No device left behind: Opera debuts the Opera Devices SDK 9.6 at IBC

Amsterdam – September 10, 2008

At this gathering of technology’s greatest minds, Opera Software unveils its Opera Devices SDK 9.6. Opera’s previous Software Development Kit (SDK) set the bar high for version 9.6, in terms of performance improvements and its new user interface visual effects. However, the Opera Devices SDK 9.6 takes a leap forward with several new and improved features, as well as its ability to deliver these features to even the most limited devices.

Visitors to Opera’s exhibit at IBC, in Hall 3, Stand C11, will witness Opera Devices SDK 9.6’s new hardware-accelerated Opera Zoom beta feature. With Opera Zoom, users experience smooth panning and zooming, enabling them to quickly scan full pages in overview mode and dive in on the details.

Additional features in the Opera Devices SDK 9.6 include:

OBML support demo

Based on Opera Mini technology, Opera Devices SDK now supports Opera Binary Markup Language (OBML). OBML compresses Web pages by up to 90%, accelerating the Web experience, reducing bandwidth requirements and making the most out of limited device hardware.

Fraud protection

Gives users peace of mind when it comes to malware attacks and fraudulent activities such as phishing.

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) demo

Learn how Opera Devices SDK can deliver seamless connectivity across multiple devices. A UPnP Opera Widget can become a universal remote control enabling access to content in any device in the home network.

To learn more about the Opera Devices SDK 9.6, watch the video guided tour at

During its exhibition at IBC 2008, Opera will prove the versatility of its SDK technology – being both a full Web browser engine and an application environment – for devices with more than 18 different demos available at its stand. Opera currently works with the leading OEMs, silicon vendors and middleware providers, including ARCHOS, Amino, STMicroelectronics, Freescale and Dreampark to deliver new and exciting Web services to a wide variety of products. Opera is also an active member of Open IPTV Forum.

“Opera has made significant headway in 2008, expanding into new and exciting segments ranging from digital photo frames to Internet media tablets,” says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “The company attributes its ever-growing profile of device types to its ability to deliver a custom Internet browsing and Web services experience that is tailored to meet the needs of OEMs, operators and end-users. Now with the release of the Opera Devices SDK 9.6 introducing Opera Zoom with hardware acceleration and OBML support, we are able to reach an even broader device audience by sharing Opera’s capabilities with devices that may have previously been incapable of running Opera.”

Find out if Opera can enhance your device by visiting Opera Software’s exhibit in Hall 3, Stand C11. Here are some of the demos that will be ready for a test drive:

  • Opera Devices SDK 9.6
  • LyngBox set-top box
  • Sony BRAVIA Internet Video Link
  • Universal Plug and Play demo
  • Sony VAIO Wi-Fi Photo Frame
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Nintendo DS
  • Samsung Omnia mobile phone
  • HTC Diamond mobile phone with Opera Widgets
  • Play a cross-device chess match with Opera Widgets running on devices such as the ARCHOS, Wii, or one of many mobile phones

To schedule a demo or a media interview, please contact:

Jennifer Hoffman Bjærke
+47 9424 6168

Julie Sajnani
+47 9710 2027