Sunnyvale, CA and Tokyo, Japan — MontaVista Software, Inc. today announced an alliance with ACCESS, Co., Ltd., provider of embedded browsers, to pursue joint development and marketing activities. Together, the two companies enable embedded developers to build on the combined best-in-class embedded Linux platform and web client. The alliance both anticipates the development of new business for both companies, and also supports several customer projects already underway.
As part of the alliance, ACCESS will standardize on and promote MontaVista Hard Hat Linux as their embedded Linux platform; for its part, MontaVista will reference and leverage the ACCESS NetFront browser as part of its vertical offering for edge devices.
ACCESS offers the NetFront 2.6 Linux Software Development Kit (SDK) to speed integration of the NetFront browser into Linux-based Internet appliances and other non-desktop applications. The ACCESS embedded browser NetFront and Compact NetFront, which is the micro browser based on CompactHTML standard, garner an overwhelming share of the Japanese market. More than 18 million commercial software licenses have been shipped for use in more than 94 different consumer information appliances.
“An integrated, quality web client is key for customers deploying Hard Hat Linux in edge devices,” said Hitoshi Arima, Country Manager of MontaVista Software Japan. “MontaVista is very pleased that Hard Hat Linux supports Japan’s No.1 browser, NetFront. We expect to see this partnership yield a lot of innovative Internet appliance design-wins in the near future.”
Hard Hat Linux – A Pure Play
Hard Hat Linux, from MontaVista, is based entirely on the standard Linux kernel and open-source components. It is royalty-free and optimized for embedded applications, including communications infrastructure and Internet appliances. MontaVista Software supports pervasive-computing development with its Hard Hat Linux Cross Development Kit, and the Hard Hat Linux kernel and embedded operating system. At Comdex 2000, Hard Hat Linux received Linux Journal and LINUX Business Expo’s Penguin Playoff Award for Best Embedded Solution, chosen from a field of more than 60 exhibitors at the Linux Business Expo in Las Vegas.
The Hard Hat Linux CDK 1.2 is available immediately for all platforms via ftp at ftp://ftp.mvista.com. For information regarding MontaVista Hard Hat Linux subscriptions and services, including out-sourcing of porting, configuration, source maintenance, please contact a MontaVista associate. For additional information about Hard Hat Linux subscriptions and services contact [email protected]
About MontaVista Software, Inc.
MontaVista Software Inc. is a leading provider of open-source software solutions for pervasive computing environments. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, MontaVista’s principal offering is the Linux(R) operating system tailored for embedded software applications. MontaVista products include Hard HatTM Linux(R), a standard off-the-shelf binary distribution of Linux for x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS and other microprocessor architectures. Hard Hat Linux offers developers a family of open source solutions for embedded design, with targeted offerings for applications ranging from communications infrastructure to thin-client and edge applications.
Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, California, MontaVista Software is a pre-IPO company funded by leading venture capital firms such as WR Hambrecht + Co., RRE Ventures, US Venture Partners and Alloy Ventures
Web site: http://www.mvista.com