MontaVista Software Connects with Movial to Provide Instant Messaging for Linux-Based Consumer Devices

1/30/2003 - MontaVista Software, Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, and Movial, a provider of communication software to device manufacturers, announced the two companies are partnering to enable compelling smart communication applications for manufacturers of Linux-based consumer electronics devices.

Movial’s Instant Messaging and Multimedia Messaging software products are specifically targeted at consumer electronics devices, such as handhelds and smart phones. MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure. MontaVista recently announced MontaVistaTM Linux® Consumer Electronics Edition, the first Linux operating system and cross-development environment specifically designed for consumer electronics applications, such as mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes and automotive telematics.

“Movial and MontaVista Software together provide a smart consumer communications platform — a powerful operating system integrated with compelling smart communication applications such as Instant Messaging, and upcoming MMS, VoIP and multimedia,” said Jari Ala-Ruona, CEO, Movial. “Our vision is that Linux will be everywhere, and partnering with MontaVista Software, building on the recently-released MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition, fits perfectly with our corporate strategy and roadmap.”

Movial’s communication software products include Wireless Instant Messaging and Remote Diagnostics software. The company has developed Wireless Instant Messaging applications for smart devices based on various standard protocols. Movial messaging products incorporate real-time communication and messaging over fixed and mobile networks through SIP/SIMPLE, Wireless Village, and Jabber, as well as other technologies such as J2ME. These products are interoperable with MontaVista Linux and the WebSphere Micro Environment for MontaVista Linux - MontaVista Software’s Java product offering.

“Movial is an experienced consumer electronics software vendor. By teaming up with Movial, we can deliver both system and application software to the global market,” said Sheila Baker, vice president, Marketing, MontaVista Software. “We expect the use of embedded Linux in consumer electronics to grow very rapidly, with MontaVista Software providing value-added solutions through strategic partners such as Movial, to meet customers’ needs.”

About MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition
MontaVistaTM Linux® Consumer Electronics Edition 3.0 (CEE) is the first Linux operating system and cross-development environment specifically designed for consumer electronics applications such as mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes and automotive telematics. CEE enhances Linux with dynamic power management, rich consumer-focused networking support and consumer-grade reliability. CEE targets consumer device specific CPUs such as the Texas Instruments OMAP 1510 and OMAP 5910 and the IBM PowerPC 405LP, with others to follow. It forms the foundation of solution stacks from software partners in key vertical mobile, home and automotive markets. CEE is tailored to the demands of highly constrained mobile devices, which require low power consumption, restricted memory size and short boot and resume times. CEE 3.0 incorporates file system enhancements and new tools to measure performance, system timing and memory size. MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition supports XIP (eXecute In Place) of the kernel and applications as well as streaming media optimizations. It integrates with consumer market middleware such as the J2ME compatible WebSphere Micro Environment from IBM, and graphics packages such as QT/E from Trolltech and MontaVista Graphics.

About Movial
Movial provides communication software applications and embedded Linux subcontracting services for device manufacturers. Movial enables a reduction in R&D and development costs, a faster time-to-market, and a differentiated product offering.

Movial’s software products include Instant and Multimedia Messaging applications for Linux and Java devices such as smart phones, PDAs, home entertainment systems and set-top boxes. These applications enable real-time messaging and presence information for rich person-to-person and person-to-machine communication.

Furthermore, Movial provides professional services in Graphical User Interface design, GUI toolkits, network technologies and development environments in all research and product development phases.

Movial is a division of Creanor Ltd. and is based in Helsinki, Finland. For more information about Movial, visit www.movial.fi.

About MontaVista Software Inc.
MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing GNU/Linux-based open-source software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVista offers a family of products under the MontaVista Linux umbrella that address broad-based software developer needs encompassing applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. Multiple Editions of MontaVista Linux are available including Professional, Consumer Electronics and Carrier Grade, along with complementary technology products providing powerful Java and graphics development capabilities.

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, Sony, Panasonic (Matsushita), Toshiba America and Yamaha Corporation. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit www.mvista.com.

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

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