Trolltech Unveils Qtopia
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OSLO, Norway & SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 25, 2002--
Trolltech, the leader in multi-platform development
frameworks, today unveiled Qtopia(TM), a Linux-based
application environment that brings the power of desktop
computing to mobile embedded devices. Trolltech is the
creator of Qt, the application framework that lets
developers create cross platform, single-source applications
that run natively. Qtopia is already being used to power the
new Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 PDA, with several additional design
wins bringing products to market in 2002.
Qtopia benefits manufacturers, developers, corporate IT
management and end-users alike. The product enables
manufacturers to build powerful, intuitive, and
resource-efficient personal digital assistants (PDAs), Smart
phones, Internet appliances, and any other mobile device
that runs embedded Linux . Developers only have to write
applications once, eliminating time-consuming porting tasks.
Corporate IT departments get a handheld platform they can
use to extend the functionality of mission-critical
applications to a mobile workforce, while end-users get
applications built expressly for a powerful embedded
operating system perfectly suited to a mobile, wireless
Qtopia includes a comprehensive set of applications for
productivity, information management, Internet content,
entertainment, and synchronization across multiple desktop
operating systems. These include an address book, calendar,
to do list, text editor, MPEG and MP3players, international
city clock, asteroids game, Mine Hunt, Go, plus many more.
Qtopia Powers Sharp Zaurus
The world's leading consumer manufacturers are already using
Qtopia to power their mobile devices. These include the
Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 - the first PDA from a major power in
consumer electronics to ship with embedded Linux.
"Qtopia provides consumers the unique blend of power and
ease of use that is critical for today's high powered mobile
computing world," said Steve Petix, Sharp's associate vice
president, Mobile & IT Solutions Group. "It took us only
three days to evaluate Qtopia and decide that it would
provide the best possible application environment, and look
and feel, for our new Zaurus SL-5500."
"We believe that Qtopia represents the first viable `third
way' in mobile computing, with the flexibility, simplicity,
power and portability that has been missing from the Palm OS
and Pocket PC platforms," said Haavard Nord, chief executive
officer for Trolltech. "Many device manufacturers are
evaluating Qtopia right now, and several will launch
products in 2002. They like Qtopia because it lets them
bring products to market quickly that are far more powerful,
attractive and customizable than is possible in any other
Key Qtopia benefits include:
-- Hundreds of applications. Qtopia already has hundreds of
applications, including many free applications provided by the
open source community.
-- Customizability. Qtopia's intuitive and elegant user interface
is highly customizable--a key advantage in the consumer mobile
-- Device-Independence. If a mobile device runs embedded Linux,
Qtopia applications will run on it.
-- Comprehensiveness. Qtopia includes a full complement of
applications for business productivity, personal information
management (PIM), Internet content, entertainment, and
synchronization across multiple desktop operating systems.
-- Efficient memory use. Qtopia is a native application suite. A
typical Qtopia implementation requires only 6 to 8 MB of
ROM--including the Linux kernel.
-- Source code. Trolltech provides customers the key advantage of
access to source code. Device manufacturers receive the full
code-base for Qtopia and Qt/Embedded, allowing them to make
modifications and changes to create unique functionality for
-- Developers only have to write one desktop client for their
software. Because it is based on Trolltech's Qt, the emerging
standard for single-source, multi-platform development, Qtopia
desktop clients run on Windows, Mac OS X, Unix, and Linux with
a simple recompile. Extensive developer re-write efforts are
unnecessary, saving the time and resources typically required
to target a variety of platforms.
Pricing and Availability
Qtopia is available immediately free of charge to
open-source developers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for
conditions, prices and license terms for commercial use of