September 4, 2002

MontaVista Software wins 2002 Comet Award

Annette Oevermann writes - SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 4, 2002 -- MontaVista Software, Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, today announced it has been chosen as one of Communication Systems Design magazine's "COMET" companies for 2002.
The third annual Comet awards honor companies that have the vision, focus, technology and risk-taking mentality to help them become significant players in the communications market. A team of editors from Communication Systems Design, EE Times, and CommsDesign.com develop and evaluate this list of the "hottest" emerging communication companies. They selected MontaVista as one of 70 companies that made this year's list.

"MontaVista Software has leveraged Linux's open architecture and inherent simplicity, robustness and reliability, to the benefit of the data and telecommunications industry," said Patrick Mannion, editor-in-chief of CSD. "Key partnerships with the likes of Intel, IBM, RadiSys and GoAhead Software have shored up MontaVista Software's vision to bring about a revolution in real-time, carrier-grade embedded operating systems."

MontaVista Software products, MontaVista High Availability Framework and MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE), are successfully serving the needs of the communications market. CGE in particular, which was released earlier this year, is the industry's first and only COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) carrier-class Linux platform for telecommunications applications.

"MontaVista Software is demonstrating the strong validation and successful acceptance of Linux in the telecommunications market," said Jim Ready, president and CEO, MontaVista Software. "In 2002, we expect that Linux will become the platform of choice for carrier-grade applications in telecommunications and also predict the burgeoning use of Linux with network processors."

In June, MontaVista Software was also named as one of Upside magazine's "Hot 100" companies. In March, Electronic Business magazine picked MontaVista as one of its "Thirty Best Small Electronics Companies for 2002." Earlier this year, MontaVista Software's flagship product, MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1, was named "Best Embedded Linux Solution" at the Linux World and Expo in New York, and was also recognized as "Best Embedded Tool and Development Solution for 2002" by the prestigious French publication "Electronique."

MontaVista Software has more than several hundred corporate customers including Global 500 telecommunications corporations Ericsson, Nokia and many more[j1] . The company is an active member and key contributor of the Open Systems Development Lab (OSDL) Carrier Grade Linux Working Group, and of the Service Availability Forum (SAF).

About Communication Systems Design

Communication Systems Design (www.commsdesign.com) is the technical magazine for engineers and managers involved in the design of communications products, systems and equipment for Personal, Home/SoHo, Enterprise, and Infrastructure applications. The editorial focuses on the development of these applications, current technologies enabling these designs and the emerging technologies that willaffect future designs. With a qualified circulation of 40,000 communications engineers and managers, Communication Systems Design is published by CMP Media LLC.

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 MontaVistaTM Linux® Professional Edition and MontaVistaTM 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.

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.

Contacts:

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. ,
Phone (408) 293-8600 ext. 340,
E-mail: pcolby@pacifico.com

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