TimeSys Rolls Out Embedded Linux 2.6 Development Tools for PowerPC

3/12/2004 - TimeSys(R) Corporation, a leader in embedded Linux(R) development tools and products, announced the immediate availability of the industry's first Linux 2.6-based Linux Development Kits (LDKs) for the PowerPC processor architecture. The TimeStorm LDKs include the Eclipse-powered TimeStorm Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and a complete embedded Linux distribution based on the Linux 2.6 kernel for the PowerPC 8260 processor. The LDKs enable embedded developers to quickly take advantage of the improved capabilities offered by the new Linux kernel and reduce the time and costs associated with embedded development processes.

The TimeStorm LDKs from TimeSys are designed to help developers simplify the embedded Linux development process with the 2.6 Linux kernel by providing a working embedded Linux distribution, cross-platform GNU toolchains, device drivers for supported hardware platforms, and the TimeStorm IDE. This combination of Linux and tools enables developers to more quickly take advantage of enhancements available in the new Linux 2.6 kernel. These enhancements include improved performance, improved device driver framework, expanded connectivity (i.e. Bluetooth) support, support for headless systems and real-time responsiveness.

"Our products are enabling developers to realize the benefits of the Linux 2.6 kernel in their embedded systems," said TimeSys CEO, Larry Weidman. "Not only can our development tools greatly accelerate the productivity of organizations using Linux 2.6 with new or custom platforms, the tools also allow them to test and validate all elements of their system and application software, reducing the risk and cost of deployment of embedded Linux based systems."

The new TimeStorm LDKs combine TimeSys' Eclipse-powered TimeStorm tools with a fully functional, production-ready embedded Linux distribution based on the 2.6 Linux kernel, including certified cross-platform GNU toolchains, device drivers, complete root filesystem, and user documentation. The first TimeStorm LDKs are ready to run on the Motorola PowerPC 8260 processor and Intel IA32 processors, with support for additional processors and processor architectures to follow in the coming months.

All of TimeSys' embedded Linux products and development tools are available through TimeSys sales and distribution channels, and online at www.timesys.com/buy. Pricing for the TimeStorm LDKs begins at $995 per developer seat, royalty-free.

About TimeSys Corporation
TimeSys is making it easier to embed Linux by providing the only complete line of products and tools that support the entire embedded Linux development cycle. Covering the range of products from turn-key ready to run Linux software development kits to development and testing tools for any Linux distribution, TimeSys enables embedded engineers to streamline the development of Linux-based embedded systems. Developers assembling their own Linux operating system and development environment or customizing a third-party Linux platform can use TimeSys' TimeStorm Linux development and testing tools to build, port and test the Linux kernel, root filesystem, device drivers and application software. Engineers that prefer off-the-shelf solutions can utilize one of TimeSys' 75+ hardware specific Linux SDKs that provide a packaged, integrated Linux development environment that include a ready to run TimeSys Linux RTOS distribution and application development tools for their hardware. 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 and TimeStorm are registered trademarks of TimeSys Corporation in the United States and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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