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Rioport Licenses to Korean Firms

RioPort Inc. Tuesday announced that they have signed a letter of intent to license its technology to Korea-based portable MP3 player manufacturers Maycom Co., Ltd. and Unitech Electronics Co., Ltd. for incorporation in new device designs.

RioPor will supply its Audio Manager playback software and media device manager (MDM) API technology to the companies. Additionally, RioPort will provide both companies with design support for secure firmware upgrade modules for use in future SDMI-compliant devices.

Maycom manufactures MP3 players that are marketed under several brand names worldwide, including the I-Jam (North America) and the MERIT (Asia and Europe). The first Maycom player to incorporate the RioPort Audio Manager and MDM technology will be its MP280 model, expected to ship in summer 2000.

Unitech manufactures and distributes the Rome MP3 player, a cassette-like device that allows consumers to download and listen to content using headphones and traditional playback systems, such as home and car cassette stereos.

"We are very pleased to be working with Maycom and Unitech to provide them with advanced software and technology solutions for their new portable players," said Anthony J. Schaller, chief technology officer at RioPort. "Our relationship with these two companies underscores RioPort's leadership role in providing infrastructure solutions that will ease the technology and compatibility issues that have in the past created barriers to mass consumer adoption of digital audio."