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Embedded Linux OS enhances design flexibility

Posted: 02 Jun 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded Linux  embedded device  open source  Linux distributions 

MontaVista Software, Inc. touts its MontaVista Linux 6 as a revolutionary new approach to embedded Linux development.

By delivering Market Specific Distributions combined with the new MontaVista Integration Platform, commercial device developers enjoy much more flexibility to design and deliver products uniquely tailored for their target market.

With the pressure to decrease product development lifecycles, often with fewer resources, the challenges faced by embedded Linux developers have never been greater. Semiconductor vendors have become developers of the core Linux technology that enables their hardware and fully exploits its feature set. Yet Linux developers still lose valuable cycles enabling the hardware, customising their systems, and integrating other software and tools. Designers find themselves locked into early software choices, unable to fully leverage the power of the open source community, and without the right tools to customise the software to their specific application requirements.

MontaVista Linux 6 addresses these challenges by providing a complete embedded Linux development environment comprised of Market Specific Distributions, development tools, and the support and maintenance required by developers to fully leverage the semiconductor Linux technology and resources from the open source community.

This approach to embedded Linux fully aligns the embedded Linux supply chain. Embedded device developers maintain the quality, control, and consistency they require to deliver commercial-ready devices to market faster while having the flexibility to tailor their design to the specific application requirements.

MontaVista Linux 6 is comprised of Market Specific Distributions (MSD), the MontaVista Integration Platform, MontaVista Zone Content Server, and MontaVista DevRocket 6

Market Specific Distributions (MSD) are new Linux distributions built on a common framework and optimised for the respective hardware platform and its target market. An MSD is designed to support the full breadth of functionality provided by the semiconductor vendor, be feature compatible with the semiconductor vendors' Linux technology, and provide the value-add features and quality MontaVista is known for.

Fully supported by MontaVista, MSD's may be customised and optimised for the target application, allowing developers to easily create a tailored software distribution that fully exploits the hardware specific features.

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