Cyclone Microsystems Chooses TimeSys(TM) as the Exclusive Linux(R) Distribution for Cyclone's CompactPCI Intelligent I/O Controllers TimeSys' Expertise in Real-Time, Network Reservation and Load Handling

Technologies Extend the Performance of Cyclone's High Bandwidth I/O

Controllers in a Complete Linux Solution

    PITTSBURGH, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- TimeSys(TM) Corporation and Cyclone
 Microsystems today announced a partnership in which TimeSys Linux was named as
 the exclusive Linux distribution for Cyclone's CompactPCI Intelligent I/O
 Controllers.  This partnership combines Cyclone's high bandwidth I/O
 controllers with TimeSys' enhanced performance Linux enabling designers to
 deliver complex solutions at reduced time-to-market and development costs.
     "The increasing bandwidth requirements of OEM designers for
 telecommunications, networking and control applications have made higher
 throughput I/O processing a key enabler of system performance," said Cyclone's
 President Joel Zackin. "TimeSys' expertise with optimizing performance with
 Linux, with their innovations in network and processor reservation
 technologies, add incredible value to our I/O controllers.  Customers will
 enjoy the direct benefit of enabling Linux for applications, while surpassing
 the performance advantages they had with proprietary solutions."
     "We're providing designers with a complete Linux solution for their
 critical applications that surpasses performance requirements of proprietary
 real-time operating systems at much lower entry and life-cycle costs, all in a
 more easily adopted environment," said TimeSys CEO Larry Weidman.  "Developers
 using our joint solutions will see the immediate benefits of reduced cost for
 development, realize a faster time to market, and recognize a longer product
 life cycle because of the open nature of our Linux software, real-time and
 network reservation extensions."
     In the coming months, TimeSys and Cyclone will release several complete
 solutions for the XScale(TM) based CompactPCI Intelligent I/O Controllers.
 These bundled "out of the box" solutions will provide system designers a quick
 and efficient solution path to implement complex applications such as
 satellite communications, AIN processing and video networking.  Cyclone's
 CompactPCI Intelligent I/O Controllers are the perfect solution for
 telecommunications and industrial equipment requiring an industrial
 architecture, increased performance and high bandwidth throughput.
     The TimeSys Linux solution provides developers with a full suite of tools
 to enhance the application SDK for solid delivery as a solid supported
 product, including an end-to-end embedded Linux development environment, a
 complete Linux distribution with over 190 Linux packages and utilities, the
 industry's lowest latency, fully preemptible Linux kernel, Linux cross-
 platform and board hosted GNU toolchains, complete "to-the-edge of the board"
 set of certified device drivers, user and API documentation, and loadable
 kernel modules that convert TimeSys Linux into a fully featured Real-Time
 Operating System (RTOS).  Additional performance enhancing loadable kernel
 modules, TimeSys Linux/CPU and TimeSys Linux/Net, provide patent-pending
 capabilities for dynamic load handling and system overload protection.
 TimeSys brings all the Linux tools needed for OEM's to create new value, such
 as TimeStorm(TM), a Windows-hosted IDE with cross-platform capabilities;
 TimeTrace(R), a Windows-hosted target platform for event tracing, timing
 analysis and visualization tool; and TimeWiz(R), a Windows-hosted real-time
 analysis and simulation tool.
     About TimeSys
     TimeSys is a pioneer and leader in Embedded Linux and Java development
 technologies.  Its products allow design engineers to leverage the power,
 flexibility and reliability of a new class of development tools for advanced
 embedded systems for a variety of markets and applications, covering the
 complete performance range from non-real-time to deterministic hard real-time,
 using both open-source and proprietary technologies.  TimeSys is considered
 the top choice by systems architects for developing more robust, less
 expensive, single API Linux solutions for embedded systems. TimeSys was the
 first to create a reservation technology that guarantees system response, even
 in overloaded systems.  TimeSys solutions offer completely predictable and
 fast response time performance. For more information about TimeSys, please
 visit email to or call 1-888-432-TIME.
     TimeSys, TimeTrace, TimeWiz and TimeStorm are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of TimeSys Corporation in the United States and other countries.
 Java and all Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.  Linux is a registered
 trademark of Linus Torvalds.  All other trademarks referred to herein are the
 property of their respective owners.
     About Cyclone Microsystems
     Cyclone Microsystems, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of
 Intelligent I/O Controllers for CompactPCI, the PCI bus and the VMEbus.  Since
 1986, Cyclone has delivered high-performance I/O boards and systems for
 demanding embedded and real-time projects.  Cyclone products are designed into
 diverse applications, including AIN (Advanced Intelligent Networks),
 telecommunication, video networking, data switching, industrial control and
 entertainment systems.  For more information regarding Cyclone products,
 please contact Peter Zackin, Vice President, Sales at (203) 786-5536, or
     CONTACT:  Media & Analysts: Greg Holt of Michael James & Company,
 +1-412-471-2908. ext. 110, or, for TimeSys; or Peter
 Zackin of Cyclone Microsystems, +1-203-786-5536, or
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