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Chip vendor invests in virtualization company

Dec 4, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

Texas Instruments (TI) has made an undisclosed equity investment in virtualization software company VirtualLogix. The companies have agreed to collaborate on future Linux-based virtualization technology using TI processors, with an apparent focus on wireless applications and network access devices.

VirtualLogix has long supported TI DSPs with its VLX-DM (digital media) product targeting set-top boxes (STBs), and it offers a version of VLX-NI (VLX for Network Infrastructure) that is optimized for TI's DSPs. For its part, TI recently bundled an evaluation version of VLX-DM with select DaVinci DSP and RISC/DSP development boards.

VirtualLogix's Linux-based VLX products, which also include a VLX-MH (mobile handset) version used in Grundig Mobile's Grundig U900 design, comprise a small scheduler and other nanokernel components designed to divvy up a computer system's resources between multiple operating system instances, says VirtualLogix. Touted advantages include reduced bill-of-material costs, legacy OS/application reuse, software failure containment, and license segregation.

VirtualLogix VLX-NI for DSPs supports normal DSP/BIOS and Linux dev tools

The future collaboration between the companies appears to be aimed primarily at the mobile phone and network access device markets. Stated Peter Richards, CEO of VirtualLogix, “Multi-core processors are the future in wireless communications and client devices.”

In its most recent series B financing round in July, VirtualLogix raised $16 million, from investors that include Atlas Venture, Cisco Systems, DFJ Esprit, Index Ventures and Intel Capital.

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