Metrowerks to expand Linux portfolio with Embedix acquisition

Metrowerks has made another step on its acquisition trail by agreeing to buy the key assets of Linux tools and solutions supplier, Embedix. It is also set to retain the company's key management, engineering, marketing and sales personnel.

The acquisition will enable Metrowerks to provide Linux OS-based development tools and platforms for creating applications for PDAs, smart handheld devices, residential gateways and digital TVs. These development platforms will mix Metrowerks' CodeWarrior development solutions, including those acquired from Applied Microsystems last month, and the Embedix development tools.

Metrowerks also provides middleware solutions and IP stacks targeting the netcom, wireless and consumer electronics markets.

Amongst the assets being bought by Metrowerks is the Embedix SDK, a development tool for configuring and packaging embedded Linux distributions; Embedix Plus for smart handheld devices; Embedix Plus RG for residential gateway; and Embedix Plus for digital TV.

Metrowerks has also created a new business unit, the Metrowerks Linux Solutions Group, which is responsible for aggregating technology from Metrowerks and third parties, creating Linux OS-based development platforms, and adding services for an end-to-end solution. The unit is headed by Berardino Baratta, Metrowerks vice president of Linux solutions and chief technology officer.

Metrowerks says it will continue to support other third party embedded Linux distributions, including LynuxWorks BlueCat, TimeSys Linux, and MontaVista Linux.

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