Sharp Selects MontaVista Linux for Galileo Home Information Server

11/11/2003 - MontaVista Software, Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution announced that MontaVista® Linux® Professional Edition is the chosen operating system (OS) for Sharp Corporation's (TS:6753) HG-01S (also known as “Galileo”), a home digital information server. The HG-01S is the core product in Sharp's vision of a connected ubiquitous home network, and can be connected to devices such as PCs, mobile phones, and TVs.

“We chose MontaVista Linux to build this new type of home entertainment platform, because we needed a systems software platform that provides PC server level security, coupled with sophisticated networking capabilities to deliver high performance in a reliable manner,” said Makoto Nakamura, Division General Manager of Mobile computing system division, Information and Communication systems group, Sharp Corporation.

With the HG-01S, consumers can access recorded TV programs from a PC in MPEG-4 format. They can use a mobile phone, PC or even email to record programs or check listings of TV shows. Consumers can transfer digital images to the HG-01S server directly from a memory card or via a mobile phone. The device also functions as a Web-based photo album. According to Sharp, another feature that distinguishes the HG-01S from other home platforms is a built-in Web server, which – along with networking functionality – allows users to view recorded video even on remote computers via the Internet.

Sharp's HG-01S comes with 120GB of hard disk space and can record the video of 115 hours (max) . It offers secure networking, 802.11b compliant wireless networking, and broadband Internet access via FTTH, ADSL, and CATV, while also providing many TV set-top box features. Because of its scalable hardware and VPN functionality with 128-bit authentication, this device can be used as a Web server or a file server shared by multiple users, and protected against any unauthorized access from outside. The HG-01S can also be configured as a wireless access point to provide services throughout the home.

“We are delighted that we could help Sharp create this new generation of home server,” said Hitoshi Arima, vice president, Sales in Japan, MontaVista Software, Inc. “MontaVista Software has seen strong momentum in the consumer electronics market and we continue to support our customers by enabling their rapid product development and deployment while reducing total development costs, with high standards of reliability and performance.”

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. Pro boasts the industry's most comprehensive embedded development package, with broad support for embedded processor architectures and CPU boards. It targets more than 25 processors from eight industry-leading architectures. For more information, please visit

Sharp's HG-01S is currently available in Japan and costs approximately $US 850. MontaVista Linux Professional Edition is available as a product subscription from MontaVista Software and its worldwide distribution channels. MontaVista Linux product subscriptions provide developer teams with the MontaVista Linux kernel, deployment components, utilities, development tools, software updates, 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.

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