Motorola A780 Mobile Phone Ships with Berkeley DB and MontaVista Linux

9/16/2004 - Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, and MontaVista Software announced that Berkeley DB and MontaVista® Linux® will be incorporated in the new Motorola A780 mobile phone. Berkeley DB provides efficient, reliable data management while the MontaVista Linux operating system provides a stable, versatile mobile platform enabling availability of a wide range of native and JavaTM technology-based applications. The Motorola A780 device is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2004.

“The mobile device industry is rapidly adopting Linux as a platform to deliver innovative and cost-effective products into the market” said Jacob Lehrbaum, product marketing manager for MontaVista Software. “MontaVista Linux is an open, standards-based OS platform that is highly flexible and is ideal for building smart mobile devices.”

“We’re pleased to supply our software solutions to leading mobile phone manufacturers – like Motorola – for the management of device applications including Java games, audio files and video clips.” said Rex Wang, vice president of marketing at Sleepycat Software. “Together, MontaVista Linux and Sleepycat’s Berkeley DB work ‘behind the screen’ to contribute to an enhanced mobile user experience.”

Motorola’s A780, created for mobile professionals, is a converged device designed for mobile office connectivity as well as for personal entertainment. The A780 offers a range of features and applications such as PDA capability, full-motion video recording, and a 240 x 320 color touch screen. The A780 is also a full enterprise solution mobile device, supporting various document formats, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, MP3 and JPG files.

Enterprise data is stored directly in the phone using Berkeley DB, an enterprise-class data manager with full transactional support. Email, calendar and contact information can also be synchronized over-the-air with MOTOSYNC, a secure synchronization solution from Motorola that allows mobile users to stay connected while out of the office.

In addition to the new A780 smartphone, Motorola has used both MontaVista Linux and Berkeley DB in other Linux-based products such as the A760 and A768 handset models, which were distributed in the Asian market.

MontaVista and Sleepycat have also partnered to certify Berkeley DB High Availability on MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition, providing a proven platform for carrier-grade telecommunications applications.

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 Sleepycat Software
Sleepycat Software ( makes Berkeley DB, the most widely used application-specific data management software in the world with more than 200 million deployments. Customers such as Amazon, AOL, British Telecom, Cisco Systems, EMC, Ericsson, Google, Hitachi, HP, Motorola, Openwave Systems, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, TIBCO and Veritas rely on Berkeley DB for fast, scalable, reliable and cost-effective data management for their mission-critical applications. Profitable since it was founded in 1996, Sleepycat is a privately held company with offices in California and Massachusetts.

Sleepycat Software and Berkeley DB are trademarks of Sleepycat Software, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a registered trademark of MontaVista Software, Inc.

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