Partnership to Create TimeSys Linux RTOS SDK for Motorola VMEbus SBC

9/4/2003 - TimeSys(R) Corporation, a leader in embedded Linux(R) and development tools, and Motorola Computer Group (NYSE:MOT), announced a partnership to deliver TimeSys Linux RTOS software development kits for the MVME5500, Motorola's highest performance VMEbus single board computer. The TimeSys Linux RTOS SDK for the MVME5500 provides Motorola customers with a ready to run development environment featuring the industry's only single-kernel Linux RTOS, providing true real-time performance under heavy loads in a Linux-based solution. The tight integration of TimeSys Linux RTOS, TimeSys' cross-platform software development tools, and Motorola's MVME5500 reduces the cost and risk of developing motion control, simulators, command and control, radar, guidance systems and sonar applications.

"Our relationship with Motorola provides MVME5500 customers with a true real-time Linux solution capable of the performance levels offered by traditional proprietary RTOSs, with all the benefits of the Linux operating system," said TimeSys CEO Larry Weidman. "Embedded engineers that want to use Linux but are concerned with the performance limitations of other embedded Linux solutions can have confidence that TimeSys Linux will perform as well as any traditional proprietary RTOS. Further, TimeSys' royalty-free, per-developer-seat licensing and tightly integrated professional GUI development tools will reduce costs, development risks, and time to market."

"Motorola is working with TimeSys to produce a Linux RTOS software development kit for our highest performance VMEbus computer board because TimeSys Linux has the performance capabilities and hardware-support focus that brings out the best of both products," said Jerry Gipper, Director of Marketing, Motorola Computer Group. "Motorola's VME customers now have a royalty-free, ready to run Linux solution that provides completely predictable, real-time response under any load."

The TimeSys Linux RTOS SDK for the MVME5500 single board computer will be available from TimeSys in October, and will be available for online purchase at

Motorola MVME5500
The MVME5500 series is designed to meet the needs of OEMs including those in defense and aerospace, industrial automation and medical imaging market segments. Customers looking for a "technology refresh" for their application while maintaining backward compatibility with their existing VMEbus infrastructure can upgrade to the MVME5500 series and take advantage of the enhanced performance features.

TimeSys Linux RTOS
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 complete 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 is delivered ready-to-run on Motorola's MVME5500 SBC, as well as more than 70 other unique embedded 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 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.

About Motorola Computer Group
Motorola Computer Group, a business unit of the Motorola Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS), offers standards-based computing solutions and systems, which are then embedded into larger end-products and systems for diverse applications. These standard-based technologies include open-architecture hardware, rich software and application-enabling platforms that enable equipment manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively embed leading-edge functionality into their next-generation systems. By working with Motorola, manufacturers of telecommunications, industrial automation, medical imaging, and defense and aerospace equipment can rapidly develop and deploy the systems upon which they build their applications. More information can be found at

About Motorola
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2002 were $26.7 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important technologies that make things smarter and life better for people, honored traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. For more information, please visit:

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 70 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, send email to or call 1-888-432-TIME.

TimeSys and TimeStorm are trademarks or registered trademarks of TimeSys Corporation in the United States and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MOTOROLA, the Stylized M Logo and all other trademarks indicated as such herein are trademarks of Motorola, Inc.

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