United States, April 10, 2001

EEMBC Benchmark Code Enables Red Hat's Semiconductor Partners to Select Appropriate Processor for Their Next Design

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source solutions, today announced that it has joined EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmarking Consortium, a non-profit, 45-strong organization of semiconductor and compiler suppliers. Through its membership in this consortium, Red Hat will have access to the EEMBC(R) benchmark code, which will allow it to optimize code generation for its partners.

"Red Hat recognizes the need for standardized, widely accepted embedded microprocessor benchmarks," said Kim Knuttila, vice president, engineering services for Red Hat. "Our membership in EEMBC allows us to work together with our semiconductor partners on producing highly optimized compiler technology for embedded developers. The real-world nature of the EEMBC benchmarks means that any compiler optimizations we make to improve benchmarking performance will directly improve the performance of real applications."

EEMBC helps customers bring products to market more quickly through benchmarking and establishment of industry standards. The EEMBC benchmark suites target key embedded system applications, including automotive/industrial, consumer, networking, office equipment and telecommunications. Several EEMBC members, such as Altera, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Mitsubishi, Motorola and Toshiba, have incorporated Red Hat's GNUPro compiler technology.

"Red Hat's membership with EEMBC is important news because their GNUPro compiler technology is used by so many embedded system designers," said Markus Levy, EEMBC president. "Red Hat's technical expertise in embedded design and development will be highly beneficial to the consortium as we begin development of our Version 2.0 benchmark suites."





Providing the embedded fair and certified benchmarks for real-world applications, EEMBC now includes 45 of the world's leading and most influential semiconductor, intellectual property and compiler companies. EEMBC members are committed to helping customers get the right product easier and faster through fair benchmarking and establishment of industry standards. Benchmarking fairness is provided through the EEMBC Certification Labs with offices in Texas and California. Benchmarking results are posted on the EEMBC Web site at

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