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[News] Mentor Graphics to Put Linux/Android on More Platforms

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Mentor unveils Android, Linux strategy at DAC

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| Mentor Graphics announced its acquisition of Embedded Alley Solutions as a 
| key component of its Android and embedded Linux strategy Wednesday afternoon 
| at the Design Automation Conference. Mentor also announced the integration of 
| its Nucleus Graphical User Interface tool with the ARM  Mali graphics 
| processing unit; it announced the availability of a Linux and Nucleus 
| operating-system combination for the Marvell Sheeva MV78200 dual-core 
| embedded processor; and it said that it is extending Embedded Alley's Android 
| mobile-applications platform to support Freescale Semiconductor's QorIQ and 
| PowerQUICC III processors.        


Acquisition of Linux/Android specialists to bring Android to PowerPC

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| Mentor Graphics announced it has acquired Linux development firm Embedded 
| Alley, plans to port Android to PowerPC, and will work with ARM, Freescale, 
| Marvell, MIPS, RMI, and TI on Linux and/or Android projects. One plan calls 
| for combining Linux with Mentor's "Nucleus" RTOS on Marvell's dual-core 
| Sheeva MV78200 processors, added Mentor.    



Linux development platform takes on license compliance

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| Embedded Alley has upgraded its "Development System for Linux" with tools to
| create software Bills of Materials, track open source components, trace
| binary sources, and help OEMs comply with open source license obligations.
| The new platform also adds support for the Freescale i.MX31 PDK (pictured).


Linux SDK straddles DIY, commercial approaches

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| Linux professional services and consulting firm Embedded Alley (EA) is edging
| into the embedded Linux tools business with its own software development kit
| (SDK). EA's "Embedded Alley Development System for Linux-based Devices"
| combines open-source software and services, and "facilitates build and
| integration of in-house and third-party commercial software," says EA.



Embedded Linux has more friends than you may know

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| Sony recently announced that one of its BRAVIA LCD TV factories will double
| production from 2 million TV sets per year to 4 million to meet growing
| demand in Europe. Sony has sold more than 20 million of these TVs, and
| they're all built with embedded Linux.
| So what? Embedded Linux is no surprise. Sony and tens of thousands of other
| companies, from huge to tiny, use embedded Linux every day to deliver
| successful products in every market. That is not news.
| Ten years ago, though, embedded Linux was a surprising-even shocking-idea to
| most people. Back in 1998, fresh from victory in the RTOS industry, I
| introduced the idea of building a software company to make Linux a suitable
| OS for developing smart devices. When I told people the idea, they gawked as
| if I was a few lines short of compilable code.
| "You want to build a company on software that's available for free?" I was
| asked. "Based on the gigantically bloated Unix OS? And with some oddball GPL
| license? How fast do you expect people to kick you out of their office?"
| Every market survey showed that the demand for embedded Linux was zero. When
| we released our first product, industry experts agreed that nobody needed it.
| Embedded Linux won't work because it is "too big, too slow, and not
| real-time," said the head of one RTOS company. The president of another
| derided embedded Linux as "a royal pain in the ass," so no developer would
| ever use it.
| I took heart from a quote attributed to Mohandas Gandhi: "First they ignore
| you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win."
| [...]
| Analyst firms don't agree on how many device engineers use embedded Linux,
| but they all say the number is substantial: 21% of developers use embedded
| Linux, according to last year's Embedded Systems Design survey; 36.7%,
| according to current research by Embedded Market Forecasters. This April, VDC
| reported that Linux is now the leading embedded OS. It shouldn't be
| surprising. After all, commercial Linux vendors succeed because they
| understand what design engineers are looking for.


Microsoft Worried Over Linux Dominance In Embedded Space

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| Renames its family of products to target the embedded market.


Who's afraid of embedded Linux? Microsoft

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| ...Microsoft is fighting a losing battle here. It's like gravity.
| Eventually you just stop fighting and learn to accept it. Even Microsoft.

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