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Intrinsyc and MontaVista form embedded Linux solution alliance

Aug 9, 2000 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Vancouver, CANADA and Sunnyvale, CA — (press release) — Intrinsyc Software, Inc. today announced a strategic alliance with MontaVista Software Inc. that will combine research, engineering and marketing expertise to better meet the growing demand among Original Equipment Manufacturers for innovative Linux-based embedded systems.

The agreement brings together Intrinsyc, a key provider of embedded solutions and services used to create Internet devices, and MontaVista Software, Inc. the developer of the Hard Hat Linux operating system for embedded applications.

As part of the alliance, Intrinsyc and MontaVista will work together to address the requirements of emerging embedded applications, Internet devices, and mobile appliances, while optimizing their respective product offerings to ensure interoperability. The alliance will offer OEMs solutions to meet the demands of the rapidly growing Internet appliance market.

According to a recent IDC report, the worldwide market for information appliances will exceed 89 million units, or $17.8 billion, in 2004, up from a market of 11 million units and $2.4 billion in 1999.

The collaboration of Hard Hat Linux, along with technologies such as Intrinsyc's CerfBoard, offer robust underlying software and hardware architecture for embedded applications. CerfBoard for Linux, Intrinsyc's latest Internet appliance reference platform based on the StrongARM 1110 microprocessor, is a key example of a ready reference design that aids in rapid deployment for OEMs. This alliance targets information/navigation systems, smart phones, handhelds, and emerging wireless and Internet devices. MontaVista and Intrinsyc will work together to co-market their combined solutions.

“Intrinsyc's alliance with MontaVista gives OEMs a tailored solution to quickly access the opportunities of embedded technology, said Derek Spratt, president and CEO of Intrinsyc. “This agreement with MontaVista, combined with the recent development of Intrinsyc's CerfBoard for Linux, offers our customers additional versatility while continuing to extend our software solutions to other platforms. With MontaVista's Hard Hat Linux, our OEM CerfBoard customers can now benefit from a rich embedded Linux design environment and outstanding technical support options.

“This alliance offers combined hardware and software solutions that significantly decrease product time-to-market” said Kent McMullen, vice president of marketing for MontaVista. “With this partnership, both companies will push forward as leading technology and software enablers of Internet appliances and devices. In addition, bundling Intrinsyc's technologies with the Hard Hat distribution will open up new opportunities for easily deploying Linux-based devices in Windows-centric environments such as industrial automation and handheld markets.

See MontaVista's HardHat Linux running on Intrinsyc's CerfBoard at Linux World 2000 (booth number 208).

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