MontaVista Linux Powers Sony’s New Internet-Connected
Personal Video Recorder
Optimized Linux Platform Guarantees Interconnectivity and Service Reliability


TOKYO, Nov. 5, 2002 — MontaVista Software, Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, today announced that MontaVista™ Linux® Professional Edition 2.1 is the chosen operating system for the CoCoon Channel Server, the new Internet-connected Personal Video Recorder (PVR) from Sony (NYSE: SNE).

MontaVista Linux supports a range of enhanced interactive features in advanced consumer electronics products such as CoCoon, by providing high performance, real-time capability and service reliability. MontaVista Linux is the widely used cross-development platform from MontaVista Software. As a standard development platform for embedded designs, it enables developers to create a broad range of applications, from solutions for consumer devices to highly available telecommunications and data communications equipment. MontaVista Linux Professional Edition allows developers to focus on their value-add to their customers while enabling them to speed high-performance products to market in a cost-effective manner.

“The consumer electronics market is currently undergoing a veritable revolution, from stand-alone devices to intelligent, networked appliances in which Linux is increasingly becoming the systems software of choice,” said Hitoshi Arima, vice president, Sales (Japan), MontaVista Software. “With its CoCoon line of networked personal devices, Sony is blazing the trail into this new world of consumer electronics, and we are proud to support this trend with a robust Linux operating system that boasts broad hardware support, openness, and first-class networking capabilities.”

According to a recent market research report from Venture Development Corporation (VDC) consumer electronics is the fastest growing market segment for Linux, at an annual growth rate of 49.0% and reaching $149.6 million in shipments by 2006. VDC also estimated that consumer electronics will be the largest segment of the embedded Linux market by 2006 with 43.2 percent of total revenue of $346 million. The feature-rich MontaVista Professional Edition is already being widely used for a wide variety of embedded application designs in consumer electronics.

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software for intelligent connected devices and their associated infrastructure, for applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing GNU/Linux-based open-source systems software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVista Software’s principal products include MontaVista™ Linux® Professional Edition and MontaVista™ Linux® Carrier Grade Edition. The Professional Edition comprises a Linux-based embedded source and binary distribution, cross development environments, and a versatile set of tools for the x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH, ARM, XScale, Xtensa and other microprocessor architectures. The Carrier Grade Edition is a next-generation high availability product that is the first Commercial Off-The-Shelf Linux (COTS) platform for telecommunications and carrier-grade applications. MontaVista Software also provides several complementary technology products addressing specific customer needs, such as Java development and runtime, powerful graphics capabilities and more.

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, Calif., MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors such as Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co., IBM, Intel Capital, Panasonic and Sony Corporation.

For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit, email to or call (408) 328-9200.

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Joe Samagond
Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications
MontaVista Software Inc.
Phone (408) 328-9234

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PR Strategy and Business Development
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