Trolltech, VirtualLogix Enable Linux for Mass Market Feature Phones

In a move to speed the entry of Linux into the mobile phone mass market, Trolltech (OSE: TROLL) and VirtualLogix have integrated Trolltech’s Qtopia platform for Linux handsets and VirtualLogix’s VLX software on a single-core processor. Trolltech(R), the company that makes software faster to build and easier to use, and VirtualLogix(TM), the Real-Time Virtualization(TM), company have formed a partnership, and will be demonstrating the single-core processor form-factor at 3GSM.

The partnership yields its first results at 3GSM where the demonstration will show VirtualLogix’s VLX real-time virtualization software integrated with Trolltech’s Qtopia platform on a single ARM9 processor core. By running Qtopia and its Linux host, together with the radio modem stack and its RTOS host, on a single core within a mobile phone form factor, the companies demonstrate that Linux can be quickly introduced into low-cost, high volume feature phones.

To date, the cost of dual-core processors has limited handset manufacturers’ ability to ship Linux-based mass market feature phones. Nomura Equity Research estimates that Linux on feature phones will claim 12% of the overall feature phone market by 2009.

The appeal of an alternative to proprietary systems and the ability to customize the user experience has made Linux the fasted growing OS for mobile phones. To date, more than 5 million mobile phones have been shipped in the market running Linux with Qtopia. Now, with a single-core processor, the mass market feature phone is the next ideal segment for the Linux operating system.

The Trolltech/VirtualLogix solution helps reduce the cost of materials for handset manufacturers while still enabling data and rich multi-media applications by eliminating the need for separated application and modem subsystems. A single-core processor solution is expected to be attractive to telecom carriers who are looking to bring lower cost, full-featured mobile devices to their customers.

“Linux and Qtopia running on a single-core processor represent a major breakthrough in the mobile market,” said Haavard Nord, co-CEO and co-Founder, Trolltech. “Our partnership and integration with VirtualLogix brings Qtopia to the forefront once again as the mobile Linux platform to watch.”

“Bringing Linux and Qtopia into mobile handsets can be a competitive weapon for OEMs to leverage the open, fast developing Linux ecosystem and deliver rich functionality to the market,” said Mark Milligan, vice president of marketing at VirtualLogix. “VirtualLogix VLX speeds the inclusion of Linux on lower cost platforms while providing increased security and reliability.”

Trolltech and VirtualLogix at 3GSM
The demonstration will be available at the 3GSM World Congress Barcelona, Feb. 12-16, at Trolltech’s stand: Hall 2 Level 0 Stand 2C72; at VirtualLogix’s stand: Hall 2, Stand 21B04; and at NXP’s stand: Stand 8B110, Hall 8.

About Trolltech
Trolltech(R) is the company that makes software faster to build and easier to use. Trolltech’s magic inspires software innovation and drives improved usability. The magic is the combination of efficient software development with an innovative, high-quality user experience. Trolltech’s software increases the appeal of our customer’s desktop applications and devices while reducing their risks and software development costs. Trolltech’s technologies accelerate the evolution of software by unleashing the creative power of the developer.

The company’s family of products includes Qt(R), which sets the standard for high-performance, cross-platform software development; and Qtopia(R), the unrivaled application platform for the efficient creation of Linux devices.

Trolltech software is the foundation for thousands of leading products worldwide, many from Global 2000 companies. Trolltech is a second-generation open source company, with a dual licensing business model that supports open source values and methodology in a profitable, sustainable business. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TROLL.

About VirtualLogix
VirtualLogix(TM), Inc. is the global leader in Real-Time Virtualization(TM) technology for connected devices. VirtualLogix VLX enables multiple operating system environments to run concurrently on shared hardware and provides a range of performance, fault tolerance and security options to address specific market requirements. As a result, the world’s largest semiconductor companies, manufacturers, OEMs and carriers are able to reduce development and bill of material costs, improve time to market by leveraging existing software investments, and create conditions that meet their business goals. With more than 20 years of experience developing system software for network infrastructure, digital multimedia and mobile handsets, VirtualLogix is paving the way for the development of next generation connected devices. VirtualLogix, Inc. is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. with operations worldwide.

Trolltech, Qt and Qtopia are registered trademarks of Trolltech ASA. VirtualLogix, Real-Time Virtualization and VLX are trademarks of VirtualLogix.