We just announced our continued investment in open source and Linux based embedded solutions with the news that we’ve expanded the Mentor Embedded offering by acquiring assets from MontaVista, LLC. You can learn more about the acquisition by reading the press release or visiting our page that gives a quick overview of the acquisition from MontaVista, LLC.
With this acquisition we will be able to combine the MontaVista Automotive Technology Platform with our Sourcery Tools (Sourcery CodeBench and Sourcery Analyzer). This brings together two recognized leading technologies for Linux run-time solutions and tools. Our combined engineering and professional services teams also grow as a result of this investment. This is probably a good thing given the increased interest by Automotive Tier One (Tier 1) Suppliers and Automotive OEMs in adopting Linux and Android in their Infotainment, Instrument Cluster and Telematics systems; something I wrote about earlier this year on my post discussing why I think Linux will be successful in Automotive.
By the way, if you aren’t aware, there are already cars on the roads with Linux and Android inside today. I’ve included a couple of the publicly sited examples below. This Wired article titled “This Cadillac Is Powered By Linux” and this article on technologytell.com both allude to the Linux heritage of the Cadillac CUE.
This pcworld interview with Tesla CTO JB Straubel discusses the 17-inch flat panel infotainment system of the Tesla Model S, again based on Linux.
That’s it for now. We’ll have more on our plans in the near future.