Digit Wireless to Improve Linux-based Cell Phones with MontaVista

2/27/2003 - Digit Wireless, a technology innovation and licensing company focused on text input for handheld devices announced they are working with MontaVista Software, the company powering the embedded revolution, to bring both improved user interface and enhanced system capabilities to the next generation of mobile phones.

The FastapTM keypad, created by Digit Wireless, allows mobile phone users to create text and multimedia messages more rapidly and have a more functional mobile Internet experience. This is made possible through an innovative hardware and software design that creates a direct entry alphanumeric keypad. Users are able to select letters, numbers and basic punctuation with the press of a single button, instead of triple-tapping keys to select many characters, as is the case on current phone keypads.

MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition (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. 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.

"We are excited about adding Digit Wireless with the Fastap keypad technology to our Partner Program," said Scott Hedrick, Senior Product Marketing Manager at MontaVista Software. "We are seeing a rapid adoption of MontaVista Linux for consumer electronics devices and by partnering with innovative technology companies like Digit Wireless, we can enable our mobile device customers to rapidly build rich user experiences."

Digit Wireless and MontaVista Software will work together to drive market adoption of both of their respective technologies by mobile device manufacturers.

"The combination of MontaVista Linux and the Fastap keypad is a win-win for the mobile consumer," stated Jim Conti, Director of Business Development for DigitWireless, "The open standards nature of Linux along with its scalability and advanced networking capabilities will provide new, robust, and exciting mobile applications, and our Fastap keypad will allow for new levels of capability and functionality for those applications in small size devices. Our combined solution helps speed up the development of embedded consumer electronics products, lower development risk, and offers developers additional alternatives."

For information about MontaVista Software, please visit www.mvista.com , email to info@mvista.com or call (408) 328-9200.

About Digit Wireless
Digit Wireless is a technology innovation and licensing company whose first design is the Fastap keypad, a small, simple, direct-entry interface for wireless and portable products. The company licenses its designs to mobile device manufacturers. Founded in 2001 by Dr. David Levy, a recent recipient of the Fast 50 Award from Fast Company Magazine, the company has received several honors for its Fastap design, including an innovation award from wireless guru Andy Seybold at Comdex 2002, and an Innovations in Wireless Award from the inCode Telecom Group Inc. at their Wireless Technology Lab Annual Fall Event. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Digit Wireless has offices in Washington, D.C., London and Tokyo. For more information visit the company Web site at www.digitwireless.com.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc.

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