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BW: MontaVista Shows Off Linux for Intel Appliance Platform

May 23, 2000, 21:26 (0 Talkback[s])

"MontaVista Software, Inc., developer of the Hard Hat Linux operating system for embedded applications, today introduced the company's support for the Programmable Intel Compute Appliance (PICA). The PICA, an Intel Celeron-based platform, targets a variety of Internet Appliance applications, including home networking and network security."

"The MontaVista engineering team re-targeted Hard Hat Linux to run on the PICA in record time, going from initial power-on to a Linux prompt in under 90 minutes, testimony to the portability and stability of the embedded Linux software platform. "The impressive selection of hardware support for Linux, combined with MontaVista embedded Linux expertise, made this port a snap," exclaimed Kevin Morgan, MontaVista engineering vice president. "Linux adaptation to new platforms proceeds at 'Internet speed', in stark contrast to the 6-10 week porting efforts required for traditional, proprietary embedded operating systems."

"The PICA port, as well as ports to Intel StrongARM and other high integration embedded processors, exemplify MontaVista's focus on Internet appliances and communications I/O processing. "The versatile Linux OS handily addresses the diverse requirements of deeply embedded, I/O-intensive applications," comments Jim Ready, industry pioneer and MontaVista president/CEO. "What other embedded operating system can you find controlling Internet radios, phone switch line cards, home networking gateways and mobile devices?"

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