Philips and Lineo Partner to Provide MHP on Linux-based Digital Media Solution

Philips Digital Networks and Lineo Announce at IBC2001 Their Agreement to Work

Together to Provide MHP Middleware on the Lineo Embedix(TM) Digital Media

Platform for TV Applications



Sep 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Lineo, Inc.

    SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Philips Digital Networks, an
 industry leader in advanced digital broadcast solutions, and Lineo(R), Inc., a
 leading provider of embedded systems and real-time solutions, today announced
 a partnership to provide Philips' Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) middleware
 running on the Lineo Embedix(TM)(R) Digital Media platform for digital TVs and
 set-top boxes.
     The standards-based solution combines the stability of the Lineo Embedix
 Digital Media platform with the internationally acknowledged Philips MHP
 middleware stack.  Lineo and Philips will jointly market, promote, and
 demonstrate the DVB-MHP-enhanced Linux-based platform to their combined
 customer base.
     The Embedix Digital Media platform is enhanced with drivers and extensions
 that enable OEMs to rapidly deploy advanced digital programming solutions and
 services.  Embedix Digital Media contains a Linux kernel that has been highly
 optimized and enhanced with graphic drivers and TV / video extensions to meet
 digital set-top terminal demands.
     Developed by the Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) consortium, the DVB-MHP is
 an open standard that provides a universal, open interface for the development
 of multimedia added value applications for digital TV programs and services.
 The DVB-MHP enables broadcasters to provide content to viewers via advanced
 set-top boxes, integrated digital TV (iDTV) sets and other receiving devices.
 The standard introduces viewers to a rich environment of enhanced digital
 interactive services in the home.
     Philips is a key player in bringing the DVB-MHP to the market through the
 licensing of MHP middleware and a comprehensive partnership program for
 application developers and infrastructure suppliers.
     "Philips' reputation as one of the world's most innovative consumer
 electronics manufacturers gives added momentum to MHP and Linux digital media
 initiatives," said Bryan Sparks, Lineo chairman and CEO.  "Lineo recognizes
 Philips as an influential member of the MHP Implementers Group and anticipates
 being able to provide an integrated MHP and Linux solution to digital media
 customers."
     "Lineo leads the industry as a provider of Linux-based tools and vertical
 solutions for the digital media industry.  Philips hopes to see the
 partnership develop a first-of-its-kind MHP and Linux solution based on the
 standard Linux API," said Frank Bosveld, general manager of the SoftWorks
 business group at Philips Digital Networks.  "We look forward to a
 standards-based Linux environment resulting from the efforts of the members of
 the TV Linux Alliance."
     This announcement closely follows the broadband industry's June 2001
 announcement of the formation of the TV Linux Alliance, of which Lineo serves
 as a founding member.  As part of the TV Linux Alliance, Lineo joins 23 other
 industry leaders to define a standards-based Linux environment for the digital
 set-top market.  The Linux environment offers broadband network operators
 significant benefits, among them lower operating system and development costs,
 more rapid device driver support for new hardware features, rapid porting of
 middleware solutions, and easier porting of additional new interactive
 applications, each of which deliver the latest advanced interactive services
 more quickly and less expensively.
     As part of the partnership, Lineo will provide Philips with Lineo Embedix
 Digital Media platform integrated with the TV Linux Alliance API when it
 becomes publicly available from the TV Linux Alliance.
     Philips' SoftWorks business group is backed by the company's broad
 experience and vast research resources in consumer and professional
 electronics, including semiconductors.  By applying its expertise in the
 development and manufacture of digital set-top boxes and television sets with
 digital broadcast and home networking technologies, Philips is in a very
 strong position to successfully implement the DVB-MHP and truly open up the
 digital market.
 
     About Philips
     Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest
 electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 37.9 billion in
 2000.  It is a global leader in colour television sets, lighting, electric
 shavers, colour picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV
 products.  Its 212,390 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the
 areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components,
 semiconductors, and medical systems.  Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol:
 PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges.  News from
 Philips is located at www.news.philips.com
     Philips Digital Networks is a Business Group of Philips Consumer
 Electronics, a division of Royal Philips Electronics.  Philips Digital
 Networks is playing a leading role in the business of digital media delivery
 via broadcast and Internet distribution.  In addition to being one of the
 world's top providers of digital television systems and set-top boxes,
 including Internet TV and personal video recording solutions, Philips Digital
 Networks has major business activities in enabling technologies like
 MPEG-4-based media streaming, secure content delivery, middleware and
 applications for digital TV.  News from Philips Digital Networks is located at
 www.digitalnetworks.philips.com
     Editorial note: Product and company names used herein are trademarks or
 registered trademarks and are owned by the companies mentioned.
 
     About Lineo, Inc.
     Lineo(R), Inc. provides embedded systems and real-time solutions that
 include software, hardware reference designs and professional services.
 Lineo's solutions allow OEMs to create devices and systems that interact with
 the Internet while helping OEMs to reduce system requirements, per-unit costs
 and time-to-market.  The company's key product lines include: Embedix(TM)
 (embedded Linux system software), uClinux(TM) (embedded Linux for MMU-less
 processors), SecureEdge(TM) (Linux-based Internet appliances including VPN
 Internet routers, network attached storage and firewalls), RTXC(TM) (general
 purpose and DSP real-time operating system), BeaconSuite(TM) (x86 development
 toolkit) and RTXC(TM) Quadros(TM) (a real-time operating system for
 multi-processor devices).  Contact Lineo at www.lineo.com, via e-mail to
 info@lineo.com or by calling (801) 426-5001.
     Lineo is a registered trademark of Lineo, Inc.  Embedix is a trademark of
 Lineo, Inc.  All other products, services, companies and publications are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
 
