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Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 09:21:42 -0400
From: Brian Willinsky <bwillinsky@schwartz-pr.com>
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Subject: Red Hat Joins Embedded Microprocessor Benchmarking Consortium


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

Bob Decker
Wall Street Communications for EEMBC
(415) 409-0233


EEMBC Benchmark Code Enables Red Hatís Semiconductor Partners to Select
Appropriate Processor for Their Next Design

(Nasdaq:RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source
solutions, today announced that it has joined EEMBC, the Embedded
Microprocessor Benchmarking Consortium, a non-profit, 45-strong
organization of semiconductor and compiler suppliers. Through its
membership in this consortium, Red Hat will have access to the EEMBC (tm)
benchmark code, which will allow it to optimize code generation for its

"Red Hat recognizes the need for standardized, widely accepted embedded
microprocessor benchmarks," said Kim Knuttila, vice president, engineering
services for Red Hat. "Our membership in EEMBC allows us to work together
with our semiconductor partners on producing highly optimized compiler
technology for embedded developers. The real-world nature of the EEMBC
benchmarks means that any compiler optimizations we make to improve
benchmarking performance will directly improve the performance of real

EEMBC helps customers bring products to market more quickly through
benchmarking and establishment of industry standards. The EEMBC benchmark
suites target key embedded system applications, including
automotive/industrial, consumer, networking, office equipment and
telecommunications. Several EEMBC members, such as Altera, Fujitsu,
Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Mitsubishi, Motorola and Toshiba, have incorporated
Red Hatís GNUPro compiler technology.

"Red Hatís membership with EEMBC is important news because their GNUPro
compiler technology is used by so many embedded system designers," said
Markus Levy, EEMBC president. "Red Hatís technical expertise in embedded
design and development will be highly beneficial to the consortium as we begin
development of our Version 2.0 benchmark suites."


Providing the embedded fair and certified benchmarks for real-world
applications, EEMBC now includes 45 of the worldís leading and most influential
semiconductor, intellectual property and compiler companies. EEMBC members
are committed to helping customers get the right product easier and faster
through fair benchmarking and establishment of industry standards. Benchmarking
fairness is provided through the EEMBC Certification Labs with offices in Texas
and California. Benchmarking results are posted on the EEMBC Web site at

About Red Hat, Inc.

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the benefits of an open source platform. These solutions include an open source
product platform for devices to mainframes, a complete end-to-end set of
Professional Services, and the Red Hat Network as the Internet-based backbone
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source platform includes the award-winning Red Hat Linux operating system
platform, the Interchange e-Commerce platform, Stronghold Secure Web Server,
Credit Card Verification software, High Availability Server, GNU-based
developer toolkit for embedded development and embedded run-time Linux,
eCOS and RedBoot solutions.

Red Hat backs up their open source offerings with end-to-end services that
include: Red Hat Professional Consulting focused on multi-platform
infrastructure and engineering services; Red Hat Engineering services for
software development and porting of the operating system and for embedded
platforms and devices; Red Hat Enterprise support services for installation
services and Web and telephone support and Red Hat Learning services for Linux
certification (RHCE) and courses for Apache, Embedded systems, Advanced
Developer and e-Commerce. Red Hat Network provides Red Hatís unique
managed services capability to deploy and manage open source products,
services, support and management information on-line in real-time to more
cost effectively and reliably maintain open source-based solutions.

Red Hat is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C. and has offices
worldwide. Please visit Red Hat on the Web at www.redhat.com. For investor
inquiries, contact Gabriel Szulik at Red Hat, 919-547-0012.

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