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Acorn's Sun Rises in Japan

February 10, 1997

In a move reflecting the growing importance of the Asian markets to Acorn's design and licensing business, Acorn has today signed MP Technology Inc, Tokyo to act as its Japanese agent. MP Technology has an impressive portfolio in Japanese multimedia and internet technology.

Masuo Yoshimoto, President, MP Technology Inc comments: "We are looking forward to working with Acorn during its entrance into the Japanese marketplace. Acorn is heavily involved in the evolution of internet and multimedia based technology, which the Japanese have already taken to heart. Consequently, there are many companies in the IT and consumer electronics arena here in Asia which are looking for innovative internet appliance designs such as those being developed by Acorn."

Peter Bondar, director of Acorn Risc Technologies, a division of Acorn, adds: "We are delighted to be working with MP Technology as they really are the best in their field and their local expertise will open doors for Acorn in the Japanese market. This is an exciting time for Acorn as we continue to move into new global markets with the tailored design and licensing solutions we offer. Increasingly, this is a business model you will see Acorn follow as we expand our licensing business further into the heartland of the internet appliance manufacturers in the US and Asia."

Aboutt MP Technology:

Established in 1986, MP Technology Inc is a privately owned company with 35 staff and has worked with some of the world's leading IT companies including IBM, NEC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi, Samsung, OKI and NTT Data. MP Technology offers a range of services from interactive kiosk systems and CD-ROMs to digital handbooks, screensavers and websites.

Masuo Yoshimoto of MP Technology is Vice Chairman of the Windows Consortium, director of Japan Electronic Press Association and a member of Japan's Personal Computer Association.

MP Technology's home page on the World Wide Web can be accessed at http://www.mptech.co.jp/

About Acorn:

Acorn Computer Group plc, head-quartered in Cambridge, UK, is one of the world's leading developers and suppliers of innovative technology designs and consultancy. Acorn is at the core of some of the world's best digital technology products.

For further press information please contact:


In Europe:

Holly James/Michelle Carney
Text 100 Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)181 242 4181/4104

In the USA:

Julie Plimpton
Text 100 Corp
Tel: +206 443 8004

In Asia

James Byrne
MP Technology Inc, Japan
Tel: +81 3 3358 9800

Sam Kim
ConhanCo Ltd, Korea
Tel: +82 2 3444 2328

Information issued on behalf of:

Kevin Coleman,
Acorn Computer Group plc
Tel: +44 (0)1223 725005

The above is a Press release from Acorn, and is Copyright 1996 Acorn Computer Group plc.