Virtio Signs Distribution Agreement with European-Based Unique Memec

7/29/2002 - Virtio Corporation, the creator of virtual platforms for embedded software development today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with European-based Unique Memec. Under the terms of the agreement, Unique Memec headquartered in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire will supply Virtio's virtual platform environments, VPAI, VPXS and VPMM, to Pan-European Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Virtio's VPAI Virtual Platform models the ARM Integrator development board, VPXS Virtual Platform models the Intel® PXA250 applications processor development board and VPMM models the MIPS® MALTA™ development board.

Shay Ben-Chorin, Virtio president and CEO stated, “The Pan-European OEMs, particularly those involved in developing next generation mobile/hand-held devices, are an important, growing segment of our targeted customer base. With Unique Memec's substantial presence in each of the key geographical areas along with their strong field application engineering teams, we are well positioned to ensure that software engineers have ready access to a development environment that lets them run a variety of RTOSs and application software; integrate software and hardware development and maintain 100% control and visibility of both the software and hardware for industry-leading, targeted processors.”

Chris Page, Unique MEMEC CEO noted, “Virtio's virtual platforms offer embedded designers a truly innovative way of removing significant development risks from complex projects. By offering software development teams a way to develop software way ahead of hardware availability, Virtio enables these designers to meet their ever tightening time-to-market requirements. We believe that Virtio's virtual platforms represent the future in seamlessly integrating software and hardware components. Unique Memec's familiarity in the embedded space along with our relationships that exist with key processor suppliers such as Intel will offer the most advantages to our customers by complimenting and extending their current development environments.”

Unique Memec is one of three autonomous European trading divisions of Memec, the world's fourth largest component distributor. Unique Memec specializes in supplying OEMs with the technology needed to produce more feature-rich products along with technical and commercial value-added services to ensure customers meet their time-to-market requirements.

About Virtio
Virtio speeds the creation and distribution of software models of embedded systems for early software development. These software models, called virtual platforms, shorten the design cycle through early software development, improve product quality with early HW/SW integration and promote design collaboration via on-line access and easy electronic distribution. Virtio is based in Campbell, California in the U.S.A with development centers at Campbell and the Alba Centre, Livingston, Scotland. Additional information about Virtio is available at

Virtio is a trademark of Virtio Corp. All other brand or product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies and should be treated as such.

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