MontaVista Supports New IBM STBX25XX Integrated Controller for Set-Top Boxes

9/18/2002 - MontaVista Software, the company powering the embedded revolution, announced that MontaVistaTM Linux® Professional Edition 2.1 will support IBM’s new STBx25xx integrated set-top box (STB) controller chip for next-generation digital set-top boxes.

Building on IBM’s PowerPC 405 architecture, the high performance STBx25xx controller provides manufacturers and service providers with a high performance, low cost solution for demanding digital set-top box applications, including multimedia home platforms (MHP), digital terrestrial services, interactive TV, Web browsing and data broadcasting.

The combination of the IBM STBx25xx and MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 supports new interactive applications that consumers can access through their television set-top boxes, such as online music and video on demand, Internet gaming, interactive TV, Web browsing, and secure online e-commerce transactions.

"Linux is increasingly a requirement for advanced applications and new generations of set-top boxes," said John Sixsmith, program manager, Pervasive Computing, IBM Microelectronics. "Customers are requesting support for the Linux platform. We are pleased to have MontaVista Linux running on the STBx25xx, since it provides high performance and real-time capability with consumer-grade reliability. We are also delighted that MontaVista is building a solid ecosystem focused on consumer electronics with rich support for digital TV 3rd party middleware applications."

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 boasts unrivaled development support for a range of embedded processor architectures including IBM PowerPC. The award-winning release enables a wide variety of embedded applications, providing a standard platform for designs from communications infrastructure to connected consumer electronic devices.

"MontaVista Linux and IBM set-top box controllers represent a powerful integration of software and hardware functionality," said Sheila Baker, vice president, Marketing, MontaVista Software. "Together, IBM and MontaVista Software are delivering STB solutions to manufacturers, allowing them to rapidly bring to market advanced and flexible digital TV-based designs."

About the STBx25xx
The IBM STBx25xx digital set-top box integrated controller provides manufacturers and service providers with high-performance, affordable, and highly integrated semiconductors for advanced set-top box applications. Featuring a 350 DMIPS PowerPC processor, the STBx25xx is able to run demanding applications such as MHP and still have compute cycles available for additional functions. Building on IBM’s technology for STBs, this advanced controller incorporates the powerful IBM STB architecture, advanced sub-0.15 micron process technology, and design flexibility.

MontaVista Linux 2.1 Professional Edition for the IBM STBx25xxx controller is available now from MontaVista Software and its worldwide MontaVista 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 IBM
IBM Microelectronics is a key contributor to IBM's role as the world's premier information technology supplier. IBM Microelectronics develops, manufactures and markets state-of-the-art semiconductor and interconnect technologies, products and services. IBM makes chips for a wide range of devices from the world's most powerful computers to the smallest cell phones. Its superior integrated solutions can be found in many of the world's best-known electronic brands.

About MontaVista
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 that is the first Commercial Off-The-Shelf Linux (COTS) 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 and Sony Corporation.

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

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