MontaVista Software and Embedded Performance Target Intel XScale Architecture

7/11/2002 - MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, and Embedded Performance Inc. (EPI), suppliers of advanced hardware and software tools for RISC processors, announced today the availability of a joint, embedded Linux-based solution for hardware debugging of Intel® XScale™ microarchitecture processors.

The joint MontaVista Software/EPI solution provides developers who are embedding MontaVista™ Linux® on Intel® PXA250 and Intel® PXA210 processors with a high-speed debugging tool. These developers can now leverage the EPI MAJIC® series Multi-processor Advanced JTAG Interface Controllers to perform hardware-based debugging, accelerate system bring-up and conduct source-level debugging of the MontaVista Linux kernel and device drivers.

"Our joint offering is significant in that it brings the power of JTAG-based run-control and real-time execution tracing, a mainstay of traditional embedded development, into the mainly software-based embedded Linux arena," states Norbert Laengrich, EPI president and CEO. "The MontaVista Linux platform and accompanying development tools, and our high-speed MAJICMX® intelligent debug probe complement each other, accelerating our mutual customers' development, debug, and deployment processes."

"MontaVista Software's partnership with EPI helps both companies serve the rapidly-emerging handheld and wireless markets," comments William Weinberg, director of strategic marketing for MontaVista Software. "Hardware-based debug capability is key to overcoming system integration bottlenecks and to bringing quality embedded products to market on time and within budget."

Availability and Technical Details
Embedded Performance Inc. will immediately begin offering pre-built configurations of MAJICMX interface software and probes for MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 for the Intel XScale microarchitecture. For booting and debugging the MontaVista Linux kernel and drivers, developers will be able to use the familiar, standard GDB debugger interface on Linux as well as on Microsoft Windows development hosts, with options for Ethernet or RS-232 serial communications between the developer workstation and the MAJICMX unit.

About EPI Inc.
Founded in 1987, Embedded Performance Inc. is one of the world's leading suppliers of compiler, debugger and emulation tools for the embedded RISC market. The company supplies complete software toolkits, intelligent debug probes and development boards for a variety of RISC architectures. Company headquarters are located in Milpitas, Calif. Local sales offices with application assistance and technical support are available worldwide through a network of representatives and distributors. For more information, contact EPI sales at 408-957-0350, fax: 408-957-0307, or email:

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 MontaVista™ Linux® Professional Edition and MontaVista™ 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 info@mvista.comor call (408) 328-9200.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc. MAJIC, MAJICMX and EPI are registered trademarks of Embedded Performance Inc. Intel, PXA210, PXA250, PCA and XScale are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective companies.

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

Bill Weinberg
Director of Strategic Marketing
MontaVista Software Inc.
Phone: (408) 328-9213

Patricia Colby
PR Strategy and Business Development
Pacifico Inc.
Phone: (408) 293 8600 x340

Jackie Su
Intel XScale Product Manager
Embedded Performance Inc.
Phone: (408) 719-5613

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