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SOURCE Lineo, Inc.
    SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Philips Digital Networks, an
 industry leader in advanced digital broadcast solutions, and Lineo(R), Inc., a
 leading provider of embedded systems and real-time solutions, today announced
 a partnership to provide Philips' Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) middleware
 running on the Lineo Embedix(TM)(R) Digital Media platform for digital TVs and
 set-top boxes.
     The standards-based solution combines the stability of the Lineo Embedix
 Digital Media platform with the internationally acknowledged Philips MHP
 middleware stack.  Lineo and Philips will jointly market, promote, and
 demonstrate the DVB-MHP-enhanced Linux-based platform to their combined
 customer base.
     The Embedix Digital Media platform is enhanced with drivers and extensions
 that enable OEMs to rapidly deploy advanced digital programming solutions and
 services.  Embedix Digital Media contains a Linux kernel that has been highly
 optimized and enhanced with graphic drivers and TV / video extensions to meet
 digital set-top terminal demands.
     Developed by the Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) consortium, the DVB-MHP is
 an open standard that provides a universal, open interface for the development
 of multimedia added value applications for digital TV programs and services.
 The DVB-MHP enables broadcasters to provide content to viewers via advanced
 set-top boxes, integrated digital TV (iDTV) sets and other receiving devices.
 The standard introduces viewers to a rich environment of enhanced digital
 interactive services in the home.
     Philips is a key player in bringing the DVB-MHP to the market through the
 licensing of MHP middleware and a comprehensive partnership program for
 application developers and infrastructure suppliers.
     "Philips' reputation as one of the world's most innovative consumer
 electronics manufacturers gives added momentum to MHP and Linux digital media
 initiatives," said Bryan Sparks, Lineo chairman and CEO.  "Lineo recognizes
 Philips as an influential member of the MHP Implementers Group and anticipates
 being able to provide an integrated MHP and Linux solution to digital media
 customers."
     "Lineo leads the industry as a provider of Linux-based tools and vertical
 solutions for the digital media industry.  Philips hopes to see the
 partnership develop a first-of-its-kind MHP and Linux solution based on the
 standard Linux API," said Frank Bosveld, general manager of the SoftWorks
 business group at Philips Digital Networks.  "We look forward to a
 standards-based Linux environment resulting from the efforts of the members of
 the TV Linux Alliance."
     This announcement closely follows the broadband industry's June 2001
 announcement of the formation of the TV Linux Alliance, of which Lineo serves
 as a founding member.  As part of the TV Linux Alliance, Lineo joins 23 other
 industry leaders to define a standards-based Linux environment for the digital
 set-top market.  The Linux environment offers broadband network operators
 significant benefits, among them lower operating system and development costs,
 more rapid device driver support for new hardware features, rapid porting of
 middleware solutions, and easier porting of additional new interactive
 applications, each of which deliver the latest advanced interactive services
 more quickly and less expensively.
     As part of the partnership, Lineo will provide Philips with Lineo Embedix
 Digital Media platform integrated with the TV Linux Alliance API when it
 becomes publicly available from the TV Linux Alliance.
     Philips' SoftWorks business group is backed by the company's broad
 experience and vast research resources in consumer and professional
 electronics, including semiconductors.  By applying its expertise in the
 development and manufacture of digital set-top boxes and television sets with
 digital broadcast and home networking technologies, Philips is in a very
 strong position to successfully implement the DVB-MHP and truly open up the
 digital market.
 
     About Philips
     Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest
 electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 37.9 billion in
 2000.  It is a global leader in colour television sets, lighting, electric
 shavers, colour picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV
 products.  Its 212,390 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the
 areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components,
 semiconductors, and medical systems.  Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol:
 PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges.  News from
 Philips is located at www.news.philips.com
     Philips Digital Networks is a Business Group of Philips Consumer
 Electronics, a division of Royal Philips Electronics.  Philips Digital
 Networks is playing a leading role in the business of digital media delivery
 via broadcast and Internet distribution.  In addition to being one of the
 world's top providers of digital television systems and set-top boxes,
 including Internet TV and personal video recording solutions, Philips Digital
 Networks has major business activities in enabling technologies like
 MPEG-4-based media streaming, secure content delivery, middleware and
 applications for digital TV.  News from Philips Digital Networks is located at
 www.digitalnetworks.philips.com
     Editorial note: Product and company names used herein are trademarks or
 registered trademarks and are owned by the companies mentioned.
 
     About Lineo, Inc.
     Lineo(R), Inc. provides embedded systems and real-time solutions that
 include software, hardware reference designs and professional services.
 Lineo's solutions allow OEMs to create devices and systems that interact with
 the Internet while helping OEMs to reduce system requirements, per-unit costs
 and time-to-market.  The company's key product lines include: Embedix(TM)
 (embedded Linux system software), uClinux(TM) (embedded Linux for MMU-less
 processors), SecureEdge(TM) (Linux-based Internet appliances including VPN
 Internet routers, network attached storage and firewalls), RTXC(TM) (general
 purpose and DSP real-time operating system), BeaconSuite(TM) (x86 development
 toolkit) and RTXC(TM) Quadros(TM) (a real-time operating system for
 multi-processor devices).  Contact Lineo at www.lineo.com, via e-mail to
 info@lineo.com or by calling (801) 426-5001.
     Lineo is a registered trademark of Lineo, Inc.  Embedix is a trademark of
 Lineo, Inc.  All other products, services, companies and publications are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
 
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