Opera Selected to Star in Kaii PDA
First deal in India:
Opera Selected to Star in Kaii PDA
Oslo, Norway and Bangalore, India - Sep. 5, 2002 - Opera Software today
announced that its Web browser has been selected for its first
Indian-developed Internet device, the "Kaii" PDA, meaning "hand" in the
local Kannada language, running the succeesful Embedix PDA Plus software
stack made by Lineo.
The Kaii Platform has been designed by Bangalore company Infomart (India)
Pvt. Ltd., who will license it to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
worldwide. The OEMs can then market the PDA under their own brand names.
"The Kaii PDA will combine the best of two worlds by offering the very best
in technology combined with a low price," says Devesh Agarwal, managing
director, Infomart (India) Pvt. Ltd. "Opera's browser fits nicely into both
categories. Opera is the best PDA browser available today, while at the
same time it saves hardware cost by its minimal demands on system
Opera is an ideal browser for PDA manufacturers, offering a small, fast
browser that follows the international open standards set forth by the
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), while also ensuring access to
non-standards-compliant sites by virtue of its cross-platform core. Opera's
core has been fine-tuned for years with the feedback given by the millions
of users of its desktop versions.
"India is an emerging computing powerhouse, and very interesting market for
Opera. We are very excited that we will become available on the Kaii," says
Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software ASA. "Devices like the Kaii will
fuel the next steps in the Internet evolution, bringing the power of the
full Internet into smaller devices and to new groups of users."
By choosing Lineo's Embedix Plus PDA solution, Infomart (India)
Pvt. Ltd. can use applications developed by independent software vendors
for similar devices that use the Lineo software stack, like the Sharp
"Embedix Plus for PDA has been received with great enthusiasm around the
world," says Matt Harris, CEO, Lineo. "Opera is one of the key components
in this package, offering an unparalleled Internet experience."
A developer version of the Kaii is scheduled for November, with a
commercial release around the first quarter of 2003.
About Opera Software
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browsers
for the desktop and embedded markets, partnering with companies such as
IBM, AMD, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson, Sharp and Lineo. 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 is available on Windows, Mac, Linux/Solaris, Symbian
OS and QNX. Opera Software ASA is a privately held company headquartered in
Oslo, Norway. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.
About Infomart (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Founded in 1993, Infomart (India) Pvt. Ltd. is the technology subsidiary of
the 65 year old Jairamdas Group. Infomart has developed a specialized SRAM
modules for the Indian telecom market, and has also developed and is
marketing development kits for the Hitachi H8/3802 and H8S/2148 embedded
microcontrollers. The twenty person company has six software developers and
five hardware developers.
Opera Software ASA
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