11/18/2004 - Trolltech®, a provider of leading application development software and Toshiba Information Systems Corporation, announced that the two companies have formed a strategic alliance to provide software solutions for Linux-based mobile devices in Japan. Toshiba Information Systems, one of the largest IT solution providers in Japan, will now resell, integrate and provide technical support for Qtopia®, Trolltech's development platform and user interface for Linux-based mobile devices.
"This alliance will accelerate the adoption of Qtopia as the standard application environment and user interface for Linux-based devices in Japan, a market where Linux is clearly emerging as a platform of choice for new innovation," said Haavard Nord, CEO at Trolltech. "Toshiba Information Systems' market reach will extend Trolltech's strong presence in the Asia Pacific region, adding to our partner and customer relationships with leading organizations including Motorola, Datang Mobile and Yuhua Teltech"
Qtopia is a complete, customizable application platform and user interface for Linux-based mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). Today, Trolltech software for embedded Linux is the foundation for the majority of Linux-based PDAs and next-generation mobile phones, including Sharp Electronic's award-winning Zaurus line of PDAs, Motorola's A760, A780 and E680 smartphones, Yuhua Teltech's upcoming Normandy mobile phone, and it's part of Datang Mobile's mobile phone reference platform. Toshiba Information Systems will resell and add value to both the Qtopia Phone Edition and Qtopia PDA Edition as part of Toshiba Information Systems' $160 million Embedded Systems Solutions practice.
Hiroshi Kiyuna, general manager of the Embedded Systems Sales division at Toshiba Information Systems, noted, "The flexible, open Linux operating system is fast emerging as a leading platform for mobile devices in Japan, and Trolltech's Qtopia is the de facto software standard for Linux-based devices. Through our alliance with Trolltech, we can continue to offer state-of-the-art solutions to help our customers keep pace with the increasingly sophisticated technology in mobile phones and other devices."
Qtopia: Making Linux a Reality for Mobile Computing
Qtopia was the first commercially-available application platform for Linux-based mobile devices, and it has become a standard for software development for embedded Linux. Using the Qtopia platform, device manufacturers and service providers can easily develop software on a common platform, while maintaining control of their own branding and user interface. The Qtopia architecture comprises five main components for complete device software design: the platform, applications, user interface, development environment and synchronization framework.
Trolltech® is a world leader in delivering tools, components, and libraries for C++ developers across all major operating systems. Trolltech products constitute a leading open source application development framework and are an integral part of the Linux desktop. Trolltech also develops innovative UI platforms that enable key players to adopt Linux for mobile devices.
Trolltech creates two product lines: Qt® and Qtopia®. Qt is a complete C++ application development framework, which includes a class library and tools for cross-platform development and internationalization. Qtopia is the first comprehensive application platform built for embedded Linux, and is used on numerous Linux-based PDAs and mobile phones.
Trolltech is a second generation open source company with a dual licensing business model and provides development software to some of the largest companies in the world including Intel, IBM, Motorola, and Sharp, among thousands more. Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in Brisbane, Australia, and Palo Alto, California. More about Trolltech can be found at http://www.trolltech.com.
About Toshiba Information Systems
Since its establishment in 1962, Toshiba Information Systems (Japan) Corporation has always fully utilized state-of-the-art technology in the information industry. As a leading company in the information service area, it has used this technology to meet a variety of computerization needs from companies and society as a whole. Now, Toshiba Information Systems is committed to the challenges of the accelerated pace of change in the information technology, determined to be a reliable integrated IT solution partner for its customers.
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