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Metrowerks Rolls Out Embedded Strategy at ESC West/97 in San Jose; CodeWarrior Support for Embedded Systems Development Greatly Expanded.

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 29, 1997--Metrowerks Inc. (NASDAQ:MTWKF, TSE/ME:MWK) announced this week at the Embedded Systems Conference West/1997 in San Jose, greatly expanded CodeWarrior support for embedded software development, with over 20 press announcements covering all aspects of the embedded software development tools market.

Metrowerks divides the embedded systems market into three core markets: the proprietary operating system market; the RTOS/Windows CE market; and the embedded Java technology market.

"Our mission is clear. Metrowerks wants to be a leader in the growing embedded tools market by providing the same low-cost, highly-optimizing integrated tools to embedded programmers that we have been providing to desktop programmers for years," said Jean Belanger, Metrowerks Chairman and CEO. "Our CodeWarrior all-in-one solution, a concept pioneered by Metrowerks, will be the foundation upon which we build our embedded tools business."

The CodeWarrior all-in-one solution for embedded programmers comprises two key components:

- CodeWarrior IDE, which is a totally integrated development environment common to all CodeWarrior embedded and desktop products. The CodeWarrior IDE contains a complete set of programming tools, including class browsers, editors, a state-of-the-art project manager which obsoletes "make" files, two-machine debuggers which support both source-level and assembly-level debugging, and debug formats that include DWARF (Debug With Arbitrary Record Format), Motorola S-Records, BDM, and JTAG.

- CodeWarrior highly optimizing C, C++, Java and assembler compilers, which feature support for a variety of microprocessors, including 68K, PowerPC, x86 and MIPS. The CodeWarrior compilers and linkers support a variety of proprietary operating system object formats as well as industry standard formats such as ELF and Microsoft COFF.

At ESC West, Metrowerks announced support for additional microprocessors, new CodeWarrior releases for the proprietary operating systems already supported, support for new real-time operating systems, planned support for Windows CE 2.0, and a number of additional selling and marketing arrangements with other embedded tools vendors.

Additional CodeWarrior Microprocessor Support:

- Advanced RISC Machines (ARM) - Metrowerks announced that it will support a new family of microprocessors, the ARM architecture tuned for architecture 3 and 4, including the 7500E, the StrongARM, and THUMB-enhanced ARM architectures. CodeWarrior for ARM will be available in the second quarter of calendar 1998.

- Hitachi SuperH (SH) - Metrowerks announced that it will support a new family of microprocessors, the Hitachi SuperH architecture. CodeWarrior for SuperH Embedded Systems will be available in the second quarter of calendar 1998. CodeWarrior for SuperH Embedded Systems will retail for US$899

- MIPS16 - Metrowerks announced that it will support the new MIPS16 compressed RISC instruction set extensions to the MIPS instruction set. The MIPS16 extensions allow for applications with smaller memory footprints. CodeWarrior MIPS16-enabled compilers will be available in the second quarter of calendar 1998. CodeWarrior for MIPS16 will be incorporated into CodeWarrior for MIPS Embedded Systems which will retail for US$899

- MIPS - Metrowerks will be shipping in October 1997 CodeWarrior for MIPS Embedded Systems with support for MIPS ISA levels I & II. CodeWarrior for MIPS will retail for US$899

- NEC - Metrowerks will provide full support for the NEC VR4100, VR4300 and VR5000 MIPS-based microprocessors. The first release of CodeWarrior for NEC Embedded Systems will ship in the first quarter of calendar 1998, and support for the NEC V800T series of 32-bit microprocessors will be included in future releases. CodeWarrior for NEC Embedded Systems will retail for US$899

- PowerPC - Metrowerks will be shipping its second release of CodeWarrior for PowerPC Embedded Systems, targeting Motorola's MPC821 and MPC860 PowerPC embedded processors, in October 1997. CodeWarrior for PowerPC Embedded Systems retails for US$899

Proprietary Operating System Market:

- Sony PlayStation - Metrowerks will begin shipping in October 1997 CodeWarrior for PlayStation Release 3, the latest version of CodeWarrior programming tools for developing games for the Sony PlayStation game console, and CodeWarrior for Net Yaroze, designed for hobbyist developers. CodeWarrior for PlayStation retails for US$899 and CodeWarrior for Net Yaroze retails for US$299.

RTOS/Windows CE Market:

- Accelerated Technology Incorporated - Metrowerks has agreed with Accelerated Technology to build CodeWarrior support for the Nucleus real-time operating system. The first release will target PowerPC embedded microprocessors, with subsequent releases targeting other embedded microprocessors supported by Metrowerks. CodeWarrior for Nucleus on PowerPC will ship in October 1997 and will retail for US$899.

- Embedded Systems Products - Metrowerks has agreed with Embedded Systems Products to build CodeWarrior support for ESP's RTXC and RTEK real-time kernels. The first release will target PowerPC embedded microprocessors, with subsequent releases targeting other embedded microprocessors supported by Metrowerks. CodeWarrior for RTXC/RTEK on PowerPC will retail for US$899.

