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Sharp Electronics UK today sets new boundaries in the PDA marketplace with the launch of the Zaurus SL-5500 Linux® and JavaTM PDA. The device, aimed at enterprises and professional consumers, combines open standards with feature-rich hardware.

Harnessing the ability of an established community of Linux and Java programmers the Zaurus SL-5500 offers business users one of the most compelling platforms available in a PDA.

With the Zaurus SL-5500, enterprises will be attracted by having the option to develop applications that enjoy the security and cross-platform compatibility of Java, or the speed and power of Linux.

Offering all the top-of-the-range features expected by professional users, the unit also boasts a hideaway keyboard, expansion slots for both CompactFlashTM and SD memory cards and a stunning reflective colour TFT LCD screen (240 x 320 resolution). It has a powerful Intel® 206Mhz StrongARM® processor, 64MB (SDRAM) of memory and 16Mb of Flash ROM.

Powerful Operating System

Using Lineo®’s Linux 2.4 kernel from EmbedixTM, Insignia’s JeodeTM JVM (Java Virtual Machine), and the QtopiaTM user interface from Trolltech, the device harnesses the power of open standards enabling the rapid development of software applications and device drivers.

With Linux’s flexible and robust environment, developers can optimise the device’s features to create and run fast, powerful applications. Linux also represents a particularly attractive proposition for enterprises because of its superb networking capabilities, critical for the future of connected handheld devices.

The emerging status of Personal-Java (P-Java)TM as one of the fastest growing communities in the mobile landscape ensures there is an abundance of programming expertise available. Opting for Java means enterprise customers can use its platform-independence to easily port Java-based applications to the device using existing skills bases.

Efficient Mobile Connectivity and Data Management

For business users who need to have up-to-date information at their fingertips at all times, effective email and Internet access are vital. Using a handheld version of the Opera 5 browser, the Zaurus SL-5500 offers blistering Internet surfing capabilities. It also comes equipped with an easy-to-use email application that is POP3, SMTP and IMAP4 compliant.

With its integrated QWERTY keyboard, rapid composition of short e-mails is made easy, whilst handwriting recognition and an on-screen keyboard feature offer alternative methods of copy entry for the ultimate in versatility.

Offering superb out-of-the-box functionality, the SL-5500 contains a fully featured set of Personal Information Management (PIM) applications, including address book, to do list and calendar. Office productivity is also included with Word Processor, Presentation Viewer and Spreadsheet applications (Hancom Mobile OfficeTM from HancomLinux).

Integrated slots for Secure Digital and Compact FlashTM cards step up the expansion capabilities of the unit enabling simultaneous use of accessories such as modems, memory, LAN cards and digital cameras.

Effortless Multimedia on the Move

The Zaurus SL-5500 has a number of appealing options for leisure use. A built-in media player allows the user to download and play MP3 music tracks and MPEG-1 videos with stunning results. Digital pictures can also be captured and then sent as email attachments using the PDA and an optional camera card module.

Using its expertise as a leader in LCD technology, Sharp has developed a 3.5“ reflective TFT screen for the device that is capable of reproducing 65,536 colours. The impressive display enables “crystal clear” images with vivid colour tones which can be easily viewed in all types of lighting conditions. The fast StrongARM processor means it can handle powerful multimedia and run different types of applications simultaneously, for example play MP3 music files whilst sending an email.

Mark Klein, Product Marketing Manager for handhelds feels the new device represents a turning point in PDA expectations: “With the Zaurus SL-5500 Sharp is continuing its propensity to buck trends. By providing a PDA with an alternative operating system and cutting-edge hardware, Sharp is opening up a whole host of new possibilities for the future of handheld devices. The Zaurus is one of the most flexible mobile communications and multimedia tools on the market today and should appeal to our key target market of enterprise customers and, what we call, prosumers (professional consumers). This PDA works on a number of differing levels satisfying users’ requirements in all areas of their busy lives.”

The Zaurus SL-5500 comes with a docking station that features an integrated USB cable and serial port. Also bundled are a removable Lithium-ion battery and an AC adapter.

The PDA costs £449.99 (inc Vat) and is available from Sharp resellers from May 2002.


Trolltech AS

Trolltech develops, supports, and markets Qt, Qt/Embedded, and Qt Palmtop. Qt and Qt/Embedded are C++ cross platform development frameworks (the embedded version includes its own windowing system) that let programmers rapidly build state-of-the-art GUI applications for desktop and embedded environments using a “write once, compile anywhere” strategy. They have been used to develop thousands of successful commercial applications worldwide. Qt Palmtop is an embedded application environment that uses Qt/Embedded to provide simple, powerful, intuitive, and flexible application solutions for embedded systems. Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in Santa Clara, California, and Brisbane, Australia.

