New Swedish office to enhance support to MontaVista Software customers in Europe

Sunnyvale, Calif., January 31, 2001 - In a move that further advances its business development program and strengthens its customer support network across Europe, MontaVista Software has opened a new branch office in Stockholm, Sweden.

This announcement comes as MontaVista, a leading provider of open-source software solutions for pervasive computing environments, seeks to build on the success of its growth in European markets. The company, which has its European headquarters in Paris, France, already operates European branch offices in Germany and the United Kingdom and has set-up a European distribution facility in Benelux. The opening of the Stockholm office completes the establishment of MontaVista's initial support infrastructure in Europe.

The Stockholm office will be headed up by Nordic Regional Director, Per A. Nilsson and backed by a team of four applications and marketing engineers with 40 years combined embedded systems experience. Mr. Nilsson come to MontaVista Software from Wind River Systems were he was a Senior Account Manager within the Consumer and Defense sectors. His team will focus on the communications infrastructure and internet appliance sectors of the embedded computer market and will provide a high level of engineering, sales and marketing support for customers in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.

"MontaVista has already achieved considerable success as a supplier of leading-edge Linux Operating Systems solutions across Europe" observed Per A. Nilsson. "This new Stockholm office will further strengthen our customer support across the important Nordic region, which currently represents 30% of our European business revenues," he added.

MontaVista's extensive knowledge of the local markets in Europe has enabled the company to build on its core strengths, through the provision of subscription access to the Hard HatTM Linux® product line that adds real value to customers by meeting their specific operating system application requirements.

Patrice Commune, MontaVista's VP International Operations, commented, "Europe and the Asia Pacific regions are a major growth area for us, currently representing 49% of our total sales. Europe, which contributes 55% of this 'non-US' business, is particularly important. With this latest branch office in Stockholm, we are now in a position to deliver the very best support to our customers right across Europe - right here, right now"

About MontaVista Software, Inc.

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 privately-held company funded by leading investors such Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co, and Intel. 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.


Joe Samagond
Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications
MontaVista Software, Inc.
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