Sleepycat's Berkeley DB Powers Motorola's New Business Smart Phone
2/12/2004 - Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB — the most widely used application-specific data management software in the world with over 200 million deployments — announced that Motorola has selected Berkeley DB for use within its new Motorola A768 Smart Phone just released in China.
Motorola, the number one manufacturer of handsets in China, has adopted key open source technologies from Sleepycat Software, MontaVista Software and Trolltech. The latest Motorola A768 smart phone, designed for corporate users, follows the successful launch of the Motorola A760 model last fall.
"We rely on best-of-breed open source software such as Berkeley DB to reduce time-to-market and cost when developing our smart phones that enable new differentiating services for customers," said Mike Sudol, Motorola vice president and general manager for GSM High-Tier Product Group.
"Motorola is a great example of the leading global telecommunications companies that rely on Sleepycat Software to deliver new products and services to their customers quickly and reliably," said Michael Olson, CEO of Sleepycat Software. "Motorola is a pioneer in integrating open source technologies, and we are pleased to partner with them in the exciting and fast-growing Chinese market."
IDC estimates there are 252.3 million mobile telephone subscribers currently in China. By 2007, it is forecast to reach 371.4 million subscribers. "This market size definitely sets the stage for phenomenal opportunities in open source software adoption, particularly as the government itself has vouched strong support for open source software by deploying such software in major e-government projects," said Wilvin Chee, IDC's Associate Director, Asia/Pacific Software Overview.
Motorola's A768 smart phone - available through China's leading domestic operator, China Mobile - offers mobile phone users a range of applications such as PDA capability, MP3 music playback, full-motion video recording, speaker phone and finance utilities. At the heart of the handset are three key embedded, open source technologies: Sleepycat's Berkeley DB high performance data management engine, MontaVista Linux, and Trolltech's Qt/Embedded framework for user interface development.
Berkeley DB provides the A768 smart phone with an open, flexible and transaction-protected data manager for a number of integrated new functions including the contacts database and repository for downloaded files, JavaTM applications, audio and video. Sleepycat worked closely with Motorola during the development cycle to add options to Berkeley DB to enable key functions of the A768.
"Trolltech's Qt/Embedded GUI toolkit, MontaVista Linux and Sleepycat Software's Berkeley DB are all optimized for speed and low memory requirements," said Haavard Nord, CEO of Trolltech. "Linux, Qt/Embedded, and Berkeley DB represent the best in embedded platforms with large user bases that give manufacturers the confidence to quickly bring new products to market."
As in the Motorola A760 model introduced last year, the new A768 provides voice navigation, intelligent handwriting input and video recording capability. The A768 also offers new functionality — 96MB of system memory; 4,000 record phone book; 5 hour voice recorder; and up to 60 minutes of video. It also includes an HTML browser with zoom in and zoom out capability.
In addition, A768 is also a full enterprise solution mobile device. The A768 smart phone supports various document formats, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, MP3 and JPG files. An embedded VPN client provides secure wireless access to corporate network resources. With the secure VPN technology, corporate users are able to access their e-mail, intranet, ERP and other business applications, anywhere and anytime.
About Sleepycat Software
Sleepycat Software (www.sleepycat.com) makes Berkeley DB, the most widely used application-specific data management software in the world with more than 200 million deployments. Customers such as Amazon, AOL, British Telecom, Cisco Systems, EMC, Ericsson, Google, Hitachi, HP, Motorola, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, TIBCO and Veritas also rely on Berkeley DB for fast, scalable, reliable and cost-effective data management for their mission-critical applications. Profitable since it was founded in 1996, Sleepycat is a privately held company with offices in California and Massachusetts.
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in wireless, broadband and automotive communications technologies that help make life smarter, safer, simpler, synchronized and fun. Sales in 2003 were U.S. $27.1 billion. Motorola creates innovative technological solutions that benefit people at home, at work and on the move. The company also is a progressive corporate citizen dedicated to operating ethically, protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which it does business. For more information: www.motorola.com.
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