FREMONT, Calif., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Insignia Solutions(R) (Nasdaq: INSG), the leading provider of accelerated Java(TM) software solutions for information appliances, announced today that the Embedix Plus PDA platform -- which includes Insignia's Jeode(TM) PDA Edition -- will be bundled in Sharp Corporation's newly-available SL-5000D developer unit. The Zaurus SL-5000D platform is the first robust Linux/Java- based handheld from a major consumer electronics corporation and leverages Embedix Plus PDA platform, which includes Lineo Inc.'s Embedix Linux, Trolltech AS's GUI application framework, Opera AS's Opera 5 for Linux web browser, and Jeode PDA Edition. Also included is Trolltech's Qt Palmtop user interface and application suite. Starting today, Sharp is accepting pre-orders from the developer community for the SL-5000D developer unit. This product is intended to seed developers with the hardware and tools required to develop rich Linux and Java applications in support of future commercial releases of the Zaurus PDA. For more information, please visit the Sharp PDA Linux/Java developer website at http://developer.sharpsec.com/ . Introduced in June, Embedix Plus PDA offers a powerful development environment for configuring, customizing and deploying embedded Linux software solutions. "The Embedix Plus PDA platform brings together the strengths of Lineo, Trolltech AS, Insignia and Opera Software, the leading developers in Linux and Java-based software, to deliver powerful, application-rich solutions for all information appliances," said Steve Petix, vice president, Mobile & IT Solutions Group, for Sharp Electronics Corporation. "This combination of innovative technologies enables the Zaurus SL-5000D to offer incredible potential for the developer community." The Abstract Windowing Toolkit (AWT) in Jeode PDA Edition has been implemented to leverage Trolltech's Qt/Embedded and Qt Palmtop GUI technology. This architectural approach means Java applications automatically adopt the familiar look-and-feel of that environment and enables the use of platform- specific fonts and language support. This coupled with the Jeode platform's unique Java acceleration technology, means that Java programmers can create applications for the SL-5000D that both perform and appear as compelling as those written in traditional compiled languages. Insignia has also implemented a complete implementation of the Java Native Interface (JNI) protocol to allow developers to support platform-specific functionality (e.g., bar code readers, power management, USB port access) through Java classes. "The implementation of Jeode PDA Edition for the Sharp Zaurus SL-5000D is a landmark event that accentuates our strength in the mobile market and illustrates the quality of our relationships with channel partners like Lineo," said Richard Noling, chief executive officer of Insignia Solutions. "The Sharp Linux and Java technology-based Zaurus is a powerful, exciting handheld device that has captured the attention of the Linux and Java developer communities. Our Jeode PDA Edition provides the robust Java virtual machine environment and powerful configuration tools to support this high profile initiative. The results of our collaboration with Lineo, Trolltech and Opera have been superb." "Lineo and its partners welcome the opportunity to work with a global electronics powerhouse like Sharp," said Bryan Sparks, chief executive officer of Lineo, Inc. "Together we are producing the next-generation PDA to revolutionize the smart handheld devices market. Application developers and any users will benefit from a full featured PDA running an open standards software platform." "The fact that Sharp has chosen to go for a Linux/Java-based handheld is very exciting," says Hakon Lie, CTO, Opera Software ASA. "The combination of the quality products offered by the partners behind Lineo's Embedix Plus PDA will make the Sharp Zaurus a very attractive platform for developers." "The combination of these technologies offers an exciting 'Third Way' for the PDA market. Not Palm. Not PocketPC. Instead, a powerful environment that gives users unique benefits at every level," says Haavard Nord, Trolltech's CEO. "Sharp provides an amazingly slick piece of hardware. Lineo's embedded Linux provides a stable and scalable foundation. Insignia's Jeode JVM gives access to Java-based content. Opera's embedded browser extends its superb desktop software into this space. And Trolltech provides two things: strong and lightweight GUI technologies; and a powerful, intuitive application environment that gives consumers exactly what they need to thrive in the world of mobile computing. We have worked closely with to tightly integrate Qt/ Embedded, the leading embedded Linux GUI, and Jeode PDA Edition, the leading Java environment for information appliances. We could not be more pleased with the results of this partnership." Lineo Embedix Lineo(R) Embedix(TM) is an embedded Linux-based software solution that adds the power and connectivity of Linux to customized embedded devices. Embedix is engineered specifically for the unique speed, memory and storage requirements of embedded devices. Embedix provides the power of Linux, the flexibility of feature selection, and the hardware support that enables you to create a customized kernel for multiple solutions. The modular architecture allows you to compile selected features into an Embedix kernel that meets your specific performance and size requirements. Qt/Embedded and Qt Palmtop Trolltech AS's Qt/Embedded provides tools to create stunning graphical user interfaces for embedded applications. Qt/Embedded is a C++ GUI toolkit and windowing system that brings the full power of Qt, and all of its advantages, to embedded Linux systems. It combines small size, rich functionality, and the ability to build code in familiar environments to allow programmers to quickly create solutions for embedded systems. The Qt Palmtop Environment is a complete Window System, Window Manager, Application Launcher, Input Methods (virtual keyboard, etc.), a commercial-grade GUI toolkit, and a collection of useful applications, all written using the standard Qt API -- the same API found on Qt/X11 and Qt/Windows. Opera 5 for Linux Web Browser Platforms and applications running on embedded Internet devices are usually scaled down to fit the memory-challenged device. To address this issue, Opera Software has developed a Web browser for the embedded market that is small in size, fast and configurable while still full-featured. These cross-platform characteristics allow the browser to be quickly ported to other emerging platforms requiring little overall maintenance. Jeode PDA Edition Jeode PDA Edition provides the Lineo software platform with Java functionality, including the ability to view Java applets, and run Java-based enterprise applications, such as sales force automation and order entry. It incorporates the Jeode EVM(TM) runtime engine, a "Sun Authorized Virtual Machine" that is fully compatible with