Sharp Expands Its PDA Application Development Environment With a Linux and Java Based Software Platform

Utilizing Lineo(R)'s, Embedix(TM) Plus Software, Sharp Offers

A Unique, Powerful, Flexible Platform For Application Development

Nov 05, 2001, 00:00 ET from Sharp Electronics Corporation

    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 (
     * the acceptance of pre-order will be limited to those who are in US.
     Lineo, Inc.
     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, via e-mail to or by calling
 (801) 426-5001.
     Trolltech AS
     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
     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
     Insignia Solutions
     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
     Tao Group Limited
     Tao has developed intent(R), a binary portable, language independent, high
 performance, multimedia platform. Contact Tao at
     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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