Sun Taps Lineo Embedix(R) To Run on UltraSPARC(R) IIe Processor-Based OEM Platforms

Jan 29, 2002, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) has signed an agreement with Lineo(R),
 Inc. to adapt and support Lineo's embedded Linux operating system products to
 run on UltraSPARC(R) IIe-processor based end user-developed custom hardware.
 Lineo is working to create a full-featured UltraSPARC IIe processor-focused
 software development kit complete with the Lineo Embedix(R) operating system.
 This kit will be licensed and supported by Lineo.  Developers will also have
 free access to a basic version of embedded Linux operating system fine tuned
 to run on the UltraSPARC IIe processor.
     Susan Kunz, director of marketing for Sun's Processor Products Group said:
 "Teaming up with Lineo to support embedded Linux development is an ideal
 solution for Sun to get a greater share of the embedded systems OEM market.
 It's been a long-standing policy of Sun to supplement the Solaris(TM)
 Operating Environment with support for specialized, embedded and real-time
 operating systems.  Lineo Embedix Linux is a best of both worlds situation for
 Sun as it offers the smaller footprint and real-time response of dedicated
 RTOSes, but also works well with the Solaris Operating Environment.  Not only
 does this make it easy for developers to take on embedded projects but opens
 up very interesting opportunities for mixed Solaris Operating
 Environment/embedded Linux system designs."
     Alford Frost, Lineo senior vice president for marketing and business
 development, said, "The Lineo Embedix  platform ensures the SPARC developer
 community with a familiar Linux API and hard real-time performance.
 Developers involved with devices from commercial off-the-shelf board-based
 products, to telco and Internet infrastructure, can now more easily develop
 and maintain their code base.  Sun understands this market better than anybody
 and has addressed it with the Solaris Operating Environment.  Now, the Embedix
 operating system adds another complete solution for SPARC-based custom OEM
 applications."
     The Lineo Embedix operating system and tools are carefully designed to
 ease complete product development and shorten release cycles, giving
 developers the ability to spend more time on product design.  Lineo Embedix is
 a "100% Pure Linux" and royalty free solution.  Embedix provides everything
 developers have come to expect from Linux combined with an infrastructure to
 support non-Linux services such as high performance hard real-time,
 multi-processor (DSPs, 16 bit, 32 bit, and non-heterogeneous architectures)
 support and native support for Legacy RTOS APIs.  Embedix provides a tested,
 validated, approved, configuration managed software installation developed
 specifically at the target hardware.
     Sun views the addition of embedded Linux as an application development
 option for end-user developed OEM products as a meeting point between the full
 featured, Solaris Operating Environment and hard-real-time embedded operating
 systems.  Furthermore, owing to the royalty-free nature of the Linux licensing
 regime, developers can choose embedded Linux with hard real-time capabilities
 as a lower-cost alternative to commercial real-time OSes.
     Embedded Linux also fits well into Sun's vision of the evolution of
 embedded systems.  In particular, the company believes that embedded systems
 such as digital TV, telecommunications switches, routers and other network
 edge devices will require hybrid systems software that offers some real-time
 capabilities on satellite/network edge devices mixed with the sophisticated
 features and standardization inherent in Solaris-based applications running on
 upstream main servers.
 
     Licensing And Availability
     The basic embedded Linux operating system fine tuned by Lineo running on
 the UltraSPARC IIe processor will be available from the Lineo and Sun websites
 beginning the first quarter of 2002.  Lineo plans to offer the Lineo Embedix
 SDK with operating system and toolset, customized for the UltraSPARC IIe
 processor, in the third quarter of 2002.  For more information, readers should
 contact either Lineo at www.lineo.com/ Or Sun at
 www.sun.com/microelectronics/UltraSPARC-IIe/RTOS
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The
 Computer(TM) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide
 Web at http://www.sun.com .
 
     About Lineo, Inc.
     Lineo(R), Inc. provides embedded systems and real-time solutions covering
 the full spectrum of embedded development, including operating system
 software, host development environments and professional services.  Lineo
 distributes solutions allowing OEMs to create smart embedded devices and
 systems while helping OEMs to reduce system requirements, per-unit costs and
 time-to-market.  Lineo's key product lines include:  Embedix SDK (a fully
 featured and integrated embedded developer tool chain), Embedix (embedded
 Linux system software for MMU-less and MMU-full processors), Embedix(R)
 BridgeWorks (operating systems and tools for multiprocessor device support and
 legacy code migration) and RTXC Quadros (a highly configurable microprocessor
 and DSP real-time operating system).  Contact Lineo at http://www.lineo.com ,
 via e-mail to info@lineo.com or by calling (801) 426-5001.
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, and The Network Is The
 Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in
 the United States and other countries. SPARC(R) and UltraSPARC(R) are
 registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and
 other countries.  UltraSPARC is licensed exclusively to Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 Products bearing the SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed
 by Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
     Press announcements and other information about Sun Microsystems are
 available on the Internet via the World Wide Web at http://www.sun.com/ at the
 URL prompt.
 
     NOTE:  Lineo and Embedix are registered trademarks of Lineo, Inc.
 BridgeWorks, RTXC and Quadros are trademarks of Lineo, Inc. Linux is a
 registered trademark owned by Linus Torvalds.  All other products, services,
 companies and publications are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
 respective owners.
 
     CONTACT:  Martin Chorich of Sun Microsystems, +1-408-720-4932, or
 martin.chorich@sun.com; or Ann Cheney of Alexander Ogilvy for Sun
 Microsystems, +1-415-677-2705, or acheney@alexanderogilvy.com; or Rhett
 Glauser of Lone Peak Communications for Lineo, +1-801-356-0650, or
 rhett@lonepeak360.com.
 
