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
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
"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(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.
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
-- A turn-key software solution already ported and tested on popular RTOS/
-- 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. 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 email@example.com or by calling 801-426-5001.
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 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 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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