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Mentor to acquire Embedded Alley

Posted: 13 Aug 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Android  software  multi-core  open source 

Mentor Graphics Corp. has unveiled its Android and Linux strategy, which includes the acquisition of Embedded Alley Solutions Inc.

The company will combine Embedded Alley's Android and Linux products and services with the Mentor Nucleus RTOS, tools and middleware, to provide device manufacturers with all the software they need to build their products. Mentor will also work with the manufacturers throughout their product lifecycle to supply tools and services at every stage.

"Mentor's strategy acknowledges two strong trends we see in embedded device development today," stated Glenn Perry, general manager of the embedded systems division at Mentor Graphics. "One is a huge demand for Google's Android platform in new, complex devices beyond the mobile phones for which Android was originally developed. The other is the growing use on multi-core processors of multiple OS, usually Linux and an RTOS like Nucleus. Our investment in Embedded Alley, and its products, open source expertise, and services, will allow our customers to innovate and build better products with power savings, performance optimisation, and reduced system cost and risk."

The company's Android, Linux, and Nucleus products and services provide all the tools, runtime components and expertise required for customers to get to production with innovative products. This ecosystem for Android- and Linux-based devices is supported by semiconductor partners, including ARM, Freescale, Marvell, MIPS, RMI and Texas Instruments.

"This is a huge win for our customers, who can now benefit from the combination of Embedded Alley's services and development systems with Mentor's products, services and outstanding support," said Pete Popov, CEO of Embedded Alley.

"TI is pleased to learn that Mentor Graphics has acquired Embedded Alley, allowing Mentor to provide additional value to our customers developing with Android and/or Linux on our various TI solutions, including our OMAP35x platform," said Gerard Andrews, OMAP35x product line manager, TI. "With the combined expertise from Mentor Graphics and Embedded Alley, we're confident that they will be able to deliver innovative and even stronger multi-OS/multi-core products that inspire new Linux- and Android-based designs. We're excited and look forward to seeing the synergy between these two companies and their solutions that ultimately addresses our customers' key careabouts on an open software platform, community participation and support."

Perry continued, "As early developers in embedded Linux, Embedded Alley is well-known in the open source community, both as active participants in major projects such as OpenEmbedded, Advanced Linux Sound Architecture, and Linux kernel development, and as leaders in commercial development based on open source software. Their strong reputation follows them into the Android commercial tool market, now placing Mentor Graphics at the forefront of open source software in embedded devices."

Embedded Alley gained a tremendous lead in Android solutions by investing early and building on their deep Linux/open source experience and technologies. As pioneers in the embedded Linux community, the Embedded Alley team has been instrumental in defining product offerings, shaping business models and building market strategies for embedded systems. Their unique approach to commercial open source products avoided "boxed" Linux distributions, and gave developers more flexibility and immediate access to the latest open source innovations.

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