T-Engine, MontaVista to Develop TRON and Embedded Linux Solution

3/20/2003 - The T-Engine Forum, the T-Engine standards promotion group, and MontaVista Software, Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, announced that MontaVistaTM Linux® has been selected as the preferred Linux platform defined in the T-Engine software architecture. Working together, the organizations will move towards a joint solution, combining the long-dominant Japanese embedded OS, TRON, and embedded Linux; fostering adoption of the Open Source OS; and benefiting the Japanese electronics industry at large.

The T-Engine Forum was established last year to develop the essential elements of a composite software architecture for embedded devices in a ubiquitous computing environment. The T-Engine standards promotion group includes more than 100 leading companies in Asia and worldwide, such as Fujitsu, Fuji Electric, Hitachi, Kyocera, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, MIPS, NEC, NTT, NTT DATA, NTT DoCoMo, RSA Security, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba, Yamaha, Yazaki and Yokogawa Digital Computer Corp.

"The T-Engine Forum provides T-Engine as a development platform for the new era of ubiquitous computing,” said Dr. Ken Sakamura, a professor at the University of Tokyo and Chairman, T-Engine Forum. “We are pleased to collaborate with MontaVista Software, which we think is the best embedded Linux company in the world to provide such a powerful environment, simplifying complicated embedded development by using the real-time performance of T-Kernel, and adding the many other strengths of Linux, such as rich networking, openness, and standards-compliance. In addition, I am very glad to work with Mr. Jim Ready, whom I have known for a long time, and to collaborate with him to make contributions to the development of a global ubiquitous computing industry."

T-Engine aims to standardize at the CPU board-level, incorporating its real-time OS (T-Kernel), security architecture (eTRON), and middleware, together with MontaVista Linux. T-Engine and Linux together comprise a base on which to develop application software. A key feature of T-Engine is that it is embedded with the eTRON chip, an encryption device that offers secure data transfer across open networks, such as wireless networks and the Internet.

MontaVista Linux serves as the platform for an array of consumer electronics devices, including mobile phones, PDAs, STBs, PVRs, Internet radios, automotive telematics and VoIP applications, and many sophisticated products developed on MontaVista Linux are already commercially available. MontaVista Software is the leading provider of Linux-based systems software products. Founded by embedded industry pioneer, Jim Ready, and now in its 4th year of operation, the company has grown rapidly, acquiring more than 450 design wins last year alone. The company has a very strong and rapidly growing presence in Japan.

“TRON has long been an embedded OS standard for the consumer electronics and automotive industries in Japan, and Linux is making increasing contributions in these same areas with its unique strengths,” said Jim Ready, CEO and president of MontaVista Software. “Together in the T-Engine project, these two powerful OSes will provide device manufacturers with the best of both worlds, letting them build on their TRON expertise while leveraging the power of Open Source Linux.”

The combination of T-Engine and MontaVista Linux enables developers to take advantage of both operating systems to develop next generation products in a broad range of applications, especially in the consumer electronics market. This combined solution will be especially attractive to the large base of TRON users already considering the move to Linux. These developers can use the valuable asset of legacy TRON application software as well as the rich middleware solutions, tools, and the wealth of applications available for Linux. This combined solution uses T-Kernel to service real-time events and MontaVista Linux to service ubiquitous applications needs, serving as the “T-Linux” element of T-Engine architecture.

“MontaVista Software is very pleased to be part of the T-Engine forum, since TRON is such an established real-time operating system in Japan,” said Hitoshi Arima, vice president of Japan Sales, MontaVista Software. “Linux is becoming increasingly popular for the development of consumer electronics applications. Now, the combination of TRON and MontaVista Linux can offer Japanese OEMs a powerful solution for quickly and effectively developing new cutting-edge devices.”

About T-Engine and T-Engine Forum
T-Engine is an open, standardized development environment for embedded applications. It is aimed at constructing a ubiquitous, networked computing environment encompassing portable information devices (such as mobile phones, PDAs and electronic books), home electronic appliances and other networked devices. The T-Engine Forum was established in June 2002, as the T-Engine standards promotion group, with more than 100 members worldwide. MontaVista has joined the forum and is participating in developing the specification for the interface between T-Engine and T-Linux. MontaVista Software will develop and validate T-Linux as part of its participation in the forum. For additional information, please visit http://www.t-engine.org/en/index.html

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 http://www.mvista.com.

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

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