March 22, 2004

MontaVista Emphasizes Tools at ESC

Annette Oevermann writes "MontaVista Software to Demonstrate Comprehensive Tool Portfolio at ElectronicaUSA / Embedded Systems in San Francisco; Development Capabilities for MontaVista Linux Address Entire Embedded Product Life CycleSUNNYVALE, Calif., March 22, 2004 -- MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, will demonstrate a broad range of state-of-the-art development tools for embedded Linux® at ElectronicaUSA / Embedded Systems Conference next week. Development capabilities from MontaVista Software and its partners span the entire product life cycle, from initial design and prototyping, through application and deployment.

"It's time to throw down the gauntlet -- legacy proprietary OS vendors pretend that Linux offers only sticks and stones for embedded development. Now, Wind River and others are retargeting their legacy 'shelfware' and other dull-edged tools for embedded Linux," comments Bill Weinberg, MontaVista director of strategic marketing. "For years, RTOS suppliers have used tools offerings as cover for inadequate commodity OS technology. Already, embedded Linux developers enjoy a tool box that's fuller, an ISV ecosystem that's richer, and an OS that itself promotes the rapid creation and deployment of more reliable, bug-free applications."

The dozens of development technologies and hundreds of specific tools start with a powerful integrated development environment and standards -compliant compilers, assemblers and debuggers, and also include:

-- Configuration management and revision control

-- Kernel configuration

-- Legacy application migration

-- Hardware-enabled debugging

-- Foot print scaling and resource usage optimization

-- Execution profiling

-- Software and hardware execution and event tracingv
-- Run-time application patching

-- Platform image and file system creation

-- Kernel, driver and library debugging

-- Real-time data monitoring

-- Start-up/shut-down optimization

-- Remote process/thread monitoring and control

-- Real-time performance analysis

-- Memory use analysis and leak detection

-- Field-safe post-deployment debug

MontaVista Software has also delivered on the promise of a next-generation developer experience with MontaVista® DevRocket(TM), its Eclipse-based integrated development environment. DevRocket streamlines the expected edit-compile-debug cycle; and it simplifies and accelerates the real-world chores that comprise embedded Linux development -- doing kernel configuration, right-sizing applications and libraries, tuning real-time performance, and building ready-to-use file system deployment images.

With the rise of embedded Linux over the past few years, independent tools suppliers quickly have begun to retarget their offerings for embedded Linux. These forward thinking tools vendors have added real value to embedded Linux development through performance analysis, application profiling, memory leak detection and other capabilities. Not only are these companies now targeting Linux, but they are also now delivering their next-generation tools as plug-ins to MontaVista DevRocket.

MontaVista at ElectronicaUSA and the Embedded Systems Conference

As in previous years, the MontaVista Software booth (#1835-S) will boast a large array of varied demonstration kiosks; this year, laid out to reflect the stages of the embedded product life cycle. Demo highlights include system prototyping using DoubleWide?s node-simulation tools; real-time qualification leveraging MontaVista high resolution POSIX timers for Linux; system bring-up with American Arium JTAG tools for MontaVista Linux; platform and highly-reliable application development using MontaVista DevRocket and products like GoAhead's Self-Reliant HA middleware; application debugging and tuning with RTI ScopeTools for MontaVista Linux; software/hardware integration with MontaVista DevRocket Platform Creation Wizard and browsers development tools from Espial; QA and system debug using hardware tools from EPI; and field maintenance and upgrade capabilities using the MontaVista Run-time Application Patcher and a systems infrastructure software platform from partner Clovis Solutions.

About MontaVista

MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software and development tools for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing Open Source GNU/Linux-based software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, MontaVista offers a family of products that address software developer needs encompassing applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. MontaVista products include MontaVista Linux Professional, Consumer Electronics and Carrier Grade Editions. MontaVista DevRocket, a powerful integrated development environment, delivers state-of-the-art development tools across all product editions. MontaVista Graphics offers a rich GUI development tools platform.

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, Sony, Panasonic (Matsushita), Toshiba America and Yamaha Corporation. 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, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Contacts:

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

Patricia Colby,
PR Strategy and Business Development,
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Phone (408) 293-8600 ext. 340"

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