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Sharp shuns IE for PDA

Tech co opts for Opera for Linux/Java handheld

Sharp has chosen the embedded web browser Opera 5.0 for its new Linux/Java handheld Zaurus SL-5000D.

Opera is made by Norwegian web browser company Opera Software, which announced the deal today. The browser will be installed as part of Lineo's Embedix Plus PDA (personal digital assistant) operating system, Opera said in a statement.

The device, to be made available soon to developers, will feature an Intel StrongARM 206MHz processor, and will also run the embedded version of Trolltech's Qt, a development toolkit that enables rapid building of GUI (graphical user interface) applications and Insignia Solutions's Jeode PDA Edition Java platform.

Sharp demonstrated a prototype of the PDA at the JavaOne tradeshow in June.

Opera has been positioning its web browser as ideal for the embedded market, because it is "small, fast, and configurable while still full-featured", it says. The company has also recently struck a deal with Canal Plus Technologies to provide an embedded browser for set-top boxes.

The SL-5000D is scheduled to be marketed globally by the end of this year.


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