Castle buys RISC OS technology from Pace
Issued by Castle Technology Ltd
4th July 2003 - Castle Technology Ltd today announced the purchase of the RISC OS technology from Pace Micro Technology plc. The transaction involves the payment of an undisclosed cash sum, ongoing technical support for Pace`s existing products and the grant of a licence back to Pace for intellectual property rights. Castle, based in the UK, have been developing and supplying RISC OS products for over 10 years and this acquisition will ensure that RISC OS products continue into the future. Castle have also formed a joint venture with Cambridge based Tematic Ltd who will develop, market and support an embedded version of RISC OS which has been designed for use in the new generation of smart multimedia products for the high volume consumer electronics market, while Castle will continue to service the desktop market. Anthony Dixon, Company Secretary of Pace commented, "We are delighted to have concluded this transaction with Castle. This allows Pace to maintain the necessary intellectual property rights and technical support for our RISC OS based IP gateways through these new licence agreements. We wish Castle every success for the future". Jack Lillingston, Castle`s Managing Director, said, "The purchase of this technology combines perfectly with our expertise in manufacturing and marketing RISC OS computers (illustrated by our recent success with the launch of the IYONIX pc). This deal will allow us to be at the heart of exciting new products." Jack concluded, "RISC OS provides a proven, small-footprint solution, for cutting edge products such as handheld media devices; we are all very excited with this new development and relish the future for RISC OS" .
About RISC OS
RISC OS development was started in 1988 by Acorn Computers Ltd, Cambridge and acquired by Pace in 1999. RISC OS is a unique combination of hardware and software technology developed for desktop computers . It is also deployed in a number of commercially successful, consumer electronics products including Pace`s DSL4000 gateway, Internet TV devices and a variety of specialized embedded systems. Over 1 million units have been shipped with this technology. RISC OS technology is ideal for the new generation of ARM-based smart embedded devices because it is the most sophisticated and highest performance software environment currently available. It has been designed specifically for high volume, low-cost products that need to support a market-winning set of features with the absolute minimum memory and processor requirements.
About Castle Technology Ltd
Castle is the leader in the field of RISC OS desktop products, with a 10-year track record of year on year growth and a proven expertise in this area. In 1999 Castle took over the production of the Acorn range of desktop computers. Their latest development is the IYONIX pc - the first desktop computer in the world to use Intel`s XScaleŠ processor. Castle is based near Ipswich in Suffolk. For further information please visit Castle`s web site at www.iyonix.com.
About Tematic Ltd
Tematic Ltd offers comprehensive production-ready design solutions for consumer electronic companies. The Tematic team has a proven track record for creating and delivering innovative products for their clients. Tematic can provide a complete, fastest time-to-market solution for companies who need to turn their ideas into revenue generating products in the shortest possible time. Tematic`s web site is at www.tematic.com.
About Pace Micro Technology plc
Pace Micro Technology plc (LSE: PIC) is a leader in digital television technology. The Company`s primary focus is the development of innovative home gateway (set-top box) solutions for operators, broadcasters, telecommunications companies and retail markets worldwide. In addition, Pace develops edge of network devices for service providers, in particular digital IP gateways for low-cost integrated voice and data services. Pace`s head office is in Shipley West Yorkshire, with further offices in Bracknell, Cambridge, the USA, France and Hong Kong. For further information, please visit Pace`s web site at www.pace.co.uk.
(In addition Castle Technology released this FAQ on the 16th of July - ED)
Q.Will RISC OS 4, Select and RISC OS 5 merge?
Q.What does this mean for other hardware developers such as MicroDigital Limited and RiscStation Limited?
Q.I want a license to use RISC OS - must I apply to Castle to get one?
Q.Castle make hardware, isn't it a conflict of interests to also own the operating system?
Q.What about !Browse, can I expect any updates?
Q.Will a version of RISC OS 5 for the Risc PC and A7000 be released?
Additionally running in 32 bit mode on an old processor which still supports 26 bit mode doesn't really bring any benefits. 32 bit applications will of course still work on these machines (fitted with a 26-bit version of RISC OS) and can also use the new 32 bit APIs through the free CallASWI module, SharedCLibrary, and HAL module in a fully backwards-compatible manner.
The HAL module referred to above is available from www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~theom/riscos/othersoft.html.
Q.When can I buy a legal version of RISC OS for emulation on my PC?
Q.This is all very confusing! Who does what?
Q.What new hardware is on the cards?
Q.Is anyone working on an ARM laptop now?
Issued by Castle Technology Ltd