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Metrowerks to Provide Support for Hitachi SH-Mobile Processor with its CodeWarrior Tools for TAO Group's intent Media Platform.

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AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 11, 2002

Tools Enable Development of Portable Multimedia Applications for

Next-Generation Mobile Devices Based on SH-Mobile Processor

Metrowerks today announced that its CodeWarrior(tm) Development Tools for intent(R) Media Platform is the first third party development tool suite to support Hitachi Ltd.'s new SH-Mobile (SuperH(tm) Mobile Application Processor) series.

SH-Mobile allows high speed processing of multimedia applications for next-generation mobile phone systems.

"We're very pleased that Metrowerks is supporting our SH-Mobile series, providing developers with a leading set of tools that will take advantage of the multimedia capabilities in our SH-Mobile series," said Ikuya Kawasaki, department manager, Mobile System Department, Semiconductor Integrated Circuits at Hitachi Ltd. "Their support for SH-Mobile will help ensure a wide array of innovative, compelling multimedia applications for mobile phones."

CodeWarrior Development Tools for intent Media Platform is designed to let developers create applications that run on a multitude of media devices through the innovative intent platform from the TAO Group. This includes set-top boxes, PDAs, next-generation handsets, digital cameras and other consumer electronic devices. CodeWarrior Development Tools for intent is the first professional integrated development environment for the intent Media Platform, and provides support for pre-platform applications development, allowing software engineers to create applications before the device is ready. Once hardware engineering is complete, the code base can then be moved to the prototype device. This makes it possible for software and hardware development to go on concurrently, reducing time to market.

"The combination of TAO and Metrowerks is enabling the SH-Mobile processor development community to easily create rich multimedia content and applications for a multitude of media devices with absolute fastest time to market," said Francis Charig, executive chairman at the TAO Group. "CodeWarrior is justifiably the principle tool chain in our market, and it is now being used by blue chip corporations to exploit TAO's best-in-class graphics, audio, streaming and Java and deliver to the market content that meets consumer expectations."

Hosted on Microsoft Windows(R) NT/2000/XP platforms, the toolset supports C, C++, and TAO Group's proprietary Virtual Processor (VP) assembly language. An upcoming version of the toolset available this summer will add Java(tm) language support.

"This release of CodeWarrior tools supporting Hitachi's SH-Mobile processor provides device manufacturers with the essential toolset for creating the next generation rich-multimedia-capable devices based on TAO's intent Media Platform in combination with the new SH-Mobile processor," said John Smolucha, vice president of Metrowerks. "As the first tools vendor to support the innovative intent platform on the new SH-Mobile series, we're excited to be able to help our customers create highly portable multimedia applications for the next generation of mobile handsets."

CodeWarrior Development Tools for intent Media Platform is part of a family of CodeWarrior tools supporting the leading wireless platforms: Palm OS(tm), Symbian OS(tm), Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME(tm)), Linux, and Java Card(tm). Metrowerks also provides platform and pre-platform tools supporting ARM(R), PowerPC, DSP, and other processors. In addition, Metrowerks provides developers access to its Wireless Development Centers, which feature a 2.5G infrastructure for device and applications testing and certification.

About Metrowerks

Metrowerks creates CodeWarrior software and hardware products and services for developers, with a particular focus on the following industries: consumer electronics; transportation; wireless; and networking and communications. The CodeWarrior product line includes hardware and software development tools and middleware that enable customers to decrease their time to market. The company also offers services, including training and custom software development. Founded in 1985, Metrowerks is today an independently operating subsidiary of Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT). Metrowerks corporate headquarters are in Austin, Texas; Metrowerks Europe is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland; and Metrowerks Japan is headquartered in Tokyo. For more information, please visit http://www.metrowerks.com/.

Metrowerks and CodeWarrior are trademarks of Metrowerks Corp in the U.S. and other countries. SuperH is a trademark of Hitachi Ltd. Java and all other Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. All other tradenames and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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