Embedded Linux World Tour Travels to 23 Cities in 9 Countries

MontaVista(R) Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux(R) for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, together with Freescale Semiconductor, Avnet, and EBV Elektronik announced the Embedded Linux World Tour 2007, a series of live seminars for device designers and developers across North America and Europe. Embedded Linux World Tour seminars will be presented in 23 cities in 9 countries between September 4 and November 15, 2007.

Technically-oriented seminars in 10 cities in the United States and Canada and 13 cities in Europe will provide presentations and demos that will show embedded developers new ways to enhance application bringup and development. Sessions will include live demonstrations of Eclipse(TM)-based development tools for the Freescale PowerQUICC(R) II Pro processor family.

Embedded Linux World Tour seminars will show how embedded Linux can accelerate the product development cycle, and describe the tradeoffs between RTOSs, free source code, and commercial Linux. Presenters will explain how to tell if embedded Linux can deliver the real-time performance to meet product requirements, and why to use Freescale’s PowerQUICC(R) II Pro processors for an application.

Tom Kelly, president and CEO of MontaVista Software, said, “Hundreds of companies design devices with MontaVista Linux on Freescale processors. Our Embedded Linux World Tour seminars will show developers in nine countries the reasons for this popularity, and how they can take advantage of open source to build devices that are more competitive and deliver them to market faster.”

“Freescale’s PowerQUICC II Pro processor family offers outstanding integration and performance, especially when used in conjunction with MontaVista’s embedded Linux and development tools,” said Chekib Akrout, vice president and general manager for Freescale Semiconductor’s Networking Systems Division. “These seminars will show developers how to expand the range of functions and products they can deliver by developing with MontaVista Linux on PowerQUICC processors from Freescale.”

“Avnet wants device developers everywhere to understand the new design possibilities they can get from Avnet with Freescale and MontaVista,” said Ravi Kichloo, senior vice president of global semiconductor business development for Avnet Electronics Marketing. “These free educational technical seminars provide an ideal way for our customers to quickly learn about new technologies.”

“For our TechTrends 2007 symposia, we select key supplier partners that provide significant products today and that highlight future technology trends for device designers and developers,” said Rudy Van Parijs, vice president, technical development for EBV Elektronik, an Avnet company. “EBV sees MontaVista providing the leading embedded Linux now, and expects design teams will be pleased to learn about the advantages that MontaVista and Freescale provide.”

Embedded Linux World Tour seminar attendees will receive special offers from Freescale and MontaVista. Attendees can also win a copy of Embedded Linux Primer by Christopher Hallinan, currently the top-selling book on embedded Linux, a US$45 value. In addition, two attendees in each North American seminar and in each of the seminars in Britain, Sweden, and Italy will win a board based on PowerQUICC II Pro technology from Freescale.

Embedded Linux World Tour events in the United States, Canada, and 3 European cities will consist of detailed four-and-a-half-hour seminars including lunch. In 10 additional European cities, World Tour presentations will consist of one-hour sessions given as part of EBV TechTrends events. The World Tour will begin with the first seminar in Bracknell, England on September 4. Dates for all live seminars and a complete list of all 23 cities in the Embedded Linux World Tour are available online.

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.

Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with 2006 sales of $6.4 billion (USD).

With more than 250 locations serving customers in 70 countries worldwide, Avnet markets, distributes and adds value to the products of the world’s leading electronic component suppliers, enterprise computer manufacturers and embedded subsystem providers. Additionally, Avnet brings a breadth and depth of service capabilities, such as supply-chain optimization, logistics solutions, product assembly, device programming, computer system integration and engineering design assistance. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007, Avnet generated revenue of $15.68 billion.

EBV Elektronik, an Avnet company, was founded in 1969 and is one of the leading specialists in European semiconductor distribution. EBV maintains its successful strategy of personal commitment to customers and excellent services. 240 Technical Sales Specialists provide a strong focus on a selected group of long-term manufacturing partners. 110 continuously trained Application Specialists offer extensive application know-how and design expertise. EBV operates from 57 offices in 28 countries throughout Europe as well as in Dubai, Israel, and South Africa.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States and other countries. MontaVista is a registered trademark of MontaVista Software, Inc.