Red Hat Announces Major Embedded Design Win to Help Cradle Create New Generation of Stream Processing Chips

Research Triangle Park

United States, December 11, 2000

Significant Cradle Deal Continues Red Hat's Momentum in Fast-Growing Embedded Systems Market

The Cradle contract is a significant embedded win for Red Hat because it includes consulting services and porting of Red Hat's GNUPro embedded development tools, eCos and embedded Linux operating systems, to Cradle's Universal Microsystem platform (UMS). Cradle's UMS platform will make it possible for new generation of complex embedded systems to be developed by OEMs simply by redesigning software-rather than by constantly rebuilding the entire chip hardware.

"This win continues the tremendous momentum for Red Hat in the embedded arena as device manufacturers and innovators like Cradle, Ericsson, Hitachi, iObjects, Motorola, NetSilicon and Samsung turn to Red Hat to help create a new generation of computing," said Matthew Szulik, president and CEO of Red Hat, Inc. "Cradle's revolutionary processor architecture represents a breakthrough for critical hardware applications that is key to the Internet's expansion."

"The availability of world class tools and operating systems are a critical part of our silicon platform strategy," said Satish Gupta, president and CEO of Cradle Technologies. "The combination of Red Hat's unique technical capabilities, as well as its complete solution of tools, run-time and library technologies and brand leadership, with our UMS allows OEMs to leverage a rich set of re-usable components based on a foundation of Open Source. This is the blueprint for how stream processing systems will be built in the future."

Cradle's UMS was designed to join the classic microprocessor, microcontroller, and digital signal processor chip families as the first single-chip computing platform specifically designed to meet the stream processing requirements of an ever increasing range of consumer, business, and industrial products. The UMS' architecture allows highly complicated applications to be created predominantly in software - rather than with custom chips or expensive combinations of conventional processors, therby revolutionizing the way OEM's can develop products and bring them to market

International Data Corp. (IDC) predicts that by 2002, there will be more than 55 million handheld and notebook-style information appliance devices and that by 2005, shipments of these appliances will exceed shipments of PCs. Working with key semiconductor providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEM's) and operators, Red Hat is focused on bringing to market embedded platforms that are deployed and managed with customizable and scalable Internet-based services that improve the reliability, security and performance of Internet-connected appliances.

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