MontaVista Software Powers New Advanced Thin Client Terminal

6/19/2002 - MontaVista Software, Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, today announced that two Japanese firms, Nexterm Inc. and ELT Inc., have jointly developed an advanced thin-client terminal based on MontaVistaTM Linux®.

MontaVista Software will exhibit this new thin-client product, the Nexterm SE, at its Booth 25-52 at Embedded System Expo and Conference (ESEC), June 26 and 28, 2002, Tokyo.

The Nexterm SE is a highly efficient and lightweight micro-client that executes all terminal applications in a server-based computing environment. Thin-client terminals are perfect for businesses in which similar tasks are repeated by multiple users and the degree of PC usage is relatively low, such as in call centers, sales offices, schools, franchises, hotel guestrooms, banks, libraries, hospitals and ticket box offices.

"By using MontaVista Linux, we have been able to reduce our development time by one third, compared to traditional embedded OSes," said Kaichiro Takeda, president of Nexterm, "And because Linux is so flexible and easy to customize, we can provide our customers with specialized products that meet their individual needs."

According to IDC, a market research firm, the demand for the thin-client terminals is expected to grow an average of 66 percent per year, worldwide, through 2004.

"Software developers in Asia can accelerate their development time with MontaVista Linux, supplemented by an able Linux professional system integrator such as ELT," said Hitoshi Arima, vice president of Japan Sales, MontaVista Software. "Nexterm's project is a very good example of how embedded developers can successfully and easily move from a traditional embedded OS to embedded Linux."

"ELT is responding to a rapidly emerging market demand for embedded Linux in Asia," said, Hideto Sakamoto, president of ELT. "Companies like Nexterm can significantly decrease time-to-market and lower development costs. We are happy to have contributed to the development of this new product."

About MontaVista Linux
MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 is the next generation of the MontaVista Software's classic cross-development platform and set of tool kits. Providing a standard development platform for 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. For more information, please visit

About Nexterm Inc
Nexterm is a leading Asian vendor in the Mobile Internet Appliance market. Key products include Thin Clients, Mobile Webpads and Internet appliances. For more information, please email to

About ELT Inc.
ELT is a Japanese 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.

About MontaVista Software Inc.
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 visit, email to or call (408) 328-9200.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective companies.

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