Toshiba Picks MontaVista’s Hard Hat Linux for Printer, Set Top Box, and Digital TV Embedded Solutions

Companies Establish Technical and Marketing Alliance

TOKYO and SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 26, 2001 — MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, today announced a technical and marketing collaboration with Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in high technology, to develop advanced embedded products for the printer, set top box, and digital television markets.

Toshiba and MontaVista will launch their alliance by porting MontaVista’s Hard Hat™ Linux® to Toshiba’s TX39 and TX49 embedded processor families. In addition, Toshiba will designate Hard Hat Linux as one of the standard operating systems for its TX39 and TX49 processors.

"Printer and set top box OEMs and developers of other embedded computing applications are increasingly demanding Linux for their next-generation products," said Masafumi Watanabe, Deputy General Manager, of Toshiba Corporation. "We are working with MontaVista to provide more comprehensive support for our current and future customers, not only in Japan but throughout Asia and the world."

"Continuing our leadership role in embedded systems, we support the most advanced products including Toshiba’s TX39/49 embedded processors," affirmed Sheila Baker, vice president marketing, MontaVista Software. "Together, Toshiba and MontaVista can reduce time-to-market and lower total costs for embedded developers by providing industry-leading products and services."

The two companies have already begun the joint development process and Toshiba will release Hard Hat Linux-supported TX39 and TX49 processors, beginning in September of this year.

About Hard Hat Linux

MontaVista recently announced Hard Hat Linux, Version 2.0, the first embedded operating system and development tool suite based on the new Linux 2.4 kernel. HHL 2.0 boasts unrivaled development support for embedded processor architectures, CPU boards and software components, with more than 480 fully tested and supported host-target combinations. The feature-rich release enables a wide variety of embedded applications, providing a standard platform for designs in communications infrastructure, networking, consumer electronics, instrumentation and control.

About the TX39/49 processors

Toshiba’s TX39 and TX49 RISC processors boast high performance and low power consumption and are based, respectively, on MIPS32 and MIPS64 architectures. The TX39 family is especially suitable for mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDA), set top boxes (STB), laser printers (LPB), and automobile navigation applications, while the TX49 family works best for laser printers, plain paper copiers (PPC), digital television (DTV), video game consoles, networking, and set top boxes.

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 Hat™ 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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