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SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) has signed an agreement with Lineo(R),
 Inc. to adapt and support Lineo's embedded Linux operating system products to
 run on UltraSPARC(R) IIe-processor based end user-developed custom hardware.
 Lineo is working to create a full-featured UltraSPARC IIe processor-focused
 software development kit complete with the Lineo Embedix(R) operating system.
 This kit will be licensed and supported by Lineo.  Developers will also have
 free access to a basic version of embedded Linux operating system fine tuned
 to run on the UltraSPARC IIe processor.
     Susan Kunz, director of marketing for Sun's Processor Products Group said:
 "Teaming up with Lineo to support embedded Linux development is an ideal
 solution for Sun to get a greater share of the embedded systems OEM market.
 It's been a long-standing policy of Sun to supplement the Solaris(TM)
 Operating Environment with support for specialized, embedded and real-time
 operating systems.  Lineo Embedix Linux is a best of both worlds situation for
 Sun as it offers the smaller footprint and real-time response of dedicated
 RTOSes, but also works well with the Solaris Operating Environment.  Not only
 does this make it easy for developers to take on embedded projects but opens
 up very interesting opportunities for mixed Solaris Operating
 Environment/embedded Linux system designs."
     Alford Frost, Lineo senior vice president for marketing and business
 development, said, "The Lineo Embedix  platform ensures the SPARC developer
 community with a familiar Linux API and hard real-time performance.
 Developers involved with devices from commercial off-the-shelf board-based
 products, to telco and Internet infrastructure, can now more easily develop
 and maintain their code base.  Sun understands this market better than anybody
 and has addressed it with the Solaris Operating Environment.  Now, the Embedix
 operating system adds another complete solution for SPARC-based custom OEM
 applications."
     The Lineo Embedix operating system and tools are carefully designed to
 ease complete product development and shorten release cycles, giving
 developers the ability to spend more time on product design.  Lineo Embedix is
 a "100% Pure Linux" and royalty free solution.  Embedix provides everything
 developers have come to expect from Linux combined with an infrastructure to
 support non-Linux services such as high performance hard real-time,
 multi-processor (DSPs, 16 bit, 32 bit, and non-heterogeneous architectures)
 support and native support for Legacy RTOS APIs.  Embedix provides a tested,
 validated, approved, configuration managed software installation developed
 specifically at the target hardware.
     Sun views the addition of embedded Linux as an application development
 option for end-user developed OEM products as a meeting point between the full
 featured, Solaris Operating Environment and hard-real-time embedded operating
 systems.  Furthermore, owing to the royalty-free nature of the Linux licensing
 regime, developers can choose embedded Linux with hard real-time capabilities
 as a lower-cost alternative to commercial real-time OSes.
     Embedded Linux also fits well into Sun's vision of the evolution of
 embedded systems.  In particular, the company believes that embedded systems
 such as digital TV, telecommunications switches, routers and other network
 edge devices will require hybrid systems software that offers some real-time
 capabilities on satellite/network edge devices mixed with the sophisticated
 features and standardization inherent in Solaris-based applications running on
 upstream main servers.
 
     Licensing And Availability
     The basic embedded Linux operating system fine tuned by Lineo running on
 the UltraSPARC IIe processor will be available from the Lineo and Sun websites
 beginning the first quarter of 2002.  Lineo plans to offer the Lineo Embedix
 SDK with operating system and toolset, customized for the UltraSPARC IIe
 processor, in the third quarter of 2002.  For more information, readers should
 contact either Lineo at www.lineo.com/ Or Sun at
 www.sun.com/microelectronics/UltraSPARC-IIe/RTOS
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The
 Computer(TM) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide
 Web at http://www.sun.com .
 
     About Lineo, Inc.
     Lineo(R), Inc. provides embedded systems and real-time solutions covering
 the full spectrum of embedded development, including operating system
 software, host development environments and professional services.  Lineo
 distributes solutions allowing OEMs to create smart embedded devices and
 systems while helping OEMs to reduce system requirements, per-unit costs and
 time-to-market.  Lineo's key product lines include:  Embedix SDK (a fully
 featured and integrated embedded developer tool chain), Embedix (embedded
 Linux system software for MMU-less and MMU-full processors), Embedix(R)
 BridgeWorks (operating systems and tools for multiprocessor device support and
 legacy code migration) and RTXC Quadros (a highly configurable microprocessor
 and DSP real-time operating system).  Contact Lineo at http://www.lineo.com ,
 via e-mail to info@lineo.com or by calling (801) 426-5001.
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, and The Network Is The
 Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in
 the United States and other countries. SPARC(R) and UltraSPARC(R) are
 registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and
 other countries.  UltraSPARC is licensed exclusively to Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 Products bearing the SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed
 by Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
     Press announcements and other information about Sun Microsystems are
 available on the Internet via the World Wide Web at http://www.sun.com/ at the
 URL prompt.
 
     NOTE:  Lineo and Embedix are registered trademarks of Lineo, Inc.
 BridgeWorks, RTXC and Quadros are trademarks of Lineo, Inc. Linux is a
 registered trademark owned by Linus Torvalds.  All other products, services,
 companies and publications are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
 respective owners.
 
     CONTACT:  Martin Chorich of Sun Microsystems, +1-408-720-4932, or
 martin.chorich@sun.com; or Ann Cheney of Alexander Ogilvy for Sun
 Microsystems, +1-415-677-2705, or acheney@alexanderogilvy.com; or Rhett
 Glauser of Lone Peak Communications for Lineo, +1-801-356-0650, or
 rhett@lonepeak360.com.
 
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