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Century Software Powers Next Generation Thin Clients

PIXIL Thin Client Delivers Production-Ready Software Solution for Internet Appliances Powered by Embedded Linux

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, October 8, 2001 - Century Embedded Technologies, a leader in graphical application technologies for embedded Linux, today announced the immediate availability of PIXIL™ Thin Client. Targeting rapidly growing needs in the thin client market, PIXIL delivers a flexible Linux-based architecture that leverages the benefits of server-based computing, provides Windows and Linux access, and offers powerful PC-like capabilities in a small footprint, low-resource thin appliance.

Businesses are demanding solutions that provide cost-effective ways to deliver and manage information across the enterprise. Advantages of adopting PIXIL Thin Client include centralized application management and maintenance, access to new and existing applications, greater interoperability, and improved security.

"Embedded application developers are increasingly looking to Linux for reduced development costs and the shortest path to market for Internet Appliances," explained Gregory Haerr, CEO of Century Software and open source leader, "PIXIL delivers a powerful Linux alternative to the Windows-based thin client. By incorporating advantages of embedded Linux along with the significant benefits of deploying thin clients enterprise-wide, Century lowers the total cost of ownership."

Linux-based thin clients offer increased reliability and security in a server-based environment. PIXIL, by allowing the client to take advantage of local Linux code for browsing, can ease network congestion by offloading browser-based tasks directly to the client. Running Linux rather than Windows on the thin client allows combining local Linux applications with desktop Windows access, all in a small footprint.

PIXIL Thin Client Features
Thin appliances targeting end user needs and centralized management capabilities are introducing a shift in the network-computing paradigm and replacing the PC. The availability of powerful embedded Linux-based computing devices feature increased functionality available in a reduced footprint. PIXIL Thin Client provides a complete solution for companies that want to take advantage of server-based computing.

PIXIL offers a central Network Login Manager utility that enable thin clients to access Windows-based applications and support connectivity through Microsoft® Terminal Server's RDP and Citrix® Systems Inc.'s ICA technology. These protocols empower thin clients to access Windows-based servers across a network or the Internet. PIXIL utilizes these protocols to minimize the bandwidth thin clients require by transmitting only changes over the network. Browser-based connectivity is available through the PIXIL Thin Client Browser and features small footprint adapted versions of Mozilla and Netscape. Advanced internet technologies currently available include: HTML 4.0, JavaScript 1.4, Real Networks, Adobe PDF, and Shockwave. These features run in a 32Mb footprint and include local browser support client- side. For smaller footprint devices, PIXIL Thin Client can be configured to run in 16Mb without local browser support.

OEMs and manufacturers can easily scale and customize the client environment using PIXIL's flexible architecture. Components can be fine tuned according to the desired end user environment. PIXIL's Software Development Kit (SDK) offers developers' tools to streamline the customization process, incorporate essential services, and add enhanced functionality. The SDK provides customers with a framework for accelerated development, offering higher performance, rapid deployment, and faster time-to-market for connected thin clients and smart devices. Generic configurations are available to jump-start device bring-up and application development. Specific features, protocols, and technology support details are available at: http://embedded.censoft.com/pixil/thin.php.

Availability Now
PIXIL is available now, directly from Century Embedded Technologies. Each component of the PIXIL Operating Environment can be sold or licensed separately, offering a unique configuration for any platform or product. Bundled component collections are also available, already integrated and customized ready for use in a target device.

Century offers custom engineering services, maintenance and support for PIXIL. Pricing is hardware dependent. For additional information, contact cetsales@centurysoftware.com.

About PIXIL™ Technology
PIXIL provides a complete suite of embedded solutions for advanced Internet appliances such as PDAs, WebPAD™ devices, cellular phones, smart handhelds, and thin clients. Developed for multiple form factor flat panel devices with requirements for wireless communications, networking, web browsing, power management and GUIs, PIXIL offers a fully integrated architecture leveraging the open standards of embedded Linux. PIXIL's modular framework, with fully optimized pre-defined components offers ready-to-use and easily customized applications.

About Century Embedded Technologies
Century Software Embedded Technologies, a newly created division of Century Software, Inc., is a leading developer of core applications technologies for the worldwide embedded Linux applications market. These technologies include: graphical windowing system development and runtime environments; customized Internet browsers and HTML viewers; embedded and Internet appliance multimedia technologies, including MP3 audio and MPEG video players and recorders; PDA/WebPAD runtime and development suites, PIM suites; and set-top boxes. Complete solutions These core technologies are designed specifically to allow chip manufacturers, hardware board vendors, and their customers to build embedded applications on x86, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH and other microprocessor architectures running on either the Nano-X or the X Window System. Based in Salt Lake City, Century Software was founded in 1985 and is privately held. Century Software's CEO, Gregory Haerr, is the founder and chief maintainer of the Nano-X Project, and founder of the ViewML Project.

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Century Software, Century Embedded Technologies, and PIXIL are trademarks of Century Software, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark owned by Linus Torvalds. WebPAD is a registered trademark of National Semiconductor Corporation. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Contacts:

Jill Ratkevic
1 (408) 209-5181
jillr@centurysoftware.com

Jon Beutler
1 (801) 268-3088 X145
jonb@centurysoftware.com