In Tokyo last week, Nisshin Software Co, a medium-sized independent software house with 630 employees and revenue this financial year of $55m, announced an agreement with Lynx Real-time Systems Inc, Los Gatos, California for exclusive distribution in Japan of Lynx’s Unix-compatible realtime operating system LynxOS. The relationship, which first drew our attention at the Unix […]
In Tokyo last week, Nisshin Software Co, a medium-sized independent software house with 630 employees and revenue this financial year of $55m, announced an agreement with Lynx Real-time Systems Inc, Los Gatos, California for exclusive distribution in Japan of Lynx’s Unix-compatible realtime operating system LynxOS. The relationship, which first drew our attention at the Unix User Society meeting and exhibition last June, was officially feted at a party following a seminar given by the president of Lynx Realtime Systems, Dr Inder Singh. An attendance of over 300 people at the seminar indicated the interest in real-time systems in the Japanese market, and attested to the activity of Nisshin over the past year in test-marketing Lynx; over 30 companies already use the product, including Mitsubishi Electric Corp, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp, Rikagaku Kenkyujo Co and others unannounced as yet. Lynx, a late starter in the US real-time market, faces competition from other real-time operating system packages sold in Japan, including Wind River Systems Inc’s VxWorks, sold by Kobelco Systems, a subsidiary of Kobe Steel Co, as well as proprietary control software. Japanisation of the Lynx system is under way and a Japanese version will be available at the end of May. Up to 130 people from Nisshin Software will be involved in marketing Lynx, and according to Mr Nakai, the senior managing director of Nisshin, Nisshin predicts use of Lynx not only in real-time and embedded computer systems, in process control, telecommunications and a host of other fields, but in any intelligent product – for example household appliance – sold in the future, as well as a myriad of as yet unthought-of products – a total market valued at over $75m annually. Nisshin expects Lynx-based revenues to form 10% of its $90m revenue in the fiscal year that started on Wednesday, growing to 20% of total over the next few years. The LynxOS product is fully binary compatible with Unix System V and conforms to Posix 1003.1, 1003.4 and 1003.4a standards. It already runs on Intel Corp 80386, 80486 and 80860 architectures, Motorola Inc 68030 and 88000 and Hewlett-Packard Co’s Precision Architecture RISC; development of a version for Sun Microsystems Inc Sparcsystems is under way, to be completed by May, and a MIPS Computer Systems Inc R3000 version will be available in October 1992, followed by an R4000 version. Lynx Realtime Systems has been funded entirely from operating revenue since its establishment and its executives are proud of the fact that even in the current US economic environment, revenues have been doubling every year – first quarter revenues have been over quota, with this year’s target of $12.5m for the full year.