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[February 26, 2013]

Sharp Europe And Ixonos To Collaborate On High-end Solutions For Mobile Devices

HELSINKI and HAMBURG, Germany, Feb 26, 2013 (PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX) -- Sharp Europe and Ixonos have agreed to develop state-of-the-art solutions and technology for mobile devices, serving customers who value high quality. Ixonos and Sharp found in each other ideal partners to realize cutting-edge solutions for mobile devices.



Ixonos, a creative mobile solutions company, launched the Ixonos Smartphone Platform at Mobile World Congress 2012. The highlight of the launch was a high-end smartphone reference design, which a number of mobile communications experts and members of the media have proclaimed as the most exciting thing on display in Barcelona. At Mobile World Congress 2013, Ixonos will reveal an updated version of the high-end reference design featuring display technology from Sharp.

"We wanted to upgrade our Smartphone Platform to the best technology available to maintain the stunning experience of our beautiful reference design. It is one of three devices we are showcasing to highlight our design capabilities for a variety of connected devices from phones and tablets to embedded systems for health and wellness or information and entertainment," explains Timo Kaisla, Senior Vice President of Ixonos. "Ixonos chose Sharp as a partner because of their leading-edge high-resolution display that fits our platform well. Sharp LCDs stand out thanks to their high contrast ratios, superior image quality, excellent reliability, sturdy build quality, and exceptional energy efficiency as low power displays." The collaboration between Sharp and Ixonos is rapidly bearing fruit. Ixonos is already using the joint technology platform in its latest projects to develop new and innovative products for some of the world's largest mobile technology companies.

At the same time, Sharp is looking to introduce Ixonos as a system integration partner to their customers in Europe. The Ixonos value proposition of offering both hardware and software integration together with certification via Ixonos' accredited test labs fits well with Sharp's European strategy. "In Ixonos, Sharp found a perfect fit for its own corporate culture, with highly professional and competent staff who exceed expectations in terms of accessibility and devotion to the task at hand. The extensive experience in creating ground-breaking products is visible in everything Ixonos produces," remarks Sven Johannsen, Business Development Manager, SHARP Microelectronics Europe.

<em>Follow Ixonos </em>|<em> </em>Ixonos' website [http://www.ixonos.com/]<em>>></em> Ixonos in Twitter [http://twitter.com/IxonosTweets]<em>>></em> Ixonos in YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/IxonosOnline]<em>>></em> About Ixonos Ixonos is a creative mobile solutions company. We develop wireless technologies, software and solutions for connected devices and mobile services. Together with our corporate customers, we design products and services that let consumers enjoy inspiring mobile experiences. We enhance the competitiveness of our customer companies by enabling superior user experiences as well as faster time-to-market for their devices and services. We have offices in Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Slovakia, South Korea and the U.S. Ixonos Plc is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. In 2011, the company's turnover was 81.4 million euros and its operating profit was 1.9 million euros.

<em>Follow Sharp </em>|<em> </em>Sharp Europe's website >> [http://www.sharp.eu/eu] About Sharp Microelectronics Europe Sharp Microelectronics Europe, Hamburg, Germany, is a divisional company of Sharp Electronics (Europe) GmbH, which is a subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, Osaka, Japan. Sharp is a worldwide developer of core digital technologies shaping the next generation of electronic applications and products. Sharp Microelectronics Europe offers groundbreaking solutions in particular for applications in automotive electronics, mobile / communications technology, industrial automation, TV- and consumer electronics, e-signage and LED based lighting technology.

CONTACT: Ixonos: Timo Kaisla, Senior Vice President, Connected Devices,+358 40 700 9595, timo.kaisla@ixonos.com; Tapani Stjernvall, Director, KeyCustomer Accounts, +358 40 765 6508, tapani.stjernvall@ixonos.com; SharpEurope: Sven Johannsen, Business Development Manager, SHARPMicroelectronics Europe, +49 40 2376 2847, Sven.Johannsen@sharp.eu Web site: http://www.ixonos.com/

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