Calif. and LONDON, Sept. 21, 2004 - MontaVista Software, Inc.,
and Amstrad PLC, a British consumer electronics company, today announced
that MontaVista® Linux® is the chosen operating system for
Amstrad's recently introduced "E3" email-enabled home videophone.
With a full color screen and built-in camera, the E3 videophone allows
users to send and receive email, and take digital pictures and email
them to a PC, mobile phone (via MMS) or another E3, while also letting
them surf the World Wide Web, or play video games with a special game
"With the E3, consumers no longer have to buy a PC or a mobile
phone to make video calls, send emails with pictures and sound, and
surf the net," said Simon Sugar, Amstrad commercial director.
"Thanks, in part, to MontaVista Linux, we can offer this full
featured phone for the home, to our customers at a very reasonable
"Consumer devices, such as the Amstrad E3 videophone, are integrating
more functionality and new features. To make these devices easy-to-use
for consumers, the underlying software needs to be very sophisticated,"
said Ian Graham, president, MontaVista Ltd. (UK). "MontaVista
Linux provides a robust platform, low cost of development, and industry-leading
security and networking capabilities to consumer electronics companies
throughout the world."
Key Factors in the Selection of MontaVista
According to Amstrad, the following requirements led it to move to
- A commercial-grade software platform
- A robust and versatile tools environment
- Getting products to market rapidly
- Lower overall development costs
MontaVista Linux Professional Edition
MontaVista Linux Professional Edition (Pro) is a leading comprehensive
embedded operating system (OS) and cross development environment.
It includes a modern OS featuring real-time functionality, multi-process
capabilities and multi-threaded remote debugging, bundled with extensive
software components including rich networking. Pro targets more than
25 processors from seven industry-leading architectures and supports
more than 100 boards offering developers great freedom to choose the
elements for their development environment, which, in effect, allows
them to speed cutting-edge products to market faster and at a lower
cost. Pro also incorporates MontaVista DevRocket(tm), a powerful integrated
development environment that delivers state-of-the-art development
The Amstrad E3 is currently available in Great Britain only, on an
exclusive basis, from Dixons Store Group. Distribution will be broadened
to other retailers in time for Christmas. For more information, go
More information on the phone can be obtained at http://www.amstrad.com/e3_intro.html
MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 3.1 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(tm) (a customer portal), comprehensive technical support
and hands-on Linux training classes.
About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software provides Open Source platform allowing system
designers to innovate across a wide range of inter-connected intelligent
devices and communications infrastructure. MontaVista enables software
developers with a commercial-grade Linux-based operating system. MontaVista
Linux is a universal development platform that helps customers differentiate
their products and get them to market faster at lower overall development
costs. MontaVista Linux is the preferred choice of some of the world's
Founded in 1999, by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready,
and headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, Calif.,
MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading
venture capital firms and strategic corporate investors. For more
information about MontaVista Software, please visit http://www.mvista.com.
Amstrad Plc is a manufacturer and supplier of Telecoms, Audio, TV,
Video and Digital Satellite products. Founded by present Chairman
Sir Alan Sugar in 1968 as an electrical goods trader, over five decades
the company has established its reputation as making innovative technology
accessible to the mass market.
Amstrad is the creator of the 3rd generation of e-m@iler superphones
- the E3. The most affordable, easiest and cost effective videophone,
the E3 follows on from the success of its predecessors the e-m@iler
and e-m@ilerplus, allowing email, Internet, picture send, games and
video calls. Listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1980, Amstrad
launched the first mass market home computer package in the mid 1980s
and was the founder supplier to Sky TV when the service launched in
1988. Amstrad currently supplies BSkyB with set-top boxes for the
UK market, including Sky +, and also provides digital satellite receivers
for the Sky Italia service. For more information, please visit http://www.amstrad.com.
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista and
DevRocket are trademarks or registered trademarks of MontaVista Software
Inc. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks
or service marks of their respective owners.