For more information on Trolltech go to

Opera Software

Opera Software AS is an industry leader in the development of Web browsers for the desktop and device markets. The Opera browser has received international recognition from end-users and the industry press for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera Software AS is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

For more information on Opera go to

Insignia Solutions

Insignia Solutions (Nasdaq:INSG) is the leading provider of accelerated Java software solutions that dynamically optimize the use of available system resources.Insignia Solutions is publicly-held with headquarters in Fremont, California, and its main R&D facilities in High Wycombe, England. Sales and marketing departments are located in Fremont and High Wycombe. For additional information on Insignia and its products, call 800/848-7677 in the United States, +44 (0)1628 539 500 in Europe, +81 3 5404 3440 in Japan or visit the company's website at .

Lineo®, Inc. provides embedded systems and real-time solutions that include operating system software, host development environments and professional services. Lineo distributes solutions that allow OEMs to create smart embedded devices and systems while helping OEMs to reduce system requirements, per-unit costs and time-to-market. For more information contact Lineo at, via e-mail to or by calling (801) 426-5001.


HancomLinux, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, is a leading provider of productivity solutions for Linux and Linux-based PDAs. The company's flagship product, Hancom Office, is a full-featured, powerful productivity suite for Linux that is compatible with Microsoft Office. Hancom Office is available in English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Arab editions. HancomLinux is the Asian leader for Linux productivity.

For more information about HancomLinux, please visit .

Sharp Electronics

Sharp Electronics UK (Ltd) is the UK subsidiary of Japan's 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® 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.

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Melissa Barker, PR Executive, Sharp Electronics (UK) Ltd, Sharp House, Thorp Road, Newton Heath, Manchester M40 5BE
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SL-5500 General Specification



StrongARM®*1 (SA-1110, 206MHz)

- Platform Linux®*2 based embedded operating system (Embedix™*3)

- QtopiaTM*4 Palmtop Environment, Personal JavaTM*5

- Display

Reflective TFT LCD with Front Light (Touch-sensitive panel supported)

3.5" with 240 x 320 pixel, 65,536 colours

- Memory

ROM: 16MB FLASH for OS, Applications, Driver, etc.


- Function

PIM (Calendar, Address Book, To do List, and Text Editor)

E-mail (POP3/SMTP/IMAP4)

Web Browser (Equiv. HTML4.0)

Accessory (Clock, City Time, Calculator)

Help Browser

Media Player (MPEG-1/MP3 Player)

PIM data IR transfer (unit to unit)

Hancom Mobile Office TM*6 (Office Application suite)

Camera application for CE-AG06(Camera card)

Capable to run Add-on Application Software

PC Synchronisation: QtopiaTM and
Intellisync for SL (Synchronise with Outlook®)

- Input Device

Touch Panel

Typewriter Keyboard with a Slide Cover

- Card slot

CompactFlashTM*7 Card Slot (Type II)

SD Card Slot (no copyright protection feature)

- I/O port

Serial/USB (via Docking Station) port


- Sound

Stereo Headphone Jack included Audio input(Mono)


- Power

Replaceable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (Bundled)

AC Adapter (Bundled)

- Battery Life (TBD)

- Temperature Range

For operation: 0C to 40C (32F to 104F)

For battery charging : 5C to 35C (37F to 99F)

- Dimensions (WxDxH)

Approx. 74x138x18mm (Excluding the display protection cover)
(When the slide cover is closed) Approx. 74x138x21mm (Including the display protection cover, excluding protruding parts)

- Weight

Approx. 194g (Excluding the display protection cover)

Approx. 212g (Including the display protection cover)

- Bundled Docking Station (USB direct coupled cable)

- Accessories

AC Adapter (EA-70) and Power Cord

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery (EA-BL06)

CD-ROM, Stylus, Display Protection Cover, CF Slot Protection Card


*1 StrongARM is a registered trademark of ARM, Ltd.

*2 Linux is a registered trademark owned by Linus Torvalds.

*3 Embedix is a trademark of Lineo, Inc.

*4 Qtopia is a trademark of Trolltech AS

*5 Java and Personal Java are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.

*6 Hancom Mobile Office is a trademark of HancomLinux.

*7 CompactFlash is a trademark of SanDisk corporation.

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