Embedded Alley will present five sessions at this week's CELF conference in Linz, Austria. Additionally, the California, Ohio, and Russia-based embedded Linux service provider reports having staffed up to 25, following an August acquisition of mobile Linux device power management specialist Nomad Global Solutions.
This week's Embedded Linux Conference is the first CELF conference to take place in Europe. Embedded Alley's presentations there include:
- OpenEmbedded for commercial development — Matthew Locke, VP of business development
- A power management architecture for mobile devices — Matthew Locke
- Methods to protect proprietary components in device drivers — Matt Porter, VP of engineering and chief architect
- Parallelizing Linux boot on CE devices — Vitaly Wool, senior consultant
- Linux suspend-to-disk objectives for consumer electronic devices — Vitaly Wool
Nomad acquisition brings power management chops
The now-completed acquisition of fellow San Jose, Calif. based consulting firm, Nomad Global Solutions, should improve Embedded Alley's ability to serve the mobile phone market, said CEO Pete Popov in a phone interview. Announced in August, the acquisition expands the 15-person Embedded Alley staff to 25, and improves the company's ability to meet the needs of a fast-growing client list, especially in the area of bundled solutions, Popov said.
“Nomad was working more on bundled, open source solutions in the embedded space, while we were more focused on professional services,” Popov said. He added, “Nomad brings us a lot of expertise in open embedded power management for mobile phones. They're well-known for it in the Linux community.”
Nomad's co-founder, Matthew Locke, has joined Embedded Alley as VP of business development, and holds a board position. “Matt was an ex-colleague of ours at MontaVista, and his team is full of top-notch talent,” Popov said. Popov previously worked at MontaVista as a developer on the Linux MIPS kernel, and was responsible for the first port of Linux to AMD's MIPS-based Alchemy Au1x SoCs (system-on-chip processors).
This is not the first time Embedded Alley has turned to acquisition as a pathway to growth. Founded in 2004, the company in 2005 acquired Embedded Edge, whose founder Dan Malek ported Linux PPC to Motorola's PowerPC-based embedded processors.
Last year, Embedded Alley released its Linux RapidIO Development Kit (LRDK), which supports a PowerQUICC III-based blade that targets network security and virtual storage applications. The company is headquartered in San Jose, with an office in Wadsworth, Ohio. It maintains development centers in Moscow, and St Petersburg, Russia, and boasts a client list ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, it claims.
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