MontaVista Debuts Real-Time Embedded Linux for AMCC PowerPC 405EX, 405EXr

MontaVista Software, Inc. announced two new Linux support packages (LSPs) that make MontaVista® Linux® Professional Edition 5.0 available for the new AMCC PowerPC 405EX and 405EXr processors. In addition to bringing commercial-grade Linux to the AMCC processors, the new MontaVista LSPs will enable device designers and embedded application developers to use the MontaVista DevRocket integrated development environment (IDE) to develop products for the new processors.

AMCC PowerPC 405EX and 405EXr embedded processors are optimized for the requirements of 802.11n (Wi-Fi) and WiMAX(TM)-based wireless access points. The new processors deliver the demonstrated performance of the PowerPC 405 family with its recognized low power characteristics, together with a suite of high performance peripheral and memory interfaces, an advanced security engine, and support for a broad range of security protocols.

“Many of our customers plan to use MontaVista’s commercial-grade Linux for our PowerPC 405EX and 405EXr platforms, so we are pleased that MontaVista will provide this support,” said Charlie Ashton, director of software for AMCC. “We expect that the combination of AMCC’s new Power ArchitectureTM processors with MontaVista Linux will provide reliability and real-time performance for new device designs and embedded apps, and that the DevRocket IDE can help developers deliver quality products to market quickly. These MontaVista products provide further evidence of AMCC’s commitment to ensuring that our customers have access to the operating systems that they prefer.”

Design teams and developers who build products with PowerPC 405EX and 405EXr processors will be able to give their products the proven reliability, real-time application performance, and rich functionality provided by MontaVista Linux. Unlike freely-available source code, all MontaVista components have been integrated with each other, have been hardened by MontaVista’s testing facilities, and are backed by MontaVista’s experienced support team.

“Hundreds of device designers and embedded application developers have been successful in building products with MontaVista Linux on the AMCC PowerPC 405 family, and we expect the new PowerPC 405EX and 405EXr processors to extend that success,” said Joerg Bertholdt, MontaVista Software’s director of marketing, embedded platforms. “MontaVista has a long tradition of being the first to offer new technologies, so we are proud to be the first to give developers commercial-grade real-time Linux for these innovative AMCC Power Architecture processors.”

MontaVista® Linux Professional Edition 5.0 LSPs for AMCC PowerPC 405EX and 405EXr will be available for developers and design teams early in 2008.

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software, Inc. is the leading provider of Linux for intelligent devices and telecommunications infrastructure. MontaVista delivers commercial-quality Linux operating systems, 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.

About AMCC
AMCC is a global leader in network and embedded Power Architecture® processing, optical transport and storage solutions. AMCC products enable the development of converged IP-based networks offering high-speed secure data, high-definition video and high-quality voice for carrier, metropolitan, access and enterprise applications. AMCC provides networking equipment vendors with industry-leading network and communications processing, Ethernet, SONET and switch fabric solutions. AMCC is also the leading vendor of high-port count SATA RAID controllers enabling low-cost, high-performance, high-capacity storage. AMCC’s corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California. Sales and engineering offices are located throughout the world.

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