Ziatech Joins with MontaVista to Provide Linux®-ready CompactPCI® Applied Computing Systems

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Supported version of Linux is enhanced for embedded

San Luis Obispo, CA, June 30, 1999 – Ziatech Corporation, a leading
innovator of applied computing solutions, today announced an
agreement with MontaVista Software,
(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

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

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: [email protected] More information can be obtained by visiting

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: [email protected]
Web: http://www.ziatech.com

James Ready
MontaVista Software, Inc.
Phone: 408.328.9207
E-mail: [email protected]
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