SOURCE: Themis Computer

January 18, 2007 09:00 ET

Themis and Terra Soft Offer 64-bit PowerPC Linux Board Support Package

Themis and Terra Soft Collaborate to Provide Linux Support for Themis' PowerPC 970FX-based TPPC64 Single Board Computer

FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 18, 2007 -- Themis® Computer announced its collaboration with Terra Soft Solutions to deliver a complete Linux® distribution for the TPPC64™, Themis' first in a new family of 6U VMEbus single board computers based on the IBM® PowerPC® 970FX superscalar RISC processor.

"Early in our PPC 970 development program, Themis turned to Terra Soft and their Yellow Dog Linux, for prototype support software," said William E. Kehret, president of Themis Computer. "As Themis moved into production with the TPPC64, we asked Terra Soft for the most current Linux OS available, and we can now offer our users Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 -- based on the Fedora Core 5 foundation," Mr. Kehret added.

"We are pleased to play a vital role in the delivery of Themis' PowerPC 970-based product," stated Kai Staats, CEO of Terra Soft Solutions. "Themis' TPPC64 is an excellent host for our leadership LINUX platform, offering high-density, high performance computing, combined with the full features of a single board computer, including audio and video," Mr. Staats added.

Two TPPC64 configurations are available: a single processor single slot computer and a dual-processor, symmetric multiprocessing, two-slot solution.

The PowerPC 970FX processor provides maximum performance for existing 32-bit applications and new 64-bit applications. The 1.8GHz TPPC64, in a single-slot configuration, can be configured with up to 4GBytes of DDR400 memory and includes dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and features dual Ultra320 SCSI interfaces. The single-processor TPPC64 also includes six USB ports, AC'97 audio, and four serial ports. A second processor may be added, in a second VME slot, communicating with the baseboard via a coherent Hyper-transport link and adds a 64-bit 133MHz PMC slot.

"It is important to Themis to provide an industry standard Linux OS backed by a recognized leader. Terra Soft's Yellow Dog Linux Board Support Package provides a stable, flexible foundation for self hosted and cross platform code development, application and data services, and high performance computing," stated William Kehret. "Terra Soft's eight-year dedication to this architecture assures our customers of a stable platform for the continued evolution of their PPC-based applications. Our collaboration with Terra Soft is yet another example of our deep commitment to the mission critical needs of our customers in aerospace, data/telecom, military and commercial markets," Mr. Kehret added.

Themis Computer's Single-Board Computers

Themis provides a broad range of AMD®, Intel®, IBM and Sun Microsystems®-based VMEbus and Compact PCI computers, as well as high performance graphics coprocessors for embedded applications. Themis' family of VMEbus embedded computing products includes the new IBM 970FX-based TPPC64, as well as the AMD Turion™ and Opteron™-based Single Board Computers (SBCs). Themis' SBCs have been performance tested to MIL-S-901D, Class A standards, with equipment shock loads of up to 40Gs.

Themis specializes in 64-bit, symmetrical multiprocessing platforms for compute intensive embedded applications. The Themis Computer family of VME-based boards and system products provide increased processing power and system reliability for demanding application environments, while achieving a net reduction in total cost of ownership. The company's high performance servers, single-board computers and graphics controllers are now being integrated into advanced communications and defense systems worldwide.

About Terra Soft Solutions, Inc.

Terra Soft is a leading Integrated Solutions Provider, Board Support Package and Application developer with proven expertise in the Power Architecture and Linux OS platform. As an IBM Business Partner, Mercury and Apple VAR, Terra Soft provides turnkey HPC systems. Terra Soft develops Yellow Dog Linux, a 32/64-bit OS for Power architecture computers; the Y-HPC cluster construction; and Y-Bio, a cross-architecture gene sequence analysis suite for both x86 and Power architecture workstations and clusters. For more information please visit

About Themis Computer

Themis is a leading provider of hardware and software solutions for mission critical applications in aerospace, data/telecom, military, and commercial markets. Themis provides open standards-based computing platforms that support Sun® Solaris™, Linux, and Microsoft® Windows® operating environments. Themis' products incorporate features designed to ensure high reliability and availability while reducing the risks of failure caused by extreme environments. An ISO 9001 certified company, Themis Computer practices Total Quality Management (TQM) in all areas of its business, from engineering and manufacturing to customer service. Themis Computer is headquartered in Fremont, California and offers worldwide service and support. For more information please visit or email:

Themis, the Themis logo, TPPC64, and TA64 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Themis Computer. AMD and Turion are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. IBM and PowerPC are registered trademarks of IBM in the United States. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Sun, Sun Microsystems, and Solaris are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective companies.

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