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 .
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