Embedded Industry Leaders Establish Open Standards Java and Linux Platform for Device Manufacturers

Insignia, Lineo, Opera and Trolltech Combine to Create

Embedix Plus for Smart Handheld Devices



Jun 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Lineo, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, JavaOne, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Lineo(TM), Inc. a leading
 innovator in embedded systems, real-time and high availability solutions,
 today announced it has created a new open standards platform based on Java and
 Linux with several key partners including Insignia Solutions (Nasdaq:   INSG),
 Trolltech AS and Opera Software AS.  The new software platform, Embedix Plus
 for Smart Handheld Devices, will incorporate Lineo Embedix SDK, Insignia
 Jeode(TM) Java Virtual Machine technologies, Trolltech Qt/Embedded(TM)
 graphical user interface and the Opera 5 for Linux Web browser.  The platform
 has been developed to provide manufacturers with a complete solution to more
 quickly produce smart handheld devices, PDAs and other information appliances.
     "IDC forecasts show the embedded and handheld operating environment market
 growing at well over 30 percent per year through 2005, with a lot of that
 growth coming from devices having form factors that can leverage
 infrastructure services like a JVM and a browser," said Al Gillen, research
 manager, system software, IDC.  "Integrating these services into a Linux
 embedded operating environment makes good sense for many applications."
     Lineo Embedix SDK is a powerful development environment for configuring,
 customizing and deploying embedded Linux software solutions.  Embedix SDK is
 ideal for creating a flexible and reliable embedded software solution
 optimized for a small footprint while minimizing development costs and
 reducing time-to-market.
     "Lineo and our partners have chosen to collaborate to provide customers
 with the best technology available, based on open standards, for their
 Internet-enabled devices," said Bryan Sparks, CEO, Lineo, Inc.  "Providing
 users with a Linux and Java-based platform will open their devices to a wide
 range of applications and services.  Our aim is to provide device
 manufacturers with a single place to go for jump starting their embedded
 development -- saving developers valuable time and effort."
     The Insignia Jeode platform is the premier choice for deploying Java
 technology in information appliances.  It provides Sun-authorized Java
 compatibility combined with industry leading accelerated performance and
 robustness.  Jeode technology provides the Lineo software platform with
 complete Java functionality, including the ability to view Java applets, such
 as real-time stock tickers; play Java-based games; and run Java-based
 enterprise applications, such as sales force automation and order entry.  It
 also enables device manufacturers to leverage other key benefits of Java
 technology, including:
 
     *  Access to thousands of available third-party Java-based applications
        that can be incorporated to smart handhelds, PDAs and other information
        appliances
 
     *  Cross-platform support that allows manufacturers to maintain their
        investment in Java-based software applications even if the underlying
        hardware architecture changes in future product versions
 
     Trolltech helps integrate Java into this platform by providing Qt AWT,
 which marries the JVM and the native windowing system, Qt/Embedded.
 Qt/Embedded, along with Qt AWT, helps provide three main benefits to
 developing the graphical user interface: resource efficiency; Java standards
 compliance; and customizable look and feel.
     Qt/Embedded is the GUI application framework and windowing system that is
 based on Qt, a C++ cross platform framework.  It combines small size, rich
 functionality, and the ability to quickly develop, debug, and build code in
 familiar environments.
     "Developers and hardware manufacturers need an embedded platform that's
 well-defined and stable," said Haavard Nord, Trolltech's CEO.  "The
 combination of Embedix, Jeode, Qt/Embedded, and Opera is the first offering
 that provides both of these essential characteristics."
     In most cases, embedded Internet devices are also memory-constrained, and
 the platforms and applications that run on them have to be scaled to fit the
 device.  Opera is the ideal Web browser choice for the embedded market, based
 on its characteristics of being small, fast, configurable, while still
 full-featured.  The unique cross-platform core enables the browser to be
 easily ported to other emerging platforms, and simplifies overall maintenance.
     "The embedded market is still in its infancy, and it is strong
 partnerships like this one that will provide the solutions that will make
 embedded Linux a real alternative," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO,
 Opera Software.  "By combining the best tools available for the platform,
 Lineo will increase their technological lead in the embedded Linux market."
 
