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McObject and MontaVista Alliance Offers Compelling Value With Database For Embedded Linux-based Devices

February 12, 2003 — McObject, developer of the eXtremeDB small footprint, in-memory database, has joined with MontaVista Software, the company powering the embedded revolution, to offer a powerful Linux-based technology combination for intelligent devices ranging from consumer electronics to carrier-grade communications gear.

Under the alliance, McObject has released eXtremeDB for the MontaVista Linux platform. The two companies will pursue joint marketing and sales initiatives targeted towards device manufacturers to promote the technology advantages and cost savings possible with the powerful McObject-MontaVista combination.

With eXtremeDB McObject offers a new type of database to meet the unique performance requirements and resource constraints of intelligent, connected devices. With a footprint of 100K or less, eXtremeDB spares RAM and CPU resources while delivering critical data management features.

eXtremeDB’s ultra-small footprint and exceptional performance enables device manufacturers to deploy less expensive hardware, providing a key economic benefit through reduction of BOM (Bill of Material) costs. Similarly, by choosing MontaVista Linux tools and platforms, companies gain significant savings over proprietary real-time operating systems (RTOSes). Together, McObject and MontaVista lower development and deployment costs, enhancing customers’ positioning in the marketplace.

Through a streamlined architecture that stores and works with data in main memory, eXtremeDB outperforms traditional disk-based databases on Linux—in some cases by more than a factor of 1,000. This responsiveness complements MontaVista-sponsored real-time initiatives, such as the MontaVista Linux Preemptible Kernel and the MontaVista Fixed Overhead / Fixed Priority Scheduler. Performance advantages make the companies’ products a compelling pairing for demanding applications including telecom equipment, network infrastructure and industrial automation.

“To maintain our position at the forefront of embedded Linux, MontaVista seeks partners that can deliver both a business and a technological edge to customers. McObject’s unique data management technology is clearly a strong fit. We anticipate an enthusiastic response to eXtremeDB from companies on our growing customer list,” said Bill Weinberg, director of strategic marketing, MontaVista Software.

“MontaVista is a leader in embedded Linux for telecom and consumer electronics applications. McObject’s eXtremeDB, the leading in-memory database for performance, with its tiny footprint and high availability solution, complements MontaVista Linux for these important embedded markets” McObject President and CEO Steve Graves said.

About McObject

McObject, based in Issaquah, WA, is committed to building data management technology that makes intelligent devices smarter, and to providing first-rate support and consulting services to customers and partners. With more than 30 years experience in compilers, real-time systems, embedded data management and kernel level device-driver development, McObject's founders are well-suited to deliver database technology that becomes as ubiquitous as computing itself. The company can be reached at 425 831 5964, or visit

About MontaVista Software

MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing GNU/Linux-based open-source software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVista offers a family of products under the MontaVista Linux umbrella that address broad-based software developer needs encompassing applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. Multiple Editions of MontaVista Linux are available including Professional, Consumer Electronics and Carrier Grade, along with complementary technology products providing powerful Java and graphics development capabilities.

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

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