Century Software Powers Next Generation Thin Clients

PIXIL Thin Client Delivers Production-Ready Software Solution

For Internet Appliances Powered by Embedded Linux



Oct 08, 2001, 01:00 ET from Century Software, Inc.

    SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Century Embedded Technologies, a
 leader in graphical application technologies for embedded Linux, today
 announced the immediate availability of PIXIL(TM) Thin Client.  Targeting
 rapidly growing needs in the thin client market, PIXIL delivers a flexible
 Linux-based architecture that leverages the benefits of server-based
 computing, provides Windows and Linux access, and offers powerful PC-like
 capabilities in a small footprint, resource-rich thin appliance.
     Businesses are demanding solutions that provide cost-effective ways to
 deliver and manage information across the enterprise.  Advantages of adopting
 PIXIL thin clients include centralized application management and maintenance,
 access between new and existing applications, greater interoperability, and
 improved security.
     "Embedded application developers are increasingly looking to Linux for
 reduced development costs and the shortest path to market for Internet
 Appliances," explained Gregory Haerr, CEO of Century Software and open source
 leader, "PIXIL delivers a powerful Linux alternative to the Windows-based thin
 client.  By incorporating advantages of embedded Linux along with the
 significant benefits of deploying thin clients enterprise-wide, Century lowers
 the total cost of ownership."
     Linux-based thin clients offer greater network reliability in a
 server-based environment.  PIXIL, by allowing the client to take advantage of
 local Linux code for browsing, can ease network congestion by offloading
 browser-based tasks directly to the client.  Embedded Linux supports native
 applications and provides Windows accessibility.  Additional advantages
 include security and proven reliability.
 
     PIXIL Thin Client Features
     Thin appliances targeting end user needs and centralized management
 capabilities are introducing a shift in the network-computing paradigm and
 replacing the PC.  The availability of powerful embedded Linux-based computing
 devices feature increased functionality available in a reduced footprint.
 PIXIL Thin Client provides a complete solution for companies that want to take
 advantages of server-based computing.
     PIXIL offers a central Network Login Manager utility that enable thin
 clients to access Windows-based applications and support connectivity through
 Microsoft(R) Terminal Server's RDP and Citrix(R) Systems Inc.'s ICA
 technology.  These protocols empower Windows-based servers to communicate
 across a network or the Internet.  PIXIL utilizes these protocols to minimize
 the bandwidth thin clients require by transmitting only changes over the
 network and enables thin clients to access windows-based servers.
     Browser-based connectivity is available through the PIXIL Thin Client
 Browser and features small footprint adapted versions of Mozilla and Netscape.
 Advanced internet technologies are available and include:  HTML 4.0,
 JavaScript 1.4, Real Networks, Adobe PDF, and Shockwave.  These features run
 in a 32Mb footprint and include local browser support client-side.  16Mb can
 be utilized in smaller footprint devices without local browser support
     OEMs and manufacturers can easily scale the client environment using
 PIXIL's flexible architecture.  Components can be fine tuned according to
 desired end user environment.  PIXIL's Software Development Kit (SDK) offers
 developers' tools to streamline the customization process, incorporate
 essential services, and add enhanced functionality.  The SDK provide customers
 with a framework for accelerated development, offering higher performance,
 rapid deployment, and faster time-to-market for connected thin clients and
 smart devices.  Generic configurations are available to jump-start device
 bring-up and application development.  Specific features, protocols, and
 technology support details are available at:
 http://embedded.censoft.com/pixil/thin.php.
 
     Availability Now
     PIXIL is available now, directly from Century Embedded Technologies.
 Each component of the PIXIL Operating Environment can be sold or licensed
 separately, offering a unique configuration for any platform or product.
 Bundled component collections are also available, already integrated and
 customized ready for use in a target device.
     Century offers custom engineering services, maintenance and support.
 Pricing is hardware dependent.  For additional information, contact
 cetsales@centurysoftware.com.
 
     About PIXIL(TM) Technology
     PIXIL provides a complete suite of embedded solutions for advanced
 Internet appliances such as PDAs, WebPAD(TM) devices, cellular phones, smart
 handhelds, and thin clients.  Developed for multiple form factor flat panel
 devices with requirements for wireless communications, networking, web
 browsing, power management and GUIs, PIXIL offers a fully integrated
 architecture leveraging the open standards of embedded Linux.  PIXIL's modular
 framework, with fully optimized pre-defined components offers ready-to-use and
 easily customized applications.
 
     About Century Embedded Technologies
     Century Software Embedded Technologies, a newly created division of
 Century Software, Inc., is a leading developer of core applications
 technologies for the worldwide embedded Linux applications market.  These
 technologies include: graphical windowing system development and runtime
 environments; customized Internet browsers and HTML viewers; embedded and
 Internet appliance multimedia technologies, including MP3 audio and MPEG video
 players and recorders; PDA/WebPAD runtime and development suites, PIM suites;
 and set-top boxes.  These core technologies are designed specifically to allow
 chip manufacturers, hardware board vendors, and their customers to build
 embedded applications on x86, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH and other
 microprocessor architectures running on either the Microwindows or the X
 Window System.  Based in Salt Lake City, Century Software was founded in 1985
 and is privately held.  Century Software's CEO, Gregory Haerr, is the founder
 and chief maintainer of the Microwindows Project, and founder of the ViewML
 Project.
 
     Century Software, Century Embedded Technologies, and PIXIL are trademarks
 of Century Software, Inc.  Linux is a registered trademark owned by Linus
 Torvalds.  WebPAD is a registered trademark of National Semiconductor
 Corporation.  All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks
 or service marks of their respective owners.
 
