Royal and Trolltech to Develop Feature-rich Linux-Based PDAs

9/17/2003 - Royal, a leader in affordable office and consumer electronic products, and Trolltech, whose market-leading Qtopia application platform has become the industry standard for embedded Linux systems, announce a partnership that is designed to bring high-quality, feature-rich and competitively priced PDAs to the consumer and enterprise markets. The first of these products, Royal LineaLX, is scheduled to ship in the United States in the fourth quarter 2003 and retail for under $300.

"This partnership with Trolltech reinforces Royal's strength and expertise in creating products with stellar features at aggressive price points. It gives us the basis for a complete line of Linux-powered PDAs," said Todd Althoff, Vice-President of Marketing and New Development for Royal Consumer Information Products. "The LineaLX will provide great consumer value and deliver the features customers want in an affordable, open environment that can accommodate emerging technologies and applications."

"Royal's decision to use Qtopia provides them with not only a robust application layer, but also access to over a thousand existing third-party applications. The combination of Royal's consumer electronics design knowledge and Trolltech's high-quality embedded software products will set the standard for new, exciting consumer devices," said Haavard Nord, Trolltech's CEO.

Qtopia is a Linux-based application platform and user interface designed to make mobile computing simple, powerful, intuitive, and flexible. A complete environment, Qtopia's intuitive and customizable user interface provides near-desktop power on mobile embedded devices.

About Royal
The Royal Consumer Information Products line includes PDAs, personal organizers, shredders, calculators, desk accessories, time and cash management systems, laminators and postal scales. Headquarters for Royal Consumer Information Products are located at 379 Campus Drive, 2nd Floor, Somerset, NJ 08875. For more information contact Karen Gaynin at HWH PR/New Media, 212-355-5049, ext. 108 or at

About Trolltech
Trolltech(R) is a software company with two flagship products: Qt(R) and Qtopia(R). Qt is a multi-platform C++ application framework developers can use to write single-source applications that run -- natively -- on Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and embedded Linux. Qt has been used to build thousands of successful commercial applications worldwide, and is the basis of the open source KDE desktop environment. Qtopia is the first comprehensive application environment built for embedded Linux, and is used in Sharp's line of Zaurus PDAs. Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in Brisbane, Australia, and Palo Alto, California. More about Trolltech can be found at

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