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San Luis Obispo, CA, June 30, 1999 - Ziatech Corporation, a leading innovator of applied computing solutions, today announced an agreement with MontaVista Software, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA), that provides an embedded version of the Linux® operating system on Ziatech's CompactPCI® development systems and single board computers. MontaVista's "Hard Hat(tm) Linux" will initially be available on Ziatech's ZT 5082 Development System, a completely configured, rackmount, CompactPCI platform designed to speed application development.

Hard Hat Linux is the first operating system environment to combine the extreme cost-effectiveness, openness and flexibility of Linux with the reliability and responsiveness required for embedded and applied computing applications in telecommunications, Internet and industrial control. MontaVista will supplement the operating system's enhancements with comprehensive technical support, porting and customization services.

"First and foremost, Hard Hat Linux is a supported version of Linux targeted at embedded systems," said James Ready, Founder and President of MontaVista. "The MontaVista support team has not only extensive Linux experience, but many years of embedded development experience as well. "As the creator of the CompactPCI architecture, and one of its leading suppliers, Ziatech is ready to play a major role in bringing Linux to applied computing systems," Ready said.

Hard Hat Linux allows applied computing system designers to benefit from the enormous selection of device drivers, and applications, as well as the functionality of Linux itself. It also provides extensive support for Internet protocols and applications, according to Ready.

According to Jim Eckford, Ziatech's Vice President of Marketing, "Companies choosing the CompactPCI architecture are increasingly interested in using the Linux operating system. By enhancing Linux for embedded and applied computing applications, and then providing experienced technical support, MontaVista is providing a valuable service to Ziatech and its customers. "Ziatech has worked with MontaVista founder James Ready for several years. He and the rest of the MontaVista team provide extensive embedded software experience, along with an understanding of OEM computing requirements," said Eckford.

Hard Hat Linux will be available on Ziatech's complete line of CompactPCI computer boards and the company's fast-track development systems. Ziatech begins shipping the ZT 5082 Development System with a pre-configured Linux installation for the ZT 5531 CPU Board with Pentium® II Processor at the beginning of August, 1999. Ziatech will also offer complete development toolkits for other CompactPCI processor boards, including the company's ZT 5521 CPU Board with Pentium III Processor, and the CompactNET(tm) multiprocessing system, during the third quarter of 1999.

The first version of MontaVista's embedded version of Linux, Hard Hat 1.0, is based on the Linux 2.2 kernel, and is qualified on Ziatech hardware. Special embedded features include headless booting and operation (no keyboard, mouse, video adapter, or display required), and booting and communication over the CompactPCI backplane. Future releases will enhance the real-time response and be configurable to minimize the memory "footprint." A comprehensive suite of development tools, including optimizing compilers for C, C++, and other languages, high-level debuggers, and performance monitoring tools, will be available on first release.

About MontaVista Software

MontaVista Software, Inc. was founded in April of 1999 by James F. Ready. The company is dedicated to delivering Open Source Software solutions for the worldwide embedded software market. Its principal offering is the Linux Operating System tailored for the needs of embedded software developers. MontaVista products include Hard Hat Linux, a standard off-the-shelf, binary distribution of Linux for PowerPC and x86 architectures. Hard Hat Linux is supported by a comprehensive development tool suite including optimizing compilers for C, C++ and other languages, high-level-language debuggers and performance monitoring tools. The company also provides Linux porting and customization services for customers worldwide. For further information, contact James Ready at 408.328.9200 or by email: jim@mvista.com. More information can be obtained by visiting http://www.mvista.com.

About Ziatech Corporation

Ziatech Corporation is the leading innovator of applied computing solutions for telecommunications and Internet applications. The company supplies Original Equipment Manufacturers with solutions ranging from single board computers to fully integrated systems designed for mission critical applications. Ziatech offers the industry's most comprehensive offering of CompactPCI, a standard it created and continues to enhance through advancements such as multiprocessing and high availability technology. An ISO 9001-certified company, Ziatech partners with SCI, the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronics, to build computers that meet international certification requirements and the highest standards of quality. Headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California, Ziatech operates a worldwide network of representatives and distributors, with sales offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. More detailed information on Ziatech is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.ziatech.com.
Contact Information:
Phil Nash
Ziatech Corporation
Phone: 805.782.4500 x6044 
E-Mail: phil_nash@ziatech.com
Web: http://www.ziatech.com

James Ready
MontaVista Software, Inc.
Phone: 408.328.9207
E-mail: jim@mvista.com
Web: http://www.mvista.com/

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. CompactPCI is a registered trademark of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers' Group. Hard Hat is a trademark of MontaVista Software, Inc. Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. CompactNET is a trademark of Ziatech Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.