New Intel Network Processors to be Supported by MontaVista Linux

2/21/2003 - MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, announced that MontaVistaTM Linux® Professional Edition will support the new Intel® IXP420, IXP421 and IXP422 network processors unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum that opened earlier this week in San Jose, Calif.

The Intel IXP420, IXP421 and IXP422 network processors are versatile one-chip integrated processors that meet the needs of high-performance yet cost-sensitive applications ranging from home gateways, small office/home office (SOHO) routers and wireless access points, and Integrated Access Devices (IADs), to industrial control and networked imaging applications. The Intel IXP422, in particular, meets the security needs of networked systems with embedded look-aside encryption/decryption engines.

“Broadband deployment is becoming increasingly common in the enterprise, the home, and SOHO environments while, at the same time, networking services are becoming increasingly sophisticated,” said Nick Finamore, general manager of the Intel Network Processor Division. “The combination of the Intel IXP4XX product line and the MontaVista Linux OS and development environment will help enable the next generation of sophisticated residential and SME (small to medium enterprise) access products.”

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition is a highly scalable, embedded operating system and development platform, suitable for a wide range of applications and markets. MontaVista Linux provides developers with native hard real-time capabilities, rich networking, extensive hardware support, and hundreds of deployable utilities, libraries, drivers, and other run-time components. In addition to complete pre-built binaries designed to support the IXP4XX product line of network processors, MontaVista provides ready access to source code, giving developers the freedom to customize the platform for their target applications and unprecedented control over their core technology. MontaVista Software will optimize MontaVista Linux and associated development tools to take advantage of the specific architectural features of the Intel IXP420, IXP421 and IXP422 network processors.

“With growing broadband penetration, equipment manufacturers must now deliver advanced and sophisticated technologies at more cost-effective price points,” said Kevin Morgan, vice president of engineering at MontaVista Software. “MontaVista Linux Professional Edition offers a powerful operating system and development environment providing a wealth of advanced networking, real-time and development capabilities enabling quicker time-to-market and lower costs.”

MontaVista Software is a member the Intel Internet Exchange Architecture (Intel® IXA) Developer Network. Using Intel® IXA building blocks, developers can flexibly customize and integrate value-add features into networking and communications solutions. MontaVista Software is also a member of the Intel® Communications Alliance, for more information please visit

MontaVista Software currently provides support for the Intel® IXP425 network processor and will provide support for the new Intel IXP4XX network processors shortly after Intel has released them, to subscribers of MontaVista Linux, directly from MontaVista Software and its distribution channels worldwide. MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.0 is offered as a product subscription, providing customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, utilities, development tools, deployment components, software updates, comprehensive technical support, access to the MontaVista Zone and hands-on training.

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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