July 30, 2003

C.N.S. Systems Chooses MontaVista Carrier Grade Ed

Annette Oevermann writes "Sunnyvale, Calif., and Linköping, Sweden, July 29, 2003 -- MontaVista Software, Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, and C.N.S. Systems AB, which develops and markets systems for communication, navigation and surveillance for civil aviation, maritime and land markets, today announced that MontaVistaî Linuxî Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) 3.0 is the chosen operating system for the data management, and monitoring and control subsystems in the new VDL 4000/GS I ground station from C.N.S. Systems.

The VDL 4000/GS I is part of an integrated system for surveillance, navigation and communication services between ground stations and mobile units, or among mobile units that are either mounted in aircraft or in vehicles operating in airport areas. All C.N.S. products for aviation are based on the VDL Mode 4 digital radio link, which is a new standard for air traffic control in Europe.

"MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition provided us with a robust and stable platform and enabled us to get to market in an extremely short time period, " said Tommy Bergström, chief technology officer, C.N.S. Systems. "We also appreciated MontaVista Software's great regional support and the fact that CGE has been validated to work seamlessly with our chosen hardw are platform -- Force Computer's CPCI-735 board."

About CGE

MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition 3.0 combines the leading technological advancements of Linux with robust carrier class features to create the most advanced, standards-based, open-a rchitecture carrier-grade platform available. CGE provides the scalability, dependability and functionality required by telecommunications and data communications applications such as soft switches, BSC/RNC (base station controllers/radio network controll ers), media gateways, control plane applications in core/edge, media servers and core switches. CGE provides essential high availability features including CompactPCI hot swap drivers, redundant Ethernet and RAID1. It also delivers a hardened driver archi tecture, resource monitoring and fault management services, and other carrier-grade capabilities. CGE is compliant with the Open Systems Development Lab (OSDL) Carrier Grade Linux 1.1 specification.

"Commercial airline pilots and airport traffic controllers will benefit greatly from the new VDL 4000, in terms of improved personal safety, optimized logistics and cost-effective solutions for data communications," said Cees Boshuizen, vice president of sales in Europe, MontaVista Software. "Before long, C.N.S. will be shipping hundreds of these ground station units to airports all over Europe. We are delighted to enable C.N.S. Systems in this initiative."

About Force Computers CompactPCI Platforms

The CPCI-735 is part of the ModuSys line of pro ducts from Force Computers. These CompactPCI and PICMG 2.16 Packet-Switching Backplane (cPSB) platforms offer a flexible solution in 1U to 9U form-factors. Designed for quick-turn, cost-effective requirements, the ModuSys line is designed for data communications, telecommunications and other applications intended for normal operating conditions.

"These advanced ground stations from C.N.S. Systems are based on Force's ModuSys 4735, which is ideal for next-generation communications applications," said Peter Zeller, Force director of program management. "The CompactPCI platform coupled with MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition provides a reliable and scalable roadmap for C.N.S.'s future products."

The VDL 4000/GS I Ground Station is compliant with the following specifications:

-- CE-certification

-- S/W RTCA/DO 178B- Level C

-- ICAO SARP's and Annex 10 compliant

-- ETSI EN 301 842


The VDL 4000/GS I ground station from C.N.S. is currently available and shipping in Europe.

MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition 3.0 is available as a product subscription through MontaVista Software and its worldwide distribution channels. MontaVista Linux product subscriptions provide developer teams with the MontaVista Linux k ernel, deployment components, utilities, development tools, software updates, access to the MontaVista Zone (customer resource portal), comprehensive technical support and hands-on Linux training classes.

About C.N.S. Systems

C.N.S. Systems AB develops and markets systems for Communication, Navigation and Surveillance within civil aviation, civil maritime and the land market. The know-how and capability of C.N.S. Systems covers the complete range from deliveries of complete system solutions down to unit level. The systems are based on the international standards VDL Mode 4 for aviation and AIS for the maritime market. With C.N.S. Systems product solutions information from mobile units can be linked together in an operational centre to solve tasks in communication, surveillance and logistics. The company is headquartered in Linkoping, Sweden. For more information, please contact info@cns.se or visit http://www.cns.se.

About MontaVista Software

MontaVista Software is a leading global suppli er of systems software for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing GNU/Linux-based open-source software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer Jam es Ready, MontaVista offers a family of products under the MontaVista Linux umbrella that address broad-based software developer needs encompassing applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. Multiple Editions of Monta Vista Linux are available including Professional, Consumer Electronics and Carrier Grade, along with complementary technology products providing powerful Java and graphics development capabilities.

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sun nyvale, 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, Sony, Panasonic (Matsushita), Toshiba America and Yamaha Corpora tion. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit http://www.mvista.com.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a registered trademark of MontaVista Software, Inc. All other names mentioned are trademarks, r egistered trademarks or service marks of their respective companies.


C.N.S. Systems

Name: Bengt Moberg,
Title: Director of Marketing and Sales,
Phone: +46(0) 13352290,
Email: bengt.moberg@cns.se

MontaVista Software

Joe Samagond,
Director of Marketing and
Corporate Communications,
Phone (408) 328-9234,
E-mail: jsamagond@mvista.com

Patricia Colby,
PR Strategy and Business Development,
Pacifico Inc.,
Phone (408) 293-8600 ext. 340,
E-mail: pcolby@pacifico.coma"

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