STMicroelectronics and MontaVista Software Ally to Put Linux-on-a-Chip

Leading Embedded Linux Supplier and Global Semiconductor

Vendor Team Up to Target System-On-a-Chip Market



May 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from MontaVista Software Inc.

    LONDON, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- MontaVista Software Inc., the company
 powering the embedded revolution has announced that STMicroelectronics has
 designated MontaVista, provider of Hard Hat(TM) Linux(R), for embedded
 applications, as the first and preferred supplier of Linux for its
 system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for consumer electronics and other markets.
     MontaVista and STMicroelectronics will launch their alliance by
 collaborating on the development of Hard Hat Linux for ST40-based digital
 consumer platforms.  The ST40 is a family of SoC products based on the SuperH,
 32-bit SH-4 core.
     The two companies provide mutual early access to each other's internal
 development work.  Moreover, MontaVista will offer Hard Hat Linux technical
 training and support to STMicroelectronics' customers.  MontaVista will
 collaborate with STMicroelectronics to ensure that application stacks for
 Digital TV integrate seamlessly with current and future releases of Hard Hat
 Linux.  MontaVista will also pursue joint sales and marketing activities with
 STMicroelectronics.
     "ST sees an increasing demand for Linux for consumer applications and we
 are delighted that MontaVista will be offering its embedded Linux products and
 services for our advanced consumer reference platforms," said Jean-Yves
 Larignon, general manager of ST's Micro Core and Development Tools Division.
     MontaVista Hard Hat Linux is already the preferred embedded platform for
 more than 125 designs in communications infrastructure and consumer products,
 including central office equipment, Internet appliances and set-top box
 designs.
     "Consumer electronics companies and developers of other embedded computing
 applications are increasingly looking to Linux as the shortest path to
 market," affirmed Sheila Baker, vice president of marketing, MontaVista
 Software.  "STMicroelectronics' choice of Linux and MontaVista is a validation
 both of our vision and of our business model."
 
     Availability
     Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition is available direct from
 MontaVista and MontaVista distribution channels worldwide as a product
 subscription, providing the MontaVista Hard Hat Linux kernel, utilities,
 development tools and one year of technical support.  It is open source,
 royalty-free, and built from 100% pure Linux sources.
     Also available for Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition are expanded
 add-on capabilities, including packages for embedded Java, High-Availability,
 legacy RTOS porting and emulation, and embedded GUI development.
     MontaVista will also make available Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Journeyman Edition
 freely available for technical evaluation and other uses.  A subset of Hard
 Hat Linux Professional Edition, it targets a sampling from all Hard Hat Linux
 CPU architectures and hosts on Red Hat Linux.  It can be downloaded from
 MontaVista's Web site or obtained on CD-ROM for a nominal charge.
     Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition is now available and will be
 joined by additional functionality and add-on technologies via on-line
 distribution and on CD-ROM.
 
     About MontaVista Software Inc.
     MontaVista Software Inc. is a leading provider of open-source systems
 software solutions for embedded developers.  Founded in 1999 by real-time
 operating system pioneer James Ready, MontaVista's principal offerings are the
 cross development tools and operating system tailored for embedded developers.
 MontaVista products include Hard Hat(TM) Linux(R), a Linux-based embedded
 source and binary distribution, development platform and tool kits for
 x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH, ARM and other microprocessor
 architectures.
     MontaVista offers developers a family of products and services for
 embedded design targeted for applications ranging from communications
 infrastructure to thin-client and edge applications.  MontaVista Software also
 makes available valuable technology add-on packages that address specific
 customer requirements such as the Java Development environment, High
 Availability technology, Legacy RTOS porting tools, GUI toolkit and more.
     Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, California,
 MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors
 such as Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co,
 and Intel Capital.  For more information about MontaVista, please visit
 http://www.mvista.com
 
     Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.  Hard Hat is a
 trademark of MontaVista Software Inc.  Intel, Pentium and XScale are
 trademarks of Intel Corporation.  StrongARM is a registered trademark of ARM
 Ltd.  PowerPC is a registered trademark of International Business Machines
 Corporation.  MIPS is a registered trademark of MIPS Technologies.  All other
 names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of
 their respective companies.
 
