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Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 09:36:50 -0400
From: Ben Conrad <bconrad@schwartz-pr.com>
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Subject: Red Hat to Port Open Source GNUPro Development Tools to Altera's Excalibur Products


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Melissa London					Bryan Scanlon/Ben Conrad
Red Hat, Inc.				             Schwartz Communications for Red Hat
(919) 547-0012				            (781) 684-0770
melissa@redhat.com			     redhat@schwartz-pr.com


Partnership will make Industry-Standard Red Hat GNUPro Tools Available to Users of
Altera’s Embedded Processor SOPC Solutions

(Nasdaq: RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source
Internet infrastructure solutions, and Altera Corporation (Nasdaq:ALTR), a leading
supplier of programmable logic devices (PLDs), today announced a version of the
Red Hat GNUPro embedded development tools that support Altera’s ARM®-based and
MIPS®-based Excalibur(tm) embedded processor solutions.

Altera is the first company to offer leading 32 bit RISC embedded processors coupled
with industry-leading programmable logic devices targeted at embedded systems
applications. The ARM and MIPS-based Excalibur system-on-a-programmable-chip
(SOPC) family combines programmable logic, memory, key peripherals, and an
ARM922T or MIPS32 4Kc processor core to create a complete solution for fast
embedded systems development. Altera’s CMOS-based programmable logic devices
(PLDs) are user-programmable semiconductor chips that enhance flexibility and reduce
time-to-market for companies in the communications, computer peripheral and industrial

Red Hat said it will provide consulting services in addition to the port of industry-
standard GNUPro embedded development tools to Altera’s embedded hard core ARM
and MIPS-based processor products. Red Hat will continue to support GNUPro on
Altera’s Nios(tm) soft processor core, which can be implemented on a wide range of
Altera’s industry-leading PLDs. Red Hat will also provide ongoing maintenance and
commercial support for the open source tools that will be made available to thousands of
Altera Quartus II(tm) users.

"In partnering with Red Hat in support of our high-performance ARM and MIPS-based
Excalibur products, Altera can offer the same embedded software development
environment that is currently supported on our Nios soft processor core and we can
distribute the widely-used GNUPro embedded development tools to all of our customers
using Quartus II," said Jordan Plofsky, senior vice president of embedded processor
products at Altera.

"Red Hat is pleased that Altera chose Red Hat to develop the building blocks that help
their users rapidly adopt next-generation technologies and bring their solutions quickly to
market," said Michael Tiemann, CTO of Red Hat. "Thousands of Altera customers will
be able to leverage powerful, open source GNUPro embedded development tools to
create a whole new generation of tethered devices in several markets. Red Hat continues
to provide a complete spectrum of embedded, open source solutions and consistent set of
APIs to its customers."

Red Hat has more than 10 years of unmatched experience in developing, qualifying and
maintaining leading edge open source products and platforms based on a single source
base for Linux and GNU. For more information about Red Hat Embedded please visit

About Altera’s Excalibur Embedded Processor Solutions
Combining logic, memory and a processor core, Altera’s new Excalibur embedded
processor solutions allow engineers to integrate an entire system on a single
programmable logic device (PLD). The three families--the Nios(tm) soft core embedded
processor, the ARM-based hard core embedded processor and the MIPS-based hard core
embedded processor--offer the flexibility of processor cores with the integration of
system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) logic.

Excalibur embedded processors can be used in any application requiring processors and
PLDs with gate counts up to 1,000,000 gates. They offer full integration with Altera’s
APEX(tm) PLD architecture, and are supported by the Quartus II(tm) development tool,
which is optimized for the Excalibur embedded processor families.

About Altera
Altera Corporation, The Programmable Solutions Company®, was founded in 1983 and
is a leading supplier of programmable logic devices (PLDs). Altera’s CMOS-based PLDs
are user-programmable semiconductor chips that enhance flexibility and reduce time-to-
market for companies in the communications, computer peripheral and industrial
markets. By using high performance devices, software development tools, and
sophisticated intellectual property cores, system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC)
solutions can be created with embedded processors, memory and other complex logic
together on a single PLD. Altera common stock is traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market
under the symbol ALTR. More information on Altera is available on the Internet at:

Altera, The Programmable Solutions Company, APEX, Excalibur, Nios, Quartus II, and
specific device designations are trademarks and/or service marks of Altera Corporation in
the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective

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