Barcelona, Spain – February 17, 2009 – MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leader in embedded Linux® commercialization, today announced Montabello, a new Linux-based software platform for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) that provides an integrated set of applications including a web browser, document reader, email client, contact manager, and calendar suite. The platform is designed to give users of mobile internet devices an Instant ON, Always ON, Always CONNECTED user experience.

MontaVista's experience with embedded devices in the mobile market and support of a wide range of hardware platforms allows the company to deliver a comprehensive software platform for Mobile Internet Devices. MID manufacturers face challenges in bringing new, innovative products to market. This includes maintaining lower development costs, delivering faster time to market, and ensuring quality while developing the application experience users want: power management, portability, and connectivity. MontaVista's complete suite of operating system, middleware, and applications – all of which impact the usability of the device – enables MID manufacturers to overcome common development challenges and deliver quality devices to end users.

Building on the proven MontaVista Mobilinux platform, Montabello adds the required middleware and end-user applications needed for MIDs. Powering over 50 million mobile devices today, MontaVista Linux provides the advanced power management, fast startup, connectivity management, and support for custom hardware and form factors that MID manufacturers require. By integrating the middleware and providing a fully customizable applications layer and user interface, MontaVista lets manufacturers focus on delivering a complete product, not investing scarce resources developing software infrastructure.

MontaVista Montabello delivers the following benefits for MID designers and manufacturers:

  • Instant ON: Fast OS boot with instant resume
  • Always ON: Optimized for battery life using dynamic power management
  • Always CONNECTED: Connection management with seamless roaming on Wi-Fi and 3G networks with Auto VPN, and fully integrated Bluetooth.
  • Mobile application suite which includes a web browser, document reader, email client, contact manager, calendar and more
  • A rich application environment that leverages the extensive Linux software ecosystem with developer interfaces for the Linux and Java developer.

"The MID market is developing rapidly. It's important for manufacturers to be able to deliver products to market quickly, efficiently, and on-budget," said Rusty Harris, CEO of MontaVista Software. "By leveraging a platform like Montabello, our device customers can focus on building the best products, and not developing a complex software infrastructure. By selecting Montabello, device manufacturers get a 6-12 month head-start on their project, improving time to market and enabling them to realize significant development cost savings."

Unlike server or desktop Linux solutions which must be redesigned for mobile applications, MontaVista Linux was designed from the beginning to meet the requirements of mobile and embedded devices. Montabello is an extension of this expertise and is currently in use by select customers on ARM architecture, with device shipments set for later this year.

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software, Inc. is the leader in embedded Linux commercialization. For over 10 years, MontaVista has been helping embedded developers get the most out of open source by adding commercial quality, integration, hardware enablement, expert support, and the resources of the MontaVista development community. Because MontaVista customers enjoy faster time to market, more competitive device functionality, and lower total cost, more devices have been deployed with MontaVista than with any other Linux. To learn more, please visit

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