MontaVista Software Expands Embedded Distribution in Taiwan

10/8/2002 - MontaVista Software, the company powering the embedded revolution, and ELT Taiwan branch (ELT), a system integrator and solutions provider of embedded Linux, announced they have joined forces to distribute and support MontaVista Software products in Taiwan.

Under terms of the agreement, ELT will market and distribute the full range of MontaVista products, including MontaVistaTM Linux® Professional Edition, MontaVistaTM Linux® Carrier Grade Edition, Visual Age® Micro Edition for MontaVista Linux, Qt/EmbeddedTM for MontaVista Linux and MontaVista Graphics in Taiwan. ELT will also provide first-line technical support for local embedded software developers.

ELT develops a variety of solutions based on MontaVista Linux such as Linux-based development environment tools, emulators and target platforms. In addition, ELT Taiwan provides multiple system integration services including porting from legacy RTOS to MontaVista Linux, and creating custom drivers.

"The telecommunications and consumer electronics industries in Asia are accelerating their migration of software platforms from proprietary embedded OSes to Linux," said Hideto Sakamoto, CEO & president of ELT. "We believe that the MontaVista Linux line of products, which are known for their robustness and scalability, will fulfill an important need for our customers in Taiwan."

"MontaVista products are currently being marketed and supported throughout the Asia Pacific region by distributors in Korea, China, ASEAN countries and India," said Raymond Mak, vice president of Asia Pacific Sales for MontaVista. "We are working very successfully with ELT in Japan and are confident that ELT will now also provide excellent support to our customers in Taiwan."

About ELT
ELT is a solution provider that delivers comprehensive embedded Linux solutions for Asian customers, based on MontaVista Linux®. The company uses commercially available standard development tools from Advanced Data Controls Corp., Elmic Systems Inc., GAIA System Solutions Inc., GAIO TECHNOLOGY Inc., Yokogawa Digital Computer Corp. and other major embedded vendors. ELT’s professional team also provides consultation and high-grade services such as porting existing software to Linux, customized hardware, driver IPs and middleware. ELT headquarters are located in Japan, where the company was founded in May 2001. ELT opened its Taiwan branch in April 2002.

About MontaVista
MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software for intelligent connected devices and their associated infrastructure, for applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing GNU/Linux-based open-source systems software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVista Software’s principal products include MontaVistaTM Linux® Professional Edition and MontaVistaTM Linux® Carrier Grade Edition. The Professional Edition comprises a Linux-based embedded source and binary distribution, cross development environments, and a versatile set of tools for the x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH, ARM, XScale, Xtensa and other microprocessor architectures. The Carrier Grade Edition is a next-generation high availability product that is the first Commercial Off-The-Shelf Linux (COTS) platform for telecommunications and carrier-grade applications. MontaVista Software also provides several complementary technology products addressing specific customer needs, such as Java development and runtime, powerful graphics capabilities and more.

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, Calif., MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors such as Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co., IBM, Intel Capital, Panasonic and Sony Corporation.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc.

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