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LinuxDevices.com: LynuxWorks' $35M funding spotlights embedded Linux momentum

Jun 19, 2000, 22:14 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Last Fall, embedded real-time operating system (RTOS) vendor Lynx Real-Time Systems announced an ambitious strategy to hitch its fortunes to the emerging Linux bandwagon. While continuing to promote its proprietary UNIX-like (POSIX compliant) LynxOS RTOS, Lynx embarked on a plan to embrace Linux in two ways: a new Linux based product, BlueCat Linux, which the company would aggressively promote, sell, and support; modifications to their existing product, LynxOS, to provide full Linux application binary compatibility. A month ago, Lynx Real-Time Systems embraced Linux in an even more intimate manner -- by changing its name to LynuxWorks, Inc."

"Today, evidencing that their Linux strategy has paid off in a big way, LynuxWorks announced completion of a round of private financing totaling $35M. ... Dr. Inder Singh, Chairman and CEO of LynuxWorks, says his company plans to use the funding to develop and deploy "Linux-based technology in embedded systems ranging from Internet appliances and hand-held wireless devices, to communications infrastructure and mission critical air-traffic control modules." The company will also expand research and development of high availability products for the telecommunications, data communications, and aerospace markets."

"Some embedded Linux companies have characterized LynuxWorks' dual OS strategy as a "bait and switch" tactic. In response to such assertions, Singh emphasizes that both Linux and LynxOS are important to his company and to its current and future customer base."

"We have major design wins on both sides -- BlueCat and LynxOS," says Singh. "There's a lot of synergy and as a result some customers are using both, either within different parts of one product, or within separate product lines. The tools, too, are quite similar, and will become even closer to each other in the future."

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