     About Lineo, Inc.
     Lineo, Inc. provides 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 for
 secure networking), RTXC(TM) (general purpose and DSP real-time operating
 system), BeaconSuite(TM) (x86 development toolkit) and Availix(TM)
 (mission-critical high availability Linux cluster solutions).  Contact Lineo
 at www.lineo.com, via e-mail to info@lineo.com or by calling (801) 426-5001.
 
     About Insignia Solutions
     Insignia Solutions is the leading provider of accelerated Java
 technology-based solutions that dynamically optimize the use of available
 system resources.  The Jeode Application Environment is Insignia's accelerated
 implementation of Sun Microsystems PersonalJava and EmbeddedJava
 specifications tailored for information appliances.  At the core of the Jeode
 Application Environment is the "Sun Authorized Virtual Machine," the Jeode
 Embedded Virtual Machine (EVM), an accelerated runtime engine that delivers an
 optimal balance of performance and reliability in a smaller memory footprint.
 Using a proprietary technique called dynamic adaptive compilation, the Jeode
 EVM can execute Java applications on average six times faster than
 interpretive VMs.
 
     About Trolltech
     Trolltech is the creator of Qt, a C++ cross-platform fully object-oriented
 application framework that enables rapid building of state-of-the-art GUI
 applications for Microsoft Windows, Unix and multiple embedded Linux
 platforms.  Qt has formed the basis of many successful commercial applications
 worldwide, and was used to develop the open source, KDE Linux desktop
 environment.  Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in
 Brisbane, Australia, and Santa Clara, California.  More about Trolltech can be
 found on the World Wide Web at www.trolltech.com.
 
     About 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.
 
     Lineo and Embedix are trademarks of Lineo, Inc.  Linux is a registered
 trademark owned by Linus Torvalds.  Insignia and Jeode are trademarks of
 Insignia Solutions.  Trolltech and Qt/Embedded are trademarks of Trolltech AS.
 Opera is a trademark of Opera Software AS.  All other products, services,
 companies and publications are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
 respective owners.
 
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SOURCE Lineo, Inc.
    SAN FRANCISCO, JavaOne, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Lineo(TM), Inc. a leading
 innovator in embedded systems, real-time and high availability solutions,
 today announced it has created a new open standards platform based on Java and
 Linux with several key partners including Insignia Solutions (Nasdaq:   INSG),
 Trolltech AS and Opera Software AS.  The new software platform, Embedix Plus
 for Smart Handheld Devices, will incorporate Lineo Embedix SDK, Insignia
 Jeode(TM) Java Virtual Machine technologies, Trolltech Qt/Embedded(TM)
 graphical user interface and the Opera 5 for Linux Web browser.  The platform
 has been developed to provide manufacturers with a complete solution to more
 quickly produce smart handheld devices, PDAs and other information appliances.
     "IDC forecasts show the embedded and handheld operating environment market
 growing at well over 30 percent per year through 2005, with a lot of that
 growth coming from devices having form factors that can leverage
 infrastructure services like a JVM and a browser," said Al Gillen, research
 manager, system software, IDC.  "Integrating these services into a Linux
 embedded operating environment makes good sense for many applications."
     Lineo Embedix SDK is a powerful development environment for configuring,
 customizing and deploying embedded Linux software solutions.  Embedix SDK is
 ideal for creating a flexible and reliable embedded software solution
 optimized for a small footprint while minimizing development costs and
 reducing time-to-market.
     "Lineo and our partners have chosen to collaborate to provide customers
 with the best technology available, based on open standards, for their
 Internet-enabled devices," said Bryan Sparks, CEO, Lineo, Inc.  "Providing
 users with a Linux and Java-based platform will open their devices to a wide
 range of applications and services.  Our aim is to provide device
 manufacturers with a single place to go for jump starting their embedded
 development -- saving developers valuable time and effort."
     The Insignia Jeode platform is the premier choice for deploying Java
 technology in information appliances.  It provides Sun-authorized Java
 compatibility combined with industry leading accelerated performance and
 robustness.  Jeode technology provides the Lineo software platform with
 complete Java functionality, including the ability to view Java applets, such
 as real-time stock tickers; play Java-based games; and run Java-based
 enterprise applications, such as sales force automation and order entry.  It
 also enables device manufacturers to leverage other key benefits of Java
 technology, including:
 
