In December 2007, the LiMo Foundation, the body formed to develop and promote a single Linux-based platform for mobile devices, chose Wind River's commercial Linux technology as the foundation for its Common Integration Environment (CIE).
And Wind River says that a number of fast-growing consumer electronic market segments are turning towards Linux and developing common requirements based on mobility, wireless connectivity, location-based services, feature-rich user interfaces and the promise of a rapidly expanding ecosystem of mobile and connected applications derived from the desktop.
It has identified opportunities for Linux in a number of vertical markets including automotive infotainment, mobile handsets and mobile Internet devices. "Each of these segments require Wind River to rapidly expand its mobile Linux services delivery capability as well as deepen the value of its product offering tailored to these markets, which is the competency that MIZI has been developing for nearly a decade," the company said.
"We will benefit from their mobile expertise in areas such as telephony, feature-rich user interfaces and multimedia, as well as their world-class mobile systems integrator expertise, complementing our current efforts across a variety of mobile alliances," said Ken Klein, CEO of Wind River. "This acquisition will provide us with access to a talented pool of experts in mobile Linux and enable us to accelerate our mobile services presence in Asia Pacific."