MontaVista Linux Powers New NTT DoCoMo 3G Phones Manufactured by NEC and Panasonic
Powerful Linux Platform Provides Flexibility, Control and Opportunities for Innovation
TOKYO and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 22, 2004 ? MontaVista Software, Inc., today announced that MontaVista® Linux® is the chosen operating system for three of the new FOMA® third-generation (3G) mobile phones from NTT DoCoMo , Inc. (TSE:9437) . These MontaVista Linux-based phones include the N900iL and the N901iC, both developed by NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701), and the P901i from Panasonic Mobile Communications Co.,Ltd.,a subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.,Ltd. (TSE: 6752).
The N900iL is a dual network mobile phone, which supports W-CDMA and 802.11b wireless LAN, and is targeted for corporate users. It can run on NTT DoCoMo's 3G wireless network ? FOMA ? and also as a VoIP mobile phone over a wireless LAN (local area network). It even permits phone users to access information and files behind corporate firewalls. The NEC N901iC and the Panasonic P901i handsets will feature 3D audio, improved security features, the ability to transfer larger file sizes (up to 500KB) and enhanced multimedia applications.
Last week, NTT DoCoMo launched the N900iL in a press release titled "NTT DoCoMo to Release N900iL, First FOMA Wireless LAN Dual-Network Handset," and NEC and Panasonic described the N901iC and P901i in a joint Linux-based platform announcement "Panasonic and NEC Announce Achievement of Their Joint Efforts in 3G Mobile Phone Handsets." These phones represent a new line of advanced mobile phones from NTT DoCoMo.
"NTT DoCoMo has specified Linux as one of two operating system platforms for its next generation phones. And, handset manufacturers, such a NEC and Panasonic, are embracing Linux for phone development because of its flexibility, control and opportunities for innovation," said Jim Ready, CEO and president, MontaVista Software. "As mobile phones evolve rapidly, the software supporting their rich functionality and networking capabilities needs to be equally robust. MontaVista Linux provides a powerful systems software platform that can help to quickly bring these advanced products to market."
MontaVista Linux supports a range of enhanced interactive features in advanced consumer electronics products such as the N900iL, the N901iC, and the P901i, by providing high performance, real-time capability and consumer-grade reliability. MontaVista Linux allows easy integration of advanced multimedia applications required by 3G handsets. By offering a standard development platform for wireless handset designs, MontaVista Software empowers developers to focus on their value-add to their customers while enabling them to speed cutting-edge products to market in a cost-effective manner.
The new phones were on display at the MontaVista Software booth at the Embedded Technology Show, Yokohama, Japan, November 17-19, 2004.
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.About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company, serving more than 48 million customers. The company offers a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services, including i-mode®, which provides e-mail and Internet access to over 42 million subscribers as the world's most popular mobile Internet service, and FOMA®, launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe and North America, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM), and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.com.
About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. Ranked as one of the world's top patent-producing companies, NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of 4,906 billion yen (approx. $47 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 2004. For additional information, please visit the NEC home page at: http://www.nec.com.
About Panasonic Mobile Communications:
Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. (PMC), headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of mobile communications products. As one of the main business domains for Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand, PMC has been developing cutting edge technologies since its establishment in 1958. PMC is committed in providing added-value solutions to end-users through its mobile communication products. For more information, please visit http://www.panasonicmobile.com or http://www.panasonic.co.jp/pmc.
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