EB, NextWave Develop Linux WiMAX Mobile Phone with MontaVista Mobilinux

MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leader in embedded Linux® commercialization is proud to announce its participation in bringing the world’s first Linux-based WiMAX(tm) multimedia reference design to market, which includes its MontaVista Mobilinux(tm) operating system (OS). This device was designed and built in only nine months by EB, a technology powerhouse with more than twenty years of experience in solutions for the automotive and wireless industries, and NextWave(tm) Wireless Inc., a global provider of mobile multimedia and wireless broadband technologies.

This innovative new reference design for mobile WiMAX handsets will debut this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Mobilinux-based handset reference design is the first Linux phone to enable mobile WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access), a telecommunications technology, which provides wireless voice and data at broadband speeds.

The world’s most advanced mobile operating system software, MontaVista Mobilinux includes the optimized Linux operating system used in 90 percent of Linux-based mobile devices, and a time-saving development environment for mobile design engineers. Mobilinux developers also benefit from more than 100 MontaVista partners that provide mobile development products and services.

EB and NextWave developed the reference design from design concept to hardware availability in only nine months, combining 4G wireless silicon from NextWave with EB engineering expertise to enable carrier-grade VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and high-speed multimedia services on a device appealing to consumers. The reference design uses NextWave Wireless’ NW1100 WiMAX baseband mobile subscriber SoC (System on a Chip) with its companion NW1200 multi-band RFIC (Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit).

“Throughout this project we were able to leverage our strength in device integration. MontaVista Mobilinux provided a rapid ready-to-deploy mobile development environment that connected us with the key collaborators,” said Steve Coons, director at EB’s Mobile Terminal Solutions Business Unit. “We believe this project enriches end-user experiences by delivering a highly integrated, application-rich mobile WiMAX reference design.”

“The capabilities of this new mobile WiMAX reference design from NextWave and EB are impressive,” said Dan Cauchy, director of marketing of mobile and carrier products for MontaVista Software. “Just as impressive is the fact that NextWave will demo the functioning device only 9 months after initial design work began. The fast development time shows device manufacturers just how quickly they can develop a new mobile device using MontaVista Mobilinux together with this new mobile WiMAX reference design.”

“Our goal is to work with a rich partner ecosystem in order to accelerate the migration of next-generation wireless broadband technologies on a global scale,” said Ed Redmond, general manager, Semiconductor division, NextWave Wireless. “We believe collaborating with MontaVista Software and EB, among other leading vendors, will enable device manufacturers the ability to deliver innovative products to market – in record time – to drive consumer uptake of WiMAX-enabled handsets.”

MontaVista Mobilinux and the NextWave-EB reference design for mobile WiMAX are available now. Technical demonstrations of the NextWave-EB mobile WiMAX reference design are offered by appointment only at the NextWave Wireless stand at Mobile World Congress on the Avenue in stand AV40. EB is at Mobile World Congress in Hall 1 in the Finnish Pavilion at stand 1F07, and MontaVista is at stand 2.1A72.

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software, Inc. is the leader in embedded Linux commercialization. MontaVista helps embedded developers get the most from open source by adding commercial quality, integration, hardware enablement, expert support, and the resources of the MontaVista development community. Because MontaVista customers enjoy faster time to market, more competitive device functionality, and lower total cost, more devices have been deployed with MontaVista than with any other Linux.

About EB, Elektrobit Corporation
EB creates advanced technology and turns it into enriching end-user experiences. EB is specialised in demanding embedded software and hardware solutions for automotive and wireless industries. The net sales for the year 2007 totaled EUR 144.3 million. Elektrobit Corporation is listed on OMX Helsinki Exchange.

About NextWave Wireless
NextWave Wireless Inc. (Nasdaq: WAVE) is engineering the future of mobility by providing next-generation mobile multimedia and wireless broadband technologies to the world’s leading mobile handset manufacturers, network equipment suppliers, and wireless service providers. From mobile television and mobile broadband systems to semiconductors and device-embedded mobile multimedia software that can be found in more than 200 million handsets around the globe, NextWave is evolving the way consumers experience mobile multimedia content. In addition, the company’s global spectrum footprint allows service providers to deploy next-generation wireless broadband networks utilizing NextWave’s advanced wireless broadband products and technologies.

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