SAN FRANCISCO—EDA and embedded software vendor Mentor Graphics Corp. said Thursday (Feb. 21) it acquired the automotive technology unit of embedded Linux software provider MontaVista LLC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mentor (Wilsonville, Ore.) said the deal establishes the company as the No. 1 commercial provider of Linux-based automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) software and services.
“I think we are pretty well positioned to be a pretty significant force,” said Mark Mitchell, general manager of Mentor’s open source embedded solutions, in an interview with EE Times.
Mitchell said the acquisition brings together two highly complementary units focused on the Linux embedded IVI market. The IVI market is projected to grow rapidly in coming years, with automakers viewing it as an area of competitive differentiation, he noted.
Mitchell said Mentor would continue to offer products from legacy MontaVista—now a subsidiary of chip vendor Cavium—as well as its own products. But he said an engineering roadmap analysis revealed that the firms’ MontaVista Automotive Technology Platform and Mentor Embedded Infotainment Base Platform could be integrated relatively quickly, and complemented with Mentor’s Sourcery CodeBench and Sourcery Analyzer.
“We actually think we will have our first combined release within a couple of months,” Mitchell said.
Combined, Mentor and MontaVista Automotive IVI assets are in production at three automotive OEMs, Mitchell said. He declined to name the automotive firms. But he said the combined offerings are also in active development for next-generation vehicles by seven automotive tier 1 suppliers. The products will go to production with additional OEMs within the year, he said.
It's really not strange at all when you look at Mentor's existing embedded products. Mentor has been talking for years about getting more involved in the "adjacent" automotive electronics market. And Mentor is pretty involved now. The company's offerings for the automotive sector are broad and deep.
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