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MONTAVISTA LAUNCHES EMBEDDED GRAPHICS STRATEGY.

MontaVista Software, launches a two-pronged graphics strategy that offers embedded developers using the company's flagship product, Hard Hat Linux (HHL) 2.0 Pro fessional Edition, a choice of the industry-leading graphics development environments.

Hard Hat Graphics (HHG), the first full graphics add-on product for Hard Hat Linux, and the Qt/Embedded graphics toolkit from Trolltech, Inc. are now available from MontaVista.

Hard Hat Graphics is a high-end, open source environment for building state-of-the-art, graphics-based applications for embedded devices. HHG incorporates Tiny X (a small footprint version of the X 11 Window system); GTK+, a multi-platform graphics toolkit designed for the X Window system; Glade, a Graphical User Interface (GUI) builder for GTK+ and the IceWM window manager, a small, lightweight window manager for the X Window system. As a foundation for future designs, HHG also provides an extensible multimedia platform for developing the next generation of digital multimedia devices.

For the growing number of developers familiar with Trolltech's popular toolkit, MontaVista delivers Qt/Embedded for HHL, a package designed and tested to work with Hard Hat Linux. This graphics toolkit, optimized for embedded Linux, includes the Qt/Embedded GUI development environment, along with Qt Designer, a full-function GUI builder, and the recently introduced Qt Linguist, which provides international language translation.

"Embedded Linux has been gaining market share extremely rapidly, despite a lack of clear consensus on GUI and windowing APIs," said Rick Lehrbaum, founder and executive editor of ZDNet's popular LinuxDevices.com embedded Linux website. "By focusing their resources on two highly popular standards-based graphical architectures -- Tiny-X/GTK and Qt/Embedded -- MontaVista is encouraging a trend that is likely to accelerate the impending dominance of embedded Linux. Together, these two options give developers a high degree of flexibility and choice, in terms of licensing model, software architecture, and programming language."

"MontaVista continues to enhance its core offerings with quality upgrades and 'best in class' add-on products," said Michael Mathews, product manager at MontaVista. "Hard Hat Graphics is a high performance graphics environment while Qt/Embedded for Hard Hat Linux is a powerful graphics toolkit. These offerings provide embedded developers the flexible graphical building blocks they need for a broad range of applications, including telematics, set-top boxes, instrumentation, Internet appliances an d industrial control." Both offerings will help developers create and deliver powerful graphics-based applications for Hard Hat Linux. Both are extensible and modular, provide access to source code, and are scalable to meet the "right-sizing" requirements for today's embedded devices.

Availability Both Hard Hat Graphics and Qt/Embedded for HHL are available immediately from MontaVista to subscribers of the Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition.

About Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition boasts unrivalled development support for the broadest range of embedded processor architectures, with more than 480 fully tested and supported host-target combinations. The feature-rich product enables development and deployment for a wide variety of embedded applications, providing a standard platform for designs in communications infrastructure, networking, consumer electronics, instrumentation and control.

About MontaVista Software Inc.

MontaVista Software Inc. is a provider of open source systems software solutions for embedded developers. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, MontaVista's principal offerings are the cross development tools and operating system tailored for embedded developers. MontaVista products include Hard Hat Linux, a Linux-based embedded source and binary distribution, development platform and tool kits for x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH, ARM and other microprocessor architectures. MontaVista offers developers a family of products and services for embedded design targeted for applications ranging from communications infrastructure to thin-client and edge applications. MontaVista Software also makes available valuable technology add-on packages that address specific customer requirements such as the Java development environment, High Availability technology, legacy GUI toolkit and more.

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, Calif., MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors such Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co., and Intel Capital.

MontaVista can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.mvista.com/.
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