Linux Platform Provides High Reliability
and Connectivity for Advanced Video
and Business Applications
SUNNYVALE, Calif. and BEIJING, Feb, 2004 MontaVista Software, Inc., the company
powering the embedded revolution, today announced that MontaVista® Linux® is the chosen
operating system for the recently introduced Motorola A768 smartphone designed especially
for corporate users.
The A768 will be displayed at the 18th
3GSM in Cannes, France, next week, at the Motorola Stand No. A21 , in Hall 1.
For the needs of a mobile workforce, the
Motorola A768, which was launched in China in January, offers various messaging options
including Email, MMS and SMS, as well as a document viewer for PDF, MS Word, Excel and PPT
files. An embedded VPN client provides secure wireless access to corporate network
resources, allowing users to access their e-mail, intranet, ERP and other business
applications from a remote location. New features of the handset also include full video
services capabilities such as video capturing, playback, and download through GPRS/CSD. In
addition, the phone comes equipped with an HTML Internet browser and PDA functionality.
After the successful launches of the A760
model last fall, the A768 is Motorola's second Linux-enabled full-featured handset,
demonstrating the company's commitment to making the Linux operating system a key pillar
of its software strategy for advanced mobile phones.
We launched A760 in China last fall
and are able to now follow up quickly with the A768, exactly the kind of flexibility and
speed to market we needed. We chose MontaVista Linux for our smartphone product line,
because of its open standards, its unmatched stability, and its industry-leading
networking capabilities, said Samuel Li, director, Product Line Management, GSM High
Tier Smartphone Product Group, Motorola Personal Communications Sector. MontaVista
Linux, along with other open source embedded software technologies, lets us deliver
enhanced multimedia capabilities to our corporate users, combined with numerous integrated
business applications, and at a reasonable cost.
In their recently published research
report Defining the Market for Full-Featured Handsets, the Zelos Group stated:
While Symbian will be the market share leader in the next 24 to 36 months [
Linux will threaten for long-term dominance. Linux leads other platforms in openness and
low cost factors that are essentials to success in a market defined by tight
margins, rapid innovation, and standards adherence.
Handset manufacturers, such as
Motorola, are turning to the fast emerging mobile Linux OS as a platform for phone
development because of the flexibility, control and innovation offered by open source
software, said Jim Ready, CEO and president, MontaVista Software. As cell
phones rapidly evolve, the software supporting their rich functionality and networking
capabilities needs to be more robust. MontaVista Linux provides a powerful systems
software platform that can help to quickly bring these advanced products to market.
MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics
MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition (CEE) is the first commercial Linux
operating system and cross-development environment specifically designed for consumer
electronics devices, including mobile phones, high definition digital television, set-top
boxes and automotive telematics. CEE enhances Linux with rich consumer-focused networking
support, while supporting XIP (eXecute In Place) of the kernel and applications as well as
streaming media optimizations. Hundreds of products are already in development using
MontaVista Linux, including mobile phones, PDAs, advanced remote controls, HDTVs, PVRs,
set-top boxes, digital receivers, automotive telematics, musical instruments, gaming
machines and karaoke systems.
MontaVista Linux supports a range of enhanced interactive features in advanced consumer
electronics products such as the Motorola A768, by providing high performance, real-time
capability and consumer-grade reliability. By offering a standard development platform for
embedded designs, MontaVista allows developers to focus on their value-add to their
customers while enabling them to speed cutting-edge products to market in a cost-effective
Motorola's A768 smartphone is currently available through China's leading
domestic operator, China Mobile, and will be available in other Asian countries before the
end of March.
MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics
Edition 3.0 is available from MontaVista Software and the company's sales and distribution
channels worldwide. It provides customers with the MontaVista Linux kernel, software
updates, deployment components, utilities, development tools, access to the MontaVista
Zone (a customer portal), comprehensive technical support and hands-on Linux training
Form Factor Flip
Bands/Modes GSM 900/1800 GPRS (1U/4D)and CSD
Size 100 cc approx
Weight 120 g approx
Dimensions 100 x 53 x 21mm ( approximate )
TT/ST Time Up to 180-360 minutes/up to 100-180 hrs (*)
Display 240 x 320 65k TFT Touch Screen
Browser WAP 2.0, WML, xHTML, HTML
Audio Poly 40 @ 22kHz, MIDI, MP3, WAV
Video Mpeg4 (3GPP), 1 hour video recording
Messaging Email, MMS, SMS, IM (WV)
Email POP3, IMAP4, SMTP
File view Word, Excel, PPT, Adobe PDF
Applications J2ME MIDP 2.0 + APIs
Sync Sync ML
Connectivity USB, IrDA, BlueTooth®, OTA (GSM)
Security VPN, SSL
Memory ~58MB User Space
(*) Disclaimer: All talk and standby times in this release are quoted in digital mode and
are approximate. Battery performance depends on network configuration, signal strength,
operating temperature, features selected, and voice, data and other application usage
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in wireless, broadband and
automotive communications technologies that help make life smarter, safer, simpler,
synchronized and fun. Sales in 2003 were U.S. $27.1 billion. Motorola creates innovative
technological solutions that benefit people at home, at work and on the move. The company
also is a progressive corporate citizen dedicated to operating ethically, protecting the
environment and supporting the communities in which it does business. For more
About MontaVista Software, Inc.
MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software and
development tools for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure.
MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing Open Source GNU/Linux-based
software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready,
MontaVista offers a family of products that address software developer needs encompassing
applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics.
MontaVista products include MontaVista Linux Professional, Consumer Electronics and
Carrier Grade Editions. MontaVista DevRocket, a powerful integrated development
environment, delivers state-of-the-art development tools across all the product Editions.
MontaVista Graphics offers a rich GUI development tools platform.
Headquartered in the heart of Silicon
Valley, in Sunnyvale, Calif., MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by
leading investors such as Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht
+ Co., IBM, Intel Capital, Sony, Panasonic (Matsushita), Toshiba America and Yamaha
Corporation. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit http://www.mvista.com
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