GET Engineering Chooses MontaVista for Military and Aerospace Applications

'Smooth as Silk' Transition from Proprietary RTOS to Embedded Linux



Nov 08, 2001, 00:00 ET from MontaVista Software Inc.

    LONDON, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- MontaVista Software Inc. has announced that
 GET Engineering Corporation has successfully converted to the Hard Hat(R)
 Linux(R) operating environment, porting from a proprietary RTOS platform to
 embedded Linux.
     GET Engineering manufactures commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) Navy Tactical
 Data Systems (NTDS) products that are deployed in tactical applications of all
 classes of U.S. Naval and NATO vessels. The company produces interface
 adapters and associated products including parallel and serial adapters for
 PMC, ISA, PCI, VME and cPCI-based systems. GET's customers include major
 defence and aerospace contractors such as Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin
 and BAE Systems.
     Real-time performance from embedded operating systems is critical in
 military and aerospace applications. GET's real-time performance target for a
 critical timing sequence in the embedded switch product was one millisecond.
 Actual test results using Hard Hat Linux were significantly faster at 680
 nanoseconds.
     "MontaVista's solution was cost effective and its technical support was
 excellent," said Robert Ruhe, chief executive officer of GET Engineering. "The
 transition was as smooth as silk and the resulting real-time response is more
 than adequate."
     Time-to-market requirements are also important in the competitive military
 aerospace market. GET Engineering planned on a six-months-to-one-year
 development cycle to move from its proprietary RTOS to embedded Linux.
     With MontaVista's proprietary RTOS to Hard Hat Linux transition kit, 90
 percent of the APIs translated easily with no changes or additional work, and
 the project was completed in only two months. The product was immediately
 placed into GET's customer service test site where it is successfully
 undergoing rigourous tests.
 
     About MontaVista's Real-time Approach
     MontaVista's hard real-time, fully pre-emptible kernel technology advances
 Linux to the responsiveness attributed to proprietary kernel products. It does
 so while still providing all the benefits of open source, including rapid
 development and deployment based on a royalty-free model.  The Hard Hat Linux
 pre-emptible kernel improves real-time application response from hundreds of
 milliseconds (worst case) to less than one millisecond.
 
     MontaVista's Legacy RTOS to Embedded Linux Tool Kits
     MontaVista's legacy RTOS-to-Linux transition kits streamline the porting
 of legacy code to embedded Linux.  With the MontaVista tools, developers can
 reap the benefits of moving to a full-featured, open-source platform without
 the massive engineering burden usually associated with such a move.
 
     About GET Engineering Corporation
     GET Engineering Corporation was founded in 1981 as a leading edge, high
 technology engineering firm providing Naval Tactical Data Systems (NTDS)
 products to government and industrial clients. GET is a privately held
 corporation that participates in a global market and has experienced double
 digit growth over the past several years.
     The company has several key business areas consisting of a balance between
 COTS, NTDS related products and Research/Development (R&D) services, to
 approximately 150 customers in the Department of Defense and the commercial
 contractor community. The corporate headquarters are located in San Diego with
 nine indirect sales offices. For more information visit www.getntds.com .
 
     About MontaVista Software, Inc.
     MontaVista Software, Inc. powers the embedded revolution by providing
 open-source systems software solutions for embedded developers. Founded in
 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVista's
 principal products include Hard Hat(R) Linux(R), a Linux-based embedded source
 and binary distribution, cross development platform and a set of tool kits for
 x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH, ARM, XScale and other microprocessor
 architectures. MontaVista offers developers a family of products and services
 for embedded design and development targeted for applications ranging from
 communications infrastructure to thin-client and consumer devices. MontaVista
 Software also provides several technology add-on products addressing specific
 customer needs such as the Java Development environment, High Availability
 technology, powerful graphics toolkits and more.
 
     Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, California,
 MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors
 such Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co.,
 and Intel Capital. For more information about MontaVista, please visit
 http://www.mvista.com , email to info@mvista.com
 
     Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Hard Hat is a
 registered trademark and, MontaVista is a trademark of MontaVista Software
 Inc. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or
 service marks of their respective companies.
 
