Alchemy Semiconductor Partners with MontaVista to Gain Early Lead in Growing Internet Edge Device Market
Hard Hat Linux to Power the Alchemy Au1000™ SOC in Embedded Applications
SUNNYVALE, Calif. --
Alchemy Semiconductor, Inc.™, announced that it is partnering with MontaVista Software to provide an embedded Linux development tool kit for its Au1000 systems-on-a-chip (SOC) platform. Alchemy, an Austin-based fabless semiconductor company will leverage MontaVista's flagship product, Hard Hat Linux, to target the Internet Edge Device market. Building on Alchemy's expertise in high performance, low power and high integration SOCs, and MontaVista's proficiency and track record with embedded Linux, the companies together address the needs of developers faced with designing better edge products and bringing them to market more quickly.
The Alchemy Au1000 is a high performance, low power SOC based on the MIPS32™ architecture, power dissipation less than half a watt at 400MHz and targeted at the Internet Edge Device market: Customer Premise (CPE) products, including both wireless hand-held enterprise PDAs and remote Internet access products; and Internet infrastructure products, such as routers and line cards.
Alchemy recognizes the growing use of MontaVista Hard Hat Linux in embedded applications, demonstrated dramatically by its numerous customer design wins. "The Alchemy-MontaVista partnership reflects not only their confidence in our product family, but also our recognition of their technology acumen in embedded open source." Said Eric Broockman, President and CEO of Alchemy Semiconductor. He added, "Jim Ready's team has demonstrated good business sense and superb technical expertise, and we are eager to partner with them to make our combined offering a compelling value proposition for customers."
The MontaVista Hard Hat Linux development kit supports Alchemy's Au1000 reference platform, including tools for the MIPS32-based SOC core CPU, and device support for PCMCIA and USB interfaces, display controller and touch screen, serial and modem ports, dual Ethernet, home PNA and CODEC audio, telephony interfaces. "Embedded developers are designing Linux into devices as diverse as PDAs, web-enabled wireless phones and other network appliances," commented Jim Ready, MontaVista CEO and embedded industry pioneer. "Customer are demanding and we are delivering open source development tools for key hardware platforms like Alchemy's Au1000".
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 via ftp at ftp://ftp.mvista.com. Alchemy's reference platforms will be available later this year. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408.328.9200.
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® operating system tailored for embedded software applications. MontaVista products include Hard HatTM Linux®, 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 privately-held company funded by Intel Corporation and leading venture capital firms such as WR Hambrecht + Co., RRE Ventures, US Venture Partners and Alloy Ventures. For more information about MontaVista, please visit http://www.mvista.com
or call (408) 328-9200.
About Alchemy Semiconductor
Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1999, Alchemy Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets high performance, low power, high integration systems-on-a-chip (SOCs) for the Internet Edge Device market: Internet infrastructure products, such as routers and line cards; and Customer Premise (CPE) products, including both wireless hand-held enterprise PDAs and remote Internet access products. The company's founding team includes several of the most prominent embedded microprocessor architects and developers in the world, allowing for a combination of proven design execution and MIPS performance technology to achieve high performance, low power dissipation and systems integration in its Internet Edge Processors. Alchemy's headquarters are at 7800 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 222W, Austin, Texas 78757; or go to www.alchemysemi.com
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