MontaVista & InterVideo Offer Software DVD Player for Embedded Linux

11/25/2002 - MontaVista Software, the company powering the embedded revolutionTM, and InterVideo, a leading provider of DVD software, introduced LinDVD, InterVideo's Linux DVD-playing software which has been validated and optimized for MontaVistaTM Linux®.

LinDVD provides DVD playback on MontaVista Linux, producing crystal clear images at full video frame rates, AC-3 5.1 channel audio and other advanced features found on high-end DVDs. LinDVD can also support hardware MPEG decoders for set-top box and PVR (Personal Video Recorder) applications. InterVideo will exhibit in the MontaVista Software booth (Number A-15) at the Embedded Technology (ET) show, November 20 to 22, 2002, in Yokohama, Japan.

“Consumer electronics OEMs increasingly look to Linux as a robust and cost-effective development platform,” said Steve Ro, founder and CEO of InterVideo. “By using cutting-edge technology from InterVideo and MontaVista Software, OEMs can now develop unique applications for audio, video and multimedia personal entertainment devices, with a shorter time-to-market and greater operating efficiencies.”

InterVideo’s LinDVD takes advantage of much of the technology in WinDVD, the world’s most popular and most advanced software DVD player. For example, LinDVD utilizes InterVideo’s high quality DVD navigator, which has been rigorously tested with more than 2000 titles.

“InterVideo provides the widest range of popular media CODECs for MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Windows Media Player, Real Player, and now LinDVD on MontaVista Linux,” said Sheila Baker, vice president, Marketing, MontaVista Software. “InterVideo’s DVD software and media CODECs, together with MontaVista Linux, will help consumer electronics companies meet the high productivity and low power requirements of new complex consumer devices.”

MontaVista Linux
MontaVista Linux Professional Edition is one of the most widely used embedded Linux operating systems and development platforms. It includes an impressive array of cross-development tools for system and application code, unparalleled processor and board support, native real-time performance in Linux, and hundreds of deployable utilities, libraries, drivers and other run-time components. Earlier this year, MontaVista Linux Professional Edition was named “Best Embedded Linux Solution” at the New York Linux World and Expo. The product received the “Electron d’Or” award for “Best Embedded Tool and Development Solution for 2002” from the prestigious French publication "Electronique,” and the “Readers’ Choice Award” for “Favorite Embedded Solution 2002” from the American magazine “Linux Journal.”

LinDVD is currently available from InterVideo only to consumer electronics OEMs for evaluation and integration and is not sold as stand-alone software. The Linux player software is compatible with a number of popular CPUs, including Intel IA-32, StrongARM and XScale processors, ARM, and MIPS CPUs. MontaVista Linux Professional Edition is available from MontaVista Software and its worldwide distribution channels. It is offered as a product subscription, providing customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, utilities, development tools, software updates, access to the MontaVista Zone and full technical support.

About InterVideo
InterVideo is a leading provider of DVD software and offers a broad suite of advanced digital video and audio multimedia software products that allow users to record, edit, author, distribute and play digital multimedia content on PCs and consumer electronics devices. InterVideo's software is bundled with products sold by nine of the top ten PC manufacturers, ranked in terms of sales by IDC, including Dell Products L.P., Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH, HP, Medion AG, NEC, Sony Corporation and Toshiba Corporation. The company is headquartered in Fremont, CA and with regional offices in Europe, Taiwan and Japan. For more information contact InterVideo at 510/651-0888.

About MontaVista Software
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 and the first Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Linux 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, Sony and Yamaha 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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