CriticalBlue and MontaVista Partner to Expand Multicore Software Development Solutions for Embedded Linux

Support for Prism on MontaVista Linux will drive faster adoption of multicore platforms and deployment of end products on leading commercial Linux platform

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — December 21, 2009

MontaVista® Software LLC, a leader in embedded Linux® commercialization, and CriticalBlue, a pioneer in embedded multicore software analysis, exploration and verification tools, announced today CriticalBlue has joined the MontaVista partner program and will make their Prism product available on MontaVista Linux 6 and Montavista Linux Carrier Grade Edition products.

This announcement continues the broadening of Prism integrations with key players in the multicore software development eco-system by adding support for an industrial strength, commercial quality Linux. Prism is an award winning embedded multicore programming system which allows software engineers to easily asses and realize the full potential of multicore processors without significant change to their development flow. Prism analyzes the behavior of code running on either hardware development boards or simulators. It allows engineers to take their existing sequential code, and without making any changes, explore and analyze opportunities for concurrency. Having identified the optimal parallelization strategy in this way, the developer will implement parallel structures, and use Prism again to verify efficient and thread-safe operations.

MontaVista Linux is the first commercial Linux provider to be supported by Prism. The Prism Eclipse plug-in will be integrated into the MontaVista DevRocket integrated development environment (IDE), providing the most advanced embedded Linux development environment for multicore software on the market. MontaVista customers will now be able to quickly analyze the potential benefit of new, high performance, multicore software platforms for their existing application code and develop new code and quickly tune it for operation on multicore processors, all within a single MontaVista DevRocket environment, and all in the familiar Eclipse framework.

Prism is available today for ARM and MIPS cores with several other leading multicore processor architectures coming in Q1 2010.

Supporting Quotes:

“Developers need to analyze their real world applications running on commercial Linux platforms like MontaVista Linux using common frameworks like Eclipse,” said David Stewart, CEO, CriticalBlue. “By partnering with MontaVista, and integrating with the MontaVista DevRocket IDE, Prism will support the broadest range of platforms on a commercial quality Linux, allowing our joint customers a way to rapidly ensure safe and timely migration of their software onto multicore platforms and efficient exploitation of the parallelism inherent within.”

“By combining CriticalBlue’s Prism solution, MontaVista Linux and MontaVista DevRocket, our customers will benefit from the most advanced multicore integrated development environment available for embedded Linux,” said Dan Cauchy, vice president, marketing at MontaVista Software. “This integrated environment will allow developers to quickly analyze, convert and tune sequential code into parallel code and harness the full capabilities of MontaVista Linux running on modern multicore processors.”

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Key Points:

  • MontaVista is based in Santa Clara, Calif.
  • CriticalBlue is based in Edinburgh, U.K.
  • Partnership will help speed development of multicore software applications and hence accelerate the time to market of end products based on multicore platforms.
  • Integration with Prism allows MontaVista customers to analyze their existing single threaded application code for use in multicore platform.
  • Prism technology is an Eclipse plug-in and is based on dynamic tracing of the users’ software execution
  • MontaVista DevRocket is an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE).
  • Developers can work in a familiar Eclipse environment using both MontaVista and CriticalBlue development tools.
  • Prism is available today for ARM and MIPS cores with several other leading multicore processor architectures coming in Q1 2010.


The Prism technology is an Eclipse plug-in and is based on dynamic tracing of the users’ software execution, requiring an underlying simulation engine, model, or development board provided by the platform or a third party vendor. Various instruction set Platform Support Packages (PSPs) have already been completed, including the ARM multicore capable devices, with Power Architecture, SH4 and others in development.

About MontaVista Software

MontaVista Software, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), is a leader in embedded Linux commercialization. For over 10 years, MontaVista has been helping embedded developers get the most out of open source by adding commercial quality, integration, hardware enablement, expert support, and the resources of the MontaVista development community. Because MontaVista customers enjoy faster time to market, more competitive device functionality, and lower total cost, more devices have been deployed with MontaVista than with any other Linux. To learn more, please visit

About CriticalBlue

CriticalBlue guides software developers through the task of migrating to and optimizing code on multicore platforms through the delivery of innovative and multicore software focused tools, training, and services. The increasing use of complex, multicore processor architectures has accelerated demand for CriticalBlue’s technology and expertise throughout all electronic industry sectors. To learn more, please visit

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Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking, including statements regarding the availability, plans, development, expected features and expected benefits of MontaVista and CriticalBlue products, which involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that MontaVista and CriticalBlue face that could cause results to differ materially including risks associated with any unforeseen technical difficulties or software errors related to the final development and launch of any of MontaVista’s or CriticalBlue’s products; or the integration of MontaVista’s and CriticalBlue’s products. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of the date hereof, and neither MontaVista nor CriticalBlue assume any obligation to update such statements nor the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.