Cavium Networks acquires MontaVista Software
Mountain View, Calif. – November 10, 2009 – Cavium Networks, a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, wireless, storage and video applications, today announced that it is has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MontaVista Software for $50 million.
Cavium Networks? Not a single person I know had hear that name before. Cavium now suddenly a bigger player against the likes of TI, Freescale, Broadcom, Marvell, and Intel.
Cavium is known principally for its MIPS64-based Octeon, Octeon Plus, and new Octeon II system-on-chips (SoCs), which primarily target networking and wireless infrastructure applications, as well as storage and industrial applications. More recently, Cavium announced an "Econa CNS3xxx" SoC family with single- and dual ARM11 cores clocked at up to 700MHz. The Econa chips, offer over ten multimedia and networking acceleration engines, a Linux SDK, and claimed power consumption of under a Watt.
Cavium lists some of MontaVista's major customers as:
- Carrier Grade Linux -- Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, Nokia-Siemens, NTT, Motorola, Samsung
- Consumer Electronics -- Sony, Samsung, and Philips
- MID and mobile vendors -- NEC and Garmin
- Industrial Automation vendors -- HP, Kyocera-Mita, and Fuji Xerox
- Notebooks -- Dell
Probably now we could see Cavium / MontaVista as a competitor to Intel / Wind River. I’m watching with great interest.
In my opinion Montavista was the last bulwark of the embedded software development, the last really big company selling only software and living on pure software services (except for my company of course, which is tiny though).
This is the final confirmation that the software is a commodity for the benefit of producers of hardware, or whatever else except software itself.
Link : MontaVista website