IBM WebSphere Studio Device Developer Offers Java for MontaVista Linux

4/23/2003 - MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, announced IBM® WebSphere® Studio Device Developer 5.0 for MontaVista® Linux® Professional Edition 3.0.

MontaVista will demonstrate this offering, complete with templates to build applications on a wide variety of devices, in booth # 2210 at the Embedded Systems Conference, San Francisco, April 23-25, 2003.

“As computing extends more and more from PCs and laptops into the multi-platform device arena, developers need to run their applications on a range of different operating systems - especially embedded Linux. IBM and MontaVista Software have worked together to combine IBM's Java expertise with MontaVista Software's platform expertise,” said Michael Karasick, Director of Embedded Development, IBM Pervasive Computing Division. “MontaVista Software offers a complete, fully-tested Java development and runtime product for a broad range of reference hardware platforms”

WebSphere Studio Device Developer for MontaVista Linux is a premier development and deployment solution for building embedded Java applications for the new generation of smart devices. In addition to the WSDD® Integrated Development Environment (IDE), this new product provides two Java runtime environments. To meet the latest J2METM specifications designed for the wide variety of consumer device solutions based on Java, WSDD incorporates the WebSphere Micro Environment, a certified J2ME runtime environment. For extended flexibility, it also includes the WebSphere Custom Environment to provide a customizable runtime environment that can be tailored to the specific needs of particular embedded device.

MontaVista Software builds, tests and supports these Java runtime environments for the broadest range of embedded platforms in the industry including x86/IA-32, PowerPC, MIPS, Hitachi SuperH, ARM, and Intel XScale and StrongARM.

“Today the trend is to use Java for embedded applications on all types of devices,” added Michael Mathews, Product Marketing Manager, MontaVista Software. “The evolution of the J2ME standards is enabling an ever wider application of this technology. Customers want to use Java to create applications that can be implemented and extended on several platforms. The combination of MontaVista Linux and these powerful, flexible Java technologies allows developers to successfully design and develop the next generation of embedded systems applications, delivering high reliability and availability.”

WebSphere Studio Device Developer for MontaVista Linux provides complete support of the key Java features including compiler optimization with JIT and AOT compilers, native system access with a full JNI implementation, RMI for remote method services in networked applications and OSGi support for post-deployment remote device updates. In addition, data base access, Java Beans, and Java Real Time extensions are available. MontaVista implements support for all platform dependent functionality, including graphics, flash management and serial I/O. AWT and MIDP provide standard graphics support for better interoperability, and proprietary small footprint/high performance graphics options are also available for special requirements. Support for execution from flash provides a way to save memory and improve performance.

WebSphere Studio Device Developer for MontaVista Linux will be available as a pre-built and certified product on all MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.0 platforms from MontaVista Software and the company's sales and distribution channels worldwide, in the second quarter of 2003. In the future, WebSphere Studio Device Developer for MontaVista Linux will also be available as an additional offering to subscribers of the company’s Consumer Electronics Edition.

Previously, MontaVista Software distributed an earlier version of Java, VisualAge Micro Edition (VAME) 1.4 from IBM. WebSphere Studio Device Developer replaces VAME. MontaVista Software will continue to provide support for VAME 1.4 for MontaVista Linux to MontaVista customers currently using MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1.

WebSphere Studio Device Developer
WebSphere Studio Device Developer assists developers in the creation, deployment, testing and management of Java applications for all industries ranging from consumer electronics devices such as cell phones, PDAs, handheld computers and other wireless / wire line devices; to embedded industrial controllers including robots, network routers and switches, and monitoring and control devices. Based on Eclipse, an open-source, vendor-neutral platform for writing software, WebSphere Studio Device Developer provides developers with an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that combines the reliability, scalability and security with the convenience of plug and play developer components from a growing number of developer tool vendors.

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition
MontaVista Linux Professional Edition is a complete embedded operating system and cross-development environment. This award-winning product contains a powerful array of cross-development tools for system and application development, unparalleled processor and board support, and hundreds of deployable utilities, libraries, drivers, and other run-time components. The product provides customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, utilities, development tools, software updates, deployment components, comprehensive technical support, access to the MontaVista Zone and hands-on training.

About MontaVista Software Inc.
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 registered trademark of MontaVista Software Inc. IBM, WebSphere and VisualAge are registered trademarks of IBM Corp. Java and all Java-based trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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