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MontaVista, Motorola Bring Linux to iMX1 Processors

Electronics and wireless device giant Motorola is adding support for embedded Linux in its "DragonBall" family of processors via MontaVista's Linux Professional Edition 3.0.

The deal expands a relationship between the two companies established in March, when Motorola opted to turn to MontaVista for the operating system for its A760 Linux-Java phone.

Embedded Linux specialist MontaVista said it added support for its Linux Professional Edition for Motorola's family of i.MX1 and i.MXL applications. The alliance is expected to help put Motorola's i.MX processors on a faster-track for the development of the next-generation of advanced electronics devices such as smart phones and PDAs.

Both i.MX1 and i.MXL (media extension) processors, which build on Motorola's successful "DragonBall" family of processors, are designed using "smart speed" techniques to maximize applications performance with the lowest possible power consumption for use in smartphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and many other mobile devices.

Franz Fink, vice president and general manager in Motorola's wireless and mobile group, said MontaVista Linux was a popular choice for its embedded applications because of its comprehensive feature-set and extensive software components.

The i.MX processors, which are based on ARM's core microprocessor architecture, enable on-chip integration with features such as multimedia extensions and video port, which ultimately help manufacturers lower system costs by using fewer components in their wireless devices.

Judith Wheatley, vice president of business development at MontaVista Software, said the company's embedded Linux alliance on Motorola's i.MX family forms a solid development platform for embedded devices, which can help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) significantly reduce design complexity and speed time-to-market for next-generation and highly differentiated wireless products.

MontaVista has also moved to join the recently-announced CE Linux Forum (CELF), a group of electronics and technology companies, many of which are already MontaVista's customers. The companies have come together in an alliance geared to improving Linux as a platform for digital consumer electronics devices.