July 24, 2002

MontaVista Software joins RapidIO trade association

Annette Oevermann writes: MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, today announced its membership in and sponsorship of the RapidI(tm) Trade Association. MontaVista is the first Linux supplier and the first open source vendor to join the 50+ member RapidIO organization, which establishes and promotes RapidIO as an open standard for embedded networking and communications applications.
RapidIO is an embedded, processor-interconnect technology with support for both distributed multiprocessing and high-performance inter-device messaging ? technologies poised to transform the way that embedded systems are built.

"MontaVista Software is a leading vendor of embedded Linux software products," said Sam Fuller, president of the RapidIO Trade Association. "Its membership and participation in the RapidIO Trade Association ensure that embedded Linux-based systems will be able to take advantage of the advanced system capabilities that RapidIO provides."

"RapidIO clearly has the advantage in open standards-based switch fabric interconnect," comments Kevin Morgan, MontaVista vice president of engineering. "By providing an open implementation for RapidIO in embedded Linux, and by supporting leading hardware implementations of RapidIO, MontaVista will lay the groundwork for next generation communications systems designs."

MontaVista Software enjoys a unique and dominant position in the embedded marketplace, in part through its focused support for technologies from key silicon vendors and systems suppliers like IBM, Intel, Motorola, TI, and key members of the ARM and MIPS consortia. Embracing RapidIO continues and reinforces this strategy of encompassing the embedded hardware ecosystem from the silicon up through board and system designs.

"MontaVista Software's commitment to RapidIO complements the close working relationship between IBM and MontaVista to support IBM PowerPC processors," commented Kalpesh Gala, PowerPC strategic marketing manager, IBM Microelectronics. "As a major supporter of open Linux systems, IBM applauds MontaVista Software for being the first Linux company to join the RapidIO group."

MontaVista Linux and RapidIO

RapidIO is a logical extension to the widely-deployed MontaVista Linux Professional Edition, where MontaVista Software expects to see design wins with RapidIO in a variety of networking client devices, and to the recently announced MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition, targeted at highly available, high performance telecommunications and networking infrastructure applications.

About the RapidIO Trade Association

The RapidIO Trade Association is a non-profit organization, with headquarters in Austin, Texas, which was formed to drive the adoption of an open standard, high-performance interconnect architecture. Since incorporating in June 2000, the association has grown to more than 50 member companies worldwide. Membership provides early access to specifications, the ability to propose changes to RapidIO standards, and the opportunity to actively participate in the adoption process. A complete list of member companies, RapidIO specifications and technical information are available at the association?s web site, www.RapidIO.org.

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, MontaVista Software?s principal products include MontaVista(tm) 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 http://www.mvista.com, email to info@mvista.com or call (408) 328-9200.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc. RapidIO and the RapidIO logo are trademarks and service marks of the RapidIO Trade Association. 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,
E-mail: jsamagond@mvista.com

Patricia Colby,
PR Strategy and Business Development,
Pacifico Inc. (for MontaVista Software),
Phone: (408) 293-8600 x340,
E-mail: pcolby@pacifico.com

Linda Marcus,
LFM Communications (for RapidIO),
Phone: (714) 974-6356,
E-mail: lmarcus@lfm-com.com


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