the PersonalJava(TM) specification, and supports all PersonalJava 1.2 class libraries, including optional classes. As with all Insignia products, Jeode PDA Edition leverages the company's dynamic adaptive compilation (DAC(TM)) and precise, concurrent garbage collection technologies to deliver superior performance, and responsive and robust Java application behavior. Insignia also provides developers with the tools they need to configure and tune the Jeode EVM runtime engine and DAC to meet the requirements of each specific device and application. Jeode Platform The Jeode platform enables accelerated and robust Java functionality on information appliances. A "Sun Authorized Virtual Machine" fully compatible with the PersonalJava and EmbeddedJava(TM) specifications, the Jeode EVM runtime engine can execute Java applications 6-10 times faster than interpretive JVMs in roughly the same amount of memory. Key attributes include: -- Industry leading accelerated performance and efficient memory utilization through patent-pending dynamic adaptive compilation (DAC) and precise, concurrent garbage collection technologies -- Configurability and tunability to meet the diverse needs of information appliance developers -- A turn-key software solution already ported and tested on popular RTOS/ microprocessor combinations: -- Operating systems include BSDI Unix, ITRON, Linux, Nucleus, pSOS, VxWorks, Windows CE and Windows NT4 -- Microprocessors include ARM, Hitachi SH-3 and SH-4, Intel x86, MIPS, PowerPC and StrongARM Sharp Electronics Corporation Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of the core digital technologies that are playing an integral role in shaping the next generation of mobile computing products for consumer and business needs. Since creating the Wizard(R) electronic organizer in 1989, Sharp has led the market in introducing innovative handheld computing products. Sharp is also the global leader in LCD technology, which is incorporated into leading-edge LCD monitors and projectors. From the small office/home office (SOHO) to large corporate environments, Sharp provides a variety of innovative, computer-related solutions designed to help increase productivity while providing functionality to meet customer demand. Dedicated to improving people's lives through the use of advanced technology and a commitment to innovation, quality, value and design, Sharp Electronics employs approximately 2,900 people nationwide to support its more than 50 product lines. Lineo, Inc. Lineo, Inc. provides Linux-based embedded systems, real-time and high availability solutions that include software, hardware reference designs and professional services. Lineo's solutions allow OEMs to create devices and systems that interact with the Internet while helping OEMs to reduce system requirements, per-unit costs and time-to-market. The company's key product lines include: Embedix(TM) (embedded Linux system software), uClinux(TM) (embedded Linux for MMU-less processors), SecureEdge(TM) (Linux-based Internet appliances including VPN Internet routers, network attached storage and firewalls), RTXC(TM) (general purpose and DSP real-time operating system), BeaconSuite(TM) (x86 development toolkit), RTXC(TM) Quadros(TM) (a real-time operating system for multi-processor devices) and Availix(TM) (mission- critical high availability Linux cluster solutions). Contact Lineo at www.lineo.com, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 801-426-5001. Trolltech Trolltech develops, supports, and markets Qt, Qt/Embedded, and Qt Palmtop. Qt and Qt/Embedded are C++ cross platform development frameworks (the embedded version includes its own windowing system) that let programmers rapidly build state-of-the-art GUI applications for desktop and embedded environments using a "write once, compile anywhere" strategy. They have been used to develop hundreds of successful commercial applications worldwide. Qt Palmtop is an embedded application environment that uses Qt/Embedded to provide simple, powerful, intuitive, and flexible application solutions for embedded systems. Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in Santa Clara, California, and Brisbane, Australia. Opera Software Opera Software AS is an industry leader in the development of Web browsers for the desktop and device markets. The Opera browser has received international recognition from end-users and the industry press for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera Software AS is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com. Insignia Solutions Insignia Solutions is the leading provider of accelerated Java software solutions that dynamically optimize the use of available system resources. Insignia's patent-pending Jeode virtual machine technologies are licensed by such leading companies as BSQUARE Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation, Echelon Corporation, Fujitsu PC, Gemstar/TV Guide, Humax, Intel Corporation, Motorola, NCR Corporation, Nortel Networks, Olivetti, Philips Semiconductor, Phoenix Technologies, Quantum Corporation, Siemens AG, Toshiba Information Systems, Victor Data Systems (a subsidiary of JVC), ViewSonic and Wind River Systems. Insignia Solutions is publicly-held with headquarters in Fremont, California, and its main R&D facilities in High Wycombe, England. Sales and marketing departments are located in Fremont and High Wycombe. For additional information on Insignia and its products, call 800-848-7677 in the United States, +44 (0)1628 539 500 in Europe, +81 3 5404 3440 in Japan or visit the company's website at http://www.insignia.com . NOTE: Insignia, Insignia Solutions, the Insignia Solutions logo and the Jeode logo are registered trademarks and Jeode, Embedded Virtual Machine, EVM and DAC are trademarks of Insignia Solutions, Inc. Sun Microsystems, Sun, Java, EmbeddedJava, and PersonalJava are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders. Forward Looking Statements The statements in this press release relating to matters that are not historical are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include the anticipated timing of product releases, the expected customer demand for existing and new products, the expected revenue from product sales, the growth of the market for Insignia Solutions' products, and the market demand for the Jeode platform. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated. There can be no assurance that the company will be able to market and support the Jeode product or customers will accept that such product. The company's business is subject to a variety of other risks and uncertainties that include, but are not limited to, rapid technological changes in the industry, increased competition, and timely introduction and customer acceptance of the Company's products. These and other risks and uncertainties are further described in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000 and will be described from time to time in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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