MAHWAH, N.J., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharp Electronics Corporation today
announced the expansion of its application development environment for PDAs.
"By expanding the PDA's environment to both Linux(R) and Java(TM),
programmers will have the flexibility of application development in either
environment," said Steve Petix, associate vice president, Mobile & IT
Solutions Group. "This expansion will also reach a larger audience of
developers increasing the spectrum of applications for Sharp's PDAs."
Sharp's PDA uses Lineo's Embedix(TM) Plus, which is provided by Lineo,
Inc., a leading innovator of embedded operating systems and host development
environments and the developer of Embedix. Lineo's Embedix Plus is a complete
PDA software solution with GUI framework, Web browser, Java capabilities and a
full suite of PDA applications. The Embedix Plus PDA includes Lineo's Embedix
which is the Linux kernel configured for embedded devices, Trolltech's
Qt/Embedded(TM) GUI application framework, Insignia Solutions Jeode(TM) PDA
Edition, and Opera Software ASA's Opera 5 for Linux Web browser. Also
included in this partnership is Qt Palmtop from Trolltech, an application
environment for embedded Linux-based devices.
"Sharp is excited to provide this powerful Linux/Java Platform by working
with Lineo, a leading embedded systems provider in this market," said Petix.
"This relationship brings together the strengths of Lineo, Trolltech, Insignia
and Opera Software, the leading developers in Linux and Java-based software,
to deliver powerful, application-rich solutions for Sharp's new PDA products."
"Lineo welcomes the opportunity to work with a global electronics
powerhouse like Sharp," said Bryan Sparks, Lineo CEO and chairman. "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."
Trolltech's Qt/Embedded is a C++ GUI application framework for creating
stunning applications for embedded systems. Qt/Embedded combines small size,
rich functionality, and the ability to build code in familiar environments to
allow programmers to quickly create solutions for embedded systems. Qt
Palmtop is an application environment that includes applications for business,
entertainment personal information management.
Sharp's Zaurus SL-5000D development includes Opera's browser from Opera
Software, that has features to meet emerging needs for web-based business
solutions as well as features fast web based browsing for handheld devices.
Jeode (TM) PDA Edition in the SL-5000D incorporates the Jeode EVM(TM)
runtime engine, a "Sun Authorized Virtual Machine" compatible with the
PersonalJava(TM) 1.2 specification. It delivers accelerated performance and
efficient memory utilization through Insignia's patent-pending dynamic
adaptive compilation (DAC(TM)) and precise concurrent garbage collection
Sharp is also working with other PersonalJava(TM) runtime environment such
as intent(R) by Tao Group Ltd. to support various customer Java requirements.
Sharp Electronics Corporation will start accepting pre-orders* on
November 5th, for those who have registered on the Sharp Linux/Java PDA
developer website (http://developer.sharpsec.com/).
* the acceptance of pre-order will be limited to those who are in US.
Lineo(R), Inc. provides embedded systems and real-time solutions that
include operating system software, host development environments and
professional services. Lineo distributes solutions that allow OEMs to create
smart embedded devices and systems while helping OEMs to reduce system
requirements, per-unit costs and time-to-market. Contact Lineo at
http://www.lineo.com, via e-mail to email@example.com or by calling
Trolltech develops, supports, and markets Qt, Qt/Embedded, and Qt Palmtop.
Qt and Qt/Embedded are C++ crossplatform 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
thousands 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 http://www.opera.com.
Insignia Solutions (Nasdaq: INSG) is the leading provider of accelerated
Java software solutions that dynamically optimize the use of available system
resources.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.
Tao Group Limited
Tao has developed intent(R), a binary portable, language independent, high
performance, multimedia platform. Contact Tao at http://www.tao-group.com
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 2,100 people nationwide to
support its more than 50 product lines.
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