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Fixstars Acquires Terra Soft Solutions
Posted by Media Relations, Tuesday November 11 2008 @ 11:45AM EST


TOKYO, Japan -- 11 November 2008 -- Fixstars Corporation, a pioneering company in Cell Broadband Engine™ based solutions, today announced the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Terra Soft Solutions, the world renowned developer of Yellow Dog Linux. The new subsidiary 'Fixstars Solutions, Inc.', of San Jose, California, maintains the entire Terra Soft staff, product line, and regional offices in Loveland, Colorado.

Terra Soft was founded in 1999 to provide a Linux operating system for the Power architecture family of microprocessors. With its early roots in the Apple PowerPC, Terra Soft grew to become one of the top five Apple Value Added Resellers, uniquely licensed to install an alternative to Mac OS, with customers including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, NASA, DoE labs and top universities.

Kai Staats, former CEO of Terra Soft Solutions, now COO of Fixstars Solutions states, “Terra Soft started with my personal credit card and what in retrospect was an unlikely team to create a Linux distribution: a 17 year old sys admin, FileMaker Pro programmer, graphic designer, and marketing consultant. Dan, Troy, Jake and I threw ourselves into the challenge of building something which we were told (more than once) was impossible. Over one hundred Linux companies came and went, but we always pulled through."

In the fall of 2005 Terra Soft began its work with Cell under contract with Mercury Computer. A year later Terra Soft expanded its Cell support to the Sony PS3. In 2007, Terra Soft released YDL v6.0 with support for the IBM BladeCenter QS2x family of products.

Through this acquisition, Fixstars will continue to maintain Yellow Dog Linux as the only Linux OS with support for every Cell/B.E. based product on the market, including Fixstars' own GigaAccel 180 and Sony ZEGO BCU-100.

Staats continues, "Our ten years' determination this year opened the door to a merger of teams and talent which for me is the continuation of a dream. Miki-san and I, our teams too, share a common vision and drive for completion of the Power ecosystem and perfection which is now amplified and accelerated by the new Fixstars Solutions.”

Founded in 2002, Fixstars has since 2004 provided application development and optimization services for the Cell Broadband Engine multi-core processor. Fixstars maintains the world's largest dedicated Cell/B.E. development staff. Fixstars' customers include industry leaders and Cell consortium founders Sony, Toshiba, and IBM and companies such as Mizuho Securities, Mitsubishi Research Institute, and Broadcast International.

“A Cell/B.E. software developer and long-time user of Yellow Dog Linux, Fixstars has great faith in Yellow Dog Linux," said Satoshi Miki, CEO of Fixstars. “This business acquisition allows us to offer a reliable and stable Linux distribution with sense of ease for our customers. I have no doubt that in the expanding Cell/B.E. ecosystem we will offer the best Cell/B.E. solution of the High Performance Computing generation."

In April of this year, Fixstars launched the GigaAccel 180 PCIe Cell computer as a delivery vehicle for its growing portfolio of turn-key, vertical market solutions: - Financial - Healthcare & Life Sciences - Manufacturing Inspection - Digital Media

Fixstars' market specific solutions provide a marked advantage over in-house optimization efforts which historically consume significant resources to achieve the desired performance. The union of the Fixstars and Terra Soft products, services, and engineering expertise forms a complete Cell Broadband Engine ecosystem and client offering, reducing time invested and total cost of ownership.

Fixstars now provides: - Cell application optimization - Middleware - Yellow Dog Linux - Cell based hardware

About Fixstars Corporation Fixstars is the pioneering company of the Cell Broadband Engine, high performance multi-core processor. Fixstars enables companies to speed up business by offering astonishing speed and quality software, middleware on Cell/B.E. and hardware equipped Cell/B.E. including the GigaAccel 180 PCIe board with PowerXCell™ 8i, for industries such as Finance, Medical, Manufacturing and Digital media. Founded in 2002, Fixstars is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

For more information, visit http://www.fixstars.com/en

GigaAccel, Yellow Dog Linux, YDL, Y-HPC, and Y-Film are registered trademarks of Fixstars Corporation. IBM, PXCAB, and POWER are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. PS3, ZEGO, and BCU-100 are trademarks of Sony. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Additional product and company names mentioned may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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