Zi Corporation (NASDAQ: ZICA), a provider of intelligent interface solutions, has moved to advance its position in the Chinese wireless handset market with three licensing agreements for its eZiText predictive text input technology.
The three new Asian eZiText licensees, AnyDATA Mobile Communication Technology (Shanghai) Company, Unirise Communication Company, and Ya Hsin Industrial Company, are all fast-growing original design manufacturers (ODMs), the first based in China, the other two in Taiwan. All three are initially planning to launch eZiText-powered phones in China.
Under the terms of these new Asian agreements each ODM has licensed Zi's eZiText technology for Simplified and Traditional Chinese, English and a variety of other languages. To date, Zi has over 100 licensing agreements with original design and equipment manufacturers worldwide. The three new licensees are expected to begin deliveries of eZiText product in 2005.