MontaVista Improves Linux Consumer Electronics Edition with Java

7/16/2003 - MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, announced a broad range of complementary products to assist developers building advanced consumer electronics devices on MontaVista® Linux® Consumer Electronics Edition (CEE).

These offerings include:

Most of these products already support MontaVista Linux Professional Edition (Pro) and have now also been fully integrated and tested to run on MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition 3.0.

MontaVista Software adds significant value to the software products from IBM (viz.: WebSphere Studio Device Developer) and Trolltech® (viz.: Qtopia and Qt/Embedded). MontaVista builds and validates each one of them for the particular processors, video chipsets or reference board configurations supported by MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition, and delivers it in binary and source, ready-to-deploy, to device developers. These products, along with MontaVista Graphics for CEE, are available directly from MontaVista Software, which also provides full technical support.

“CEE has gained tremendous traction with many of the world’s leading consumer electronics companies. Now, these new products allow rapid application development and offer developers a great out-of-the-box experience with fully integrated and ready-to-use tools,” said Sheila Baker, vice president of marketing, MontaVista Software. “MontaVista Software leads the industry in offering comprehensive, fully-tested and optimized development and runtime platforms while supporting customers via a single point of contact. With this combination of products, CEE is arguably the most complete systems software development environment available for consumer electronics devices today. We are empowering application developers who want to get robust, feature rich products to market quickly.”

IBM WebSphere Studio Device Developer for CEE is the premier development and deployment solution for building embedded Java applications for the new generation of intelligent, networked devices. In addition to the WebSphere Studio Device Developer Integrated Development Environment (IDE), this new product provides two runtime environments. To meet the latest J2METM specifications designed for the wide variety of consumer device solutions based on Java technology, WebSphere Studio Device Developer for CEE incorporates the WebSphere Micro Environment Version 5.0, 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 runtimes.

Qtopia for CEE delivers a complete, ready-to-use smart phone and PDA application suite and framework based on Qt/Embedded including PIM (Personal Information Management) synchronization to MS Outlook. Qtopia for CEE provides an integrated, tested and tuned binary software suite including source code to device manufacturers that enables improved productivity and reduced time-to-market. Combining the Qt API and the Qtopia software suite, this toolkit offers developers a flexible solution for the rapid development of smart phones, PDAs and other advanced devices.

Qt/Embedded for CEE delivers the popular Qt API in a small-footprint implementation designed specifically to meet the needs of embedded device developers creating graphics-based applications. With special engineering features designed to speed host-based application development, Qt/Embedded for CEE provides MontaVista customers with the assurance of a powerful graphics toolkit.

MontaVista Graphics for CEE delivers powerful, configurable footprint, network-enabled graphics based on the X Windows system. Well known and used for the past 15 years, X provides serious graphics features in a modular package designed to work across a wide variety of platforms. X is supported by a large number of development tools and auxiliary applications (window managers, browsers, multimedia services).

“These products have been so well received by Pro customers that MontaVista is now extending them to CEE,” said Mike Mathews, senior product marketing manager, MontaVista Software. “We provide our customers with one-stop product and service convenience. They will now have both the confidence of fully tested and integrated products and the freedom to choose the components they need for their particular solution.”

MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition
CEE is the first 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. 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.

IBM WebSphere Studio Device Developer, Qt/Embedded, Qtopia and MontaVista Graphics for MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition 3.0 are available today. All MontaVista Software products are available from MontaVista Software and the company's sales and distribution channels worldwide.

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 availableincluding 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 and WebSphere 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. Trolltech, Qtopia and Qt are registered trademarks of Trolltech AS.

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