MontaVista Software Among the First Ready for IBM Technology Business Partners

6/25/2002 - MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, announced it is one of the first IBM business partners to join IBM's new "Ready for IBM Technology" program.

As part of the new IBM initiative, third-party companies, such as MontaVista Software, which engineer, validate and test their software to work with products from IBM, can use a new logo from IBM in their marketing that reads "Ready for IBM Technology."

The easily recognizable mark associated with MontaVista™TMLinux®®Professional Edition 2.1 and its complementary products will provide MontaVista Software's customers with official recognition that MontaVista products have been pre-configured to work in combination with a wide variety of IBM's chip solutions, including PowerPC microprocessors, PowerNP network processors, and other IBM Microelectronics products.

"Integration with companies such as MontaVista Software is essential to the success of our network processing, set-top box, Internet appliance and other semiconductor products," said Armando Garcia, vice president of network processing for IBM's Microelectronics division. "MontaVista Software's embedded Linux technology is an important component of our semiconductor product offering and a key step forward for us and our customers when it comes to delivering best of breed solutions."

MontaVista Software was one of the first embedded software companies to develop a Linux-based platform for the IBM PowerPC family of processors. The two companies have also announced agreements for MontaVista Linux support for IBM network processors and STB controller chips. Earlier this year, IBM announced a small equity investment in MontaVista.

"The 'Ready for IBM Technology' lets OEMs know that MontaVista Linux Professional Edition is optimized to work with IBM Microelectronics microprocessors and network processors," said Brian Grega, vice president, business development, MontaVista Software. "This alliance will reduce development risk for our mutual customers, lower their development costs and speed time to market for their next generation products."

MontaVista Software's flagship product, MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1, is available from MontaVista and MontaVista Software's worldwide distribution channels worldwide under a product subscription, consisting of the MontaVista Linux kernel, utilities, development tools, continuous software updates, and technical support.

About IBM Microelectronics
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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.

MontaVista Software
Joe Samagond
Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications
MontaVista Software Inc.
Phone (408) 328-9234

Patricia Colby
PR Strategy and Business Development
Pacifico Inc.
Phone (408) 293-8600 ext. 340

IBM Microelectronics Division
Taggart H. Robertson
Manager, Network Processor Partner Program
IBM Microelectronics Division
Phone (919) 486-2325

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