MontaVista to Roll Out Embedded Linux for Motorola i.MX Processors

7/9/2003 - Motorola, Inc.’s (NYSE:MOT) Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS), the world leader in RF (radio frequency) and embedded silicon solutions and MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, announced that MontaVista® Linux® Professional Edition 3.0 will support the Motorola i.MX1 and i.MXL family of applications processors.

Both i.MX1 and i.MXL (media extension) processors are designed using “smart speed” techniques to maximize applications performance with the lowest possible power consumption for use in smartphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and many other mobile devices. Based on ARM® core technology, the i.MX processors offer a high degree of on-chip integration with features such as the multimedia extensions and video port enabling manufacturers to use fewer components in their wireless devices, thus helping reduce system costs.

“Because of its comprehensive feature-set and bundling with extensive software components, MontaVista Linux is a popular choice for many embedded applications,” said Franz Fink, vice president and general manager, Wireless and Mobile Systems Group, Motorola. “This alliance allows software developers to leverage the benefits of both Motorola’s market leadership in the applications processor space and MontaVista Linux software solution to accelerate the development process for building innovative, smart mobile devices that includes support for wireless-enabled, broadband multimedia, and Internet connectivity.”

MontaVista Linux supports a range of enhanced interactive features in advanced consumer electronics by offering high performance, real-time capability and the service reliability that consumers expect. MontaVista Linux boasts the industry’s most comprehensive support for embedded processor architectures, central processing unit (CPU) boards and software components.

“MontaVista proudly adds Motorola i.MX processors to the industry-leading array of embedded CPUs that we support,” said Judith Wheatley, vice president, Business Development, MontaVista Software. “MontaVista Linux and Motorola’s i.MX family together offer a validated development platform for embedded devices, which can help original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) significantly reduce design complexity and speed time-to-market for their next-generation highly differentiated wireless products.”

Motorola helped launch the handheld computing industry with its best-selling DragonBallTM applications processor, and remains a category leader with the technological advancements of its i.MX family. The processors are engineered to allow manufacturers to develop cost-effective wireless-enabled smart handhelds with a full range of capabilities, such as digital image capture, file sharing, wireless connectivity, e-commerce using smartcards, multimedia entertainment and more – all with low component count, long battery life, and exceptional performance for additional applications and features.

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.0 for the i.MX1 & MXL platforms is expected to be available direct from MontaVista and MontaVista distribution channels worldwide in the third 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 (customer resource portal), comprehensive technical support and hands-on Linux training classes. For information on Motorola’s i.MX applications processors, go visit

About Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector
As the world's #1 producer of embedded processors, Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector creates DigitalDNATM system-on-chip solutions for a connected world. Our strong focus on wireless communications and networking enables customers to develop smarter, simpler, safer and synchronized products for the person, work team, home and automobile. Motorola's worldwide semiconductor sales were $5.0 billion (USD) in 2002. For more information please visit

About Motorola
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in wireless, automotive and broadband communications. Sales in 2002 were $27.3 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important innovations that make things smarter and life better, honored traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. For more information, please visit

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

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a registered trademark of MontaVista Software, Inc.

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