MontaVista, ATI Roll Out Digital TV Platform with Linux for XILLEON

5/21/2003 - MontaVista Software, the company powering the embedded revolution, announced that MontaVista® Linux® Professional Edition will support ATI’s XILLEONTM integrated SoC. OEMs of set-top boxes, digital TVs (DTVs), and other consumer electronics devices will benefit from this integrated cost-effective solution. The joint solution will be demonstrated at Mediacast 2003 at ExCel, London, UK from May 20 to 22, 2003.

ATI’s XILLEON integrates into a single chip all processor, graphics, video, audio, and I/O (input and output) capabilities needed in a set-top box or digital TV. Features include a 300 MHz MIPS® CPU (central processing unit), dual-SD (standard definition) and dual-HD (high definition) capable MPEG-2 decoder, audio decoder, dual display engine, 2D and 3D graphics engine, conditional access, transport demultiplexers, PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect), USB (universal serial bus), and hard disk drive interfaces.

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition is the industry-leading embedded Linux operating system and cross development environment. It provides a common source and binary platform across a broad range of processor architectures. The Professional Edition includes a modern OS featuring real-time functionality, multi-process and multi-threaded with extensive bundled software components including rich networking.

“MontaVista Software is extremely pleased to be collaborating with ATI, one of the market leaders in DTV silicon solutions,” said Sheila Baker, vice president, Marketing, MontaVista Software. “The ATI XILLEON family of processors sets the bar for today’s DTV chips with dynamic multi-streaming video, robust graphics and the processing power to take full advantage of MontaVista Linux. MontaVista Linux Professional Edition delivers a powerful operating system and development environment providing sophisticated networking, real-time and development capabilities. Together, our two companies enable equipment manufacturers to bring sophisticated interactive television products to market both cost-effectively and rapidly.”

“MontaVista Linux provides a wealth of advanced operating system and development capabilities enabling robust solutions that have a quicker time-to-market and lower cost for our customers,” said David Gould, senior software marketing manager, DTV Group, Consumer Products Division, ATI Technologies Inc. “We are pleased that our Set-Top Box and Digital TV customers can now take full advantage of MontaVista Software’s industry-leading embedded Linux technology.”

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition for ATI XILLEON will be available from MontaVista Software and the company’s sales and distribution channels worldwide by the end of the second quarter of 2003. It is offered as a product subscription, providing customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, utilities, development tools, software updates, deployment components, access to the MontaVista Zone, comprehensive technical support and hands-on Linux training classes. ATI XILLEON platforms are available from ATI today.

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

About ATI Technologies
ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost visual processor unit (VPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital television, game console and handheld markets. With 2002 revenues in excess of US $1 billion, ATI has more than 1,900 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY). For more information about ATI, please visit

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a registered trademark of MontaVista Software, Inc. ATI and ATI product and product feature names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of ATI Technologies Inc.

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