MontaVista Rolls Out Updated Linux for Consumer Electronics Devices

4/2/2003 - MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, announced the immediate availability of MontaVistaTM Linux® Consumer Electronics Edition (CEE) 3.0. CEE is the first quality Linux operating system and cross-development environment specifically designed for consumer electronics devices such as mobile phones, advanced PDAs, digital televisions, set-top boxes and automotive telematics.

MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition enhances Linux with dynamic power management, rich consumer-focused networking support and consumer-grade reliability. It is designed specifically to address the needs of consumer electronics device manufacturers. CEE targets consumer device-specific processors and the initial release will support TI OMAP1510 and OMAP5910 applications processors. Linux support packages for the IBM PowerPC 405LP and other platforms will be available in the future.

Based on the 2.4.20 Linux kernel, CEE 3.0 incorporates DPM (Dynamic Power Management), support for XIP (eXecute In Place) of the kernel and applications, streaming media optimizations, the O(1) real-time scheduler and new MontaVista graphical tools to measure system performance, timing and memory size. CEE also features bundled, power-management enabled, driver support for peripherals including digital camera, IrDA, SD/MMC cards and USB.

"Consumer electronics products have evolved into complex, multi-function, networked devices, requiring a robust multi-programming Operating System such as Linux", said Kevin Morgan, VP of Engineering, MontaVista Software. "We have worked cooperatively with the world’s largest consumer electronics companies to understand their design requirements around power management, boot and shutdown times, reliability, responsiveness and memory footprint. Our Consumer Electronics Edition implements a range of Open Source technologies, integrates them and delivers them in a commercial-grade Operating System platform that meets these demanding industry requirements."

MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition, based on MontaVista-licensed as well as open source software, is application-compatible with and incorporates all the benefits of the MontaVista flagship systems software product, MontaVista Linux Professional Edition. CEE includes the fully preemptible MontaVista Linux kernel and real-time scheduling, small footprint targets and flash-based journaling file systems.

Surging Industry Adoption
Hundreds of consumer electronics 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 manufacturers such as Motorola are also currently building next generation mobile phones based on MontaVista Linux. Companies such as Netherlands-based Zintec Holding and Araneo in Israel have also chosen MontaVista Linux for their digital television market products. Several MontaVista customers have already started development of devices based on MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition 3.0.

MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition 3.0 is available now from MontaVista Software and the company’s sales and distribution channels worldwide. It provides customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, software updates, deployment components, utilities, development tools, access to the MontaVista Zone, 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 trademark of MontaVista Software, Inc.

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