MontaVista Takes Embedded Linux To Japan

Tokyo office key step in MontaVista's accelerated global expansion plan

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and Tokyo - July 13, 2000 - MontaVista, Inc., developer of the Hard Hat™ Linux operating system for embedded applications, today announced its continued expansion of operations into Asia. Naming Hitoshi Arima as general manager of its Japan operations in Tokyo, MontaVista has established its direct presence in Japan.

"Historically, the Japanese embedded systems market has had a tightly linked supply chain. Our Tokyo office affords us a front-line opportunity to help meet rapidly growing market demand for complete open-source solutions," said Jim Ready, CEO of MontaVista. "This move, in conjunction with our participation in Embedded Linux Consortium of Japan, demonstrates our commitment to bringing the benefits of open-source Linux to the Asian markets."

In his new position as general manager, Arima will assume day-to-day responsibilities for MontaVista's Japan operations while reporting to Patrice Commune, vice president of international sales. Arima will focus on developing the company's Asia-Pacific organization and support infrastructure that is expected to grow rapidly to more than 20 people.

Arima has nearly 20 years of real-time operating system experience and he was named Auditor on the Advisory Board for the Embedded Linux Consortium of Japan. Recently, Arima served as Managing Director of Japan Operations for Software Development Systems (SDSI), which was acquired by Integrated Systems in 1999. Prior to that he had worked in various executive and management positions, establishing Japanese offices with Wind River, Integrated Systems, and Tokico LTD., a Hitachi owned company. Arima had also served as General Manager of Uniqa Inc, an Internet Appliance engine and tools supplier.

"Our move in Japan is essential to maintaining and building upon our early leadership in the embedded Linux marketplace, said Brian Grega, vice president of worldwide sales and business development. "Japanese companies are established leaders in consumer electronics, and are at the forefront of technologies in the emerging Internet appliance market," he added. "As with our other international operations, MontaVista is recruiting and hiring seasoned professionals, from within the embedded industry, who understand the needs and requirements of embedded developers," Grega explained.

About MontaVista Software, Inc.

MontaVista Software Inc., founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, delivers open-source software solutions for the worldwide embedded software market. 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, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS and other microprocessor architectures. Hard Hat Linux offers developers a mix of open source and standard APIs, as well as unique open source solutions for embedded design including the MontaVista real-time scheduler and Hard Hat Net CompactPCI back-plane networking. Hard Hat Linux is supported by a comprehensive tool suite including optimizing compilers for C, C++ and other languages; high-level language debuggers; and performance monitoring tools. The company's Subscription Plans also provide Linux support, porting and customization services to customers worldwide. MontaVista headquarters are in Sunnyvale, Calif., in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Hard Hat is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc. Intel, PICA, and Pentium, Celeron are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective companies.


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