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1st PowerPC embedded Linux cross-development tools

Jan 31, 2000 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

New York — (company press release) — MontaVista Software Inc., developer of the Hard Hat Linux operating system for embedded applications, today announces
its Hard Hat Linux cross-development toolkit for Motorola's PowerPC microprocessors. The MontaVista offering is the first product to enable embedded software designers to use cost-effective Linux workstations for
creating embedded Linux… applications targeting Motorola PowerPC processors. MontaVista will demonstrate this toolkit and take its outstanding real-time embedded and open computing systems expertise to the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo from Feb. 1-4, 2000 in New York City.

“MontaVista's growing engineering and executive team has an unprecedented 100+ years of combined expertise in embedded and open systems computing,” says MontaVista Software President and CEO Jim Ready, a pioneer in real-time embedded operating systems. “We're delighted to be bringing the first true cross-development environment for embedded Linux to LinuxWorld Expo.”

Until now, embedded developers using Linux workstations as host computers have had to limp along using native-hosted cross-development tools. With
MontaVista's Hard Hat Linux cross-development toolkit for PowerPC microprocessors, developers can now streamline their entire development process and accelerate time-to-market, whether designing Web-enabled devices,
telecommunications hardware or consumer products. MontaVista debuted its Hard Hat Linux distribution last year for CompactPCI platforms, a popular choice
for use in telecommunications and Internet access applications. Motorola Computer Group, Force Computers Inc., IBM and Embedded Planet are supporting
MontaVista's Hard Hat Linux with CompactPCI, embedded production and evaluation boards.

“MontaVista has the expertise to mate mainstream OS technology with Motorola's PowerPC microprocessors,” says Phil Brownfield, PowerPC development tool manager, Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector. “MontaVista's new PowerPC cross-development toolkit enables systems designers to create advanced embedded PowerPC systems based on Hard Hat Linux.”

“The Hard Hat development environment provides Embedded Planet opportunities for our high-integration PowerPC products to reach more developers than ever before possible, with the best-of-class features of embedded Linux,” adds Ken Applebaum, marketing director at Embedded Planet. “Embedded Planet expertise in deeply embedded production hardware, together with MontaVista's
cross-development capability, leverages the rich feature sets of PowerPC silicon and Linux, accelerating development cycles.”

The Hard Hat Linux PowerPC cross-development toolkit (for embedded applications, kernels and drivers on commercial, off-the-shelf as well as custom target hardware) includes cross-compilation, configuration and debugging tools as well as broad peripheral support for network interfaces,
timers, serial devices, video controllers and high-integration, multifunction devices. In addition to Pentium-based Linux host platforms, the toolkit supports PowerPC-based Linux development systems, including G3/G4 Macintoshes.


The Hard Hat Linux PowerPC cross-development toolkit is available immediately for Motorola 60x, 7xx/74xx, 8xx/82xx PowerPC target processors. The toolkit
can be purchased through MontaVista partners and with Hard Hat Linux professional services subscriptions. It will be demonstrated at MontaVista's booth # 165/167 from Feb. 1-4, 2000 at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo,
Jacob Javits Center, New York City.

For more information about Hard Hat Linux and MontaVista Software Inc., please call 408-328-9213 or visit the MontaVista Web site:

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