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SOURCE Century Software, Inc.
    SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Century Embedded Technologies, a
 leader in graphical application technologies for embedded Linux, today
 announced the immediate availability of PIXIL(TM) Thin Client.  Targeting
 rapidly growing needs in the thin client market, PIXIL delivers a flexible
 Linux-based architecture that leverages the benefits of server-based
 computing, provides Windows and Linux access, and offers powerful PC-like
 capabilities in a small footprint, resource-rich thin appliance.
     Businesses are demanding solutions that provide cost-effective ways to
 deliver and manage information across the enterprise.  Advantages of adopting
 PIXIL thin clients include centralized application management and maintenance,
 access between new and existing applications, greater interoperability, and
 improved security.
     "Embedded application developers are increasingly looking to Linux for
 reduced development costs and the shortest path to market for Internet
 Appliances," explained Gregory Haerr, CEO of Century Software and open source
 leader, "PIXIL delivers a powerful Linux alternative to the Windows-based thin
 client.  By incorporating advantages of embedded Linux along with the
 significant benefits of deploying thin clients enterprise-wide, Century lowers
 the total cost of ownership."
     Linux-based thin clients offer greater network reliability in a
 server-based environment.  PIXIL, by allowing the client to take advantage of
 local Linux code for browsing, can ease network congestion by offloading
 browser-based tasks directly to the client.  Embedded Linux supports native
 applications and provides Windows accessibility.  Additional advantages
 include security and proven reliability.
 
     PIXIL Thin Client Features
     Thin appliances targeting end user needs and centralized management
 capabilities are introducing a shift in the network-computing paradigm and
 replacing the PC.  The availability of powerful embedded Linux-based computing
 devices feature increased functionality available in a reduced footprint.
 PIXIL Thin Client provides a complete solution for companies that want to take
 advantages of server-based computing.
     PIXIL offers a central Network Login Manager utility that enable thin
 clients to access Windows-based applications and support connectivity through
 Microsoft(R) Terminal Server's RDP and Citrix(R) Systems Inc.'s ICA
 technology.  These protocols empower Windows-based servers to communicate
 across a network or the Internet.  PIXIL utilizes these protocols to minimize
 the bandwidth thin clients require by transmitting only changes over the
 network and enables thin clients to access windows-based servers.
     Browser-based connectivity is available through the PIXIL Thin Client
 Browser and features small footprint adapted versions of Mozilla and Netscape.
 Advanced internet technologies are available and include:  HTML 4.0,
 JavaScript 1.4, Real Networks, Adobe PDF, and Shockwave.  These features run
 in a 32Mb footprint and include local browser support client-side.  16Mb can
 be utilized in smaller footprint devices without local browser support
     OEMs and manufacturers can easily scale the client environment using
 PIXIL's flexible architecture.  Components can be fine tuned according to
 desired end user environment.  PIXIL's Software Development Kit (SDK) offers
 developers' tools to streamline the customization process, incorporate
 essential services, and add enhanced functionality.  The SDK provide customers
 with a framework for accelerated development, offering higher performance,
 rapid deployment, and faster time-to-market for connected thin clients and
 smart devices.  Generic configurations are available to jump-start device
 bring-up and application development.  Specific features, protocols, and
 technology support details are available at:
 http://embedded.censoft.com/pixil/thin.php.
 
     Availability Now
     PIXIL is available now, directly from Century Embedded Technologies.
 Each component of the PIXIL Operating Environment can be sold or licensed
 separately, offering a unique configuration for any platform or product.
 Bundled component collections are also available, already integrated and
 customized ready for use in a target device.
     Century offers custom engineering services, maintenance and support.
 Pricing is hardware dependent.  For additional information, contact
 cetsales@centurysoftware.com.
 
     About PIXIL(TM) Technology
     PIXIL provides a complete suite of embedded solutions for advanced
 Internet appliances such as PDAs, WebPAD(TM) devices, cellular phones, smart
 handhelds, and thin clients.  Developed for multiple form factor flat panel
 devices with requirements for wireless communications, networking, web
 browsing, power management and GUIs, PIXIL offers a fully integrated
 architecture leveraging the open standards of embedded Linux.  PIXIL's modular
 framework, with fully optimized pre-defined components offers ready-to-use and
 easily customized applications.
 
     About Century Embedded Technologies
     Century Software Embedded Technologies, a newly created division of
 Century Software, Inc., is a leading developer of core applications
 technologies for the worldwide embedded Linux applications market.  These
 technologies include: graphical windowing system development and runtime
 environments; customized Internet browsers and HTML viewers; embedded and
 Internet appliance multimedia technologies, including MP3 audio and MPEG video
 players and recorders; PDA/WebPAD runtime and development suites, PIM suites;
 and set-top boxes.  These core technologies are designed specifically to allow
 chip manufacturers, hardware board vendors, and their customers to build
 embedded applications on x86, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH and other
 microprocessor architectures running on either the Microwindows or the X
 Window System.  Based in Salt Lake City, Century Software was founded in 1985
 and is privately held.  Century Software's CEO, Gregory Haerr, is the founder
 and chief maintainer of the Microwindows Project, and founder of the ViewML
 Project.
 
     Century Software, Century Embedded Technologies, and PIXIL are trademarks
 of Century Software, Inc.  Linux is a registered trademark owned by Linus
 Torvalds.  WebPAD is a registered trademark of National Semiconductor
 Corporation.  All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks
 or service marks of their respective owners.
 
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