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"Royal Consumer Information Products and Trolltech announced that they are jointly developing a new line of 'feature-rich' and 'competitively priced' Linux-based handheld devices that incorporate Trolltech's Qtopia application platform, thereby providing software compatibility with Sharp's Zaurus PDAs. The first of these products, Royal LineaLX, is scheduled to ship in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2003 for less than $300, the companies said.

"According to Bob Smith, Sr. Product Manager of Royal Consumer Information Products, the LineaLX will be positioned at the top of Royal's Linea line of low-end handheld organizers. Other members of the Linea family use a proprietary OS.

"The LineaLX will be based on a Motorola i.MX1 MDragonBall processor running at 200MHz. Motorola claims this chip outperforms competing chips clocked many times faster due to architectural advantages and built-in function accelerators, and that the low clock rate uses less power. A recent whitepaper from Motorola claims that i.MXL processors outperform Intel's Xscale PXA250 and TI's OMAP 1510 in power conservation benchmark testing..."

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