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Toshiba selects Hard Hat Linux for TX39/49 processors

Jun 26, 2001 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Tokyo and Sunnyvale, CA — (press release excerpt) — Toshiba and MontaVista today announced an alliance whereby the two companies will port MontaVista's Hard Hat Linux to Toshiba's TX39 and TX49 embedded processor families. In addition, Toshiba will designate Hard Hat Linux as one of the standard operating systems for its TX39 and TX49 processors. Toshiba targets the TX39 and TX49 processors to Printer, Set Top Box, and Digital TV applications.

“Printer and set top box OEMs and developers of other embedded computing applications are increasingly demanding Linux for their next-generation products,” said Masafumi Watanabe, deputy general manager, of Toshiba Corporation. “We are working with MontaVista to provide more comprehensive support for our current and future customers, not only in Japan but throughout Asia and the world.”

The two companies have already begun the joint development process and Toshiba will release Hard Hat Linux-supported TX39 and TX49 processors, beginning in September of this year.

Toshiba's TX39 and TX49 RISC processors boast high performance and low power consumption and are based, respectively, on MIPS32 and MIPS64 architectures. The TX39 family is especially suitable for mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDA), set top boxes (STB), laser printers (LPB), and automobile navigation applications, while the TX49 family works best for laser printers, plain paper copiers (PPC), digital television (DTV), video game consoles, networking, and set top boxes.

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