March 9, 2005

Freescale Joins TimeSys' OnBoard Program

TimeSys Marketing writes "Freescale Joins TimeSys OnBoard Program to Provide Comprehensive Commercial Source for Embedded Linux on Freescale PowerPC Processors

EMBEDDED SYSTEMS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, CA -- March 9, 2005 -- TimeSys® Corporation, a leader in embedded Linux® technologies and development tools, today announced that Freescale Semiconductor's NCSG (Networking and Computing Systems Group) has joined the TimeSys OnBoard Program(tm) to continuously make the latest Freescale-developed Linux optimizations for Freescale products based on the PowerPC architecture available to OEMs/ODMs in commercially supported TimeStorm® Linux Development Kits (LDKs) from TimeSys.

The OnBoard Program is the embedded Linux industry's most comprehensive program for hosting, certifying, distributing and supporting commercialized Linux distributions. Through the OnBoard program, TimeSys will continuously package, maintain and support TimeStorm® Linux Development Kits (LDKs) with the latest Freescale-developed enhancements for the PowerPC architecture, which is an integral part of embedded devices used in networking, communications, military, storage and pervasive computing applications.

"Freescale recognizes the growing importance of open source Linux solutions for our customers, and we strive to provide the most effective enablement of these solutions for our product families," said David Mothersole, Distinguished Technology Fellow and Chief Technology Officer for Freescale's Networking and Computing Systems Group. "By joining the TimeSys OnBoard Program, TimeSys will commercialize and support all of our Linux enhancements and make them available to the vast community of embedded Linux developers building products that use Freescale's processors based on the PowerPC architecture, which includes the new MPC8360E PowerQUICC(tm) II Pro processor family."

The first Freescale-optimized TimeStorm LDKs delivered through the OnBoard Program are now available for Freescale's MPC8555E, MPC8560 and MPC8272 processors. All TimeStorm LDKs include complete 2.6-based embedded Linux distributions with ready-to-run target images (kernel and root file system) and the Eclipse 3.0-based TimeStorm Linux Development Suite® (LDS) cross-development environment to facilitate application development, as well as kernel and device driver platform customization.

"TimeSys will continuously deliver complete Linux distributions with the latest Freescale optimizations for Freescale's products based on the PowerPC architecture, supporting a variety of applications ranging from wireless base stations and network storage devices to game consoles and automotive systems," said Larry Weidman, president and CEO of TimeSys. "We are pleased to welcome Freescale, a market-leading global provider of embedded processors across a range of high-growth industries, into the OnBoard Program."

About TimeSys Corporation

TimeSys is empowering the embedded Linux market by continuously delivering processor-optimized Linux distributions and tools that enable embedded developers to reliably and cost effectively use Linux. TimeSys products include 2.6-based TimeStorm Linux Development Kits and Eclipse-based development and testing tools. TimeStorm products streamline the development, customization and validation of homegrown or commercial Linux-based embedded systems, shortening development cycles and reducing project costs. Visit for more information.


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