Embedded Market Forecasters Validates MontaVista Linux

MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux® for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, was recognized among embedded Linux providers for its robust toolset and for helping embedded developers speed time-to-market in a new research report, “Embedded Linux Total Cost of Development Analyzed,” by the analyst firm Embedded Market Forecasters (EMF). Based on research with more than 1,300 embedded developers over a two-year period, the new EMF report also shows that a commercial embedded Linux distribution, such as MontaVista Linux, “…is more cost effective than in-house Linux development.”

“This new research validates that investing in a commercial Linux platform, such as MontaVista Linux, improves time-to-market and reduces embedded development costs, which our customers say are key reasons they select MontaVista,” said Larry Macfarlane, CMO of MontaVista Software. “By providing the most-often-deployed embedded Linux platform, we give developers the support they need as they face increasingly complex design requirements and encounter steeper time-to-market challenges.”

Embedded Linux now a trusted alternative to RTOSes
The EMF report compared the outcomes of hundreds of embedded development projects and concluded, “Linux has achieved design parity with commercial RTOSes [real-time operating systems] for many applications…” and “…developers using Linux have the same design outcomes compared with traditional RTOSes.” EMF credits the availability of improved development tools as an important factor in the ability of embedded Linux to meet project expectations. In fact, EMF cites MontaVista as providing “…an impressive arsenal of general and application-specific tools to enable designs that are on-time and close to pre-design expectations…”

The EMF report states that “…time-to-market and final design results play a huge role in the financial success of a design effort. Being late to market and/or having to remove design features can reduce the market potential of a design by 50 percent or more.”

Commercial-grade more effective than do-it-yourself embedded Linux
The research also compares the differences in outcomes achieved between projects developed with commercial-grade embedded Linux and those developed with do-it-yourself in-house Linux. The EMF report concludes that more than 50 percent of “in-house” engineers claim to lack sufficient time to develop their concepts and bring them to market, even though their projects are typically smaller-scale than projects completed using commercial-grade embedded Linux.

According to the EMF report, “[The] use of a commercial embedded Linux OS is more effective than a non-commercial in-house Linux development undertaking. In spite of the fact that ‘in-house’ Linux development projects typically involve much less complexity than projects that use commercial embedded Linux and RTOSes, 15.9 percent fewer in-house embedded Linux projects meet the pre-design expectation levels achieved by developers using commercial Linux and RTOSes.”

The EMF research also found that different commercial embedded Linux products deliver different results for developers. The report states that the average embedded Linux project uses 47.5 software developers, while the average project using MontaVista Linux uses 13.7 software developers, and the average Wind River Linux project uses 29.8 developers. Even though projects using MontaVista average a smaller number of developers, the developers are able to write more lines of code, typically writing 97,000 lines of code compared to 52,000 lines of code written by the greater number of developers on an average Wind River Linux project.

Probably most telling, 80.7 percent of projects developed with MontaVista Linux deliver products that meet or nearly meet pre-design expectations for product performance, as compared with 58.9 percent for Wind River Linux, and 70.0 percent for an industry average Linux project. In a similar vein, 84.6 percent of projects developed with MontaVista Linux create a product that delivers all or nearly all of expected system functionality, compared with 58.8 percent for Wind River Linux, and 71.3 percent for an industry average Linux project.

About the research from Embedded Market Forecasters
The new EMF report “Embedded Linux Total Cost of Development Analyzed” analyzes the total costs of embedded project development, design results versus pre-design expectations, time-to-market, and design complexity. The research was conducted among 1,300 embedded developers during 2006 and 2007. The research compares the outcomes of hundreds of design projects that used embedded operating systems, including RTOSes, commercial Linux, and “roll your own” Linux.

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software, Inc. is the leading provider of Linux for intelligent devices and telecommunications infrastructure. MontaVista delivers commercial-quality Linux operating systems, 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.