Emerson Offers Dedicated Support for MontaVista Carrier Grade Linux

Emerson Network Power’s (NYSE: EMR) new Embedded Computing business, formerly Artesyn Communication Products, announced that it has commissioned a dedicated service and support team for MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition, the most widely deployed commercial carrier Linux solution in the market today.

The new Emerson team will provide quick-turn MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition porting, testing, certification, support, and quality assurance services for Emerson’s telecom blades and systems, starting with its PowerPC-based KatanaQp AdvancedTCA blades and PmPPC7448 ProcessorPMC modules.

“Linux is emerging as the dominant platform for high-availability network infrastructure products, and we are committed to offering equipment makers the finest carrier grade Linux solutions,” said Kim Anderberg, vice president of marketing and product management for Emerson’s new Embedded Computing business. “Our new MontaVista support team will enable us to offer our customers early access to the latest MontaVista Carrier Grade Edition releases, optimized and preconfigured for Emerson’s telecom blades and systems.”

“Enabling Emerson to deliver high-quality and highly optimized Linux solutions is an effort MontaVista is committed to providing its customers,” said Dan Cauchy, Director of Marketing, Carrier and Mobile Products, MontaVista Software. “Working with Emerson will not only provide joint customers with a world-class internal support group, but also an advanced and proven Linux distribution. With MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition, Emerson will enjoy the time-to-market advantages of a proprietary development platform and the developer control of an open source platform.”

Emerson’s dedicated MontaVista team will forge a closer working relationship with MontaVista that streamlines business processes and gives Emerson and its customers access to the latest Carrier Grade Edition releases, including bug fixes, security patches, and upgrades. The close working relationship will also give Emerson early access to future releases, enabling Emerson to evaluate new technology and formulate more comprehensive roadmaps in parallel with processor vendors who are porting future releases to new devices.

To further enhance customer designs, the Emerson team will be available to port MontaVista Linux to new Emerson platforms, develop device drivers, and perform benchmarking and optimization. The team will also provide test and quality assurance services while performing the work needed to make Emerson’s Linux development available to the open source community. To further enhance customer support, team members who perform the Linux ports will also provide the support for those ports.

With MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition, customers enjoy advanced hard real-time capabilities, unique clustering services, broad ATCA hardware support, as well as the latest Eclipse-based integrated development platform. MontaVista also contributes significantly to the open source community by complying with the Service Availability Forum (SA Forum), Application Interface Specifications for high availability services, and the Open Source Development Lab’s (OSDL) requirements for Carrier Grade Linux 3.2.

The new Emerson team will provide support for both MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition 3.1 and 4.0 for its blades and modules. Emerson customers can purchase MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition directly from MontaVista.

About Emerson Network Power
Artesyn Communication Products has now become the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power. Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), is the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity(TM). Preparing customers for high-stakes opportunities and threats, Emerson Network Power provides reliable power, precision cooling, connectivity and embedded computing solutions for IT, communications, healthcare and industrial systems. Backed by the largest global services organization in the industry, Emerson Network Power offers network reliability programs encompassing engineering, installation, project management and support services.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2005 were $17.3 billion.

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software, Inc. is the leading provider of Linux for intelligent devices and telecommunications infrastructure. MontaVista delivers a commercial-quality Linux operating system, time-saving development tools, expert support, and design and migration services. MontaVista has more than 400 partners, and thousands of companies use MontaVista embedded Linux to add functionality, increase reliability, reduce costs, and accelerate product development. MontaVista has offices in 15 countries.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a registered trademark of MontaVista Software, Inc.