LynuxWorks Supports Motorola's VMEbus SBC with LynxOS BSP

9/17/2003 - LynuxWorksTM Inc. announced it will offer a board support package (BSP) for the Motorola (NYSE:MOT) MVME5500 series, the company's highest performance VMEbus single board computer. The MVME5500 is designed with the powerful 1 GHz MPC7455 PowerPC® processor for data-intensive applications in medical imaging, defense and aerospace and industrial automation. LynuxWorks' LynxOS® real-time operating system (RTOS) BSP will offer mutual customers a solid software environment to go along with industry-leading Motorola VME hardware.

Motorola's MVME5500 series provides unparalleled processing power and I/O flexibility for applications including motion control, medical imaging, simulators, command and control, radar, guidance systems and sonar. The MVME5500 is backward-compatible, allowing embedded customers to take advantage of the advanced features of the MVME5500 series and protect their existing investment in VMEbus infrastructure.

The LynxOS BSP will provide embedded developers a full POSIX conformant and Linux ABI (application binary interface) compatible RTOS to ensure software interoperability and enable developers to leverage both open-source and proprietary applications. Since the IEEE certifies LynxOS POSIX conformant, LynxOS assures code portability and software interoperability to provide developers an alternative to other operating systems that only implement portions of POSIX. This provides a significant advantage as many industries, specifically the defense and aerospace market, are specifying conformance to the POSIX specification to support interoperability among various applications. LynxOS also provides a Linux ABI-compatibility layer so Linux applications can run unchanged in a hard real-time environment. This is crucial to allowing developers to leverage the innumerable open-source and proprietary applications available on the market and migrate from Linux to the hard real-time capabilities of LynxOS as their design needs evolve.

In addition, the LynxOS BSP will include advanced embedded tools such as VisualLynuxTM and SpykerTM to decrease production costs and speed time-to-market. VisualLynux is an extension of Microsoft® Visual StudioTM IDE that enables developers to build applications in a Windows® host environment to accelerate development and improve product performance and quality. LynuxWorks' Spyker is the first dynamic instrumented system trace analyzer that allows developers to accurately perform event tracing to not only gather, display and interact with data concerning their applications, but also accelerate development and debugging with easy, anytime visibility into their product design process. With these comprehensive tools developers can enhance product quality and reliability and rapidly deploy products to market at a significantly lower cost.

LynxOS coupled with our MVME5500 provides a complete solution for customers needing an operating system with hard real-time, deterministic performance for their design projects," said Jerry Gipper, director of marketing, Motorola Computer Group. "Additionally, LynuxWorks' 15 years of expertise in the embedded software industry will offer our customers a high level of support and consulting."

"We are excited to once again extend our relationship with Motorola and provide support for its industry leading VMEbus product line," said Bob Morris, vice president sales and marketing for LynuxWorks. "With LynxOS, MVME5500 customers will get a true hard real-time operating system to meet the most stringent requirements for mission-critical applications. Our unique strategy of providing a Linux ABI-compatible and POSIX-conformant RTOS will enable embedded customers to confidently build products leveraging open source-based development."

The LynxOS BSP for the MVME5500 series is expected to be available in November 2003. Learn more about LynuxWorks' current BSPs.

About Motorola Computer Group
Motorola Computer Group makes it easier for original equipment manufacturers to create better products faster and more cost-effectively. It is a trusted supplier of industry standard-based embedded systems and value-added services that deliver rich computing and communications experiences.

Motorola Computer Group is a business unit of the Motorola Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS). 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 $27.3 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 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/defence, and consumer products companies. Established in 1988, the company is a technology leader in the real-time operating systems (RTOS) industry, and a founding member of the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC). LynuxWorks' headquarters are located in San Josť, California.

LynuxWorks is a trademark and LynxOS and BlueCat are registered trademarks of LynuxWorks, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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