For Immediate Release
Contact: Amanda Stokes
Spyglass Ships Prism 2.1 Internet Content Delivery Platform
Latest Technology Release Adds Value to Any Data Service, Including
Wireless, Television or Laptop Computing
LAS VEGAS - Tuesday, October 13, 1998 - Spyglass Inc. (NASDAQ: SPYG)
announced today at Wireless IT '98 the availability of Spyglass Prism
2.1, the content delivery platform that improves commercial data
services by dynamically converting standard Internet content into
formats that match the specific requirements of any access device,
including laptop computers, handheld PCs, television systems and mobile
By optimizing Web content for the access device, Spyglass Prism 2.1:
eliminates many of the problems that arise when Web pages are
displayed on a television;
consistently improves the Internet access performance of Windows
CE-based handheld computers by a factor of four;
uses a "content extraction" feature that selectively chooses only the
relevant information from a Web page, opens the door to delivering Web
content to devices like pagers, cell phones, and --through
text-to-speech technology - standard voice-only phones.
Spyglass Prism 2.1 is now up to 3.5 times faster than its previous
version due to improvements in cache access speed and memory management.
Other enhancements include new routines for the conversion of
progressive JPEGs, selection of image quality, increased flexibility in
configuring SurfWatch filtering, and support for multiple Japanese
character sets. As with earlier releases, Spyglass Prism 2.1 is easily
installed on either Windows NT 4.0 or Solaris 2.5.1 servers.
"Spyglass Prism has been a very successful product, because we have
recognized our customers' need for a product that is customizable and
flexible," said Jack Armstrong, Spyglass director of Internet solutions.
"These enhancements to Spyglass Prism are in response to our customers
wanting the total solution to meet their needs in delivering high
quality data services regardless of the access device. We have also
recognized the explosive market potential for non-PC devices and someone
will need to deliver Internet content to them. Spyglass offers a
solution designed to exclusively solve this challenge."
The key new features include: Performance Improvements: Changes have been made to the caching
functionality that allows for better performance and support for a
larger cache. Changes to memory management have also produced
significant performance gains. Spyglass Prism 2.1 is up to 3.5 times
faster than version 2.01. Through testing, Spyglass Prism 2.1 has shown
it is capable of handling 2 million requests per day with a peak load of
1,250 concurrent users.
Converting Progressive JPEGs: To accommodate the significant number of
progressive JPEGs on the Web that either cannot be interpreted by a
device or are too time consuming on the wireless network, Spyglass Prism
2.1 will convert these to static images.
Optimize for speed or image quality: Administrators can select between
quality and performance when scaling images to their device. However,
scaling images can be very processing intensive. This feature allows
administrators the option of choosing how they want to process images.
Greater Filtering: Through the use of SurfWatch filters, it is
possible to set up a custom list of sites that Spyglass Prism should
block. If administrators want to be more restrictive, they can block
the entire Internet, except for a list of sites they specify.
Administrators will also be able to customize SurfWatch filters by
blocking or allowing individual sites.
Japanese Support: Spyglass Prism 2.1 can now perform conversions on
JIS-encoded HTML documents.
Spyglass (NASDAQ: SPYG) provides Internet expertise, software and
services for making devices work with the Web. Particularly active in
the cable and satellite television, wireless telecommunications,
consumer electronics and office equipment markets, Spyglass solutions
are used by market-leading companies including GTE, Motorola, NEC,
Nokia, Thomson Consumer Electronics (RCA) and Xerox. Spyglass
headquarters are located at 1240 East Diehl Rd., Naperville, Ill.,
60563; phone: 630.245.6512; fax: 630.245.6693; press email inquiries:
[email protected]; Web site: http://www.spyglass.com.