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MontaVista expands in U.K. and Ireland

Oct 19, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Embedded-Linux pioneer MontaVista Software is expanding its presence in the British Isles. The company announced this week that it has appointed SDC Systems Ltd to distribute and support its products in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland.

SDC Systems, based in Letchworth, U.K., will market and distribute MontaVista's products in the region and provide technical support and professional services for Linux device designers and embedded developers, MontaVista said.

The agreement expands upon MontaVista's in-house marketing operation in the British Isles, based in its Bracknell, U.K. office. To date, MontaVista has established offices in 15 countries, and it reportedly has distribution partnerships in place with Continuous Computing, Emerson Network Power, Motorola, and Texas Instruments.

MontaVista, one of the leading vendors of embedded Linux OSes and tools, claims its software has been deployed in over 45 million devices. The company has been moving aggressively of late to fend off increased competition in the embedded Linux OS and tools market from rivals such as Wind River. Seeking to expand its role in the telecom market, it recently joined the Scope Alliance, a telecom standards group.

At its first Vision Summit, held this month in Santa Clara, Calif., the company showed off its new Mobilinux 5.0 OS for mobile phones, due to ship in November, as well as Version 5.0 of its more generalized Linux Professional Edition embedded OS, which was announced in April. The company claims that both versions are faster and offer smaller footprints than previous versions.

The SDC announcement continues MontaVista's push to back up its claim to be a “global” provider of Linux solutions. Sou Bennani, Director of Business Development for MontaVista Software, stated, “SDC will help us address the growing demand for embedded Linux and Linux development tools in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.”

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