November 13, 2003

MontaVista Launches New Version

Patricia Colby writes "MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.1 Features New Comprehensive DevRocket Development Environment, Windows-Hosted Cross Development, Updated System Components and Tools

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 11, 2003 MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, today announced MontaVista® Linux® Professional Edition 3.1 (Pro), the next generation of the companys cutting edge embedded operating system (OS) and development platform. In this version of Pro, MontaVista introduces a new, integrated graphical development environment; Linux, Solaris and now Windows-based hosting; and updates to core system components to meet the rapidly evolving needs of todays advanced devices. Pro is widely used in a broad range of applications for managed infrastructure and networking, medical/imaging, instrumentation and control, consumer electronics, aerospace and defense, and other markets.

With Pro 3.1, MontaVista continues
its commitment to provide embedded developers with the latest Linux technology across the broadest range of hardware in the industry, commented Jacob Lehrbaum, product marketing manager, MontaVista Software. Device manufacturers will benefit from the enhanced development environment and improvements in real-time and networking technologies.

MontaVista DevRocket Development Environment

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.1 introduces MontaVista® DevRocket 1.0, a new comprehensive integrated development environment (IDE), built on industry standard Eclipse technology, that offers a wide choice of targets and host platforms, including Linux, Windows and Solaris.

MontaVista DevRocket integrates and streamlines essential development activities, including compilation, editing, debugging and revision control, and supports integration of key third party Eclipse development tools and components. DevRocket also lets developers configure and build ready-to-deploy platform images, with
easy-to-use project wizards. (To learn more about DevRocket, visit

MontaVista DevRocket is an advanced development environment designed to accelerate development activities and let developers optimize use of target resources. By incorporating MontaVista DevRocket into MontaVista Linux Professional Edition, MontaVista empowers customers to build better products in less time than ever before, added Lehrbaum.

Cross Development from Microsoft® Windows®

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.1 enables developers to use Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP workstations to build applications targeting MontaVista Linux. Previously, MontaVista supported only Linux and Solaris hosts. This new capability represents a significant investment by MontaVista to address the wide use of Windows as an embedded development host. To create the industrys most comprehensive Windows-hosted cross
development suite for Linux, MontaVista built on existing open source components and leveraged the host-independence of Java-based Eclipse. Notably, MontaVista also pioneered new technology for creation of embedded Linux file systems, device nodes and target images from Windows, as well as extending MontaVistas unique networked cross development model to Windows. Thus, unlike other embedded Linux offerings, the Windows version of DevRocket offers developers an integrated Windows native look and feel and user experience.

Expanded Technology Support and Other New Features in Pro 3.1

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.1 boasts the industrys most comprehensive support for embedded processor architectures, CPU boards and software components. Pro now targets more than 30 processors from eight industry-leading architectures. These processors populate the more than 100 boards supported in version 3.1, including 20 new board-level platforms. Host-based tools and embedded target-based deployment
components make up the more than 250 software packages in the release. Pro 3.1 also extends support for the latest GNU tool chains based on GDB 6.0 and GCC 3.3.

Pro 3.1 is based on the 2.4.20 Linux kernel and includes numerous MontaVista technology enhancements and components that will become standard with the upcoming 2.6 kernel. Other new features include enhanced support for IPv6 built on USAGI project technology, and support for VLAN (Virtual Local Area Networks) configuration. Pro 3.1 also incorporates enhanced real-time capabilities including high-resolution POSIX timers, the O(1) real-time scheduler and the innovative MontaVista fully preemptible kernel.

"MontaVista Software continues its track record of development and delivery of leading-edge technology. MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.1 is built from a single integrated source code base, with support for the industry's broadest set of target hardware," said Mark Orvek, director of engineering, MontaVista Software. "Pro
comprises a comprehensive embedded OS platform with pre-built and fully-tested binaries for every system supported. Cross and native development tools are included along with complete source code to facilitate customization."


MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.1, incorporating MontaVista DevRocket, will be available direct from MontaVista and MontaVista distribution channels worldwide in the 4th quarter of 2003. It is offered as a product subscription, providing customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, utilities, development tools, software updates, deployment components, access to the MontaVista Zone (customer resource portal), comprehensive technical support and hands-on Linux training classes. Current subscribers of MontaVista Linux Professional Edition will have access to version 3.1 at no additional cost as part of their product subscription. For more information, please visit

MontaVista Software

MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier 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 James 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 MontaVista 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 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

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista and DevRocket are trademarks or registered trademarks of MontaVista Software, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.



Joe Samagond,
Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications,
MontaVista Software Inc.,
Phone (408) 328-9234,

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

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