- JMI Software Systems - Metrowerks has agreed with JMI Software Systems Inc. to build CodeWarrior support for the JMI C EXECUTIVE real-time kernel. The first release will target PowerPC embedded microprocessors, with subsequent releases targeting other embedded microprocessors supported by Metrowerks. CodeWarrior for C Exec on PowerPC will retail for US$899.

- ITRON - Metrowerks is joining the ITRON Technical Committee and establishing an ITRON porting lab in the United States. Metrowerks will also license MetroTRK to ITRON members.

- Microware - Metrowerks will ship CodeWarrior support for the OS-9 real-time operating system in October, 1997. The first release will target 68K and PowerPC embedded microprocessors, with subsequent releases targeting other embedded microprocessors supported by Metrowerks. CodeWarrior for OS-9 on 68K and PowerPC will retail for US$899

- Precise Software Technologies - Metrowerks has agreed with Precise Software Technologies to build CodeWarrior support for the Precise/MQX real-time operating system on PowerPC embedded microprocessors. The first release will target PowerPC embedded microprocessors, with subsequent releases targeting other embedded microprocessors supported by Metrowerks. CodeWarrior for Precise/MQX on PowerPC will retail for US$899.

- Tacit Software - Metrowerks has agreed with Tacit Software to license Metrowerks' new Target Resident Kernel (MetroTRK) to Tacit Software for integration with Tacit OS running on Motorola's MC68328 Dragonball microprocessor. Tacit OS support will target the Dragonball embedded microprocessor, with subsequent support targeting other embedded microprocessors supported by Metrowerks.

- Microsoft - Metrowerks' CodeWarrior for Windows CE 2.0, which is expected to ship the first quarter of calendar 1998, will provide complete support for Windows CE 2.0. The initial release will support Windows CE 2.0 running on PowerPC, x86, and MIPS microprocessors. Support for Windows CE 2.0 running on ARM and Hitachi SuperH microprocessors will be included in a subsequent release.

Embedded Java Technology Market:

- SUN Microsystems - Metrowerks and SUN Microsystems have signed an agreement whereby Metrowerks will bring its CodeWarrior IDE and CodeWarrior Java tools to be hosted on Sun's Solaris- based workstations. CodeWarrior for Java on Solaris is expected to be available in the second quarter of calendar 1998.

- Advanced RISC Machines - Metrowerks and Advanced RISC Machines have signed an agreement whereby Metrowerks will develop a specialized Java Just-in-Time (JIT) compiler for use with ARM microprocessors. Advanced RISC Machines will act as the master licensor for this technology to it's business partners for use with Java Virtual Machines running on ARM architectures.

Selling and Marketing Arrangements:

- PHYTEC - Metrowerks will offer, in November of this year, full CodeWarrior support for the PHYTEC miniMODUL- PowerPC 505, a Single Board Computer in a credit card-sized footprint.

- Marubun Corporation and Tokyo Electron - Metrowerks and Marubun Corporation and Tokyo Electron Limited, Japan, announced plans to bundle CodeWarrior for Embedded PowerPC tools with Motorola's MBX board for packaged kit sales in the Japanese market.

- Sophia Systems - Metrowerks and Sophia Systems, Japan, announced plans to add CodeWarrior support for Sophia Systems' in-circuit emulator for PowerPC 860/821.

- Yokogawa Digital Computer - Metrowerks and Yokogawa Digital Computer announced plans to bundle CodeWarrior for PowerPC Embedded Systems with Yokogawa Digital Computer's in-circuit emulators for PowerPC 860/821 .

- Academic Embedded Tools - Metrowerks is heavily committed to providing the academic community with world- class embedded software development tools, offering single- user or multiple-user Academic Lab Packs for Embedded Systems products to college and university computer science programs at significantly reduced prices.

Metrowerks Resources

With over 100 software engineers working on CodeWarrior, Metrowerks invests 35% of the company's revenues in R&D. Metrowerks has the resources to create state-of-the-art development tools for embedded programmers. With a fully developed IDE already available for desktop application development, and currently used by over 100,000 registered users in 75 countries, Metrowerks' CodeWarrior IDE development costs can be amortized over a relatively larger number of users. This competitive advantage allows Metrowerks to sell CodeWarrior embedded tools at the ground- breaking price of under $1,000 per seat.

Conclusion

By combining superior pricing, strategic partnerships, and world class tools of unparalleled flexibility, Metrowerks is providing the embedded developer with the most comprehensive, high quality, low cost developer tools in the embedded market.

Note to editors: for complete copies of the releases summarized above, please visit the Metrowerks web site at www.metrowerks.com/news. Or contact Gordy Davies, 512/873-4797, gdavies@metrowerks.com or Maria Krinsky, 512/873-4719, mkrinsky@metrowerks.com .

Metrowerks, the Metrowerks logo and CodeWarrior are registered trademarks of Metrowerks Inc. All other company and product names may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies/holders, and are hereby recognized.

Statements in this press release are forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including successful and timely development of the product and customer acceptance of the product.

CONTACT: Metrowerks Inc.

Gordy Davies, 512/873-4797

gdavies@metrowerks.com
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