Roland Selects MontaVista Linux Pro for Real-Time Graphics Presenter

7/8/2004 - MontaVista Software Inc. announced that the Roland Corporation (TSE: 6789) and Roland ED Corporation have selected MontaVista® Linux® Professional Edition as the operating system for its new real-time graphics presenter, the EDIROL RG-100. The EDIROL RG-100 creates 3D graphics and presents high-resolution images for signs and advertisements on large-scale displays (plasma or projected) at retail shops, amusement parks, commercial showrooms and other inside or outside facilities.

"We chose MontaVista Linux for its excellent robustness and scalability. This versatile development platform also offers us a wide array of middleware choices so we can deliver multiple functions on a single platform," said Mr. Akira Matsui, Executive Director, Manager of Product Development Department of Roland ED Corporation, which is one of the affiliated companies of Roland Corporation and developed RG-100. "Using MontaVista Linux as the development environment for Roland's new graphics presenter helps us provide easy operation and the best user experience for our customers."

EDIROL RG-100 is the most advanced all-in-one graphics presenter in the industry. The RG-100 builds rich, dynamic 3D visual images by integrating still images, text and logo files with a simple drag-and-drop mouse operation. The system can add music and other audio to the images, and collaborate with external lighting devices for a more dynamic display of multimedia contents. This new product meets all the requirements of customers who want to create and use multi media contents effectively for delivering their messages in easier and more cost effective ways.

With the RG-100, users can preview their images in full screen mode thanks to real-time rendering, can replay images instantly, and can set up daily and/or weekly schedules with the built-in Scheduler software.

"We are very pleased that Roland Corporation, a high profile electric instrument and image editing device provider, selected MontaVista Linux for its new featured product," said Hitoshi Arima, vice president, Japan Sales, MontaVista Software Inc. "For this kind of device, which requires a reliable, high performance and feature-rich operating system, MontaVista Linux is an excellent choice because of its scalability, robustness, and flexibility. Product cycles continue to become shorter and time-to-market is ever more critical for device manufacturers. MontaVista Linux supports manufacturers such as Roland, by serving as a robust operating system, allowing them to continue rolling out new applications with consistently high quality."

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition
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 and multi-threaded with extensive bundled software components including rich networking.

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition is currently available as a product subscription through MontaVista Software and its worldwide distribution channels. MontaVista Linux product subscriptions provide developer teams with the MontaVista Linux kernel, deployment components, utilities, development tools, software updates, access to the MontaVista Zone (customer resource portal), comprehensive technical support and hands-on Linux training classes.

EDIROL RG-100 will begin shipping from Roland Corporation in August 2004.

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

Roland Corporation
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments including keyboards synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion kits, digital recording equipment, amplifiers and audio processing devices. With over 32 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standards in music technology for the world to follow.

In 2002 Roland celebrated its 30th anniversary and expanded its reach to the vast multi-media market.

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