SOURCE: LynuxWorks

November 17, 2008 08:00 ET

Lockheed Martin to Migrate to LynuxWorks' Latest Operating System and Developer Toolkit for Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Program

LynxOS 5.0 and Luminosity 3.0 Support the Latest LynuxWorks Network Stack and SMP Technology While Maintaining POSIX Conformance Requirements

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - November 17, 2008) - MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE -- Highlighting its continued leadership in aerospace and defense software, LynuxWorks™, Inc., a world leader in the embedded software market, today announced that Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Maritime Systems & Sensors has selected LynxOS® 5.0 real-time operating system (RTOS) and Luminosity 3.0 development toolkit for the radar design and development portion of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program.

MEADS, under development by MEADS International for the United States, Germany and Italy, is designed to replace the Patriot and Hawk missile systems. Combining battlefield protection with flexibility, MEADS protects maneuvering ground combat forces and provides homeland defense against tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and aircraft. The LynxOS 5.0 migration enables Lockheed Martin to take advantage of the latest LynuxWorks network stack and Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) technologies -- both of which are now integrated into the software, while still maintaining POSIX conformance.

"Our decades of experience in the military market continue to be applied toward growing our partnership with Lockheed Martin and improving military technology," said LynuxWorks CEO Gurjot Singh. "We have already demonstrated that our software was powerful enough to handle the stringent security demands of the MEADS launcher. We're now going to prove it has the mettle to handle the MEADS radar controls."

When completed, MEADS will be the only air defense system capable of immediate deployment upon arrival, beginning operations with a "plug-and-fight" capability. The system will provide greater firepower with less manpower than current systems, dramatically decreasing operations and support costs.

LynxOS 5.0 is a real-time POSIX-conformant operating system designed for real-time, mission critical systems. The high performance software supports application programming and Linux application binary interfaces (APIs/ABIs).

Luminosity 3.0 is a Java™-based integrated development environment (IDE) that is based on the popular open-source Eclipse IDE platform. The third generation of Luminosity supports the latest LynuxWorks operating systems, including LynxOS 5 and LynxOS-SE and provides a simplified, flexible platform to create, edit, compile, manage and debug embedded and real-time applications. The easy-to-use interface gives developers easy access to a wide array of both enterprise and embedded plug-in tools to speed development and reduce time to market via the unique Luminosity Validated Plug-In Program.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.

About LynuxWorks

LynuxWorks, a world leader in the embedded software market, is committed to providing open and reliable real-time operating systems (RTOS) and software tools to embedded developers. The company's LynxOS family of operating systems offers open standards with the highest level of safety and security features, enabling many mission-critical systems in defense, avionics and other industries. Additionally, LynuxWorks' BlueCat Linux provides the features and support of embedded Linux for companies wanting to use open source technology for their embedded applications. The Eclipse-based Luminosity IDE gives a powerful and consistent development system across all LynuxWorks operating systems. Since it was established in 1988, LynuxWorks has created technology that has been successfully deployed in thousands of designs and millions of products made by leading communications, avionics, aerospace/defense, and consumer electronics companies. LynuxWorks' headquarters are located in San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit

LynuxWorks is a trademark and LynxOS is registered trademark of LynuxWorks, Inc. Other brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of the respective holders. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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