7/12/2004 - MontaVista Software Inc. announced MontaVista® Linux® support for the i.MX21 multimedia applications processor from Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT). MontaVista Linux already supports Freescale’s i.MX1 and i.MXL applications processors, which are also excellent for use in smart mobile devices.
The i.MX21 is the latest member of Freescale’s i.MX family of applications processors, with higher levels of video and graphics capabilities, plug and play connectivity and added security features. The i.MX21 is designed with “Smart Speed” technology, which combines performance-with-stamina and low power consumption for longer battery life and a rich consumer experience. The device is used in smartphones, portable media players, personal digital assistants (PDAs), mobile gaming and many other mobile devices. Based on ARM® core technology (ARM926EJ-STM), the i.MX21 processor offers a high degree of on-chip integration with features such as multimedia extensions and a video port, enabling manufacturers to use fewer components in their wireless devices, thus helping reduce system costs.
“The flexibility and tight integration of MontaVista Linux with the i.MX21 will give mobile device manufacturers a powerful platform to rapidly develop highly differentiated products,” said Glenn Seiler, director, product marketing, MontaVista Software. “This combination of high performance multimedia and networking, low power consumption and the availability of many third party applications will boost the rapid migration of advanced features into mainstream mobile phones.”
MontaVista Linux Professional Edition (Pro) 3.1 provides comprehensive support for a very broad range of embedded processor architectures, CPU boards and software components. Pro, which now targets more than 30 processors from eight industry-leading architectures, is among the most widely deployed embedded Linux platforms in the market today.
MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition (CEE) 3.1 is a popularly used Linux operating system and cross-development environment specifically designed for consumer electronics applications such as mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes and automotive telematics. Consumer Electronics Edition is tailored to the demands of highly constrained mobile devices, which require low power consumption, restricted memory size and short boot and resume times. CEE enhances Linux with dynamic power management, support for direct execution from flash memory, consumer-grade reliability and system analysis tools for performance tuning.
MontaVista DevRocketTM is a fully integrated and graphical development environment, available with both Pro and CEE. It is designed to facilitate system software and applications development. MontaVista DevRocket, based on Eclipse technology, provides a common look-and-feel across development host platforms including Windows®, Solaris® and Linux. MontaVista DevRocket is built on the latest Eclipse base, letting customers and ISVs take full advantage of the Eclipse platform, including third-party development work contributed by the Eclipse community, as well as a multitude of Eclipse-supported tools.
Support for the Freescale i.MX21 multimedia applications processor is available for Pro now and expected to be available for CEE later this year, direct from MontaVista and MontaVista distribution channels worldwide . MontaVista Linux 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 (customer resource portal), comprehensive technical support and hands-on Linux training classes.
For more information on Freescale’s i.MX applications processors, visit www.motorola.com/imx
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 http://www.mvista.com.
About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., (www.freescale.com) a subsidiary of Motorola, Inc., has a 50-year history in microelectronics. Freescale Semiconductor produces semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets worldwide. Based in Austin, Texas, Freescale Semiconductor has design, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Freescale Semiconductor's 2003 sales were $4.9 billion (USD).
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista and DevRocket are trademarks or registered trademarks of MontaVista Software, Inc . FreescaleTM and the Freescale logo are trademarks of Freescale Semiconductor Inc.
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