TimeSys Enhances Embedded Systems by Joining CE Linux

8/11/2003 - TimeSys(R) Corporation, a leader in embedded Linux(R) and development tools for embedded systems, announced that it has joined the CE Linux Forum (CELF), an industry group that is focused on the advancement of Linux as an open source platform for consumer electronics devices. TimeSys brings its expertise in developing embedded Linux real-time operating systems to the forum to further the organization's goals of improving the operating system's real-time performance, reliability and power management, and reducing startup/shutdown time and memory footprint. TimeSys joins CELF Founding and Appointed Members Hitachi Ltd., NEC Corporation, Panasonic/Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics Co., Sharp Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc., and Toshiba Corp., in these efforts.

"We are excited to become a part of the CE Linux Forum. Improving the real-time, power management, startup and shutdown capabilities of Linux will have a very positive effect on the adoption of Linux for all embedded systems, including consumer electronics," said TimeSys CEO Larry Weidman. "Just as we've seen interest in the high-availability, carrier-grade features of TimeSys Linux outside of the telecommunications industry, there is interest in power efficiency, startup and shutdown times, smaller footprint, and real-time performance across the industrial, automotive, data communications, and other embedded industry segments. We believe that our expertise in enhancing Linux for real-time performance, high availability, and survivability under loads will advance the work of the CE Linux Forum."

The CE Linux Forum was formed on July 1, 2003 by Founding Members Panasonic/Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., and Sony Corporation along with Appointed Members Hitachi, Ltd., NEC Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation and Toshiba Corporation. The purpose of CELF is to formalize requirements for extensions to Linux to meet the needs of consumer electronics (CE) products such as audio/visual products and cellular phones, etc. CELF will publish such requirements and will accept and evaluate open source solutions that support the published requirements. CELF will also promote broad usage of Linux for CE products.

TimeSys' flagship product is TimeSys Linux RTOS, a Linux operating system enhanced specifically for use in embedded systems. TimeSys Linux meets the need for a Linux alternative to proprietary real-time operating systems (RTOS) for advanced embedded systems. TimeSys Linux RTOS is the industry's only single-kernel Linux RTOS and is delivered with robust development tools to aid in the development of embedded applications. TimeSys Linux RTOS is employed in a wide variety of consumer electronics devices such as MPEG-4 digital network cameras, electronic keyboards/synthesizers, and digital set-top boxes, as well as advanced applications in the telecommunications, industrial/process control and military/aerospace industries.

About TimeSys Linux
TimeSys Linux RTOS is a hardware-specific, royalty-free Linux real-time operating system and software development environment for embedded applications. At its base is TimeSys Linux GPL, the industry's lowest latency open source Linux kernel offering full kernel preemption, unlimited process priorities, enhanced schedulers, and high availability/carrier-grade features. TimeSys Linux RTOS is the only single-kernel Linux distribution to add unique priority inversion avoidance mechanisms and high resolution timers to meet the performance requirements of the most demanding real-time systems. Packaged with enhanced and certified device drivers that support all I/O peripherals to the edge of the board, cross-platform GNU tool chains, a root file system and full documentation, TimeSys Linux RTOS software development kits (SDKs) are delivered "ready to run" on more than 65 supported hardware platforms spanning 8 processor architectures and 35 processors. Additionally, TimeSys Linux Reservations technologies ensure system response and predictable performance under extreme loads and overload conditions by reserving CPU cycles and network packet resources for critical tasks. Engineers can improve their development experience through the use of Professional Edition SDKs, including TimeSys' Windows- and Linux-hosted integrated development environment and event tracing/debugging tools, TimeStorm and TimeTrace. Packaged in a complete, royalty-free product, TimeSys Linux RTOS helps reduce total cost of ownership, development risk, and time-to-market of advanced embedded systems. TimeSys Linux RTOS SDKs for popular embedded platforms are available for purchase online at www.timesys.com/buy.

About TimeSys Corporation
TimeSys is a pioneer and leader in Embedded Linux and development tools for the embedded systems industry. Through "ready to run" software development kits design engineers can leverage certified, hardware-specific, open source embedded Linux and single-kernel Linux real-time operating systems, a complete range of Windows- and Linux-hosted development tools and a full range of performance enhancements to develop advanced embedded systems. TimeSys products support the entire range of performance requirements from non-real-time to deterministic hard real-time, and add unique reservations technologies that guarantee system response, even in overload conditions. TimeSys offers "ready to run" SDKs for more than 65 specific hardware platforms spanning 8 processor architectures and 35 unique processors. TimeSys technologies are utilized in a wide variety of industries and applications, from industrial/process control and consumer electronics to military and avionics. For more information about TimeSys, please visit http://www.timesys.com, send email to info@timesys.com or call 1-888-432-TIME.

TimeSys, TimeTrace, TimeWiz, TimeStorm and JTime are trademarks or registered trademarks of TimeSys Corporation in the United States and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linux Torvalds.

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