National Semiconductor Offers Linux Solutions for the Digital Set-Top Box Market

Century Embedded Technologies Becomes Technical Partner With National



Jun 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Semiconductor Corporation

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- National Semiconductor
 Corporation (NYSE:   NSM) announced today the availability of a Linux digital
 video software solution for its Geode(TM) SP1SC10 reference platform for the
 development of advanced set-top box products.
     National has formed a technical partnership with Century Embedded
 Technologies, a division of Century Software, to lay the groundwork for fast
 and easy Linux development for multimedia programming.  National has developed
 a full set of Linux software drivers, and Century's WebMedia software provides
 the tools and environment for developers to build applications and customized
 user interfaces.
     "The open source Linux environment reduces costs, allows access to new
 applications and patches, and provides a stable and secure platform," said
 Dave Pedersen, set-top box business unit director at National Semiconductor.
 "Linux software is seen by many developers as an ideal solution for the next
 generation set-top box products.  We have entered into this technical
 partnership with Century Software to ensure that the best tools and highest
 level of technical support is available to developers in the Linux community."
     "A whole new dynamic has been created in set-top box technology by
 combining National's engineering prowess in multimedia processor development
 with Century's skills as a software developer and integrator," said
 Gregory Haerr, founder and CEO of Century Software.  "The Geode processor's
 x86 architecture is unique in the set-top box arena and provides the ideal
 power and performance for a Linux-based system."
     Century Embedded Technologies will provide all technical support for
 National's set-top box original equipment manufacturers, distribution
 partners, development partners and customers.  This will include software
 ports to popular embedded Linux distributions including Red Hat, Debian,
 Hard Hat, SuSE, Caldera, Embedix and others.  Century will create and deploy a
 variety of development environments for the desktop and maintain open-source
 projects based on National's set-top box hardware and software technologies.
     The Linux operating system has a large base of support in the software
 community.  It is an open source platform that doesn't require licensing fees,
 so there have been and will continue to be a wide array of software packages
 designed to run on the operating system.
     According to Strategy Analytics, interactive digital television is
 expected to reach 625 million viewers by 2005.
     "As broadcasters of digital video programming add Internet-based services,
 such as streaming media, interactive content and ecommerce applications, the
 technical requirements of the set-top box will increase dramatically," said
 Pederson.  "The performance of the Geode processor and the flexibility of a
 Linux-based platform provide the adaptable development environment demanded by
 our customers."
 
     Availability
     National will begin shipping Linux software upgrades to its existing base
 of Geode SP1SC10 customers in mid-June.  All future versions of the reference
 platform will ship with Linux tools pre-loaded.  To request more information,
 visit ia.national.com or contact a National Semiconductor sales office.
 Technical questions may also be directed to Century Embedded Technologies at
 http://embedded.centurysoftware.com .
 
     About the Geode SP1SC10
     The Geode SP1SC10 reference platform offers a superset of flexible,
 complete silicon and software solutions for the set-top box market.  Built
 around the award-winning Geode SC1200 single-chip processor, the platform is
 fully enabled for TV broadcast services enhanced with the Internet, time-delay
 recording, multimedia gateway, video-on-demand, and streaming video, offering
 an ideal development environment for the wide array of functions emerging in
 the advanced set-top box market.
 
     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 10,000 employees worldwide.  Additional company and product
 information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com.
 
     NOTE:  National Semiconductor is a registered trademark and Geode is a
 trademark of National Semiconductor Corporation.  Linux is a registered
 trademark of Linus Torvalds.  All other product or brand names are registered
 trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.
 
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SOURCE National Semiconductor Corporation
    SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- National Semiconductor
 Corporation (NYSE:   NSM) announced today the availability of a Linux digital
 video software solution for its Geode(TM) SP1SC10 reference platform for the
 development of advanced set-top box products.
     National has formed a technical partnership with Century Embedded
 Technologies, a division of Century Software, to lay the groundwork for fast
 and easy Linux development for multimedia programming.  National has developed
 a full set of Linux software drivers, and Century's WebMedia software provides
 the tools and environment for developers to build applications and customized
 user interfaces.
     "The open source Linux environment reduces costs, allows access to new
 applications and patches, and provides a stable and secure platform," said
 Dave Pedersen, set-top box business unit director at National Semiconductor.
 "Linux software is seen by many developers as an ideal solution for the next
 generation set-top box products.  We have entered into this technical
 partnership with Century Software to ensure that the best tools and highest
 level of technical support is available to developers in the Linux community."
     "A whole new dynamic has been created in set-top box technology by
 combining National's engineering prowess in multimedia processor development
 with Century's skills as a software developer and integrator," said
 Gregory Haerr, founder and CEO of Century Software.  "The Geode processor's
 x86 architecture is unique in the set-top box arena and provides the ideal
 power and performance for a Linux-based system."
     Century Embedded Technologies will provide all technical support for
 National's set-top box original equipment manufacturers, distribution
 partners, development partners and customers.  This will include software
 ports to popular embedded Linux distributions including Red Hat, Debian,
 Hard Hat, SuSE, Caldera, Embedix and others.  Century will create and deploy a
 variety of development environments for the desktop and maintain open-source
 projects based on National's set-top box hardware and software technologies.
     The Linux operating system has a large base of support in the software
 community.  It is an open source platform that doesn't require licensing fees,
 so there have been and will continue to be a wide array of software packages
 designed to run on the operating system.
     According to Strategy Analytics, interactive digital television is
 expected to reach 625 million viewers by 2005.
     "As broadcasters of digital video programming add Internet-based services,
 such as streaming media, interactive content and ecommerce applications, the
 technical requirements of the set-top box will increase dramatically," said
 Pederson.  "The performance of the Geode processor and the flexibility of a
 Linux-based platform provide the adaptable development environment demanded by
 our customers."
 
     Availability
     National will begin shipping Linux software upgrades to its existing base
 of Geode SP1SC10 customers in mid-June.  All future versions of the reference
 platform will ship with Linux tools pre-loaded.  To request more information,
 visit ia.national.com or contact a National Semiconductor sales office.
 Technical questions may also be directed to Century Embedded Technologies at
 http://embedded.centurysoftware.com .
 
     About the Geode SP1SC10
     The Geode SP1SC10 reference platform offers a superset of flexible,
 complete silicon and software solutions for the set-top box market.  Built
 around the award-winning Geode SC1200 single-chip processor, the platform is
 fully enabled for TV broadcast services enhanced with the Internet, time-delay
 recording, multimedia gateway, video-on-demand, and streaming video, offering
 an ideal development environment for the wide array of functions emerging in
 the advanced set-top box market.
 
     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 10,000 employees worldwide.  Additional company and product
 information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com.
 
     NOTE:  National Semiconductor is a registered trademark and Geode is a
 trademark of National Semiconductor Corporation.  Linux is a registered
 trademark of Linus Torvalds.  All other product or brand names are registered
 trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.
 
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