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platform

 [plat´form]
a flat horizontal surface higher than the level of the areas around it.
force platform a small platform that measures variations in downward force between different points on its surface, for assessing stability of stance and posture as a person stands on it. Called also force plate.

platform

a collective term for computer hardware and software components of a particular system.
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To bring the value of its customer contact software platform to as wide a market as possible, Cisco uses its ecosystem of partners to accelerate the delivery and deployment of its contact center solutions to the market.
The software platforms of today's gaming consoles create a win-win-win outcome not only for the console makers, but for independent software developers and consumers.
As the power behind every kind of digital device, software platforms truly are the invisible engines of the information age.
This is all made possible by the incredible work of software platforms, those invisible engines that power industries as far reaching as PCs, PDAs and video games, mobile phones, digital media and web-based software such as Google and eBay.
Wavecom's solutions include the Open AT(R) software platform encompassing the Wavecom Open AT(R) Operating System, a wide range of Plug-Ins, the Open AT(R) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) along with a market-leading range of Wireless CPUs (Central Processing Units), and an expanding portfolio of services.
The SKY-MAP Mobile Applications Software Platform is the first true platform approach to the development of mobile devices.
HipServ(TM) is a comprehensive digital home software platform offering unified and integrated networked home infrastructure and personal digital content management.
Intoto has yet again met this challenge for its OEM customers, further fueling industry growth by delivering a comprehensive UTM software platform that allows OEMs to quickly and cost-effectively drive new appliances to market.
RMI(R)), a worldwide leader in advanced silicon solutions for the next generation Information Infrastructure, today announced that Intoto, a leading provider of network-centric secure gateway software for networking and communications Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), will showcase its iGateway EX Unified Threat Management (UTM) software platform running on RMI's XLR(TM) Processor at Interop Las Vegas 2006.
As part of the agreement, FLS will also standardize its hosted lending automation software offerings on the SAIL software platform.
The device development community relies on the combination of Wind River's market-leading device software platforms and Power Architecture processors to deliver innovative and successful products to market," said Chris Morgan, senior director of business development and strategic alliances at Wind River.

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