MIPS Alliance Program Taps MontaVista Software

Hard Hat Linux to Target MIPS32™ and MIPS64™ CPUs and Cores for Network Appliances and Office Equipment

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 31, 2001 - MontaVista Software Inc., provider of Hard Hat Linux, the most widely-used Linux distribution in embedded systems, today announced that it is joining MIPS Technologies', (Nasdaq: MIPS; MIPSB) MIPS Alliance Program (MAP).

"MontaVista already has demonstrated its commitment to providing embedded Linux products on MIPS-based processors," said Brian Knowles, vice president of marketing at MIPS Technologies. "By joining MAP, MontaVista has access to MIPS Technologies' reference platform which facilitates their investment in the MIPS32 and MIPS64 architectures."

"Supporting MIPS processors was an easy decision for MontaVista," adds Jim Ready, president of MontaVista Software and embedded industry pioneer. "Joining the MIPS Alliance Program allows us to expand our MIPS-based offerings, to serve our current customers and to win new MIPS-based designs for networking equipment, home networks, and office imaging devices."

MontaVista offers a comprehensive development environment for the embedded Linux operating system targeting MIPS-based processors, including the NEC VR41xx and VR54xx, the QED RM5xxx, and Alchemy Semiconductor Au1000 family of embedded microprocessors. The MontaVista Hard Hat Linux leverages reference designs and evaluation boards from these same silicon vendors, and offers support for customer-specific designs.

About the MIPS Alliance Program

The MIPS Alliance Program provides its members with sales and technical assistance as well as broad marketing support such as Internet and traditional marketing and promotional activities. MAP members are third-party vendors who provide complete solutions around MIPS Technologies processors.

Hard Hat Linux - A Pure Play

Hard Hat Linux, from MontaVista, is based entirely on the standard Linux kernel and open-source components. It is royalty-free and optimized for embedded applications, including communications infrastructure and Internet appliances. MontaVista Software supports pervasive-computing development with its Hard Hat Linux Cross Development Kit, and the Hard Hat Linux kernel and embedded operating system. At Comdex 2000, Hard Hat Linux received Linux Journal and LINUX Business Expo's Penguin Playoff Award for Best Embedded Solution, chosen from a field of more than 60 exhibitors at the Linux Business Expo in Las Vegas.


The Hard Hat Linux CDK 1.2 is available immediately for all platforms via ftp at ftp://ftp.mvista.com. For information regarding MontaVista Hard Hat Linux subscriptions and services, including out-sourcing of porting, configuration, source maintenance, please contact a MontaVista associate. For additional information about Hard Hat Linux subscriptions and services contact sales@mvista.com or call 408.328.9200.

About MontaVista

MontaVista Software Inc. is a leading provider of open-source software solutions for pervasive computing environments. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, MontaVista's principal offering is the Linux® operating system tailored for embedded software applications. MontaVista products include Hard Hat™ Linux®, a standard off-the-shelf binary distribution of Linux for x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS and other microprocessor architectures. Hard Hat Linux offers developers a family of open source solutions for embedded design, with targeted offerings for applications ranging from communications infrastructure to thin-client and edge applications. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, California, MontaVista Software is a pre-IPO company funded by leading venture capital firms such as WR Hambrecht + Co., RRE Ventures, US Venture Partners and Alloy Ventures. For more information about MontaVista, please visit http://www.mvista.com or call (408) 328-9200.

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Joe Samagond
Director of Mktg. & Corp. Communications
Phone: (408) 328-9234
Email: jsamagond@mvista.com