December 21, 2009
Cavium Networks Completes Acquisition of MontaVista Software
By Jyothi Mahalingham, TMCnet Contributor
Cavium Networks, a provider of integrated semiconductor products that facilitate network processing, wireless, storage and video functions reportedly announced the completion of MontaVista (News - Alert) Software Inc. acquisition.
MontaVista Software provides a multi-core embedded type of Linux operating systems, virtual abstraction of computer resources, development tools and specialized services to a range of Tier-1 clients. Currently, there is a growing demand for the use of embedded Linux as operating system in a range of equipments that includes large sized carrier grade equipments used consumer electronics.
There is a growing shift among the manufacturers of proprietary OS embedded devices or commercial update receiving operating systems to opt for Linux embedded systems. Most of the current day applications such as wireless networking, consumer electronics, and mobile and storage devices boast Linux embedded systems.
Cavium Networks (News - Alert) decided to keep the MontaVista brand name for the products and will continue the employment of the existing engineering, sales and product management staff. Cavium will continue to support the currently used numerous processor architectures from other semiconductor retailers. To hold the MontaVista’s clients and partners in the fold Cavium has decided to retain the existing field operations and web-based support and product download sites.
To manage the affairs of the company, Cavium retained Art Landro, previously executive vice president of MontaVista's worldwide field operations and promoted him to president of MontaVista Software. Before joining MontaVista in 2007 Art Landro was working as Vice President at EMC Corporation (News - Alert), Documentum, Cadence Design, and General DataComm.
The ever-growing demand for software based multi-core processor solutions will let Cavium Networks utilize this acquisition to augment its range of multi-core processors in order to offer more sophisticated included type of embedded solutions to the clients.
Cavium Networks semiconductor products are currently used in a variety of communication applications. They offer a broad range of integrated software compatible processors that are capable of operating 10 Mbps to 40 Gbps speed to provide protected practical solutions meant for commercial enterprises, data centers and other broadband users.
The company has offices and facilities in California, Massachusetts, India and Taiwan.
Jyothi Mahalingham is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Amy Tierney