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Futuremark Corporation Joins Symbian Platinum Program

December 1, 2004 - -



Futuremark Corporation Joins Symbian Platinum Program



Saratoga, Ca – 01 December 2004 – ¬¬¬¬Futuremark Corporation announced today that it has joined the Symbian Platinum Program to support the growing market for smartphones based on Symbian OS™. As a Platinum Partner, Futuremark is extending its performance and power efficiency measurement software and services to the Symbian OS ecosystem. Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS, the leading operating system that powers the world’s most popular smartphones. To date, almost 20 million phones based on Symbian OS have shipped worldwide.
Futuremark’s SPMark™04 smartphone benchmark provides a comprehensive application for measuring and comparing the performance and power consumption of the increasingly complex mobile platforms and enables objective comparisons among the various smartphones based on Symbian OS. By becoming a Symbian Platinum Partner, Futuremark is also able to provide support for unannounced Symbian OS versions to its corporate customers.
“As the sales and development numbers of Symbian OS smartphones are rapidly increasing, Futuremark is committed to establish SPMark™04 to be the most comprehensive benchmarking tool for Symbian OS smartphones", said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Futuremark. “The application performance and related power consumption of a smartphone is an increasingly important criterium for consumers during their purchasing decision process”, he continued.
“As users begin to spend more time on their smartphones playing games and using graphically rich multimedia applications, it’s really important to get the best performance out of the hardware! Good benchmarking tools that truly exercise the OS and underlying hardware really help,” said Bill Pinnell, Multimedia and Graphics Product Manager, Symbian. “We’re very happy that Futuremark has joined the Symbian Platinum Program, and look forward to working together and ensure the Symbian OS runs like a bat out of hell on future hardware platforms!”

About the Symbian Platinum Program
The Symbian Platinum Program includes companies that have a technology or strategic position that is key to the success of mobile computing technology surrounding Symbian OS. As part of the program, Platinum Partners benefit from a range of commercial services, including technical support and joint marketing opportunities as well as privileged access to Symbian OS source code and a dedicated Partner Support team. For more information please see www.symbian.com/partners/platinum.html

About Futuremark® Corporation
Futuremark® Corporation is the leading provider of computer performance analysis software and services. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark®, PCMark® and SPMark™ and value-added services powered by a database of over 10 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark® has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

About Symbian Ltd
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones.
Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world’s leading handset manufacturers. The following Symbian OS licensees have Symbian OS-based mobile phones in production and development: Arima, BenQ, Fujitsu for NTT DoCoMo FOMA, LG, Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo, Siemens, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. In 2003, over 6.67 million Symbian OS-based mobile phones were sold worldwide and almost 20 million have been sold to date.
Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia (Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo). For further information about Symbian please see www.symbian.com or email press@symbian.com.

Valerie Breslow
Symbian Limited
+1 519 585 1700
valerie.breslow@symbian.com


Futuremark Contact:
Futuremark Corporation
Phone: +1-408-517-0131
Mr. Tero Sarkkinen
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Email: tero@futuremark.com
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