Toshiba Picks MontaVista's Hard Hat Linux for Printer, Set Top Box, and Digital TV Embedded Solutions

Companies Establish Technical and Marketing Alliance



Jun 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from MontaVista Software Inc.

    LONDON, June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- MontaVista Software Inc., the company
 powering the embedded revolution, today announced a technical and marketing
 collaboration with Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in high technology, to
 develop advanced embedded products for the printer, set top box, and digital
 television markets.
     Toshiba and MontaVista will launch their alliance by porting MontaVista's
 Hard Hat(TM) Linux(R) to Toshiba's TX39 and TX49 embedded processor families.
 In addition, Toshiba will designate Hard Hat Linux as one of the standard
 operating systems for its TX39 and TX49 processors.
     "Printer and set top box OEMs and developers of other embedded computing
 applications are increasingly demanding Linux for their next-generation
 products," said Masafumi Watanabe, Deputy General Manager, of Toshiba
 Corporation.  "We are working with MontaVista to provide more comprehensive
 support for our current and future customers, not only in Japan but throughout
 Asia and the world."
     "Continuing our leadership role in embedded systems, we support the most
 advanced products including Toshiba's TX39/49 embedded processors," affirmed
 Sheila Baker, vice president marketing, MontaVista Software.  "Together,
 Toshiba and MontaVista can reduce time-to-market and lower total costs for
 embedded developers by providing industry-leading products and services."
     The two companies have already begun the joint development process and
 Toshiba will release Hard Hat Linux-supported TX39 and TX49 processors,
 beginning in September of this year.
 
     About Hard Hat Linux
     MontaVista recently announced Hard Hat Linux, Version 2.0, the first
 embedded operating system and development tool suite based on the new Linux
 2.4 kernel.  HHL 2.0 boasts unrivalled development support for embedded
 processor architectures, CPU boards and software components, with more than
 480 fully tested and supported host-target combinations.  The feature-rich
 release enables a wide variety of embedded applications, providing a standard
 platform for designs in communications infrastructure, networking, consumer
 electronics, instrumentation and control.
 
     About the TX39/49 processors
     Toshiba's TX39 and TX49 RISC processors boast high performance and low
 power consumption and are based, respectively, on MIPS32 and MIPS64
 architectures.  The TX39 family is especially suitable for mobile phones and
 personal digital assistants (PDA), set top boxes (STB), laser printers (LPB),
 and automobile navigation applications, while the TX49 family works best for
 laser printers, plain paper copiers (PPC), digital television (DTV), video
 game consoles, networking, and set top boxes.
 
     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, GUI toolkit and more.
     Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, Calif.,
 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
 
     Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
     Hard Hat is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc.
     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/21028.htm
 
 

SOURCE MontaVista Software Inc.
    LONDON, June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- MontaVista Software Inc., the company
 powering the embedded revolution, today announced a technical and marketing
 collaboration with Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in high technology, to
 develop advanced embedded products for the printer, set top box, and digital
 television markets.
     Toshiba and MontaVista will launch their alliance by porting MontaVista's
 Hard Hat(TM) Linux(R) to Toshiba's TX39 and TX49 embedded processor families.
 In addition, Toshiba will designate Hard Hat Linux as one of the standard
 operating systems for its TX39 and TX49 processors.
     "Printer and set top box OEMs and developers of other embedded computing
 applications are increasingly demanding Linux for their next-generation
 products," said Masafumi Watanabe, Deputy General Manager, of Toshiba
 Corporation.  "We are working with MontaVista to provide more comprehensive
 support for our current and future customers, not only in Japan but throughout
 Asia and the world."
     "Continuing our leadership role in embedded systems, we support the most
 advanced products including Toshiba's TX39/49 embedded processors," affirmed
 Sheila Baker, vice president marketing, MontaVista Software.  "Together,
 Toshiba and MontaVista can reduce time-to-market and lower total costs for
 embedded developers by providing industry-leading products and services."
     The two companies have already begun the joint development process and
 Toshiba will release Hard Hat Linux-supported TX39 and TX49 processors,
 beginning in September of this year.
 
     About Hard Hat Linux
     MontaVista recently announced Hard Hat Linux, Version 2.0, the first
 embedded operating system and development tool suite based on the new Linux
 2.4 kernel.  HHL 2.0 boasts unrivalled development support for embedded
 processor architectures, CPU boards and software components, with more than
 480 fully tested and supported host-target combinations.  The feature-rich
 release enables a wide variety of embedded applications, providing a standard
 platform for designs in communications infrastructure, networking, consumer
 electronics, instrumentation and control.
 
     About the TX39/49 processors
     Toshiba's TX39 and TX49 RISC processors boast high performance and low
 power consumption and are based, respectively, on MIPS32 and MIPS64
 architectures.  The TX39 family is especially suitable for mobile phones and
 personal digital assistants (PDA), set top boxes (STB), laser printers (LPB),
 and automobile navigation applications, while the TX49 family works best for
 laser printers, plain paper copiers (PPC), digital television (DTV), video
 game consoles, networking, and set top boxes.
 
     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, GUI toolkit and more.
     Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, Calif.,
 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
 
     Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
     Hard Hat is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc.
     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/21028.htm
 
 SOURCE  MontaVista Software Inc.