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CNET News.com: New player [TimeSys] emerges in embedded Linux race

Jul 27, 2000, 02:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"In most regards, TimeSys resembles its competitors--MontaVista, LynuxWorks and IPO-bound Lineo. It develops its own version of the Linux operating system designed for use in small "embedded" devices such as network routers. The company offers services to help customers design products using the software as well as sells programming tools."

"But the company also has its own individual flavor, said chairman and cofounder Ragunathan Rajkumar. First, its Linux/RT version is "hard real-time," meaning that it's guaranteed to respond within a fixed amount of time--a tricky programming issue but one that makes the software appealing to some specialized customers."

"Second, the company will sell software that allows real-time Java software to run on its Linux systems, Rajkumar said."

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