     *  Access to thousands of available third-party Java-based applications
        that can be incorporated to smart handhelds, PDAs and other information
        appliances
 
     *  Cross-platform support that allows manufacturers to maintain their
        investment in Java-based software applications even if the underlying
        hardware architecture changes in future product versions
 
     Trolltech helps integrate Java into this platform by providing Qt AWT,
 which marries the JVM and the native windowing system, Qt/Embedded.
 Qt/Embedded, along with Qt AWT, helps provide three main benefits to
 developing the graphical user interface: resource efficiency; Java standards
 compliance; and customizable look and feel.
     Qt/Embedded is the GUI application framework and windowing system that is
 based on Qt, a C++ cross platform framework.  It combines small size, rich
 functionality, and the ability to quickly develop, debug, and build code in
 familiar environments.
     "Developers and hardware manufacturers need an embedded platform that's
 well-defined and stable," said Haavard Nord, Trolltech's CEO.  "The
 combination of Embedix, Jeode, Qt/Embedded, and Opera is the first offering
 that provides both of these essential characteristics."
     In most cases, embedded Internet devices are also memory-constrained, and
 the platforms and applications that run on them have to be scaled to fit the
 device.  Opera is the ideal Web browser choice for the embedded market, based
 on its characteristics of being small, fast, configurable, while still
 full-featured.  The unique cross-platform core enables the browser to be
 easily ported to other emerging platforms, and simplifies overall maintenance.
     "The embedded market is still in its infancy, and it is strong
 partnerships like this one that will provide the solutions that will make
 embedded Linux a real alternative," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO,
 Opera Software.  "By combining the best tools available for the platform,
 Lineo will increase their technological lead in the embedded Linux market."
 
     About Lineo, Inc.
     Lineo, Inc. provides 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 for
 secure networking), RTXC(TM) (general purpose and DSP real-time operating
 system), BeaconSuite(TM) (x86 development toolkit) and Availix(TM)
 (mission-critical high availability Linux cluster solutions).  Contact Lineo
 at www.lineo.com, via e-mail to info@lineo.com or by calling (801) 426-5001.
 
     About Insignia Solutions
     Insignia Solutions is the leading provider of accelerated Java
 technology-based solutions that dynamically optimize the use of available
 system resources.  The Jeode Application Environment is Insignia's accelerated
 implementation of Sun Microsystems PersonalJava and EmbeddedJava
 specifications tailored for information appliances.  At the core of the Jeode
 Application Environment is the "Sun Authorized Virtual Machine," the Jeode
 Embedded Virtual Machine (EVM), an accelerated runtime engine that delivers an
 optimal balance of performance and reliability in a smaller memory footprint.
 Using a proprietary technique called dynamic adaptive compilation, the Jeode
 EVM can execute Java applications on average six times faster than
 interpretive VMs.
 
     About Trolltech
     Trolltech is the creator of Qt, a C++ cross-platform fully object-oriented
 application framework that enables rapid building of state-of-the-art GUI
 applications for Microsoft Windows, Unix and multiple embedded Linux
 platforms.  Qt has formed the basis of many successful commercial applications
 worldwide, and was used to develop the open source, KDE Linux desktop
 environment.  Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in
 Brisbane, Australia, and Santa Clara, California.  More about Trolltech can be
 found on the World Wide Web at www.trolltech.com.
 
     About 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.
 
     Lineo and Embedix are trademarks of Lineo, Inc.  Linux is a registered
 trademark owned by Linus Torvalds.  Insignia and Jeode are trademarks of
 Insignia Solutions.  Trolltech and Qt/Embedded are trademarks of Trolltech AS.
 Opera is a trademark of Opera Software AS.  All other products, services,
 companies and publications are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
 respective owners.
 
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 SOURCE  Lineo, Inc.