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November 10, 2011

MontaVista, Black Duck Deliver Open Source Code Management Solutions to Automotive Market

MontaVista (News - Alert) Software, which specializes in embedded Linux commercialization, announced a partnership with Black Duck Software (News - Alert), a provider of products and services for accelerating software development, to deliver tools to ease management of open source software and licensing compliance for the automotive industry.

The partnership will help deliver complete code inventory and licensing reports to facilitate the adoption of open source Linux-based systems among automotive OEMs and Tier1 companies. Through this alliance, the companies hope to better automate the management, governance and secure use of open source software to provide a level of confidence unprecedented in the automotive industry.

Vincent Rerolle, president of MontaVista Software, said, “We are enabling our customers to leverage open-source solutions while providing confidence in managing intellectual property rights and navigating the complexity of software licenses. Reducing the complexity surrounding open source code license management will result in faster adoption of Linux-based solutions in the automotive industry.”

The combination of MontaVista’s Automotive Technology Platform (ATP (News - Alert)) and Black Duck tools enables companies developing solutions for the In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI) market to shorten time-to-market and reduce development costs while mitigating the management, compliance and security challenges associated with open source software, the company said.  

The IVI solution is made of components drawn from a multitude of vendors and open source projects. By integrating Black Duck tools into ATP, MontaVista is able to deliver GENIVI-compliant solutions while allowing Tier1s and OEMs to maximize the use of open-source solutions with confidence throughout the product development lifecycle.

MontaVista’s ATP enables companies to administer how software assets are created, managed and licensed. Fully integrated solutions provided by MontaVista combine customer proprietary components, GENIVI-compliant open source software and MontaVista's embedded platform and services.  The integration simplifies the management of intellectual property (IP) rights in this sophisticated development environment.

“MontaVista offers the automotive electronics industry a great embedded platform, and is also providing advice and know-how on all aspects of software development,” said Tim Yeaton, Black Duck Software president and CEO, in a statement. “We are thrilled MontaVista is helping its customers manage the use of open source software in development with Black Duck tools.”

MontaVista Software recently announced dynamically configurable data plane capabilities in the MontaVista Bare Metal Engine, offering a single development environment that dynamically scales from the high performance services of Embedded Linux to dedicated near zero overhead bare metal environments for packet processing.

MontaVista's Bare Metal Engine (BME) enables network equipment providers to use a single Linux development environment and tool suite without sacrificing the performance formerly only achieved from an application running on a semiconductor's executive.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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