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AMIGA WORKS WITH
SHARP TO DEVELOP CONTENT FOR ZAURUS, AND OTHER NEW DEVICES
Handheld Device on
"Free" Linux/Java Platform Will Debut with Amiga-developed Software
ST. LOUIS, MO, March
30, 2001 - Amiga Incorporated, a pioneer in the development of multi-media
and content, today announced a long-term partnership with Sharp Corporation,
a worldwide developer of innovative products and core technologies in electronics,
in which Amiga will develop content for next-generation Sharp handheld
In March, Sharp
announced its plans to market the Zaurus PDA in the United States and Europe
as one of the world's first Linux-based handheld device. The Linux operating
system is gaining wider acceptance in the computer server market because
its underlying code is freely distributed on the Internet. Easily adaptable
for different hardware devices, the Sharp handheld will be able to run
software written in Sun Microsystems' versatile Java software language
that supports different operating systems.
In this partnership,
Amiga announced that its developer community would either develop new content
or adapt existing content for PDA applications, using their reputation
for innovation and leadership in gaming, 2D, 3D, animation, video, and
music applications. Amiga-developed content can be downloaded directly
through wireless networks, using desktop computers, or ported directly
into the new device.
"By working with
Amiga as one of our content partners we are able to expand the applications
and content available for our new devices," said Dr. Hiroshi Uno, Ph.D.
Division General Manager - Mobile Systems Division, Communications Systems
Group, Sharp Corporation Japan.
Amiga has an outstanding
reputation for software development. We anticipate that the alliance with
Amiga will create a lot of momentum for the Zaurus PDA."
"Amiga is excited
to be part of the Zaurus PDA project, and we look forward to bringing the
excitement, brilliant content and magic of the Amiga community to Sharp,"
said Bill McEwen, President/CEO of Amiga Incorporated. "Amiga is adding
new dimensions of content for the next generations of computing devices,
and we see the new PDA platform as an important area of strategic business
growth and applications for the Amiga community. We intend to develop some
really great applications as consumers more fully understand the great
potential and skill set of the Amiga community."
About 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(R) 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
Corporation employs approximately 60,200 people worldwide in 30 countries.
More information is available at http://sharp-world.com/index.html
Amiga Inc. provides
technology to developers for writing and porting applications to a new
multi-media operating systems which is hardware agnostic. AmigaDE is a
joint development effort between the Tao Group of Reading England, and
Amiga Incorporated. AmigaDE based applications can run unchanged on x86,
PowerPC, M Core, ARM, StrongARM, MIPS R3000, R4000, R5000, SH 3, SH4, and
NEC V850 processors. The Amiga OS can run hosted on Linux, Embedded Linux,
Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, CE and QNX4. Amiga is based in Snoqualmie, WA,
28 miles east of Seattle and has offices worldwide. Amiga can be reached
at (425) 396-5660 or visit Amiga on the web at http://www.amiga.com/
and Java are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Amiga is a trademark of Amiga Inc. intent(TM) is a trademark of Tao Group
Ltd. Digital Heaven(TM) is a trademark of Tao Group Ltd. Linux(R) is a
registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Windows(R) is a registered trademark
of the Microsoft Corporation QNX is a registered trademark of QNX Software
Systems Ltd. OS-9(R) is a registered trademark of the Microware Systems
Corporation NEC V850(R) is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation in
the United States and other countries MIPS is a registered trademark and
MIPS-based are trademarks of MIPS Technologies, Inc. ARM, and StrongARM
are registered trademarks of ARM Limited Motorola PowerPC™ and M-Core™
are trademarks of Motorola, Inc.