March 9, 2005

TimeSys/Freescale Commercialize PowerQUICC CPUs

TimeSys Marketing writes "TimeSys Commercializes Latest Freescale-developed Linux for PowerQUICC(tm) III and PowerQUICC II(tm) Processor Families

2.6-based TimeStorm Linux Development Kits Now Available for Freescale Semiconductor's MPC8555E, MPC8560 and MPC8272 Processors

EMBEDDED SYSTEMS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, CA -- March 7, 2005 -- TimeSys® Corporation, a leader in embedded Linux® technologies and development tools, today announced the availability of 2.6-based TimeStorm® Linux Development Kits (LDKs) integrating Freescale-developed Linux enhancements for Freescale's PowerQUICC III and PowerQUICC II communications processors.

TimeStorm LDKs for Freescale Semiconductor's MPC8555E, MPC8560 and MPC8272 processors 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.

The latest Freescale-developed code for the PowerPC and PowerQUICC architectures is hosted in the TimeSys OnBoard Program(tm), the embedded Linux industry's only comprehensive program for hosting, certifying, distributing and supporting processor-optimized Linux distributions. The OnBoard Program rapidly commercializes the latest Freescale-developed Linux enhancements into processor-optimized TimeStorm LDKs from TimeSys. Through the OnBoard Program, TimeSys also plans to offer processor-optimized LDKs for Freescale's new MPC8360E PowerQUICC(tm) II Pro processor family with next-generation QUICC Engine(tm) technology designed for packet-based networking and wireless equipment.

"The OnBoard Program rapidly turns the advanced Linux features developed by Freescale into complete Linux distributions supported and maintained by TimeSys," said Lynelle McKay, vice president and general manager of Freescale's Networking and Communications Systems Division. "We are pleased to see TimeSys offer commercially supported kits with our latest PowerQUICC processor-optimized Linux enhancements."

"TimeSys is pleased to make the latest Freescale-developed Linux for PowerQUICC III and PowerQUICC II processors commercially available to developers worldwide," said TimeSys president and CEO Larry Weidman. "Through the OnBoard Program, TimeSys is committed to being the embedded Linux industry's source for the most advanced, processor-optimized Linux."

About Freescale's MPC8555E, MPC8560 and MPC8272 Processors

The MPC8555E PowerQUICC III processor integrates a wide range of advanced Freescale technologies, modular cores and peripherals. Leveraging Freescale's system-on-chip (SoC) PowerQUICC III platform architecture, the MPC8555E combines the powerful PowerPC(tm) e500 core and communications peripheral technology to balance processor performance with I/O system throughput.

The MPC8560 PowerQUICC III processor is based on Freescale's e500 system-on-chip platform architecture. It features an array of leading industry standards and advanced Freescale technologies, including a high-performance PowerPC e500 core, a 256KB on-chip L2 cache memory array, an enhanced Communications Processor Module (CPM), RapidIO(tm) interconnect technology, dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, and support for Double Data Rate SDRAM (DDR SDRAM) and PCI/PCI-X.

The MPC8272 PowerQUICC II processor family addresses the cost-sensitive needs of a wide variety of networking and communications applications. By offering an integrated security engine, the MPC8272 family is well suited for networking equipment requiring encryption capabilities, such as small and medium enterprise (SME) routers, virtual private network (VPN) and firewall routers, wireless access points, residential gateways and xDSL equipment, as well as imaging, industrial control and test and measurement equipment.

Availability

TimeStorm LDKs for Freescale MPC8555E, MPC8560 and MPC8272 processors are available now from TimeSys. For more information, visit www.timesys.com/producs/ldk.

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 www.timesys.com for more information.

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