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Gatespace and National Semiconductor Offer Flexible Networking Solution for OEM Customers

Joint technology provides gateway manufacturers with a complete OSGi based networking platform for residential and commercial environments

Nov 12, 2001

LAS VEGAS, NV-COMDEX - November 12, 2001 - Gatespace, a provider of open standard-based distributed service platforms, and National Semiconductor (NYSE: NSM), the world's leading technology provider for the information appliance market, today announced the availability of a flexible, bundled platform for gateways featuring Gatespace's Distributed Service Platform (GDSP) and National's Geode? software development platform.

Gatespace will demonstrate one example of the bundled platform this week in the National-sponsored Information Appliance Pavilion at Comdex Fall 2001 in Las Vegas. This demonstration, using the Geode SP4SC30 platform, will show remote management and service provisioning of a home network.

National Semiconductor will distribute Gatespace's software with its platform, providing a complete networking solution for its original equipment manufacturers that are creating future gateway products. A residential gateway (RG), for example, is a device that enables pervasive Internet access throughout the home and remote management of common household appliances such as lights, security systems, utility meters, air conditioners and entertainment systems. With this complete hardware and software package, network operators and service providers now have the ability to remotely manage and provision new applications and services to these gateways, a key component of distributed network architecture.

The bundled platform includes a software toolkit for developing services based upon the OSGi (Open Services Gateway Initiative) specification, an open standard for the delivery of multiple services over wide-area networks to local networks and devices. This gives OEMs flexibility to develop products based upon open standards that leverage the high performance of National's development boards.

OEMs such as Everex Communications, a service gateway manufacturer, are already enjoying the benefits of this joint technology offering. "The Intelliway from Everex allows for advanced provisioning of new services and utilizes the OSGi platform and IA chipsets," says Richard Nidever, Everex's director of strategic alliances. "Gatespace and National Semiconductor enable us to provide the management and performance for creative solutions in energy, entertainment and automation services."

"Combining our software with National Semiconductor development boards lays the groundwork for customers to develop a dynamic, flexible and fully manageable network in which information appliances can easily interoperate and interface with back office systems," said Staffan Truv?President and CEO of Gatespace.  "We're pleased to partner with National Semiconductor to improve the network development process for their customers."

"Offering Gatespace's distributed platform helps service gateway manufacturers save time and development costs through the GDSP's support of open standards," said Ajay Padgaonkar, manager of the residential gateway business unit at National Semiconductor. "When paired with National's Geode processor and platform, which leverages the standard hardware and software interfaces of the x86 architecture, the solution is even more ideally suited for gateways."

About Gatespace and National Semiconductor Products
Gatespace's Distributed Service Platform (GDSP) 3.1 is based on Java and is designed to fully comply with the Open Services Gateway Initiative (OSGi) Service Platform Release 2 specification.
It includes a footprint-optimized framework, which is the heart of the distributed service platform, along with value-added components such as secure communication, remote management, enterprise integration, accounting/payment and support for a variety of device protocols including UPnP.

By connecting local area networks and devices to wide area networks, GDSP provides intelligent connectivity, accessibility and service mobility to users.  This software platform allows for the dynamic remote deployment and life cycle management of Java based components-further extending the capabilities of embedded Java.  The flexible architecture of GDSP enables anything from service delivery and network/resource monitoring and analysis, to data aggregation and collection.

National's information appliance platforms, featuring National's Geode processor and several analog components, offer the optimal balance between cost, performance and power consumption for residential gateway products, enabling manufacturers to build affordable, full-function devices.  The Geode SP4SC30 platform is a software development and silicon evaluation platform for National's single-chip processors. It includes hardware appropriate to software development and has many access points for creation and debug of software.  The platform also can be used for software evaluation, allowing customers to evaluate different operating systems. 

About Gatespace
Gatespace provides open standards based distributed service platforms for designing, developing, and delivering network based services. Gatespace products are designed to be compliant with OSGi (Open Services Gateway Initiative), and support full interoperability between application/content providers, network operators, and service gateway and device manufacturers. This provides for secure and reliable end-to-end services for consumers on the residential and automotive markets, among others.Gatespace was founded jointly by Ericsson and the Swedish research company CR&T, and is privately funded by Ericsson, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Fuqua Venture Partners, Bure Equity, European Equity Partners, Pythagoras Participation, and T-bolaget. The company is based in Palo Alto, California, with its European headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. Visit www.gatespace.com
for additional information.

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital technology, the company is focused on the fast growing markets for wireless handsets; information appliances; information infrastructure; and display, imaging and human interface technologies. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for fiscal year 2001 and employs about 9,700 people worldwide.  Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com