Tuxia's TASTE Embedded System Powers National Semiconductor's Geode Family of Integrated Processors

    AUGSBURG, Germany and BLOOMFIELD, N.J., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Tuxia
 Deutschland GmbH today announced that its embedded system, TASTE, provides a
 Linux-based operating system for National Semiconductor's Geode(TM) family of
 high performance, low power consumption integrated processors.
     The close partnership of Tuxia and National Semiconductor will enable a
 whole new generation of Linux-based information appliances, such as personal
 access devices, television set-top boxes, screen phones, information terminals
 and thin-client computers.  The market for these devices is expected to grow
 rapidly, reaching 90 million users by 2004 in the U.S. and Europe alone,
 according to estimates by research firm IDC.
     "Linux is the operating system of choice for popular new information
 appliances because it is fast, reliable and uses much less memory than
 competing operating systems," said Hannes Eisele, Tuxia's co-founder and CEO.
 "TASTE's unique, tightly optimized flash compression technology allows the
 complex systems required for sophisticated information appliances to fit into
 a minimum amount of flash memory."
     "A key to leadership in the emerging information appliance market will be
 to get to market quickly with an affordable and stable product," said Michael
 Polacek, vice president of National's Information Appliance group.  "The TASTE
 Linux embedded system will reduce development time for product manufacturers
 while providing improved efficiency, security and ease-of-use for consumers."
     TASTE is the smallest, fully desktop compatible Linux-based embedded
 system for Internet appliances and network computing.  Designed to meet the
 requirements of ready-to-use consumer devices such as thin clients, set-top
 boxes, personal access devices, CRT pads, screen phones, information kiosks,
 wireless gateway and control centers, TASTE features a tightly compressed
 operating system, embedded Mozilla or Netscape-based browser, middleware and
 development tools.  Based on Linux Kernel 2.4, TASTE enables ease of
 development with fast and easy integration of virtually all standard
 components as well as third party applications.
 
     About National Semiconductor
     National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the
 information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital
 technology, the company is focused on the fast growing markets for wireless
 handsets; information appliances; information infrastructure; and display,
 imaging and human interface technologies.  With headquarters in Santa Clara,
 California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for its last fiscal year
 and has about 10,500 employees worldwide.  Additional company and product
 information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com .
     National is a registered trademark and Geode is a trademark of National
 Semiconductor.
 
     About TUXIA
     TUXIA develops and markets Linux-based software solutions for Internet
 Appliances like WebPADs(TM), Set-top Boxes, Thin Clients and Screen Phones.
 The company's mission is to provide the very best Internet-enabled Linux
 software suite for Information and Internet appliances -- TASTE, TUXIA
 Appliance Synthesis Technology Enabled.  Founded in late 2000, the TUXIA team
 today is made up of over 90 people worldwide networked across Asia, Australia,
 Europe, Japan and USA with strong experience in the embedded and Linux
 developing market.  Additional information about TUXIA may be found in the
 Internet at www.tuxia.com .
 
 

SOURCE Tuxia, Inc.

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