CE Linux Forum Initiative Receives Endorsement from MontaVista

7/3/2003 - MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, strongly endorsed the new initiative formally announced earlier this week by the CE Linux Forum (CELF). The Forum intends to promote the use of the Linux® platform for digital consumer electronics devices.

Last December, Sony Corporation and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. announced their intention to establish such a forum. These two companies have now been joined by Hitachi, Ltd., NEC Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation and Toshiba Corporation. According to CELF, IBM Corporation is also pursuing CELF membership.

“We strongly support CELF in its drive toward developing and implementing standards for the use of Linux in digital consumer products. It is wonderful that the world’s leading suppliers of such devices have recognized the role of Linux in this market and are working together in the cooperative spirit epitomized by the Open Source community. Consumer electronics products have evolved into complex, multi-function, networked devices, requiring a robust and flexible operating system such as Linux," said Jim Ready, CEO and president, MontaVista Software. “MontaVista Software supports CELF in advancing the use of Linux to speed technology to market, reduce development costs and ultimately costs to the consumer.”

Earlier this year, MontaVista Software, Inc. made available MontaVista® 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, digital televisions, set-top boxes and automotive telematics. CEE already addresses many of the requirements outlined by CELF; specifically, reduced boot and shutdown times, improved real-time capabilities, reduced ROM/RAM size requirements and enhanced efficiency of power management. MontaVista Software will support standards developed by CELF. MontaVista Software believes its customers will benefit from having products that are in alignment with future specifications recommended by CELF.

MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition 3.0 enhances Linux with dynamic power management, rich consumer-focused networking support and consumer-grade reliability. 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 System Measurement Tools to measure system performance, timing and memory size. CEE also features bundled power-management-enabled driver support for peripherals including digital cameras, IrDA, MMC cards and USB.

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 registered trademark of MontaVista Software, Inc.

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