Red Hat & 3G Lab Partner To Deliver First Open Source Operating System For Next Generation Mobile Devices


United States, July 31, 2001

Partnership to develop and service platform for faster time to market and more cost effective next generation communications for mobile network operators and device manufacturers

Red Hat Europe, the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source solutions, and 3G LAB, the multimedia software developer for next generation mobile communications, today announced that they are jointly designing and developing the first open source, real-time operating system for next generation 2.5G (GPRS) and 3G (UMTS) mobile devices. The solution - eCos for 2.5/3G mobile devices - will be based on Red Hat's open source embedded real-time operating system eCos (embedded configurable operating system).

eCos for 2.5/3G mobile devices will enable mobile network operators and mobile device manufacturers to create, deploy and deliver next generation mobile communications solutions faster, and at a significantly lower cost, than through the use of existing proprietary solutions. This platform adds value over existing proprietary operating systems because of the rapid pace of innovation and development stemming from the open source community, compared to the often restricted developer access available in a closed, proprietary, environment.

"To drive the emerging next generation communications market, both mobile network operators and mobile device manufacturers will require software platforms that support standards while delivering cutting-edge innovation," said Michael Tiemann, CTO, Red Hat. "We are excited to be working with 3G LAB to use open source to help create a new platform for developing, deploying, and managing Post-PC applications."

"We are witnessing the transition from the mobile phone to the mobile multimedia device, a much more compelling device for consumers than today's WAP phones." said Steve Ives, CEO, 3G LAB. "If mobile operators and mobile phone manufacturers are going to be able to customise these devices deeply to user needs, there needs to be much more openness, flexibility and modularity in the software platform. eCos for 2.5/3G mobile devices is a step towards this goal, providing the world's first open source RTOS capable of powering a mobile multimedia device."

The Red Hat and 3G LAB partnership will deliver hardware, software, test environments, support and new Internet-based services, providing manufacturers with a stable, reliable and cost effective base on which to develop mobile devices. The new platform will consist of hardware and software, supported by 3G LAB's consultancy services and test environment in Cambridge, UK. The new Internet services are intended to be delivered via the Red Hat Network at a future date. The partnership will help provide consumer and corporate users with a reliable platform that not only supports next generation audio visual applications, but will also support next generation high data rate networks.

About 3G LAB
3G LAB was formed in March 2000 and develops multimedia software for the next generation of mobile networks and devices based on the UMTS worldwide standard. With both product development and consultancy arms to the business, 3G LAB's customers include mobile network operators, mobile content providers and mobile device manufacturers. 3G LAB is a significant contributor to open source projects in the mobile Internet space.

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About Red Hat, Inc.
Red Hat is the leader in developing, deploying and managing solutions built on the benefits of an open source platform. The open source platform includes the Red Hat Linux operating system for mainframes, servers, workstations and embedded devices, GNUPro tools for developers, database, e-Commerce, secure web server, high availability server and run-time solutions like eCos and RedBoot. For this platform, Red Hat provides end to end professional services including Professional Consulting, Engineering services, Enterprise Support services, and Global Learning services. Red Hat Network is the premier Internet based service that simplifies and integrates the deployment and management of these offers. More information about Red Hat is available at Red Hat is headquartered in
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Red Hat Europe was established in July 1999 with its European headquarters based in Surrey, United Kingdom and offices throughout Europe. Red Hat Linux is sold and supported through a number of major distribution and industry partners throughout Europe and from


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