Salt Lake City, UT — (press release excerpt) — SnapGear Inc. announced that the company is collaborating with Red Hat, Inc. to offer customers complete hardware and software embedded solutions that bring together the stability of embedded Linux with experienced hardware design, manufacturing, and fulfillment.
The arrangement is intended to give customers a one-stop location for realizing integrated hardware solutions. At present, companies seeking to build in-house solutions are daunted by the expense and risk of building themselves. Some design houses offer integrated design solutions but generally pursue an approach that locks a customer into a proprietary operating system weighted down by large royalties. Basing product development upon Linux and open source technology provides a much lower entry cost.
“We've been involved with embedded Linux for several years and our kernel engineers have made large contributions to the deeply embedded space, which entirely complements Red Hat Linux,” said Peter Cronk, President of SnapGear USA. “But a larger part of our business has been quietly providing OEM solutions for major USA and European telecommunications companies. We've built an impressive track record in design services, prototyping, manufacturing at our ISO9002 facility, and global fulfillment operations. The missing piece of the puzzle for us has been the ability to offer large scale professional services, which Red Hat now provides.”
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