November 10, 2001

LynuxWorks unveils BlueCat 4.0

Author: JT Smith

Daniel McKean writes, LynuxWorksInc., a provider of open source and real-time embedded solutions, today unveiled the latest version of its popular BlueCat Linux distribution. Using the new 2.4 Linux kernel and tool chain, the new distribution empowers developers to select the best-suited development platform for their needs by providing support for multiple microprocessors; including the Intel® XScaleä
microarchitecture, Intel® IXP1200 Network Processor, and Embedded Intel® Architecture. Other platforms will be available later in the year. Developers have increasingly chosen BlueCat tools for their unique value in embedded development and the ability to quickly make breakthroughs while bringing new devices to market.

BlueCat 4.0, with enhanced productivity and performance features, provides developers with a fully integrated and tested cross development environment to rapidly facilitate specific development requirements. Offered in professional bundled solutions, BlueCat is packaged with a range of host/target combinations, commercial grade tools, integrated development environments (IDE) and support programs.

"LynuxWorks has been a key provider of Linux software tools for the Intel® Internet Exchange Architecture," said Doug Davis, general manager of the Intel Network Processor Division. "The company's investment in second-generation BlueCat products for the XScale microarchitecture, IXP1200 Network Processor and Embedded Intel® Architecture products can provide valuable time-to-market benefits for developers of next-generation platforms and tools for embedded Linux development."

Forming the core of each bundle is an optimized suite of embedded development tools. LynuxWorks has leveraged unique intellectual property from over 13 years of embedded computing expertise to deliver an advanced Linux tool set. These tools are engineered for ease-of-use and offer enhanced time-to-market benefits.

BlueCat tools benefit developers by:

  • Providing unique gdb extensions for kernel debugging,
  • Leveraging widely used development environments and user interfaces,
  • Providing simple time-saving graphical interface to trace, debug and tune kernels, and application functions for increased performance,
  • Quickly configuring kernel functions and size for exact application requirements,
  • Using open frameworks for managing and optimizing power usage for constrained devices,including simple utilities for controlling boot, flash programs, disk, connectivity and display functions,
  • Easily enabling the loading and using of tested application components such as boot routines, web servers, application shells, demo programs and more.

"LynuxWorks is excited to continue our commitment to IXA with a second-generation product for the XScale microarchitecture, IXP1200 Network Processor and Embedded Intel® Architecture product lines. BlueCat 4.0 professional tools bundles for Intel's microprocessor platforms provide developers the most comprehensive embedded development environment available today," said Inder Singh, LynuxWorks CEO. "Our timely support for the industry?s most advanced embedded microprocessors continues to be unwavering, which remains a key differentiating benefit for those seeking proven, professional Linux tools for embedded needs."

Price and Availablity

The price schedule for BlueCat 4.0 follows a bundled pricing structure. All bundles include basic support with optional upgradeable tiered and priority level support packages. Quantity development seat price discounts are available. BlueCat 4.0 bundles will be immediately available in flexible pricing schedules for Intel products starting with the XScale microarchitecture, with IXP1200 Network Processor and Embedded Intel® Architecture to follow later in the year.

BlueCat 4.0 Standard Bundle: BlueCat 4.0, commercial license and support package for Windows or Linux host development. The Standard Bundle is priced at $2,699.BlueCat 4.0 Professional Trace Bundle: BlueCat 4.0, commercial license, SpyKer kernel trace tool and support package for Windows or Linux host development. The Professional Trace Bundle is priced at $3,799.BlueCat 4.0 Professional IDE Bundle: BlueCat 4.0, commercial license, LynuxWorks' VisualLynux Integrated Development Environment (IDE) or CodeWarrior IDE Edition and support package for Windows or Linux host development. The Professional IDE Bundle is priced at $4,899.BlueCat 4.0 Developer?s Bundle: BlueCat 4.0, commercial license, SpyKer kernel trace tool, VisualLynux IDE or Code Warrior IDE Edition and support package for Windows or Linux host development. The Developer's Bundle is priced at $5,999.

About LynuxWorks? BlueCat

LynuxWorks' BlueCat is an open-source Linux distribution. It is available as a complete solution for developers without run-time royalties. A non-commercial version of the operating system is available at no charge or with documentation for $299. Professional developer commercial license bundles are available as a complete software development environment that includes commercial grade tools for debugging and tuning applications along with a variety of optional support packages for software engineering, technical support, consulting and professional services from LynuxWorks.

About LynuxWorks

LynuxWorks is a world leader in the embedded software market, providing operating systems, software development products and consulting services for the world's most successful communications, aerospace/defense, and consumer products companies. Established in 1988, the company is a founding member of the real-time operating systems (RTOS) industry, and a leading participant in the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC). LynuxWorks' headquarters are located in San Jose, California. The company's products include the open-source BlueCat Linux and the scalable, Linux-compatible LynxOS real-time operating system. World class companies use LynuxWorks' products, including: 3Com, Alcatel, Boeing, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, Marconi, Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC USA, Raytheon, TRW and Xerox. For more information, please visit

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