MontaVista Linux CEE Supports Intel Bulverde Wireless Processor

11/5/2003 - MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, announced that MontaVista® Linux® Consumer Electronics Edition (CEE) now supports the recently unveiled next-generation Intel processor for wireless devices, code-named “Bulverde.”

The Bulverde processor is based on the Intel® XScale® technology and is designed for advanced wireless and connected devices, such as full-featured mobile phones and PDAs. The upcoming processor will add several new features that will enable wireless devices to capture high quality still and video pictures through Intel® Quick Capture Technology, extend battery life with Wireless Intel® SpeedStepTM Technology and deliver fast multimedia performance through Intel® Wireless MMXTM technology.

MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition 3.0 is the first commercial-quality Linux operating system and cross-development environment specifically designed for consumer electronics devices such as mobile phones, PDAs, digital televisions, set-top boxes, automotive telematics and portable media players. CEE is designed to address many of the requirements of mobile consumer electronics devices, specifically, reduced boot and shutdown times, improved real-time response, reduced ROM/RAM size utilization and efficient dynamic power management. Leading phone manufacturers such as Motorola and NEC have recently announced next generation handsets and development efforts based on MontaVista Linux.

“As mobile phone and wireless handheld device technologies continue to advance, users expect more functionality and an experience that exceeds simply placing calls or organizing information,” said Hans Geyer, Intel vice president, and general manager of its PCA Components Group. “The combination of CEE and Bulverde creates a powerful enabling platform for OEMs. Intel is pleased that MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition will be supporting the Bulverde processor.”

To facilitate the ongoing adoption of data services and applications, manufacturers of wireless consumer devices need underlying technology to deliver enhanced multimedia capabilities with lower power consumption. These embedded technologies must deliver high-performance, robust functionality and versatility, while meeting the small-size and low-power requirements of these portable, battery-operated products.

“Only a sophisticated embedded operating system and development environment such as MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition can take advantage of the powerful and highly integrated Bulverde platform,” said Kevin Morgan, vice president, Engineering, MontaVista Software. “At the same time, the combined hardware-software synergy offers low power consumption, reduced memory footprint and high integration with peripheral devices. The combination of CEE and Intel® XScale® technology empowers OEMs to accelerate their next-generation mobile devices to market.”

About MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition 3.0 enhances Linux with dynamic power management, rich consumer-focused networking support and consumer-grade reliability. It is targeted at mobile, home and automotive markets. CEE is tailored to the demands of highly constrained devices, which require low power consumption, 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.

CEE with support for the new Intel Bulverde processors is available now. 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

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a registered trademark of MontaVista Software Inc. Intel and XScale are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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