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IW: Lynx Partners With ZF Linux Devices To Deliver BlueCat Linux With First Failsafe PC-On-A-Chip

Jun 27, 2000, 12:05 (0 Talkback[s])

"ZF Linux Devices, Inc, is announcing its ultra- low power (< ½W @ 133MHz) MachZ PC-on-a-Chip with a software suite that includes a fully implemented PhoenixBIOSTM from Phoenix Technology and a choice of a customized Linux implementation or the WindRiver VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS). Every MachZ Integrated Development System includes Red Hat Linux 6.2 and LynuxWorks BlueCat(TM) Linux and the LynuxWorks development tools for creating compact custom Linux embedded applications. OEMs no longer have to pay costly license fees or go through the expensive and time-consuming requirement of porting third party software and searching for unique peripheral drivers."

"MachZ, with the FailSafe System is the only X86 PC-on-a-Chip that boots autonomously on application of power and can operate even if system DRAM and Flash are unavailable. The groundbreaking crash-immune PC-on-a-Chip is the only device available that ensures successful on-line software upgrades. Using its patented FailSafeä System it allows upgrades over the Internet while eliminating the possibility of irrecoverable crashes. "The MachZ PC-on-a-Chip is the only device that boots on power-up even if all external system software has been corrupted or is inaccessible," stated David Feldman, CEO of ZF Linux Devices. "Using its proprietary Z-tagTM interface, the MachZ can re-program system Flash at a quick 2M-bits per second, rather than the usual 19.6Kbaud, reducing potential downtime dramatically," he continued."

"MachZ integrates a PhoenixBIOS and customized Linux implementation or VxWorks RTOS tailored to the MachZ's unequaled set of traditional PC hardware features including PCI, ISA and Access (I2C) buses, serial and parallel I/O, floppy and hard disk controllers. It also contains a host of patented features specifically created to solve the problems faced by designers of OEM products when integrating PC functionality. ZF Linux Devices' introduction of the MachZ PC-on-a- Chip brings to market the lowest power and most feature rich X86 PC-on-a-Chip ever introduced. The MachZ was designed from the ground up to resolve the issues necessary to create crash- immune PC compatible embedded applications and offers the lowest total PC system cost in the embedded market."

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