MontaVista, Trolltech Offer Application Environment for Mobile Devices

2/20/2003 - MontaVista Software, Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, and Trolltech® AS, the leader in multi-platform C++ development, announced that an integrated, optimized, ready-to-deploy version of Trolltech’s Qtopia® application environment would be available from MontaVista Software, enabled and validated on the new MontaVistaTM Linux® Consumer Electronics Edition.

“Qtopia and embedded Linux are entering the commercial mainstream,” said Haavard Nord, Trolltech's CEO. “Qtopia is featured in several Linux-based mobile devices including IBM's embedded Linux application reference platform, ELAP, based on MontaVista Linux running the Qtopia framework. These strong statements of support have placed Qtopia in the vanguard of the new generation of smart personal devices — and it's clear that mobile device manufacturers are listening.”

MontaVista adds significant value to the source code-based Qtopia offering. MontaVista builds and validates Qtopia for the particular processors, video chipsets and reference board configurations supported by MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition, and delivers it in binary and source, ready-to-deploy, to device developers.

“The integration of Qtopia with MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition creates a very compelling software stack for handheld and other consumer devices,” said Scott Hedrick, senior product marketing manager at MontaVista. “Manufacturers of intelligent devices are eager to build upon this integration, to enjoy significantly lower development costs and faster time to market for applications like smart phones.”

MontaVista recently announced the new MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition, the first commercial Linux operating system and cross-development environment specifically designed for consumer electronics devices, including mobile phones, high definition digital television, set-top boxes and automotive telematics. Hundreds of products are already in development using MontaVista Linux, including mobile phones, PDAs, advanced remote controls, high definition televisions, HDTV, PVRs, set-top boxes, digital receivers, automotive telematics, musical instruments, gaming machines and karaoke systems. Recently, Sony and NEC released new consumer products built on MontaVista Linux. Several leading cell phone manufacturers have also expressed an interest in building next generation cell phones based on MontaVista Linux.

About Qtopia
Qtopia is an embedded Linux application environment that includes a comprehensive development environment and a set of PIM applications written by Trolltech, as well as a large and growing set of third-party applications. Qtopia has been embraced by the embedded Linux community, developers, and device manufacturers because it allows choice in three arenas: chipset architectures; device types; and user interface design.

Qtopia fosters hardware choice by minimizing hardware dependencies. And it allows user interface innovation because it is based on Qt®, which can be and has been used to build a broad array of user interfaces, both on the desktop and in embedded applications. In addition to the early acceptance by leading vendors, Qtopia has been chosen as the application environment for a number of new mobile devices.

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. 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.

Qtopia will be available as a pre-built and certified optional product on all MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition platforms from MontaVista Software and the company's sales and distribution channels worldwide in the second quarter of 2003. MontaVista builds, tests and supports Qtopia on CEE, providing substantial benefits to developers of products using Qtopia. The pre-integration with CEE will enable projects to get started faster and with more assurance of success. CEE will provide customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, software updates, deployment components, utilities, development tools, comprehensive technical support, access to the MontaVista Zone and hands-on training.

About Trolltech
Trolltech is a software company with two flagship products: Qt and Qtopia. Qt is a multi-platform C++ application framework that developers can use to write single-source applications that run natively on Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and embedded Linux. Qt has been used to build thousands of successful commercial applications worldwide, and is the basis of the open source KDE desktop environment. Qtopia is the first comprehensive application environment built for embedded Linux, and is used in IBM's embedded Linux reference platform, and Sharp's new Zaurus SL5500, SL-A300, and SL-C700 PDAs. Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in Brisbane, Australia, and Santa Clara, Calif. More about Trolltech can be found at

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 trademark of MontaVista Software Inc.

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