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Microware Systems Corporation Announces General Availability of DAVID 2.2 and the Introduction of MHEG-5 Content Decoder.

DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 8, 1998--

Product Features and Advancements Enable Manufacturers to Offer Java Compatibility, Internet Access, and Compliance with ATSC and DVB Standards

Microware Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MWAR) today announced general availability of DAVID 2.2 (Digital Audio/Video Interactive Decoder) system software, and the availability of the Multimedia Hypermedia Expert Group (MHEG-5) Content Decoder for future set-top-box designs in Europe.

The MHEG-5 Content Decoder is based on core technology from CCETT, a world leader in MHEG5 technology, located in France. MHEG-5 has been chosen as a standard for multiple digital broadcast services in Europe. DAVID 2.2 meets compliance standards for both the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) in the United States and Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) in Europe.

More than 20 leading manufactures have licensed DAVID for implementation in DTV set-top decoders and digital entertainment terminals. DAVID 2.2, built upon Microware's OS-9 real-time operating system (RTOS) supports Microware's PersonalJava for OS-9, and is essential as developers build JAVA applications into next-generation products. DAVID 2.2 is the first digital television solution to offer Java capability, Internet access, compliance with DVB and ATSC digital broadcast standards, and is referenced to the Motorola Hellcat hardware platform.

"Manufacturers need solutions that reduce the time it takes to bring digital video products to market," said Stephen Bashada, vice president of marketing for Microware. "DAVID's successful track record of development and implementation further solidifies it as a critical solution that meets the needs of advanced television developers."

DAVID 2.2 is referenced to the Motorola Hellcat platform, and allows manufacturers the ability to design devices that do not require extensive porting. The use of the Motorola Hellcat provides developers the ability to be productive developing applications from day one.

MHEG-5 is designed for digital multimedia systems and is a requirement for future European video deployments. MHEG-5 provides specific control of the programming viewers receive, while using minimal processor and memory resources.

"Microware's implementation of the MHEG-5 standard is further proof of Microware's leadership in set-top-box software technology for digital television applications," added Bashada. "MHEG-5 provides a complete open standards solution for developers."

Microware Systems Corporation

Microware (NASDAQ: MWAR) develops, markets, and supports real-time operating system software covering the spectrum from deeply embedded applications to high end consumer devices. Microware's flagship operating system, OS-9, coupled with the powerful new integrated development environment, Hawk, provides the essential building blocks and full set of development tools for embedded devices. Ariel, Microware's new full-source, royalty-free RTOS provides customers with an affordable solution to help them remain competitive. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, Microware was founded in 1977, and has technology and sales offices throughout the United States and in England, France, Germany, and Japan.

Microware, the Microware logo, OS-9 and DAVID are registered trademarks of Microware Systems Corporation. Java and all Java-based trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

For more information on Microware's products, visit; send e-mail to; or call 1-800-475-9000 or 515-223-8000.

 CONTACT: Microware Systems Corporation
 Sara Payne
 (515) 327-2449
 Craig Olson
 (515) 327-2444

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