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Sharp Goes for Opera in Embedded Software Solution

November 5, 2001

'Embedix Plus PDA' brings software from Lineo, Trolltech, Insignia Solutions, and Opera Software to Sharp's Zaurus

Oslo, Norway - Nov. 5, 2001

Opera Software today announced that Sharp will use its Opera 5 for Linux Web browser in the Zaurus SL-5000D developer unit. The Opera Web browser will be used as part of Lineo, Inc's powerful software solution Embedix Plus PDA, launched at JavaOne in June this year. Apart from Opera 5 for Linux, the Embedix Plus PDA solution contains Lineo's Embedix Linux, Trolltech's Qt/Embedded and QT Palmtop graphical user interfaces, and Insignia Solution's Jeode PDA Edition.

The Zaurus SL-5000D is the first robust Linux/Java-based handheld from a major consumer electronics manufacturer.

"The fact that Sharp has chosen to go for a Linux/Java-based handheld is very exciting," says Hakon Lie, CTO, Opera Software ASA. "The combination of the quality products offered by the partners behind Lineo's Embedix Plus PDA will make the Sharp Zaurus a very attractive platform for developers."

Opera is the ideal Web browser choice for the embedded market, based on its characteristics of being small, fast, and 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 combination of Sharp's new Zaurus with the Opera browser will demonstrate the unique position we have achieved in the embedded market," says Lars Boilesen, VP Sales Internet Devices, Opera Software ASA "Opera's family of browsers is now the natural browser of choice for information appliances that strive to offer users the best Internet experience."

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About Opera Software

Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browsers for the desktop and device markets, partnering with companies such as IBM, AMD, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson and Lineo. 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 ASA is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about Opera at

About Sharp Electronics Corporation

Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of the core digital technologies that are playing an integral role in shaping the next generation of mobile computing products for consumer and business needs. Since creating the Wizard electronic organizer in 1989, Sharp has led the market in introducing innovative handheld computing products. Sharp is also the global leader in LCD technology, which is incorporated into leading-edge LCD monitors and projectors. From the small office/home office (SOHO) to large corporate environments, Sharp provides a variety of innovative, computer-related solutions designed to help increase productivity while providing functionality to meet customer demand. Dedicated to improving people's lives through the use of advanced technology and a commitment to innovation, quality, value and design, Sharp Electronics employs approximately 2,900 people nationwide to support its more than 50 product lines.

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 (embedded Linux system software), uClinux (embedded Linux for MMU-less processors), SecureEdge (Linux-based Internet appliances for secure networking), RTXC (general purpose and DSP real-time operating system), BeaconSuite (x86 development toolkit) and Availix (mission-critical high availability Linux cluster solutions). Contact Lineo at, via e-mail to or by calling (801) 426-5001.

About Trolltech AS

Trolltech AS 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

Insignia Solutions

Insignia Solutions is the leading provider of accelerated Java software solutions that dynamically optimize the use of available system resources. Insignia's patent-pending Jeode virtual machine technologies are licensed by such leading companies as BSQUARE Corporation (Nasdaq: BSQR), Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ), Echelon Corporation (Nasdaq: ELON), Fujtisu PC, Gemstar/TV Guide (Nasdaq: GMST), Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC), NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), Nortel Networks (NYSE: NT), Olivetti Lexikon, Philips Semiconductor (NYSE: PHG), Phoenix Technologies (Nasdaq: PTEC), Quantum Corporation (NYSE: DSS, HDD), Siemens AG, Toshiba Information Systems, Victor Data Systems (a subsidiary of JVC) and Wind River Systems (Nasdaq: WIND). Insignia Solutions is publicly-held with headquarters in Fremont, California, and its main R and D facilities in High Wycombe, England. Sales and marketing departments are located in Fremont and High Wycombe. For additional information on Insignia and its products, call 800/848-7677 in the United States, +44 (0)1628 539 500 in Europe, +81 3 5404 3440 in Japan or visit the company's website at


Opera Software ASA:

Pal A. Hvistendahl
MarCom Director
Tel: +47 99 72 43 31
US Toll-free: 1-888-624-4846 (Press only)

Sharp Electronics Corporation:

Patricia Sugrue
Stanton Crenshaw Communications
Tel: 212-780-1900

Nancy Boyle Levene
Sharp Electronics Corporation
Tel: 201-529-8631

About Opera

Opera enables more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to connect with the content and services that matter most to them. Opera also helps publishers monetize their content through advertising and advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses, capitalizing on a global consumer audience reach that exceeds 1 billion.

Opera is a trademark of Opera Software AS.