MontaVista Endorses Consumer Electronics Linux Forum 1.0 Specification

7/2/2004 - MontaVista Software, Inc. strongly endorsed the 1.0 Specification formally announced this week by the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF). These new standards outline a set of features for the Linux operating system that are beneficial for companies developing consumer electronics devices.

CELF was established last June to promote the use of the Linux® platform for consumer electronics device s through developing and implementing consumer electronics-specific standards. Its membership includes eight major consumer electronics companies: Panasonic (Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.), Sony Corporation, Hitachi, Ltd., NEC Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation and Toshiba Corporation. MontaVista Software is also an active member and contributor in the group.

“MontaVista has worked closely with the CE Linux Forum in defining and delivering these specifications,” said Jim Ready, CEO and president, MontaVista Software. “In fact, MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition (CEE), a fully tested and productized Linux platform, already incorporates most of the CELF 1.0 features and numerous industry-leading consumer electronics vendors are shipping advanced products built on CEE today. We are delighted to support CELF in its efforts to further advance the use of Linux in consumer electronics.”

MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition 3.1 is a premier 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 includes many of the technologies specified by CELF. Since launching in March 2003, CEE has offered device manufacturers better performance compared to standard Linux, including reduced boot and shutdown times, improved real-time performance, reduced ROM/RAM size, audio-visual and graphics functions, security enhancements and dynamic power management.

According to Kevin Morgan, vice president, Engineering, MontaVista Software, “MontaVista has played a significant role in optimizing Linux for Consumer Electronics. We have participated in the development of all the 13 technologies that went towards the CELF 1.0 specification and our current products already include 11 of these key technologies. Our engineers helped develop the base CELF kernel containing these key features, and we are proud to be a contributor to this effort.”

These valuable software contributions are consistent with the company’s historical Open Source practices. MontaVista Software demonstrates similar leadership activities as a member of the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), where it has helped drive the Carrier Grade Linux specification effort through its active participation and contribution.

“We are proud to provide Open Source leadership with a specific focus on Consumer Electronics and Telecommunications technologies,” added Morgan. MontaVista Software has contributed to and continues to sponsor a wide range of Open Source projects. A partial listing of key projects is available at

Some of the key technologies that meet the advanced requirements of the Consumer Electronics market are available in MontaVista Linux today, including:

About the Consumer Electronics Edition
CEE 3.1 i s built on the 2.4.20 Linux kernel, including advanced features either developed by MontaVista or leveraged from the Linux 2.6 kernel. CEE supports a broad range of consumer device-specific processors from Freescale (a Motorola subsidiary), Intel, Renesas, and Texas Instruments. Building on advanced features introduced March 2003, CEE 3.1 includes boot-time improvements, dynamic power management (DPM), advanced real-time technologies, Protected RAM File system (PRAMFS), and Kernel/Application XIP (execute in place from flash memory). CEE 3.1 also incorporates MontaVista® DevRocket™ 1.0, the company’s advanced integrated development environment (IDE), built on industry standard Eclipse technology. With DevRocket, developers can measure and reduce system size as well as benchmark real-time performance. In addition, DevRocket provides an interface for measuring system boot timing using Kernel Function Instrumentation (KFI), a technology included in the CELF 1.0 specification.

MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition 3.1 is available from MontaVista Software and the company’s sales and distribution channels worldwide. CEE 3.1 provides customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, software updates, deployment components, utilities, development tools, access to the MontaVista Zone (a customer portal), comprehensive technical support and access to hands-on Linux training classes. For more information about CEE, please visit

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software and development tools for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure. MontaVista empowers software developers by providing Open Source GNU/Linux-based software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, MontaVista offers a family of products that address software developer needs encompassing applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. MontaVista products include MontaVista Linux Professional, Consumer Electronics and Carrier Grade Editions. MontaVista DevRocket, a powerful integrated development environment, delivers state-of-the-art development tools across all product Editions. MontaVista Graphics offers a rich GUI development tools platform.

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, China Development Industrial Bank, RRE Ventures, US Venture Partners, WR Hambrecht + Co., as well as IBM, Infineon Ventures, Intel Capital, Panasonic (Matsushita), Samsung Ventures America, Siemens Venture Capital, Sony, Toshiba America and Yamaha Corporation. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit

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