MontaVista Offers Linux Support for Motorola's PowerQUICC III

10/22/2003 - MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, announced that MontaVista® Linux® Professional Edition (Pro) will support the Motorola® PowerQUICCTM III family of powerful communications processors, including the MPC8540 and MPC8560. These combined technologies offer a versatile solution for the development of high-performance communications applications, from network routers and switches to high-end control-plane and data-plane applications.

Motorola's PowerQUICC III processor family is the next generation of Motorola's leading PowerQUICC line of integrated communications processors. PowerQUICC III processors provide higher performance in all areas of device operation, including greater architectural flexibility, extended processing capabilities and a higher level of integration, and are ideal for both wired and wireless communications.

“MontaVista Linux features, such as real-time functionality, high availability support and rich networking capabilities, further enhance the processing performance and integrated communications capabilities of PowerQUICC III processors,” said David Perkins, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola's Networking and Computing Systems Group. “Through our relationship with MontaVista Software, developers can benefit from a comprehensive development platform that will accelerate their products to market.”

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition is one of the leading embedded operating systems and cross development environments. The award-winning product contains a broad variety of cross-development tools for system and application development, unparalleled processor and board support, and hundreds of deployable utilities, libraries, drivers and other run-time components.

“With the addition of Motorola's advanced PowerQUICC III processors to the array of embedded CPUs that MontaVista Linux supports, developers of high-availability networking and communications systems now have an ideal platform at their disposal,” said Jim Ready, CEO and president, MontaVista Software. “Our combined offering will allow equipment manufacturers in the highly competitive communications industry to speed time-to-market and time-to-money for new advanced applications.”

About the PowerQUICC III Architecture
The versatile PowerQUICC III System-on-Chip (SoC) architecture features an array of leading industry standards and advanced Motorola technologies including a high-performance Book E PowerPC e500TM core, a 256KB on-chip L2 cache memory array, an enhanced Communications Processor Module (CPM), RapidIOTM interconnect technology, dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, and support for Double Data Rate SDRAM (DDR SDRAM) and PCI/PCI-X. The PowerQUICC processor family includes the MPC8540 and MPC8560 processors with RapidIO technology and the new MPC8555 with integrated security.

For more information on Motorola's PowerQUICC III processors, visit

About MontaVista Linux Professional Edition
This industry-leading comprehensive embedded operating system and cross development environment is MontaVista Software's flagship product. It provides a common source and binary platform across a broad range of processor architectures. The Professional Edition includes a modern OS featuring real-time functionality, multi-process capabilities and multi-threaded remote debugging, as well as more than 250 bundled software components. It boasts the industry's most comprehensive embedded development package with broad support for embedded processor architectures, CPU boards and software components. Pro now targets more than 25 processors from eight industry-leading architectures.

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition for PowerQUICC III processors from Motorola will be available direct from MontaVista and MontaVista distribution channels worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2003. It is offered as a product subscription, providing customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, utilities, development tools, software updates, deployment components, access to the MontaVista Zone (customer resource portal), comprehensive technical support and hands-on Linux training classes.

About MontaVista Software
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

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