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Red Hat’s “other OS” targets consumer digital audio devices

Sep 27, 2000 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

ESC, San Jose, CA — (press release extract) — Interactive Objects, Inc., and Red Hat, Inc. today announced a strategic alliance designed to enable the development of a family of new digital audio playback devices based on the Dadio digital audio OS and platform. The Dadio platform, which is built on Red Hat's eCos kernel OS, is a leading solution for OEMs seeking entry into the rapidly growing market for… digital audio playback devices. As part of the alliance, the companies announced plans to co-develop a new system development kit (SDK) for OEMs that simplifies the design, integration and testing processes and accelerates time-to-market. Dadio, which is already used in the digital audio player designs of Iomega's HipZipO and I-Jam's WinJam, was released in June of 2000. The new Dadio SDK is expected to be available by the end of this year.

In addition to co-developing the Dadio SDK, iObjects and Red Hat will offer OEMs an expanded set of integration, testing and support services. The increased level of collaboration will allow the companies to accelerate new product development activities while also increasing their collective capacity to service new OEM partners.

Interactive Objects ( is a leading developer of audio solutions for portable digital appliances and the creator of Dadio, a universal software for digital audio players. iObjects provides custom software engineering, industrial design, and manufacturing services, and offers licenses of its proprietary Dadio digital audio software to leading consumer electronics, PC manufacturers, and computer software companies.

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