MontaVista TestDrive Reduces Time for Embedded Linux Evaluations

MontaVista Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux® for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, released its new MontaVista® TestDrive, a virtual evaluation center which lets embedded Linux developers run their own applications using MontaVista Linux on their choice of processor architectures. Because MontaVista TestDrive is a hosted web service requiring no setup, it can shrink the time required for the technical evaluation of embedded Linux, of development tools, and of candidate hardware platforms from months to days. TestDrive eliminates the cost of buying software and hardware for evaluations, and the hard work necessary to acquire and build evaluation systems.

Before engineers build a new device or embedded application, they first must select an embedded operating system (OS) and a hardware platform for their product. To choose, the engineers must validate that their product requirements will be satisfied by a particular embedded operating system running on a specific candidate hardware platform. The old way of evaluation is to negotiate evaluation licenses for operating system software candidates, purchase candidate hardware platforms, and, with assistance from IT, set up evaluation systems. Only then can actual evaluation begin. Evaluation is important because a bad decision about an operating system or hardware platform can impact the success of the entire project, but this time-consuming process occupies a significant part of the overall product development cycle.

Using MontaVista TestDrive, developers can build and run their own test applications on MontaVista software virtualized on several major hardware platforms by Virtutech Simics. Developers can quickly determine the technical fit of MontaVista Linux for their project without a large investment of money or time.

“TestDrive is the first evaluation system to combine Linux and virtual platform technology,” explained Jim Ready, CTO and founder of MontaVista Software. “The developer gets a fully provisioned virtual environment that he can use from his desktop with just an Internet connection. He doesn’t need to download and install a lot of software to try MontaVista Linux before he buys it, and he doesn’t have to buy the hardware.”

“MontaVista TestDrive provides an industry first by equipping customers to more quickly make the right Linux decision for their embedded designs,” said Michel Genard, vice president of marketing, Virtutech. “TestDrive joins MontaVista Linux with Virtutech’s virtualization platform Simics. Together, MontaVista and Virtutech are delivering an evaluation accelerator so that customers can most efficiently evaluate MontaVista products on the hardware of their choice.”

MontaVista TestDrive is available now. It enables developers to evaluate MontaVista Linux Professional Edition operating system with MontaVista DevRocket IDE. TestDrive will support evaluation on major processor architectures including Intel x86, PowerPC, ARM, and MIPS.

MontaVista Software, Inc. is the leading provider of Linux for intelligent devices and telecommunications infrastructure. MontaVista delivers a commercial-quality Linux operating system, time-saving development tools, expert support, and design and migration services. MontaVista has more than 400 partners, and thousands of companies use MontaVista embedded Linux to add functionality, increase reliability, reduce costs, and accelerate product development. MontaVista has offices in 15 countries.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States and other countries. MontaVista is a registered trademark of MontaVista Software, Inc.