Zi Corp., a provider of intelligent interface products, has licensed a text and language interface technology for wireless devices to three Asian design houses: Codacom Technologies and Intercube, both located in Korea, and Beijing NGT China, all of which do business in China. The technology is called eZiText, and it provides text messaging with predictive one-touch entry and word completion, as well as the ability to learn from a person's usage patterns and behavior.
The design companies specialize in mobile devices. Codacom designs and manufactures dual-color TFT screen general packet radio service (GPRS) handsets and has licensed 10 eZiText languages for use in China, as well as in its business in the rest of Asia and in Europe. Intercube produces code division multiple access (CDMA) and global system for mobile communications (GSM) handsets. Beijing NGT China designs high-end, color screen GSM and GPRS handsets.
Zi's VP of sales and marketing, Gary Mendel, said that establishing relationships with original design manufacturers (ODMs) is part of the company's strategy to increase its access to major wireless original equipment manufacturers, who often turn to ODMs for design and manufacturing services.
“Working closely with leading ODMs in key markets is an important part of our thrust to expand our penetration of markets in Asia, Europe and North America,” said Mendel.