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Immediate Release

MontaVista Expands Development Toolbox for
Hard Hat Linux 2.0
Powerful Configuration and Scaling Tools Highlighted at ESC Spring

San Francisco, April 9, 2000 - MontaVista Software Inc., the company
powering the embedded revolution, today announced that the latest
release of its flagship product, Hard Hat=81 Linux=AE 2.0 Professional
Edition, features a comprehensive suite of development tools designed
to streamline development, debugging and deployment of embedded
applications.  To address the needs of resource-limited, deeply
embedded systems, Hard Hat Linux 2.0 introduces revolutionary system
scaling and configuration tools, as well as performance analysis,
source-level debug, and other utilities to speed embedded
applications to market.
To help developers right-size the Linux kernel and populate embedded
Linux deployment images with an optimal file system, MontaVista
introduces the Target Configuration Tool (TCT).  This GUI-based
utility enables developers to select only needed modules and drivers
for inclusion in kernel builds, allowing bootable footprints scaled
below 500 Kbytes. Using TCT avoids the drudgery of hand editing
configuration and make files while managing dependencies among
components. TCT similarly lets developers choose pre-built packages
for inclusion in an embedded file system, including system binaries
and data as needed.
Once developers have a correctly configured kernel and trimmed file
system, MontaVista's new Library Optimizer Tool analyzes application
use of shared libraries and prunes away unneeded library code and
symbols, yielding smaller, more efficient deployment images.
"In Hard Hat Linux 2.0, MontaVista combines its extensive expertise
in embedded systems development with its dynamic participation in the
Open Source community," states Sheila Baker, MontaVista vice
president of marketing. "With the tools and capabilities in this
release, we can address the needs of both demanding embedded
developers and of Linux hackers building and deploying embedded
With this release, MontaVista also expands support for a variety of
open source tools retargeted for embedded cross development. These
cross tools include versions of the Linux Trace Tool (kernel
performance and execution analyzer), cbrowser, cflow, cprof, and
cscope (C code analysis tools), DDD (a graphical debugger interface),
and Code Crusader (a semi-open integrated development environment).
Hard Hat Linux 2.0 also continues to leverage the ubiquitous open
source GNU tools, including the gcc/g++ family of
compilers/assemblers and cross versions of the GDB source-level
debugger for kernel and application debugging.
Hard Hat Linux 2.0 also features support for hardware-based
source-level debug of the Linux kernel and device drivers with
in-circuit emulation and run-control devices like Abatron's BDM and
JTAG tools.
These and other tools in Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition host
on a wide array of development platforms, including Red Hat Linux,
Yellow Dog Linux, Suse, Mandrake, TurboLinux, Solaris, under VMWare
on Windows, and natively on Hard Hat Linux for x86. Hard Hat Linux
tools also target the broadest array of CPU architectures and board
and system-level platforms of any embedded Linux development
solution, including PowerPC, IA-32/x86, MIPS, StrongARM, and SH.
The tools described above are included in Hard Hat Linux 2.0
Professional Edition, available direct from MontaVista and MontaVista
distribution channels worldwide as a product subscription that
encompasses the MontaVista Hard Hat Linux kernel, utilities,
development tools and one year of technical support.
Also available for Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition are
expanded add-on capabilities, including packages for embedded Java,
High-Availability, legacy RTOS porting and emulation, and embedded
GUI development.
Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition and the tools described above
will be available the last week of April 2001, with additional
functionality within 30 days via on-line distribution.
Come experience Hard Hat Linux 2.0 at ESC Spring in booth #122, from
April 10-12, 2001, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
=46or more information about Hard Hat Linux and MontaVista Software
Inc., please call 408-328-9200 or visit the Web site www.mvista.com.

About MontaVista Software, Inc.
MontaVista Software Inc. is a leading provider of open-source systems
software solutions for embedded systems. Founded in 1999 by real-time
operating system pioneer James Ready, MontaVista's principal offering
is the Linux operating system and cross development tools tailored
for embedded systems. MontaVista products include Hard HatTM Linux=AE,
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
Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, Calif.,
MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading
investors such Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR
Hambrecht + Co., and Intel Capital. For more information about
MontaVista, please visit http://www.mvista.com or call (408) 328-9200.
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Hard Hat is a
trademark of MontaVista Software Inc. Intel, Pentium and XScale are
trademarks of Intel Corporation.  StrongARM is a registered trademark
of ARM Limited. PowerPC is a registered trademark of International
Business Machines Corporation.  MIPS is a registered trademark of
MIPS Technologies. All other names mentioned are trademarks,
registered trademarks or service marks of their respective companies.

Joe Samagond
Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications
MontaVista Software Inc.
Phone (408) 328-9234
E-mail: jsamagond@mvista.com

Patricia Colby
PR Strategy and Business Development
Pacifico Inc.
Phone (408) 293-8600 ext. 340
E-mail: pcolby@pacifico.com