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Issue #2003 - 06 (February 2003)
(Updated Feb. 20, 2003)

DEVICES

Trolltech's Qtopia Included in IBM's Embedded Linux Reference Platform

OSLO, Norway and SANTA CLARA, California - February 2003 

Trolltech today announced the inclusion of its Qtopia embedded application environment in an IBM embedded Linux reference platform. 

"This is a huge step forward for the mobile systems market, and for embedded Linux," said Haavard Nord, Trolltech's CEO. "Together with Qtopia, IBM's reference platform opens the door for a whole new generation of embedded Linux devices designed from the ground up for an increasingly mobile workforce." 

Trolltech's Qtopia is an embedded Linux platform that includes an embedded development environment and a comprehensive suite of mobile applications written by Trolltech (PIM tools, multimedia applications, games, and document handling). It has gained enormous popularity among third-party developers, who have created and released over 600 applications for mobile eLinux devices since Qtopia's introduction. 

"With an increasingly mobile workforce, corporations are looking into deploying enterprise applications on devices across multiple platforms -including Java/Linux," said Michael Karasick, Director, Embedded Development, IBM Pervasive Computing Division. "Mobile applications in IBM's reference platform, such as Qtopia, can enable mobile employees to access time-sensitive work information wherever and whenever needed." 

With its reference platform, IBM has combined many of the underlying hardware components used by such products into a single "reference design" centered on the low-power IBM PowerPC 405LP microprocessor to help extend battery life. The reference platform also contains IBM and partner software aimed at supporting both enterprise and consumer applications. Apart from IBM's J2ME certified Java Runtime platform for devices, IBM's WebSphere Micro Environment, the platform also includes device management and database software, a browser, as well as support for multimedia, data connectivity, and speech and handwriting recognition. 

Qtopia is already emerging as the preferred application platform for embedded Linux enterprise PDAs. Sharp has announced four such Qtopia devices, including the SL-C700, which just won the coveted Best In Show Award in the PDA, Handheld, Mobile Wireless category at the 2003 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 

About Trolltech:
Trolltech is a software company with two flagship products: Qt and Qtopia. Qt is a multi-platform C++ application framework developers can use to write single-source applications that run -- natively -- on Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and embedded Linux. Qt has been used to build thousands of successful commercial applications worldwide, and is the basis of the open source KDE desktop environment. Qtopia is the first comprehensive application environment built for embedded Linux, and is used in Sharp's new Zaurus SL5500 and SL-A300 PDAs. Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in Brisbane, Australia, and Santa Clara, California.

More information about Trolltech can be found at www.trolltech.com.

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: This is welcome good news for Trolltech. It is good news for Linux as well. It appears that embedded and mobile device OS environment is getting more confusing every day. It is not clear to us what the real plans of IBM are. Is it planning to get into PDA market? Enterprise mobile planners need not worry about this one for the time being.

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