Reading, UK Francis Charig, chairman of the UK-based Tao Group has been appointed chairman of the Open Contents Platform Association (OCPA). He succeeds Yasuo Nishiguchi, president of Kyocera, who has presided over the OCPA since its creation in 2001.
The OCPA has 50 member companies and promotes an open environment where content and applications can be distributed across digital networks without technological constraints.
The OCPA has ratified Tao Group's open intent multimedia platform as its technology of choice, as the virtual processor technology on which intent is based is not only independent of hardware and operating system, but is also recognised for its multimedia and Java technology capabilities.
OCPA member companies have successfully released a range of commercial products such as PDAs, digital video cameras, home servers and digital video recorders.
Francis Charig, said, “We recognize that 2004 will see ever increasing emphasis upon the requirement for premium content and services, so the OCPA will be structured to take advantage of this industry momentum.”