Global Leader in Mobile Communications Selects MontaVista Software For Embedded Development

Paris, France and Sunnyvale, California, June 19, 2001 -- MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, today announced that Ericsson AS, the Norwegian affiliate of Ericsson, the global leader in mobile communications, will be purchasing multiple product subscriptions for MontaVista’s Hard Hat™ Linux® development platform. Ericsson provides mobile and broadband Internet solutions in more than 140 countries worldwide.

"Our agreement with Ericsson AS is further proof of the growing acceptance of Hard Hat Linux for leading-edge embedded applications," added Jim Ready, MontaVista CEO and embedded industry pioneer.

"Mobile telecommunications 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. "Ericsson AS’s choice of Hard Hat Linux and of MontaVista Software is a validation, both, of our vision and of our business model."

Hard Hat Linux boasts unrivaled development support for the broadest range of embedded processor architectures with more than 480 fully tested and supported host-target combinations. The feature-rich product enables a wide variety of embedded applications, providing a standard platform for designs in communications infrastructure, networking, consumer electronics, instrumentation and control.

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 HatTM Linux®, 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 or call (408) 328-9200.

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.


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