Metro Link and Lineo partner to provice residential gateway and digital TV solutions

7/24/2002 - Metro Link, Inc. and Embedix, Inc.'s Lineo® solutions group today announced a strategic relationship to provide Linux-based Digital TV, Residential Gateway, and connected home solutions to manufacturers of products targeted for home networking and the storage, playback, management, and distribution of digital content in the home. The relationship leverages the strengths of both companies: the Lineo Embedix embedded Linux operating system, Residential Gateway software stack, and award-winning SDK to customize solutions, and Metro Link's software suite for the emerging Internet-enabled home media center and Universal Plug and Play software for these network appliances.

“Lineo has selected Metro Link's complete home convergence solutions to provide the best of breed software that our customers need in the Digital TV and Residential Gateway markets,” said Matt Harris, Embedix' CEO. “The dynamic combination of Lineo and Metro Link provides a comprehensive solution that enables consumer electronics manufacturers to reduce development investment while providing a feature rich platform for these markets”.

“Home convergence is all about digital content, content distribution, and devices that communicate over wireline, power line, and wireless networks in the home,” said Keith Kelly, Metro Link President and COO. “Metro Link's home media center and networking solutions are ideally combined with the Lineo Embedix operating system and unique integration toolkit. This integrated solution allows the creation of a complete software stack for set-top boxes (STB), personal video recorders (PVR), DVD, MP3, Residential Gateways and Home Convergence solutions in record time.”

This joint marketing relationship allows both companies to aggressively capitalize on this emerging market, and leverage their complimentary strengths to satisfy the needs of those original equipment manufacturers developing home convergence products. The companies plan on releasing the Metro Link Metro Media® tool chain as a fully integrated module in the Lineo Embedix Target Wizard®, part of their Software Development Kit, by August.

About Lineo
Lineo, a division of Embedix, Inc., provides embedded systems and real-time solutions covering the full spectrum of embedded development, including operating system software, host development environments, vertical stack applications and professional services. The company distributes solutions allowing OEMs to create smart embedded devices and systems while helping OEMs reduce system requirements, per-unit costs and time-to-market. Lineo's key technologies are: Embedix® SDK - a fully featured and integrated embedded developer tools suite targeting multiple processor families, Embedix Plus PDA, and Embedix Plus RG (vertical-specific application stack solutions). Contact Embedix/Lineo at, via e-mail at or by calling (801) 426-5001.

About Metro Link
Metro Link is "Accelerating the Evolution of Convergence in the Home."™ From the silicon level to the user interface, Metro Link's full suite of software brings the benefits of Entertainment, Computing, Rich Digital Media, Home Networking, Home Automation, and Wireless Connectivity to the consumer electronics integrator or manufacturer. Providing comprehensive solutions for the emerging next-generation Internet-Enabled Networked Home Media Center, Metro Link brings seamless integration to consumer electronics, home appliances, white goods, micro controllers, and computer networking products. Metro Link's solutions are deployed in single-board computers, system on chip (SOC) devices, Internet appliances, and set-top boxes. Metro Link also offers professional services for customized support, speeding silicon to market. To learn more, visit the company's Web site at or call 954-660-2500.

Embedix/Lineo Media Contacts
Sekhar Kondepudi
Embedix, Inc. (Lineo)
Tel: 408.390.1030

Metro Link Media Contacts
Holly Robinson
Metro Link Inc.
Tel: 954.660.2412

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