Agere Systems Selects MontaVista Embedded Linux Software to Support High-End PayloadPlus Network Processors

10/24/2002 - Agere Systems and MontaVista Software, the company powering the embedded revolution, announced an agreement to provide MontaVistaTM Linux® operating system software and support for Agere's family of PayloadPlus® network processors.

The agreement gives telecommunication network equipment manufacturers fast and easy access to Agere's complete line of network processor solutions bundled with MontaVista Linux, one of the industry's most robust versions of the Linux operating system software that offers cross-development tools and extensive real-time features.

The network processor solution, combining Agere's network processors and MontaVista Linux Professional Edition, targets carrier-class equipment that performs deep packet processing. The bundled solution is designed to optimize system development and minimize costs improving control, functionality and performance of high-speed, multi-protocol, multi-service, and multi-access networks.

"The ability to offer tightly optimized software stack and application code across Linux and other popular embedded OS environments will continue to be a key issue in designing future LAN, MAN and WAN systems, especially those built around merchant network and communication processors," said Sean Lavey, an analyst with IDC. "During these tighter times, OEMs will continue to appreciate the extra steps made by networking chip vendors to deliver proven platform solutions that reduce the software complexity in high-performance system designs."

MontaVista Linux is offered as a product subscription from MontaVista Software, providing customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, utilities, development tools, software updates, access to the MontaVista Zone, and full technical support.

"Agere's customers need an embedded Linux operating system with the superior reliability, top-notch quality, and excellent level of support offered by MontaVista Software," said Chuck Tato, marketing director of the processing, aggregation and switching division at Agere Systems. "We've worked closely together to design a complete solution for embedded network applications. As such, Agere has successfully adopted MontaVista Linux for control plane chip and system-level validation of its PayloadPlus family of network processors."

In addition, Agere will offer its FestinoTM run-time environment (RTE) for the MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 operating system (OS). Festino is Agere's network processor-based system development platform.

About PayloadPlus and Festino
Agere's PayloadPlus is a high-performance, deep-packet networking and communications solution that performs all the classification, policing, traffic management, quality of service/cost of service (QoS/CoS), traffic shaping and packet modification functions needed for carrier-class network platforms. The PayloadPlus family allows construction of intelligent communications equipment with multi-protocol processing capabilities.

Agere's Festino hardware and software environment is the industry's most comprehensive platform for system development, offering the broadest array of development options. Festino includes a software development environment (SDE), an RTE and scalable hardware development system (HDS) that supports Agere's 2.5 gigabits-per-second (Gbits/s) through 10 Gbits/s PayloadPlus network processors and Agere's protocol-independent PI-40 2.5 terabits-per-second (Tbits/s) switch fabric.

About MontaVista Linux Professional Edition
MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 is the company's award-winning embedded OS platform. It includes cross development tools and extensive real-time features. The feature-rich product enables a wide variety of embedded applications, providing a standard platform for designs from communications infrastructure to connected consumer electronic devices.

"With the convergence of voice and data, telecommunications companies must guarantee the delivery of new, sophisticated end-user services in an affordable way," said Trent Winegar, vice president of worldwide sales with MontaVista Software. "Developers of networked devices will now be able to take advantage of MontaVista Linux and Agere's carrier-class network processors to build robust, feature-rich applications at lower costs."

Available today, MontaVista's Professional Edition 2.1 Linux targets the control plane of Agere's standard reference platform, based on the Motorola Computer Group PrPMC750 mezzanine CPU. Running on the MPC750 PowerPC CPU, MontaVista Linux will interface with the PayloadPlus network processor over the resident PCI/CompactPCI interface, providing system start-up, configuration and management functionality, and support development of a variety of control and management plane applications.

For more information on Agere's products cited herein, customers may visit Agere's Web site or contact one of Agere's regional sales offices. Customers in the U.S. may also call the Agere Systems Customer Response Center at 1-800-372-2447 and ask for Dept. A56. Customers in Canada may call 1-800-553-2448. Customers outside those countries may call +1-610-712-4323. Fax inquiries may be directed to +1 610 712 4106, or email queries to Written inquiries should be sent to Agere Systems, Room 10A-301C, 1110 American Parkway NE, Lehigh Valley Central Campus, Allentown, Pa. 18109, USA.

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 Corporation, Capital, Panasonic and Sony Corporation.

Agere Systems
Agere Systems is a premier provider of advanced integrated circuit solutions that access, move and store network information. Agere's access portfolio enables seamless network access and Internet connectivity through its industry-leading WiFi/802.11 solutions for wireless LANs and computing applications, as well as its GPRS offering for data-capable cellular phones. The company also provides custom and standard multi-service networking solutions, such as broadband Ethernet-over-SONET/SDH components and wireless infrastructure chips, to move information across metro, access and enterprise networks. Agere is the market leader in providing integrated circuits such as read-channel chips, preamplifiers and system-on-a-chip solutions for high-density storage applications. Agere's customers include the leading PC manufacturers, wireless terminal providers, network equipment suppliers and hard-disk drive providers.

Agere Systems, the Agere Systems logo and Festino are trademarks of Agere Systems. PayloadPlus is a registered trademark of Agere Systems. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc.

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