and rapidly expanding China market," said Gary Mendel, vice president of sales and marketing, Zi Corporation. "These are three new relationships for us and each of these companies selected Zi because of the easy to use features built into eZiText, the quality of our technology and the local support we provide our customers. The selection of Zi underscores our belief that manufacturers focused on the Chinese market prefer our eZiText implementation for Chinese text input."
According to estimates from China's Ministry of Information Industry (MII), handset production in China will reach 170 million units this year, up 34 percent from about 126.8 million last year. Goldwiz, whose parent company, Goldwiz Holdings Ltd., is traded on the Hong Kong Exchange, is engaged in the development, design, production and distribution of high tech mobile phones and accessories.
The handsets embedded with eZiText are expected to be on the market by the end of 2003. Chitwing is a privately-owned company that designs and manufactures handsets for the Personal Handyphone System (PHS) market in China, a new and emerging wireless communication network created for densely populated areas and as a more cost effective alternative to traditional wireless and wireline communication networks. The Chitwing products embedded with eZiText are expected to be launched at the end of 2003 or early in 2004.
Invested in by a Taiwanese public company, Darts is a new, potential fast growing company involved in mobile phone development and design, providing total solutions delivery of finish products to handset manufacturing customers. Darts plans to expand to other markets in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia after an initial launch in the Chinese mobile phone market. The company has licensed the Zi technology in 11 additional languages. The initial launch of the handsets for the Chinese market is expected in early 2004.