Empower Technologies Inc. Creates Operating System Choice for Palm Users and Palm-Compatible Manufacturers

Empower Technologies Inc. Announces Licensing Deals for Full Version

Linux DA O/S With Manufacturers



Aug 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Empower Technologies Inc.

    REDMOND, WA, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ - In a move that will change the way
 that Palm and Palm-compatible PDAs are programmed, Empower Technologies Inc.
 announced today at the LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco, CA that it has
 released the full version of the Linux DA operating system for current Palm
 users and Palm- compatible licensees. Empower Technologies also announced
 today licensing deals with two Palm-compatible manufacturers, Elitegroup
 Computer Systems Co., Ltd. (ECS), and APlux Communications Ltd. (APlux), a
 subsidiary of Procomp Informatics Ltd., both of Taiwan.
     "Just as the PC market shifted radically when the operating system was
 unbundled from the hardware, we believe that the Palm-compatible market is
 going to explode with the release of our embedded Linux DA O/S," said Paul
 Leung, President and CEO of Empower Technologies.
     "The consumer and licensee markets are definitely ready," said Paul
 Leung. "When we released the demo version of Linux DA O/S for Palm just over a
 month ago, the download rate on our web site was over 30,000 copies in under
 three weeks."
     Linux DA O/S v1.0 DBE replaces the Palm O/S within the actual handheld
 device, but still remains fully compatible with the Palm and Palm-compatible
 hardware, providing a flexible and powerful operating system choice for
 consumers. Using the open source Linux kernel, Empower Technologies has
 designed Linux DA O/S to be the first Linux compatible O/S scaled down for
 Palm and Palm-compatible CPU platforms. Just as with the original Palm O/S,
 Linux DA can back up to a desktop PC and is able to utilize handwriting
 recognition for data input.
     Empower Technologies has made the full version available to consumers who
 currently operate a Palm device, but the company is actively seeking
 additional Palm-compatible manufacturers as licensing partners.
     "We are very pleased to have secured a licensing agreement with Empower
 Technologies Inc.," said David Chang, Vice President of Elitegroup Computer
 Systems (ECS), one of the leading motherboard manufacturers in Taiwan. "We
 believe that the availability of a Linux Palm-compatible operating system will
 serve to provide more choice to consumers."
     APlux Communications (APlux), another leading Taiwan-based Palm-
 compatible manufacturer, has also signed a licensing deal with Empower
 Technologies to install the Linux DA operating system on its PDA products.
 APlux, a subsidiary of Procomp Informatics Ltd., specializes in the
 development of wireless handheld devices and intelligent appliances.
     The full version of Linux DA O/S v1.0 DBE is available for purchase from
 the Empower Technologies product web site at www.linuxda.com.
 
 

SOURCE Empower Technologies Inc.
    REDMOND, WA, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ - In a move that will change the way
 that Palm and Palm-compatible PDAs are programmed, Empower Technologies Inc.
 announced today at the LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco, CA that it has
 released the full version of the Linux DA operating system for current Palm
 users and Palm- compatible licensees. Empower Technologies also announced
 today licensing deals with two Palm-compatible manufacturers, Elitegroup
 Computer Systems Co., Ltd. (ECS), and APlux Communications Ltd. (APlux), a
 subsidiary of Procomp Informatics Ltd., both of Taiwan.
     "Just as the PC market shifted radically when the operating system was
 unbundled from the hardware, we believe that the Palm-compatible market is
 going to explode with the release of our embedded Linux DA O/S," said Paul
 Leung, President and CEO of Empower Technologies.
     "The consumer and licensee markets are definitely ready," said Paul
 Leung. "When we released the demo version of Linux DA O/S for Palm just over a
 month ago, the download rate on our web site was over 30,000 copies in under
 three weeks."
     Linux DA O/S v1.0 DBE replaces the Palm O/S within the actual handheld
 device, but still remains fully compatible with the Palm and Palm-compatible
 hardware, providing a flexible and powerful operating system choice for
 consumers. Using the open source Linux kernel, Empower Technologies has
 designed Linux DA O/S to be the first Linux compatible O/S scaled down for
 Palm and Palm-compatible CPU platforms. Just as with the original Palm O/S,
 Linux DA can back up to a desktop PC and is able to utilize handwriting
 recognition for data input.
     Empower Technologies has made the full version available to consumers who
 currently operate a Palm device, but the company is actively seeking
 additional Palm-compatible manufacturers as licensing partners.
     "We are very pleased to have secured a licensing agreement with Empower
 Technologies Inc.," said David Chang, Vice President of Elitegroup Computer
 Systems (ECS), one of the leading motherboard manufacturers in Taiwan. "We
 believe that the availability of a Linux Palm-compatible operating system will
 serve to provide more choice to consumers."
     APlux Communications (APlux), another leading Taiwan-based Palm-
 compatible manufacturer, has also signed a licensing deal with Empower
 Technologies to install the Linux DA operating system on its PDA products.
 APlux, a subsidiary of Procomp Informatics Ltd., specializes in the
 development of wireless handheld devices and intelligent appliances.
     The full version of Linux DA O/S v1.0 DBE is available for purchase from
 the Empower Technologies product web site at www.linuxda.com.
 
 SOURCE Empower Technologies Inc.