Matsushita Licenses MontaVista Linux for Future Electronic Products

11/18/2004 - MontaVista Software, Inc. announced the signing of a corporate-wide agreement with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. ( NYSE : MC ), best known for its Panasonic brand products, which will enable Matsushita to use MontaVista® Linux®, a leading systems software platform, for future electronic products in Matsushita’s key market segments. Matsushita has selected MontaVista Linux as one of its preferred system platforms.

MontaVista Linux offers a unique value to highly connected electronics devices, and it is seeing growing adoption by leading electronics manufacturers worldwide.

Matsushita is a worldwide leading supplier of Panasonic brand products in areas such as consumer home appliances, audio-visual equipment, factory automation machines and car electronics systems. The agreement between Matsushita and MontaVista Software covers all three product editions of MontaVista Linux – Professional Edition, Carrier Grade Edition and Consumer Electronics Edition.

MontaVista Linux is already running on a number of Panasonic devices, such as the IP-set-top box “Broadnow.”

“We are very pleased that the world-class electronics manufacturer, Matsushita Electric, is going to leverage MontaVista Linux for its product development and deployment,” said Kelly Herrell, senior vice president, Strategic Operations, MontaVista Software. “Matsushita was an early investor in MontaVista Software, and this agreement is further testament to its faith in our company, products and technology.”

Matsushita is a Founding Member and serves on the Steering Committee of CE Linux Forum, a consortium of companies formed to promote the use of the Linux platform for digital consumer electronics devices. MontaVista Software is also a key member of the CE Linux Forum.

About MontaVista Linux
MontaVista Software provides a family of products to facilitate and accelerate the development process for software developers who are building end-user products in a wide variety of markets. MontaVista Linux is the umbrella brand that encompasses all MontaVista Software products.

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software provides an Open Source platform allowing system designers to innovate across a wide range of inter-connected intelligent devices and communications infrastructure. MontaVista enables software developers with a commercial-grade Linux-based operating system. MontaVista Linux is a universal development platform that helps customers differentiate their products and get them to market faster at lower overall development costs. MontaVista Linux is the preferred choice of some of the world's largest corporations.

Founded in 1999, by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, and headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, Calif., MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading venture capital firms and strategic corporate investors. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit

About Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. ("Panasonic")
About Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC, TSE: 6752), best known for its Panasonic brand. The Matsushita group of companies is a most comprehensive worldwide electric and electronic product manufacturer whose products range from electronic components to consumer electronic products, home appliances, factory automation equipment, information and communications equipment, and housing-related products. The company recorded sales of $71.92billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2004. Matsushita’s shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, New York, Euronext, Amsterdam and Frankfurt stock exchanges. Additional information about Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is available at

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