Rymic Chooses Red Hat for Groundbreaking Military Vehicle Internet and Ethernet Diagnostic Device

Research Triangle Park

United States, December 13, 2000

Real-time Monitoring Capability, Stability and Open Source License Make Red Hat µClinux The Ideal Operating System For First-of-Kind Ground Vehicle Assessment and Diagnostic Device from Rymic Systems

Under the terms of this agreement, Red Hat's µClinux will be used as the operating system for Rymic's first series of rymicNET Internet devices, designed for vehicle diagnostics and predictive failure analysis, initially to be tested in United States Army ground vehicles. µClinux is designed to run in less then 512k of memory while maintaining all of the stability, networking and file system support advantages of the standard Linux distribution.

"We've tried more traditional PC operating systems in the past for similar embedded appliances, but they were prone to instability, high power requirements, and heat dissipation problems" said Steve May, Rymic president. "Red Hat's µClinux provides us with an inherently stable solution that monitors vehicles' performances in real time; because µClinux is open source software, costly per-unit license fees are eliminated."

Rymic's rymicNET device is a complete monitoring solution designed to provide extensive performance data and predictive failure analysis--initially for United States Army ground vehicles. This first-of-series device utilizes NetSilicon's Net+Arm low power Internet processor, designed for use in embedded networking environments, and Red Hat's embedded µClinux operating system. A complete family of rymicNET diagnostic and Real-World to Internet interface products will soon be available for construction equipment, railway cars, truck fleets and complex industrial machinery. For more information on Rymic Systems, Inc., please visit www.rymic.com.

The Internet device will be tried initially at Fort Riley, Kansas, and according to Pat Stevens, the Deputy Product Manager of the U.S. Army Diagnostic Involvement Program, "The Rymic Internet device could be installed on 3,000 to 50,000 Army trucks, service, and fighting vehicles."

"Rymic, with its new line of rymicNET devices, is on the cutting edge of Internet device technology," said Michael Tiemann, CTO, Red Hat, Inc. "Red Hat is leading the charge toward widespread acceptance of embedded computing devices with a complete solution portfolio spanning award-winning embedded software, tools, embedded runtimes and a revolutionary support framework in the Red Hat Network. "


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