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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 computing devices.

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

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

About Amiga

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

Sun Microsystems 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.

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