CoWare, MontaVista Speed Software Development of Linux Devices

CoWare®, Inc., the leading supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services, announced that it has partnered with MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leader in embedded Linux® commercialization, to deliver a joint solution to accelerate the development of Linux-based devices. The solution includes a reference virtual platform running MontaVista Linux and integrating MontaVista development tools, including the DevRocket integrated development environment (IDE). The solution leverages the CoWare Virtual Platform technology, and is designed to accelerate Linux education and the development of Linux support packages and Linux-based electronic devices for markets such as mobile devices, consumer electronics, and networking equipment.

To deliver the best possible product in the shortest possible time, semiconductor and electronics companies need more productive development tools and a Linux-based platform that enables them to get the most from open source. These requirements are reinforced by the rapid growth of multicore and multiprocessor hardware platforms. Software developer productivity is significantly enhanced through the use of the MontaVista DevRocket development environment and the CoWare Virtual Platform software debugging and analysis capabilities. The joint solution is available on a virtual ARM Versatile board developed using CoWare Virtual Platform technology and running MontaVista Linux. The virtual platform has also been extended to accommodate up to four ARM9 processor cores.

The joint solution will enable semiconductor and electronics companies to:

  • Educate their research and development teams on Linux and multicore-based software development as well as on the use of virtual platforms in the software development process
  • Accelerate the development of Linux Support Packages and the development, integration and testing of Linux-based devices

“The CoWare Virtual Platform established a solid track record in providing embedded development teams with a fast, more productive alternative to development boards,” said Joerg Bertholdt, vice president of marketing at MontaVista Software. “More developers of commercial devices use MontaVista Linux than any other commercial Linux, so by integrating MontaVista Linux and development tools with the CoWare Virtual Platform, we have enabled device engineers to combine all the advantages of MontaVista Linux with the development acceleration and cost reduction provided by CoWare.”

“With the strong momentum of MontaVista Linux as well as the growth of multicore and multiprocessor hardware platforms, development teams are searching for integrated solutions that will enable them to deliver better products faster,” said Marc Serughetti, vice president of marketing and business development at CoWare. “By integrating CoWare and MontaVista products, we are delivering the tools required by semiconductor and electronics companies to educate, develop, integrate and test their products with the highest level of productivity.”

The integrated CoWare Virtual Platform and MontaVista Linux solution will be demonstrated at Vision 2008 Embedded Linux Developers Conference in San Francisco on October 2nd and 3rd. The integrated solution is available now from CoWare and MontaVista.

MontaVista Software, Inc. is the leader in embedded Linux commercialization. MontaVista helps embedded developers get the most out of open source by adding commercial quality, integration, hardware enablement, expert support, and the resources of the MontaVista development community. Because MontaVista customers enjoy faster time to market, more competitive device functionality, and lower total cost, more devices have been deployed with MontaVista than with any other Linux.

CoWare is the leading global supplier of platform-driven electronic system-level (ESL) design software and services. IP, semiconductor, and electronics companies use CoWare ESL 2.0 solutions to design better processor- and software-intensive products–faster. CoWare solutions solve the new design challenges associated with platform architecture design, platform verification, application sub-system design, processor design, DSP algorithm design, and software development, and are based on open industry standards including SystemC. These solutions also enable IP and semiconductor companies to implement more effective go-to-market strategies. CoWare’s corporate investors include ARM [(LSE: ARM); (NASDAQ: ARMHY)], Cadence Design Systems (NASDAQ: CDNS), STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), and Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE). CoWare is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices around the world.

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