LynuxWorks, 4Front Technologies Offer Linux Sound Application Support for Embedded Applications

9/17/2002 - LynuxWorks announced that 4Front Technologies' Open Sound System (OSS) v3.9.7 software is available for LynuxWorks real-time operating system, LynxOS 4.0. The solution is the first integration of audio capabilities to LynxOS, further enhancing the feature set available to customers designing mission-critical embedded applications in a real-time environment.

The OSS solution will provide 100-percent compatibility for all Linux audio applications running on the LynxOS 4.0 operating system, offering developers the ability to integrate audio record and playback capabilities into new telematics applications for such devices as PDAs, medical instrumentation, and technologies for automotive use. OSS provides LynxOS with device drivers for popular audio chipsets and sound cards, including automatic sound card detection, Plug-n-Play support, support for PCI audio soundcards and support for full duplex audio. The LynxOS with OSS solution also complies with the Open Sound System API specifications, enabling quick prototyping and development of applications for new embedded products.

"4Front's OSS brings a new dimension to real-time operating systems—audio support—that gives our customers a new and important edge in design and development of new technologies using LynxOS," said Greg Rose, director of product management at LynuxWorks. "This agreement will also allow us to penetrate new markets that require a sound-supported RTOS."

"OSS has been a major player in bringing sound to the development environment, and we are pleased to be partnering with LynuxWorks' over 13 years of embedded experience," said 4Front spokesperson, Dev Mazumdar. "Our support of over 250 brand-name sound cards ensures that developers using LynxOS will be able to reap the benefits of sound capabilities with minimum cost and effort. With hundreds of open-source and proprietary audio applications for Open Sound System, LynxOS customers can implement audio solutions for a broad range of LynxOS-based products either with native support or through Linux® binary compatibility."

About 4Front Technologies
4Front is a privately held company with development facilities in California, Finland and Sweden. 4Front's main focus is on developing audio solutions for the UNIX®, Linux and embedded systems marketplace. 4Front is the developer of Open Sound System and is released under a BSD license. Open Sound System has become the "de-facto" audio API that is now distributed with Linux and FreeBSD kernel sources and licensed by companies like SCO, Wind River Systems, and endorsed by SUN Microsystems. 4Front Technologies is also the main developer of the popular X MultiMedia System (XMMS) media player that is now distributed with virtually all Linux and UNIX operating systems.

About LynuxWorks
LynuxWorks is a world leader in the embedded software market, providing operating systems, software development products and consulting services for the world's most successful communications, aerospace/defense, and consumer products companies. Established in 1988, the company is a founding member of the real-time operating systems (RTOS) industry, and a leading participant in the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC). LynuxWorks' headquarters are located in San José, California. The company's products include the open-source BlueCat® Linux and the scalable, Linux-compatible LynxOS real-time operating system. World-class companies use LynuxWorks' products, including: 3Com, Alcatel, Boeing, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, Marconi, Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC USA, Raytheon, TRW and Xerox.

LynuxWorks is a trademark and LynxOS and BlueCat are registered trademarks of LynuxWorks, Inc. Other brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of the respective holders. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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