MontaVista, AMD Target Re-Usable Automotive Telematics Platform

7/16/2003 - MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, announced MontaVista® Linux® support for the AMD AlchemyTM Solutions Driver Information Reference Design Kit (RDK). With AMD Alchemy reference designs and MontaVista Linux, automotive OEMS and Tier 1 suppliers now have an enhanced hardware/software combination to power the next wave of high performance information and entertainment systems.

The AMD Alchemy Driver Information RDK has been specifically designed to target the emerging and quickly growing automotive telematics, infotainment and navigation systems marketplace.

“We are seeing a surge in demand from telematics suppliers, OEMs and integrators around the globe for less costly, more re-usable platform software,” states Brad Hale, director of strategic marketing, Personal Connectivity Solutions, AMD. “We picked MontaVista Linux as the premier OS offering on this platform to help automotive designers achieve more rapid, and cost-effective development.”

MontaVista Software has an already established ecosystem with a variety of complementary telematics software partners including Trolltech, Speechworks, Solid Technologies, the Dearborn Group and others.

“Our extensive capabilities for product integration and development services uniquely position MontaVista Software to offer cutting-edge solutions to OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers alike,” explains Judith Wheatley, vice president of business development for MontaVista Software. “MontaVista Linux strikes a perfect balance between cutting-edge automotive telematics technology and the lowest-risk, highest-quality embedded software.”

AMD Alchemy Solutions Driver Information Reference Design Kit
Leveraging the power of the AMD Alchemy Solutions processors and AMD Flash memory, the AMD Alchemy Solutions Driver Information Reference Design Kit can help automotive design engineers bring to market new high-performance driver information and entertainment solutions that offer an improved driver experience by delivering the next generation of media-rich content and applications. Designed to promote the rapid development of innovative solutions, the AMD Alchemy Driver Information RDK includes all of the hardware and software needed to begin development.

As a leading provider of technology that enables the development of next generation driver information and entertainment systems, AMD has created a small form-factor, low-power solution optimized to help lower overall system production costs and reduce time to market.

About MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.0
This industry-leading comprehensive embedded operating system and cross development environment is MontaVista Software’s flagship product. 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 capabilities, and multi-threaded remote debugging, with extensive bundled software components including rich networking. It boasts the industry’s most comprehensive embedded development package with broad support for embedded processor architectures, CPU boards and software components. It targets more than 25 processors from nine industry-leading architectures. Pro is supplied as both pre-built binaries and as a unified source-base across all supported architectures. The kernel in this particular release is based on the 2.4.18 revision of Linux and the development environment features the latest versions of industry-standard GNU tools, GDB 5.2 and GCC 3.2, amply supported by a rich complement of deployment components.

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition for AMD’s AlchemyTM Driver Information Reference Design Kit will be available from MontaVista Software and the company’s sales and 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, comprehensive technical support and hands-on Linux training classes.

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

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a registered trademark of MontaVista Software Inc. AMD, Alchemyand combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

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