TimeSys Rolls Out Embedded Linux and Tools for Pentek 4294 VME Board

4/7/2004 - TimeSys® Corporation, a leader in embedded Linux® development tools and products, announced that it has delivered a ready-to-run Linux RTOS Software Development Kit (SDK) and TimeStorm® tools for Pentek's Model 4294 VME Board, a high-performance VME bus single board computer used in applications requiring supercomputing power and intensive communications capabilities. The new TimeSys Linux RTOS SDK and TimeStorm development and testing tools will help embedded system developers to more quickly and easily develop embedded Linux applications on the Pentek Model 4294 VME platform.

Pentek's Model 4294 Quad PowerPC AltiVec 6U VME board incorporates a unique blend of powerful resources coupled through high-speed data paths to revolutionize next-generation, real-time embedded DSP systems. To accelerate development cycles for products utilizing the Pentek board, the new Linux RTOS SDK from TimeSys provides a single-kernel Linux real-time operating system, certified device drivers, Windows- and Linux-hosted cross-platform GNU tool chains, hundreds of Linux utilities and libraries, and the powerful GUI-based development tool, TimeStorm IDE.

"More of our customers are now using Linux as their embedded operating system of choice," said Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek, Inc. "But many of their applications demand real-time capabilities currently offered only by TimeSys Linux development products. We're pleased to be working with the leading provider of real-time capabilities for embedded Linux, so that together, Pentek and TimeSys can deliver the performance level our customers need."

The Pentek Model 4294 features four identical processor nodes containing interface and memory resources ideally matching the I/O characteristics of the MPC7410 G4 PowerPC. Each node is coupled to every other node and to a wealth of high-performance mezzanine modules, system interfaces and peripherals found in leading edge real-time embedded computer systems.

"Developers of high-end electronic systems are rapidly turning to Linux for cost and performance reasons," said TimeSys CEO Larry Weidman. "Our new Linux RTOS SDK and TimeStorm tools for Pentek's VME board will help them speed and improve their Linux development lifecycle, while delivering the real-time capabilities their high-performance solutions demand."

The TimeSys Linux RTOS SDK and TimeStorm tools for the Pentek Model 4294 VME Board are now available from TimeSys sales and distribution channels, and can be purchased online at www.timesys.com/buy. Prices start at $4,049 per developer seat, royalty-free.

Pentek's Model 4294 Quad PowerPC Processor is available immediately with prices staring at $15,995. Additional information and a complete listing of Pentek sales representatives and distributors is available online at http://www.pentek.com/.

TimeSys will be demonstrating the real-time capabilities of TimeSys Linux RTOS and the development and testing capabilities of the TimeStorm Linux Tool Suite at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco's Moscone Center this week.

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.

About Pentek
Pentek develops, manufactures and markets innovative DSP systems to original equipment manufacturers, distributors and value-added resellers. Pentek offers powerful VME, PMC, VIM and PCI boards for data acquisition, software radio and digital signal processing featuring Texas Instrument's C6000 DSPs, Motorola's G4 PowerPC and Xilinx FPGAs. Pentek's I/O includes A/Ds, D/As, Digital Receivers and upconverters and more. Pentek equips products with interfaces like RACE++ and FPDP-II and offers strong DSP software support.

TimeSys and TimeStorm are registered trademarks of TimeSys Corporation in the United States and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Pentek is a registered trademark of Pentek, Inc.

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