Astraware Announce Audio Enabling Technology for PDA Developers

Astraware’s Aurora Audio Engine(tm) Available Now to Third Party Developers for Licensing.

PalmSource Conference, San Jose, California – February 8th, 2004. Today sees the official release to third party developers of the Aurora Audio Engine(tm), Astraware’s sound system that more easily enables their handheld games and entertainment software to include high quality audio effects and music that are essential to producing a top selling product.

The Aurora Audio Engine(tm) provides handheld software developers with an easy to integrate audio system with the capability to mix in-game sound effects and multi-channel stereo music across a broad range of devices.

Licensing options are available to suit various development and distribution models. Libraries, along with documentation and test code, are available for Palm OS®, Windows Mobile(tm) for Pocket PC and Smartphone, and Windows(tm) desktop systems. A compatibility layer for Palm OS® allows software to produce sound effects on devices with older Yamaha PA-1 and Piezo-buzzer audio systems via a single interface.

“Aurora has now been successfully used in over a dozen of our products since the first game to use it, Bejeweled ‘Game Of The Year Edition’, was released in August 2003,” said David Oakley, Astraware’s Director of Technology. “Developers can have confidence that the Aurora Audio Engine(tm) is tried and tested, and ideal for the job of helping them to add more impact to their games.”

Further details on both licensing options and technical specifications for the Aurora Audio Engine(tm) are available now from the Astraware web site at:

About Astraware Limited
Founded in 1994, Astraware develops shareware games and utilities. The company provides a range of products available for mobile devices, including the popular Zap!2000. Astraware?s Bejeweled was named as the Best Handheld Game for 2001 by Handheld Computing Magazine and Handango?s Game of the Year 2003. Handheld gaming enthusiasts have downloaded more than 10 million copies of Astraware?s products, and the company has customers in over 100 countries. For more information, contact VP Marketing, John Phillips at, or visit

Aurora and Aurora Audio Engine are trademarks of Astraware Limited, Palm OS is a registered trademark of PalmSource Inc. and Microsoft Windows and Windows Mobile are trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks and properties are copyright of their respective owners.


Company PR Contact:
John Phillips
Astraware Ltd.

Company Technology Contact:
David Oakley
Astraware Limited