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Intel invests in LynuxWorks to boost Intel IX architecture

Mar 27, 2000 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Santa Clara and San Jose, CA — (company press release) — Intel Corporation today announced a minority equity investment in LynuxWorks Inc. (formerly Lynx Real-Time Systems, Inc.), a leading developer of embedded real-time operating systems for a host of applications targeting telecommunications, consumer appliances and networking equipment manufacturers. Intel invested in LynuxWorks to speed the development of an embedded Linux operating system and development tools optimized for the Intel Internet Exchange (IX) architecture.

This investment supports Intel's initiative for IX architecture application solutions for both embedded Intel Architecture and Intel IXP1200 network processors. The Intel IX architecture is a framework for designing powerful and flexible networking and telecommunications equipment using reprogrammable microprocessors, allowing systems designers to add network functionality quickly and cost effectively. It consists of a portfolio of silicon components including the flagship IXP1200 network processor and the embedded versions of the Pentium II, Pentium III, and Celeron processors.

“Many companies that are designing networking and telecommunications equipment based on the Intel IX architecture see Linux as a low cost, stable operating system on which to build their products,” said Len Rand, general manager of Intel's Internet Exchange Architecture Operation. “[LynuxWorks] provides such a Linux-based product and the tools that developers need to bring their products to market more quickly and cost-effectively.”

“We are pleased with the funding from Intel, which will be used to expand [our] worldwide sales and marketing efforts and global support infrastructure as well as research and development,” said Dr. Inder Singh, chairman and chief executive officer of LynuxWorks.

This investment was made by the $200 million Intel Communications Fund, which was created in September 1999 to invest in companies supporting Intel's key programs and initiatives in voice and data communications. The fund, which makes minority equity investments of typically less than $10 million, is initially focused on investments in companies developing solutions based on CT Media, as well as on Intel's Internet Exchange architecture. The fund is managed and controlled by Intel.

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