MontaVista Software Powers Industry-Leading MPEG-4 Set-Top Box

11/7/2002 - MontaVista Software, the company powering the embedded revolution, announced that Advanced Communications has based the next generation of its MPEG-4 television set-top box (STB), the ECCLE5000, on MontaVistaTM Linux®. The ECCLE5000 features an MPEG decoder that enables home TVs to replay MPEG-1/2/4 high quality video streams distributed via the Internet or cable.

"This new set-top box supports next-generation video decks that can be used for streaming systems, e-learning and fixed-point monitoring systems," said Yukihiro Yamada, CEO and president of Advanced Communications, "Because stability and reliability of operation are very important for STBs, we chose MontaVista Linux, with which we realized faster data processing and higher stability than with other development platforms. Moreover, with MontaVista Linux, we were able to shorten our expected time-to-market by 20 percent compared to using our original library. We are planning to use MontaVista Linux for our future product development as well."

MPEG-4 is an emerging digital compression standard for interactive audio and video streaming multimedia. Because its MPEG decoder supports MPEG-4, the ECCLE5000 can provide high quality images while minimizing bandwidth requirements and reducing costs. The ECCLE5000 enables advanced interactive multimedia applications such as video on demand (VoD) and digital media over IP for the consumer, corporate and hospitality markets.

"Recently we have seen an enormous surge in the number of consumer electronics products running Linux. The next-generation STB from Advanced Communications is just one example of a sophisticated consumer electronics device using MontaVista Linux," said Hitoshi Arima, vice president of Japan Sales, MontaVista Software. "We expect the use of embedded Linux in consumer electronics to grow very rapidly and MontaVista will continue providing solutions to meet our customers’ needs in this market."

Inno-Micro Corporation, a value-added reseller for Advanced Communications, distributes the ECCLE5000 and provides technical support for the product. The two companies will also realize customized products to OEMs, upon request.

"ECCLE5000 is one of the first products to enable high quality video on demand with MPEG-4. In addition to this advanced STB, we provide a total support environment, including authoring/distribution systems and storage/backup," said Takashi Tsumori, president of Inno Micro Corporation.

About MontaVista Linux
MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 is the classic cross-development platform and set of tool kits from MontaVista Software. Providing a standard development platform for embedded designs, this award-winning product enables developers to create a broad range of embedded applications, from solutions for consumer devices to highly available telecommunications and data communications equipment.

About Advanced Communications
Advanced Communications was founded in 1994 as an engineering company develops communication devices. A mission of the company is to develop communication devices that anybody can use anywhere easily, and the company has developed from LSI design for telecommunication to sub-system design and application software.

About Inno Micro
Inno Micro is a technically specialized trading company. It has dealt in variety of storage including semiconductor devices, hard disk drives, multi-media related devices, and networking system equipments, and provided with technical support accompanied with those products, since it was founded in 1989.

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software Inc. powers the embedded revolution by providing open-source systems software solutions for embedded developers. 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 is a Linux-based embedded source and binary distribution, cross development platform and a set of tool kits for x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH, ARM, XScale, Xtensa and other microprocessor architectures. The Carrier Grade Edition is a second-generation high availability product that is an ideal Linux platform for telecommunications and carrier-grade applications. MontaVista Software also provides several complementary technology products addressing specific customer needs such as the Java development environment, high availability technology, powerful graphics toolkits and more. MontaVista offers developers a family of products and services for embedded design and development targeted for applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer devices.

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. For more information about MontaVista Software, please email to or call (408) 328-9200.

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

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