IDT Debuts Linux 2.6 Kernel and Application-Specific Development Tools

7/28/2004 - IDTTM (Integrated Device Technology, Inc.; Nasdaq: IDTI), a leading communications IC company, demonstrated its software development expertise with the introduction of a Linux® 2.6 offering that enables optimized performance and a host of value-added features, including improved multimedia capabilities such as Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) and Digital Video Broadcasting. Highlighting its core competency in providing comprehensive hardware and software solutions, IDT is the first silicon vendor to deliver Linux 2.6. The offering includes the Linux 2.6 kernel, as well as application-specific development tools to ease the customer design process and accelerate overall time to market. In addition to providing support for the full portfolio of InterpriseTM processors, the IDT Linux 2.6 will offer built-in support for PCI Express functionality and advanced feature set, enabling IDT to aggressively build a foundation of support for future product implementations, including its next-generation IP co-processors and PCI Express switching and bridging solutions.

“With its flexibility and support for a wide range of hardware platforms, Linux continues to gain momentum as a leading operating system (OS) for embedded applications,” said Upendra Kulkarni, director of applications at IDT. “Recognizing that innovative software solutions are a key enabler of next-generation systems, we are committed to further developing and strengthening our software design and optimization competencies. Especially as we develop products that accelerate packet processing, we anticipate proliferation of this proficiency across our strategic product areas.”

IDT provides comprehensive solutions for the networking infrastructure, and delivers silicon and a suite of software development tools. This offering includes system-level architecture models, development code and optimization tools, as well as the OS Linux kernels and application-specific software tools, such as FreeS/WAN, for the security market.

Linux 2.6 Offering and Availability
The Linux 2.6 kernel includes support for Journaled File System (JFS), a large number of USB devices, and several new RFCs related to IP payload compression, IPv6 and Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP). An additional upgrade of the Linux 2.6 kernel is its interactivity and responsiveness. Specifically, the kernel is preemptible, allowing for mid-task interruptions so that other applications, such as security, can continue to run, even when other low-level or complicated tasks are occurring in the background. Several aspects of the kernel have been completely redesigned, allowing developers to add devices such as disk drive controllers and wireless chipsets to their products with greater ease, significantly reducing time to market.

The IDT Linux 2.6 offering is available now and supports all processors within the IDT InterpriseTM portfolio of integrated communications processors. For additional information about the IDT Linux 2.6, please contact For additional information about the IDT integrated processors, please visit

About IDT
IDT is a global leader in preemptive semiconductor solutions that accelerate packet processing for advanced network services. IDT serves communications equipment vendors by applying its advanced hardware and software technologies to create flexible, highly integrated solutions that enhance the functionality and processing of network equipment. IDT accelerates intelligent packet processing with products such as switching solutions, network search engines (NSEs), programmable content inspection engines (CIEs), flow-control management (FCM) ICs and its family of InterpriseTM integrated communications processors. The portfolio also comprises products optimized for communications applications, including telecom products, FIFOs, multi-ports, and timing solutions. In addition, the product mix includes high-performance digital logic and high-speed SRAMs to meet the requirements of leading communications companies.

Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company employs approximately 3,200 people worldwide and has a wafer manufacturing facility in Oregon, and test and assembly facilities in the Philippines and Malaysia. IDT stock is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market® under the symbol “IDTI.” The company is included in the S&P 1000, which is a combination of the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 Indices, and is also part of the S&P SuperComposite 1500, which combines the S&P 500, MidCap 400, and SmallCap 600. Additional information about IDT is accessible at

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