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Wind River and ARC Cores Speed Configurable System-on-a-Chip Development with VxWorks and Tornado

ARC Cores Becomes a Value-Added Reseller (VAR) for Wind River – New Solutions Target Networking and Consumer-Electronics Markets

Elstree, UK/Alameda, CA, USA— January 30, 2001 — ARC Cores (LSE:ARK) and Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: WIND) today announced that Wind River's VxWorks® real-time operating system (RTOS) and Tornado® integrated development environment (IDE) are available for ARC Cores' user-configurable microprocessor core.

ARC Cores has also joined Wind River's value-added reseller (VAR) program, allowing ARC Cores to bundle the run-time license for the market-share leading VxWorks RTOS with the ARC processor. This agreement provides customers with a complete one-stop hardware and software solution, reducing time-to-market obstacles for embedded-system developers of networking and consumer-electronics devices.

"The partnership between Wind River and ARC Cores addresses the growing configurable system-on-a-chip (SoC) market, which is assuming an increasing importance among system designers and end users," according to Rich Wawrzyniak, sr. market analyst for ASIC Services with Semico Research Corporation. "The ability to reconfigure system silicon at little or no cost allows companies to respond to changes in their end markets advantageously and to maximize the efficiency of their manufacturing and marketing efforts. Configurable SoC is definitely here to stay. The ability to offer a leading RTOS and development tools coupled with hooks into the processor is a very powerful combination and allows customers to reach the right level of customization to fit the application without incurring a long development cycle."

"We have been working closely with Wind River on the port of VxWorks and Tornado for the ARC processor," said Jim Turley, senior vice president of marketing at ARC Cores. "We want to ensure that our customers receive a quality RTOS and development tools from the industry's leader, Wind River, and that they continue to enjoy the freedom to configure their specific features in record time. The new age of customizable processors has arrived, and our goal is to provide our customers with the tools they need to get to market months ahead of schedule with a competitive edge."

"Together ARC Cores and Wind River can give developers using ARC's user-configurable microprocessor core a complete and integrated development solution, allowing them to compete by focusing on their value-add and reducing time to market," said Curt Schacker, vice president of corporate marketing and corporate development at Wind River. "Wind River is pleased to be working with ARC Cores to help meet the needs of the rapidly growing configurable system-on-a-chip market."

Special Integration for Advanced Development
A unique feature of this port is the addition of special "hooks" for the VxWorks RTOS and Tornado IDE that allow developers to modify and extend the ARC processor while using Wind River's tools. Developers retain the full capability to use the ARC extensible instruction architecture with VxWorks and Tornado. These special hooks are necessary because few other microprocessor cores have user-configurable architectures and the ability to add application-specific custom instructions.

With the VxWorks RTOS, ARC developers can benefit from the large base of Wind River WindLink™ partners who have expertise in creating optimized single-chip solutions. Wind River's software is tightly integrated with the standard ARC development environment from MetaWare, a subsidiary of ARC International plc. MetaWare's SeeCode debugger supports multiple targets for development and debugging. The debugger treats the RTOS as another target, using a DLL (dynamically linked library) to communicate with the Tornado target server. The ARC processor uses MetaWare's professional High C/C++ compiler and assembler to support the user-configurable and extensible features of the core.

About Wind River
Wind River is a worldwide leader in embedded software and services for creating connected smart devices. Wind River provides software-development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, digital consumer electronics, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial automation and control, and aerospace/defense markets. Wind River is how smart things think. Founded in 1983, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations in sixteen countries worldwide.

About ARC Cores
ARC Cores is a leading designer and developer of customizable, high-performance microprocessor cores and related intellectual property solutions for integrating microprocessors with embedded systems applications. ARC's 32-bit RISC processor is an application specific processor, or ASP, which can be customized for use in a wide variety of increasingly sophisticated products, including telecommunications, voice and data networking, and consumer electronics products. ARC's technology enables designers to rapidly develop prototype designs for validation of design concepts, to reduce the cycle time between design, development and physical prototype to the launch of a product.

With headquarters in Elstree, England, ARC International plc and its group companies employ over 200 people in research and development, sales, and marketing offices across North America and Europe. MetaWare, Precise Software Technologies and VAutomation are wholly owned subsidiaries of ARC International plc, providing software development tools, hardware and software intellectual property and real time operating systems offering a single source solution when required for system on a chip development. The company's website is located at: or phone: +44 (0) 20 8236 2800 (UK) or +1 408 360 2120 (USA).

ARC International (UK) Ltd. and ARC Cores Inc. trade under the name of ARC Cores. ARC Cores is a trademark of ARC International (UK) Limited. Wind River Systems, the Wind River Systems logo, VxWorks, Tornado, and WindLink are trademarks or registered trademarks of Wind River Systems, Inc. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders.

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