Embedded Windows CE .NET Supports M-Systems' DiskOnKey and DiskOnChip

4/25/2003 - M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH), a leader in flash disk data storage products, announced that the Microsoft Windows CE .NET version 4.2 embedded operating system (OS), formerly code-named "McKendric," will include extended support for the DiskOnKey® and DiskOnChip® product lines.

By including M-Systems' TrueFFS 5.0, Boot SDK and a Ruggedized FS (RFS) for DiskOnChip in Windows CE .NET 4.2 newly presented third party CD, OEMs are able to utilize DiskOnChip as even more complete persistent storage solution in their design, allowing them to store the operating system image, registry entries, user data, drivers and applications onto the flash disk with 100 percent hard disk emulation, saving parts, integration time and board space. Furthermore, with DiskOnChip's boot capability through its internal SRAM, Windows CE .NET developers further save board space and cost by running the system boot code directly from the flash disk, avoiding the need to have an additional external BootROM in the system.

M-Systems' flash disk products provide a seamless integration with Windows CE .NET 4.2 targeted to shorten embedded developers' time-to-market. The DiskOnChip line provides an easy-to-integrate, bootable local storage solution for a wide range of products.

Windows CE .NET 4.2 presents a newly developed file system named BinFS which allows better utilization of system resources when using NAND based devices; the BinFS implements a demand paging mechanism for the OS files that enable a faster boot process, significantly lower RAM allocation, and a safer operation. TrueFFS as a standard block device driver in Windows CE .NET 4.2 allows seamless integration with BinFS and other FS available for Windows CE .NET 4.2. Windows CE .NET 4.2 also includes native support for the USB mass storage class driver, which allows Windows CE-based devices to use DiskOnKey.

"Storage management is a critical factor for OEMs building small-form-factor devices. With the storage enhancements in Windows CE .NET 4.2, OEMs will be able to incorporate M-Systems' innovative DiskOnChip data storage capabilities into their Windows Powered smart devices," said Scott Horn, director of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft Corp. "The combination of Windows CE .NET 4.2 and DiskOnChip technology can reduce space constraints, board costs and power management issues."

"M-Systems continues to target embedded and mobile developers and offer them the tools to bring to market quickly the next onslaught of smart connected mobile devices with reliable local data storage," said Yuval Sofer, associate vice president of business development at M-Systems and resident at the Microsoft Embedded Group. "Microsoft has recognized NAND technology as a main enabler for future smart devices. As Windows CE .NET is growing strong as the choice of embedded and mobile designs, we see an immense opportunity for DiskOnChip as it presents the most advanced and mature NAND based persistent solution. We are glad to continue to provide the best flash solutions to the rapidly growing Microsoft developer community."

Microsoft is targeting this year's Embedded Systems Conference as the venue for the launch of Windows CE .NET 4.2.

About M-Systems
M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH) is a leader and innovator of flash-based data storage products known as flash disks. M-Systems' flash disks provide the functionality of a mechanical hard drive in a silicon chip. M-Systems' products are based on its patented TrueFFS® technology and target applications in a vast array of markets, including connected devices, mobile and telecom. M-Systems' products include the DiskOnChip®, DiskOnKey® and Fast Flash Disk (FFDTM) product families. For more information, please contact M-Systems at www.m-sys.com.

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