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BW: National Semiconductor Announces Linux Support for Its Geode WebPAD Reference Design

Nov 15, 1999, 17:49 (0 Talkback[s])

"National Semiconductor...announced that Infomatec AG will port its custom Linux-based basic platform Java Network Technology(TM) (JNT(TM)) operating system to the National(R) Geode(TM) WebPAD(TM) platform - a complete hardware and software reference design for a wireless Internet personal access device (PAD). This collaboration is the first result of an agreement signed earlier this year by National and Infomatec to partner on the development of information appliances such as set-top boxes, thin clients and PADs."

"The addition of Infomatec's basic platform JNT operating system to the Geode WebPAD reference design will broaden National Semiconductor's portfolio of operating system offerings on the Geode WebPAD. This will enable National's customers to select the performance and functionality that best suits their chosen market segments. JNT's ease of development and widespread industry support offers OEMs low development costs and rapid time to market, and its built-in security features protect sensitive user information. JNT utilizes a multi-tasking customized architecture, which is embedded in a Flash ROM chip. This "burned-in intelligence" allows JNT to be integrated into almost any imaginable device."

"National's Geode WebPAD design is a truly innovative approach to accessing the wealth of information available on the Internet," said Gerhard Harlos, CEO at Infomatec. "Its National Announces Linux Support for its Geode(TM) WebPAD(TM) Reference Design Page 3 advanced, highly intuitive design makes it simple and easy for anyone to surf the Web, from anywhere in the home. The days of walking into the den and waiting five minutes to get on the Internet will soon be a distant memory."

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