     This information can also be found on the European MontaVista FTP site by
 following the link: ftp://ftp.jdk.co.uk/MontaVista/Press/21018.htm
 
 

SOURCE MontaVista Software Inc.
    LONDON, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- MontaVista Software Inc., the company
 powering the embedded revolution has announced that STMicroelectronics has
 designated MontaVista, provider of Hard Hat(TM) Linux(R), for embedded
 applications, as the first and preferred supplier of Linux for its
 system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for consumer electronics and other markets.
     MontaVista and STMicroelectronics will launch their alliance by
 collaborating on the development of Hard Hat Linux for ST40-based digital
 consumer platforms.  The ST40 is a family of SoC products based on the SuperH,
 32-bit SH-4 core.
     The two companies provide mutual early access to each other's internal
 development work.  Moreover, MontaVista will offer Hard Hat Linux technical
 training and support to STMicroelectronics' customers.  MontaVista will
 collaborate with STMicroelectronics to ensure that application stacks for
 Digital TV integrate seamlessly with current and future releases of Hard Hat
 Linux.  MontaVista will also pursue joint sales and marketing activities with
 STMicroelectronics.
     "ST sees an increasing demand for Linux for consumer applications and we
 are delighted that MontaVista will be offering its embedded Linux products and
 services for our advanced consumer reference platforms," said Jean-Yves
 Larignon, general manager of ST's Micro Core and Development Tools Division.
     MontaVista Hard Hat Linux is already the preferred embedded platform for
 more than 125 designs in communications infrastructure and consumer products,
 including central office equipment, Internet appliances and set-top box
 designs.
     "Consumer electronics companies and developers of other embedded computing
 applications are increasingly looking to Linux as the shortest path to
 market," affirmed Sheila Baker, vice president of marketing, MontaVista
 Software.  "STMicroelectronics' choice of Linux and MontaVista is a validation
 both of our vision and of our business model."
 
     Availability
     Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition is available direct from
 MontaVista and MontaVista distribution channels worldwide as a product
 subscription, providing the MontaVista Hard Hat Linux kernel, utilities,
 development tools and one year of technical support.  It is open source,
 royalty-free, and built from 100% pure Linux sources.
     Also available for Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition are expanded
 add-on capabilities, including packages for embedded Java, High-Availability,
 legacy RTOS porting and emulation, and embedded GUI development.
     MontaVista will also make available Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Journeyman Edition
 freely available for technical evaluation and other uses.  A subset of Hard
 Hat Linux Professional Edition, it targets a sampling from all Hard Hat Linux
 CPU architectures and hosts on Red Hat Linux.  It can be downloaded from
 MontaVista's Web site or obtained on CD-ROM for a nominal charge.
     Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition is now available and will be
 joined by additional functionality and add-on technologies via on-line
 distribution and on CD-ROM.
 
     About MontaVista Software Inc.
     MontaVista Software Inc. is a leading provider of open-source systems
 software solutions for embedded developers.  Founded in 1999 by real-time
 operating system pioneer James Ready, MontaVista's principal offerings are the
 cross development tools and operating system tailored for embedded developers.
 MontaVista products include Hard Hat(TM) Linux(R), a Linux-based embedded
 source and binary distribution, development platform and tool kits for
 x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH, ARM and other microprocessor
 architectures.
     MontaVista offers developers a family of products and services for
 embedded design targeted for applications ranging from communications
 infrastructure to thin-client and edge applications.  MontaVista Software also
 makes available valuable technology add-on packages that address specific
 customer requirements such as the Java Development environment, High
 Availability technology, Legacy RTOS porting tools, GUI toolkit and more.
     Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, California,
 MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors
 such as Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co,
 and Intel Capital.  For more information about MontaVista, please visit
 http://www.mvista.com
 
     Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.  Hard Hat is a
 trademark of MontaVista Software Inc.  Intel, Pentium and XScale are
 trademarks of Intel Corporation.  StrongARM is a registered trademark of ARM
 Ltd.  PowerPC is a registered trademark of International Business Machines
 Corporation.  MIPS is a registered trademark of MIPS Technologies.  All other
 names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of
 their respective companies.
 
     This information can also be found on the European MontaVista FTP site by
 following the link: ftp://ftp.jdk.co.uk/MontaVista/Press/21018.htm
 
 SOURCE  MontaVista Software Inc.