LONDON – Embedded and mobile software company Wind River Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of chip giant Intel Corp., has teamed up with China's Leadcore Technology Co. Ltd. to develop an ARM-based system-on-chip platform for Android smartphones.
Leadcore, has supplied its ARM9-based SoC to the partnership and will launch its Cortex-A9 based SoC later this year. Wind River (Alameda, Calif.) worked with Leadcore to get Android running on Leadcore’s SoC platform, including performance optimization customization of Android to take advantage of specific Leadcore SoC capabilities.
As part of the development Leadcore (Shanghai, China) has implemented Wind River’s test software to test the smartphone platform for compliance with the Android Compatibility Test Suite (CTS).
"Wind River can help customers enter desirable regional markets quickly with high-quality Android devices certified on local operator networks," said Jerry Ashford, vice president and general manager of mobile solutions at Wind River, in a statement.
"We were in search of a trusted partner with Android experience who could help us navigate through the complexities of Android development and testing, including Android compliance," said Sun Yuwang, president of Leadcore, in the same statement. "Wind River has the proven Android expertise and deep knowledge of Chinese operator requirements. Being able to leverage the combination of both was essential for our success."
A hardware abstraction layer test suite within the Framework for Automated Software Testing (FAST) enables engineering teams to determine how to test a system before it becomes functional, Wind River said. FAST executes automated application-driven stress tests and performance tests which freed up Leadcore engineers to focus on low-level software development and board support package hardening, Wind River claimed.
What happens in real life is that an acquired company, many times still flows within it's original course. If the branch is small enough and Big brother can't keep an eye on it all the time.
Of course. I think Intel do good to have a foot on Android territory.
In China, VxWorks OS is seldom be used. The embedded linux is the most popular, of course. In the library, you could discover the difference. There are many many books about linux,ARM, and it is difficult to find books on VxWorks. After all, WindRriver is a company that persuit profit is its first target. Therefore, the WindRiver's people have to follow the market hot point in order to get profit.
This goes back to what Intel stated when it acquired WindRiver, that it would continue to support multiple architectures and continue to be run as a wholly owned Intel subsidiary.
It makes sense to continue multiple chip architectures for the embedded space given the penetration of ARM in the embedded world.
I wonder why WindRiver is working for Android. If I'm right they have their own OS VxWorks which is uses in many machine critical applications. Why did Widnriver team has android expertise people? Is it just a technology team to gain some revenue in the booming Android market?
Here's a strange one: an Intel subsidiary helping a chip company get Android working on its ARM-based processor.
What happens if Leadcore wants to go quad-core and start powering tablet and ultrabook computers in competition with Intel?
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