June 22, 2004

MontaVista Linux CGE Continues Gaining Traction

Annette Oevermann writes "MontaVista Software Sees Renewed Growth in Telecom Market

Now Counts Nine Major Global Network Equipment Providers as Customers for Carrier Grade Linux Platform

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 22, 2004 -- MontaVista Software Inc. today announced that nine global Tier 1 Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) are actively using MontaVista® Linux® Carrier Grade Edition as a preferred development platform for advanced communication products. These firms are some of the world's largest network equipment providers and include Alcatel, Agilent UK, Ericsson, NEC, Nokia, and Samsung.

MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) is an industry standard COTS (Commercial-Off-The-Shelf) carrier-grade Linux product that provides specific functionality for telecommunications and data communications with requirements for high availability, fault management and real-time performance.

"With a growing number of major design wins from leading equipment manufacturers over the last few years, MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition has gained strong acceptance in the telecommunications industry," said Kelly Herrell, senior vice president, Strategic Operations, MontaVista Software. "CGE is already being deployed into the network by leading network equipment providers. Now, with the gradual strengthening of the global economy, we are adding new customers and expanding our partner ecosystem."

CGE offers significant advantages beyond standard or "enterprise" Linux. It is designed specifically to address the needs of network communications equipment providers who face strict requirements for high reliability, availability, and scalability in addition to ever-increasing time-to-market pressures.

"Network communications equipment providers are pushing for a robust and flexible operating system, with strong networking capabilities, scalability, and a high level of service reliability," said Stacey Quandt, Quandt Analytics. "The availability of an open source carrier-class Linux platform that addresses the requirements of the telecommunications industry is a major step that will drive innovation in the sector."

"MontaVista Software has been at the forefront of the Carrier Grade Linux initiative from its inception," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "OSDL is delighted to see growing evidence of the momentum towards a standards-based platform. We believe that the recovery in the telecom market is only strengthening this trend."

"We selected this new platform that is based on open standards to shorten the development time and reduce total costs," said Takatoshi Numasato, senior general manager of the Mobile Network Operation Unit, NEC. "Using MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition, which provides a level of reliability unattainable so far with any other OS, along with our own high availability middleware, enabled us to build a platform that can truly support carrier-grade services."

"For nearly two years, Alcatel has been working together with MontaVista Software in order to provide operators with a reliable and open platform enabling powerful fixed, mobile and converged end-user centric applications," declared Jean-Michel Cornille, president of Alcatel?s mobile solutions activities. "Today, Alcatel is ideally positioned to turn the 'five 9s'* reliability figure of MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition into true added value for operators and end-users alike."

MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE)

This innovative product is an industry standard COTS (Commercial-Off-The-Shelf) Carrier Grade Linux platform providing functionality specifically for Telecom and Datacom with high availability, hardening and real-time performance. CGE is an advanced Linux-based development platform engineered specifically to meet carrier grade requirements for robustness and high availability. CGE is being deployed today in telecommunications and data communications applications for use in communications network infrastructure solutions. CGE is targeted for edge and core telecommunications including applications for the converging IP and voice networks such as soft switches, SGSN (Serving GPRS Support Node) and GGSN (Gateway GPRS Support Node), RNC (Radio Network Controller), Voice over IP (VoIP) gateways, and many other applications. It enhances standard Linux with additional real-time, high availability and high reliability features based on the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) Carrier Grade Linux Specification, and it
is ideal for deployment in any carrier-grade environment.


MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition 3.1 is currently available as a product subscription through MontaVista Software and its worldwide distribution channels. MontaVista Linux product subscriptions provide developer teams with the MontaVista Linux kernel, 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 MontaVista Software Inc.

MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software and development tools for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure. MontaVista empowers software developers 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, China Development Industrial Bank, RRE Ventures, US Venture Partners, WR Hambrecht + Co., as well as IBM, Infineon Ventures, Intel Capital, Panasonic (Matsushita), Samsung Ventures America, Siemens Venture Capital, Sony, Toshiba America and Yamaha Corporation. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit 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.


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

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

*'Five 9s' stands for 99.999% reliability."

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