May 7, 2002

MontaVista Linux to power leading IBM PowerNP network

Annette Oevermann writes "SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 7, 2002 MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, announced today that MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 would support a range of IBM next-generation network processors including the powerful NP4GS3 and the NPe405H and NPe405L family. Jointly, the network processing solution from IBM and MontaVista Software targets applications in communications, networking, storage, digital video and Internet devices.

IBMs copper-based NP4GS3 offers efficient data and resource management capabilities for delivery of new services such as streaming audio and video downloads. The programmable NP4GS3 also provides deep packet processing support for OC-48, OC-12, gigabit Ethernet and Fast Ethernet at wire speed. Earlier this year, IBMs PowerNP NP4GS3 network processor unit (NPU) was named the Processor of the Year in its class for 2001, by In-Stat/MDR (MicroDesign Resources), publishers of The Microprocessor Report.

Designed specifically to address embedded applications, the NPe405L and NPe405H provide high-performance, low-power solutions that interface to a wide range of peripherals. IBMs NPe405H and NPe405L incorporate on-chip power management features and are ideal for power-conscious and thermal sensitive devices.

The combination of IBMs high-performance, PowerNP hardware and the flexible embedded Linux platform from MontaVista Software can help network equipment providers rapidly introduce next-generation networking systems, said Steve Longoria, director of marketing for network processing, IBM Microelectronics. MontaVista Software joins IBM in delivering the software and hardware foundation for a new wave of networking systems.

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 boasts unrivaled development support for embedded processor architectures including PowerPC and PowerNP CPU boards, with more than 700 fully tested and supported host-target combinations. The feature-rich release enables a wide variety of embedded applications, providing a standard platform for designs from communications infrastructure to connected consumer electronic devices.

Embedded systems developers have long valued the stability and performance embodied in the PowerPC and PowerNP architectures, added Sheila Baker, vice president, marketing, MontaVista Software. Now, designers using the NP4GS3, NPe405H or NPe405L can benefit from the robustness and openness of our scalable operating system.

MontaVista Software was one of the first embedded software companies to develop a Linux-based platform for the IBM PowerPC family of processors, a focus that the company has maintained during its more than two years of successful commercial operation. The two companies announced, earlier this year, that they are collaborating to make the Linux operating system available for the complete range of IBM PowerPC- and PowerNP-based network processors.


MontaVista Linux 2.1 Professional Edition will be available for IBM PowerNP architectures from MontaVista Software and MontaVista distribution channels worldwide next month. It is offered as a product subscription, providing customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, utilities, development tools, software updates, access to the MontaVista Zone, one year of technical support and access to hands-on training classes. MontaVista Linux 2.1 is open source, royalty-free and built from 100 percent pure Linux sources.


MontaVista Software will be demonstrating the MontaVista Linux 2.1 development environment running on the NP4GS3 platform from IBM at the following two events this week:
1. IBM DeveloperWorks, Booth # 410, May 7 10, Moscone Center,
San Francisco.
2. Networld+Interop, in the LVL7 Booth # 3314, May 7 9, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas. LVL7s FASTPATH product is available today on MontaVista Linux and offers a full suite of network processing software that accelerates the development of intelligent network infrastructure equipment, including switches, routers and access devices.

About MontaVista Software Inc.

MontaVista Software Inc. powers the embedded revolution by providing open-source systems software solutions for embedded developers. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVistas principal products include MontaVista Linux® Professional Edition and MontaVista Linux® Carrier Grade Edition. The Professional Edition is a Linux-based embedded source and binary distribution, cross development platform and a set of tool kits for x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH, ARM, XScale, Xtensa and other microprocessor architectures. The Carrier Grade Edition is a second-generation high availability product that is an ideal Linux platform for telecommunications and carrier-grade applications. MontaVista Software also provides several complementary technology products addressing specific customer needs such as the Java development environment, high availability technology, powerful graphics toolkits and more. MontaVista offers developers a family of products and services for
embedded design and development targeted for applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer devices.

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, Panasonic and Sony Corporation. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit, email to or call (408) 328-9200.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista 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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MontaVista Software Inc.,
Phone (408) 328-9234,

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