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Telco RTOS vendor launches Linux service group

Dec 7, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Swedish telecom software vendor Enea announced a new embedded Linux development group based on its acquisition of QiValue Technologies earlier this year. The Enea Linux Competence Center (ELCC) will expand upon QiValue's 13 employees to focus efforts on embedded Linux development for Enea's carrier-grade “Accelerator Platform.”

Also based in Sweden, QiValue Technologies specialized in embedded and enterprise Linux development and training services, primarily for the telecom industry, with a special expertise in FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays). Enea acquired QiValue for SEK 8 million (approx. $1.2 million), but expects the deal will contribute SEK 14 million (approx. $2 million) in revenue during the first year following the acquisition. The ELCC currently has 40 employees, but Enea plans to increase the staff to 60 within the coming months, it said.

Enea, which has been steadily migrating toward Linux in recent years as one of several strategies to diversify its product lines, develops real-time operating systems (RTOSs), middleware, development tools, database technology, and professional services for high-availability systems such as telecommunications infrastructure, mobile devices, medical instrumentation, and automobile systems. Enea's OSE RTOS is deployed in approximately half of the world's 3G mobile phones and base stations, the company claims.

Stated Gregory Singh, Senior VP, Nordic Services, at Enea. “Our greatest challenge is continuously recruiting top-talent programmers to meet the high demand for Linux-based solutions. We definitely have some of the world's most qualified developers at the ELCC.”


 
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