September 24, 2002

MontaVista Software announces support for Broadcom processor

Annette Oevermann writes: MontaVista Software, Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution today announced that MontaVista(tm) Linux® Professional Edition 2.1 will support the SiByte(tm) BCM1250 processor from Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM).

"MontaVista Linux is one of the most widely used commercial embedded Linux development platforms in the telecommunications industry today," said Krishna Anne, strategic marketing manager of Broadcom?s Broadband Processor Business Unit. "Through the integration of the BCM1250 and MontaVista Linux we can provide OEMs with a solution that is cost-effective and allows them quick time-to-market for their products."

The BCM1250 is the first product in Broadcom's SiByte family of high performance, low power, and highly integrated processors. The BCM1250 may be used in both control plane and data plane applications across the Local Area Network (LAN), Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN). Earlier this year the BCM1250 received In-Stat/MDR?s Microprocessor Report 2001 Analysts? Choice Award in the Best High-Performance Embedded Processor category.

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition has been optimized for the Broadcom BCM91250A evaluation platform. The BCM1250 is unique among embedded high-integration processors with its MIPS®-based dual-CPU architecture. The MontaVista Linux kernel fully supports BCM1250's Symmetric Multi Processing (SMP) operation. It multiplies throughput and offers swift, deterministic response to real-time events to help developers gain maximum performance from this advanced SMP design. MontaVista Linux for the BCM1250 supports a range of standard I/O interfaces and 11 cross development hosts. It also provides all the significant features of MontaVista Linux Professional Edition, such as the Preemptible Kernel, Real-time Scheduler, Target Configuration Tool (TCT) and Library Optimizer Tool (LOT).

"This partnership gives network OEMs the tools they need to architect solutions that take advantage of ever increasing processing power and bandwidth," said John Nielson, director of business development for MIPS architecture at MontaVista Software. "At the same time, it provides the scalability and cost efficiencies that are essential to telecommunications equipment manufacturers in this difficult economic environment."

About the Broadcom BCM1250 Processor

The BCM1250 is an intelligent chip multiprocessor system (CMP) that consists of two MIPS64 CPU cores, each scalable from 600 Megahertz (MHz) to 1 Gigahertz (GHz), with a 512k L2 cache, a dual-channel DDR memory controller and high-speed I/O.

About MontaVista Linux Professional Edition

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 is the company?s classic award-winning cross-development platform and set of tool kits. Providing a standard development platform for designs, it enables developers to create a broad range of embedded applications, from solutions for consumer devices to highly available telecommunications and data communications equipment. MontaVista Linux Professional Edition allows developers to focus on their value-add to their customers while enabling them to speed high-performance products to market in a cost-effective manner.


MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 for Broadcom BCM1250 is available now from MontaVista Software and its worldwide distribution channels. It is offered as a product subscription, providing customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, utilities, development tools, software updates, access to the MontaVista Zone and full technical support.

About MontaVista Software

MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software for intelligent connected devices and their associated infrastructure, for applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing GNU/Linux based open-source systems software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVista Software?s principal products include MontaVista? Linux® Professional Edition and MontaVista? Linux® Carrier Grade Edition. The Professional Edition comprises a Linux-based embedded source and binary distribution, cross development environments, and a versatile set of tools for the x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH, ARM, XScale, Xtensa and other microprocessor architectures. The Carrier Grade Edition is a next-generation high availability product that is the first Commercial Off-The-Shelf Linux (COTS) platform for telecommunications and carrier-grade applications. MontaVista Software also provides several complementary technology products addressing specific customer needs, such as Java development and runtime, powerful graphics capabilities and more.

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. Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything(tm), SiByte(tm), and SystemI/O(tm) are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective companies.


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

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PR Strategy and Business Development,
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