 

SOURCE MontaVista Software Inc.
    LONDON, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- MontaVista Software Inc. has announced that
 GET Engineering Corporation has successfully converted to the Hard Hat(R)
 Linux(R) operating environment, porting from a proprietary RTOS platform to
 embedded Linux.
     GET Engineering manufactures commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) Navy Tactical
 Data Systems (NTDS) products that are deployed in tactical applications of all
 classes of U.S. Naval and NATO vessels. The company produces interface
 adapters and associated products including parallel and serial adapters for
 PMC, ISA, PCI, VME and cPCI-based systems. GET's customers include major
 defence and aerospace contractors such as Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin
 and BAE Systems.
     Real-time performance from embedded operating systems is critical in
 military and aerospace applications. GET's real-time performance target for a
 critical timing sequence in the embedded switch product was one millisecond.
 Actual test results using Hard Hat Linux were significantly faster at 680
 nanoseconds.
     "MontaVista's solution was cost effective and its technical support was
 excellent," said Robert Ruhe, chief executive officer of GET Engineering. "The
 transition was as smooth as silk and the resulting real-time response is more
 than adequate."
     Time-to-market requirements are also important in the competitive military
 aerospace market. GET Engineering planned on a six-months-to-one-year
 development cycle to move from its proprietary RTOS to embedded Linux.
     With MontaVista's proprietary RTOS to Hard Hat Linux transition kit, 90
 percent of the APIs translated easily with no changes or additional work, and
 the project was completed in only two months. The product was immediately
 placed into GET's customer service test site where it is successfully
 undergoing rigourous tests.
 
     About MontaVista's Real-time Approach
     MontaVista's hard real-time, fully pre-emptible kernel technology advances
 Linux to the responsiveness attributed to proprietary kernel products. It does
 so while still providing all the benefits of open source, including rapid
 development and deployment based on a royalty-free model.  The Hard Hat Linux
 pre-emptible kernel improves real-time application response from hundreds of
 milliseconds (worst case) to less than one millisecond.
 
     MontaVista's Legacy RTOS to Embedded Linux Tool Kits
     MontaVista's legacy RTOS-to-Linux transition kits streamline the porting
 of legacy code to embedded Linux.  With the MontaVista tools, developers can
 reap the benefits of moving to a full-featured, open-source platform without
 the massive engineering burden usually associated with such a move.
 
     About GET Engineering Corporation
     GET Engineering Corporation was founded in 1981 as a leading edge, high
 technology engineering firm providing Naval Tactical Data Systems (NTDS)
 products to government and industrial clients. GET is a privately held
 corporation that participates in a global market and has experienced double
 digit growth over the past several years.
     The company has several key business areas consisting of a balance between
 COTS, NTDS related products and Research/Development (R&D) services, to
 approximately 150 customers in the Department of Defense and the commercial
 contractor community. The corporate headquarters are located in San Diego with
 nine indirect sales offices. For more information visit www.getntds.com .
 
     About MontaVista Software, Inc.
     MontaVista Software, Inc. powers the embedded revolution by providing
 open-source systems software solutions for embedded developers. Founded in
 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVista's
 principal products include Hard Hat(R) Linux(R), a Linux-based embedded source
 and binary distribution, cross development platform and a set of tool kits for
 x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH, ARM, XScale and other microprocessor
 architectures. MontaVista offers developers a family of products and services
 for embedded design and development targeted for applications ranging from
 communications infrastructure to thin-client and consumer devices. MontaVista
 Software also provides several technology add-on products addressing specific
 customer needs such as the Java Development environment, High Availability
 technology, powerful graphics toolkits and more.
 
     Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, California,
 MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors
 such Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co.,
 and Intel Capital. For more information about MontaVista, please visit
 http://www.mvista.com , email to info@mvista.com
 
     Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Hard Hat is a
 registered trademark and, MontaVista is a trademark of MontaVista Software
 Inc. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or
 service marks of their respective companies.
 
 SOURCE  MontaVista Software Inc.