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Microsoft and Vimicro Collaborate to Power Fujitsu's MARON-1 Robot and Extend Partnership into Embedded Systems

Tokyo, Japan, November 8 - Microsoft Corporation and Beijing-based Vimicro Corporation, a leading digital imaging solution provider, announced their successful collaboration to integrate their respective technologies to power the Fujitsu MARON-1 Robot, and extended their strategic partnership in digital imaging solutions from desktop PC to embedded systems.

The MARON-1 Robot, developed by Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., is an advanced monitoring prototype for special patient care as well as home and office security. Enabled by wireless access from a DoCoMo mobile phone, the MARON-1 Robot incorporates advanced mobile telephony, vision sensing, digital image processing and remote control and surveillance technologies. "We chose Microsoft's WinCE operating system on which to base our product because of the WinCE's robustness and flexibility", said Mr. Komada, the Director of Autonomous Systems Laboratory of Fujitsu Laboratory, "and Vimicro is one of the best imaging solution provider that is able to deliver a WinCE-based imaging system that meets our performance requirements." For more information about MARON-1, please visit
http://www.labs.fujitsu.com .
The successful collaboration for the MARON-1 Robot marks the second phase of the strategic partnership between Microsoft and Vimicro to jointly promote


Windows-based digital imaging technology in worldwide markets. "Microsoft has been supporting application partners worldwide to enhance users' multimedia experience from desktop to non-PC devices", said Alexander Huang, Regional Director of Microsoft's Greater China Region. "While our two companies have been partnering since the launch of Vimicro's VXP cameras for the Windows XP desktop operating system, we are particularly pleased with the success of the collaboration with Vimicro for the MARON-1 Robot, which marks the extension of our partnership into embedded systems".

Supporting Microsoft's full line of operating systems including the WinCE, PocketPC and SmartPhone embedded versions, Vimicro's VXP imaging chips and solutions are used as the MARON-1 Robot's eyes to form 3D imaging for path finding, distance measurement, security monitoring and other critical vision functions. "Rapid cost performance improvement has accelerated the proliferation of digital imaging technologies into both consumer and business applications", said Dr. John Deng, Chairman of Vimicro, "Not only does our extended partnership with Microsoft into embedded systems leverage our existing software development skill base, the richness and agility of Microsoft's embedded application development environment also accelerates our product development cycle and cuts down development costs, thereby realizing Vimicro's competitive potential in the global market as a leading provider of digital imaging ICs, products and solutions".

About Vimicro Corporation

Vimicro is a technology start-up providing cutting-edge digital imaging and communication technology to worldwide telecommunication, PC, mobile, and consumer markets. Vimicro has strategic relationship with Microsoft, China Telecom, China Netcom, China Mobile, China Unicom, and Foxconn Group, and to address a large market in Internet and mobile multimedia communication. Supported by Chinese Ministry of Information Industry, Vimicro is now helping to standardize Chinese Internet and mobile multimedia communication through its VXP platform.

Vimicro has its headquarter in Beijing, and subsidiary in Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Silicon Valley.

Please visit www.vimicro.com for more information.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software-any time, any place and on any device.

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Anne Keogh, AUGUST.ONE COMMUNICATIONS , +852 2167 8186 or anne.keogh@augustone.com


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