Kozio, Inc. Announces Support for Freescale PowerQUICC III - Kozio Expands Processor Architecture Support to Complement Its Strong Networking and Communications Line

Kozio, Inc., a leading provider of embedded software for system-level hardware testing, today announced plans for support of Freescale's PowerQUICC III processor architecture. Kozio is currently working with Silicon Turnkey Express (STx) to support and create a software evaluation kit for STx's GP3 reference board and will continue to add support for additional reference boards from STx and other manufacturers. Kozio develops turnkey software solutions that verify design and validate hardware for any embedded single-board computer systems for a variety of applications, including networking and communications technology.

Longmont, CO (PRWEB) May 23, 2005 -- Kozio, Inc., a leading provider of embedded software for system-level hardware testing, today announced plans for support of Freescale's PowerQUICC III processor architecture. Kozio is currently working with Silicon Turnkey Express (STx) to support and create a software evaluation kit for STx's GP3 reference board and will continue to add support for additional reference boards from STx and other manufacturers. Kozio develops turnkey software solutions that verify design and validate hardware for any embedded single-board computer systems for a variety of applications, including networking and communications technology.

"We are seeing strong demand for our products to support the latest Freescale processor technology, in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere," notes Kozio President Joseph Skazinski. "We're excited to round out our support of the leading network processors and our ability to quickly provide custom solutions to our customers that use these processors."

Kozio delivers a complete diagnostics and functional test solution for hardware board bring-up, manufacturing test and production-ready power-on self-test through its products: kDiagnostics for system-level diagnostics of embedded designs; kMfgTest for automated embedded manufacturing and functional test; and kPOST for off-the-shelf Power-On Self-Test (POST). These solutions from Kozio provide more complete testing throughout the development process, resulting in fewer spins in the prototype stages and fewer defects in the final product. Boards move from design through prototyping and manufacturing to release in less time, with less cost and fewer defects.

Freescale's versatile PowerQUICC delivers functionality tailored to the needs of the embedded communications market space, particularly for broadband access and customer premise equipment applications. Delivering support for protocols including Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, ATM, HDLC, USB and PCMCIA, PowerQUICC processors are well-suited for applications including SOHO routers, remote access routers, DSLAMs, access concentrators, LAN/WAN switches, central office switching, integrated access devices, residential gateways, DSL modems, cable modems, and Voice over IP (VoIP) systems.

STx's GP3 ODM Reference Board for Freescale PowerQUICC(tm) III features premium blade/sbc supporting the Freescale MPC8560 and MPC8555 and MPC8541 processors, along with interfaces for Rapid IO, fiber optic gigabit ethernet modules, PCI-104, and up to 4 gigabytes of RAM. The GP3 is a powerful single-board computer/router designed as both a stand-alone product, as well as a reference board and for custom integration purposes.

Kozio's latest software release includes new, enhanced, and extended support for a variety of technologies across all its products. In the past quarter Kozio has added drivers and test suites for NAND Flash devices, enhanced USB support (handling multiple USB devices per platform), PCI bridge support, LCD support, expanded Altera FPGA support and enhanced Compact Flash support. These new features expand on the already extensive Kozio Test Library, enhancing the company's leadership role in providing the most comprehensive hardware test software for board bring-up, manufacturing test and power-on self-test (POST).

About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE:FSL, FSL.B) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola, Inc. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale, a member of the S&P 500®, is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with 2004 sales of $5.7 billion (US). For more information, visit www.freescale.com.

About Silicon Turnkey Express
Silicon Turnkey Express (STx) is an ODM/CDM (contract design/original design manufacturer) that serves the semiconductor and embedded software industry. STx offers a unique and straightforward way to develop embedded products: Prove your idea; prototype and test market it; and produce your product. STx clients do this by: buying an STx ODM board and starting application software development; using STx ODM production-ready boards to do prototypes and POC (proof of concept); and engaging STx as an EMS partner by buying STx standard products or having STx do custom hardware with follow-on manufacturing. For more information, visit www.silicontkx.com, or call 800.827.2650 or 440.461.4700.

About Kozio, Inc.
Kozio, Inc. develops software solutions that verify design and validate hardware for embedded single-board computer systems used in products such as ADSL gateways, wireless access points, network routers, voice solutions, security and test equipment, and aerospace systems. Kozio's products provide comprehensive test solutions, including diagnostics for board bring-up, automated manufacturing test, and built-in self-test software for manufactured products. Kozio's customers design, develop and manufacture boards used in computer-based electronic systems for the aerospace, networking, defense, test and wireless industries. Kozio products ease many embedded systems development challenges, from design through manufacturing and support, saving customers time and money. The company is privately held and based in Longmont, Colorado. For more information, visit www.kozio.com.

kDiagnostics is a registered trademark of Kozio, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Contact: Joseph Skazinski, Kozio, Inc., e-mail protected from spam bots, (303) 776-1356, or Brad Shannon, Shannon Marketing Communications, (970) 461-4906, e-mail protected from spam bots.

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