VLX™ Software Demonstrated on ARM Cortex A9MP-based Blaze™ Mobile Development Platform from Texas Instruments Simultaneously Running 3 OS with HDTV Video
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—September 13, 2010— VirtualLogix®, Inc., now part of Red Bend Software and a leading provider of Real-Time Virtualization™ technology for mobile handsets, today is demonstrating the future of mobile handset design by showcasing the possibilities that can be realized by integrating the company’s VLX™ virtualization software with the virtualization extensions embedded into the new ARM Cortex A15 core processor (previously known as Eagle), which is being launched today.
Virtualization is one of the major new features of the ARM Cortex A15, but requires a third-party hypervisor for designers to take immediate advantage of the virtualization extensions built into the new core processor technology. The VLX virtualization software, in combination with the ARM Cortex A15, will enable silicon vendors and mobile device manufacturers to develop next-generation mobile devices that significantly enhance today’s offerings.
At today’s product launch event in San Francisco, VirtualLogix is illustrating the powerful capabilities that the VLX virtualization software allows in ARM Cortex-A-based mobile platform designs by showcasing three mobile operating systems (Android 2.2, ChromeOS and Ubuntu Linux) running simultaneously on the Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) OMAP™ 4 technology-based Blaze™ mobile development platform (MDP) with a Cortex A9MP processor, displaying a full HD video on an external TV set.
“The next generation of mobile devices will rely on mobile virtualization software to offer consumers better performance, functionality and security,” said Glenda Dorchak, vice chairman and CEO at VirtualLogix. “Combining VLX with the TI OMAP platform creates more powerful and secure mobile environments for users, for example, by isolating corporate information from entertainment and other personal environments. This will enable new dimensions in how wireless handsets define and enrich the mobile lifestyle.”
The currently shipping version of VLX enables the TI OMAP 4 platform to support multiple, virtualized operating environments, for designers wishing to immediately integrate this level of functionality into their current projects.
“Virtualization provides multiple benefits to a mobile system designer. Whether it increases the security of the platform, or permits an effective implementation of multiple operating systems, virtualization is a novel approach in smartphone designs which will take them to a new category of user experiences. Smartphone, and other complex mobile devices, aspire to transcend today’s use cases to support the increasingly versatile lifestyles of personal and professional users. TI’s OMAP platform is poised to leverage the ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processor’s virtualization extensions that, when combined with VirtualLogix hypervisor, creates the ability to choose the right OS for the right task, without sacrificing power or performance. We at TI are pleased to work closely with ARM Ltd and VirtualLogix to bring this capability to our OMAP platform customers,” said Fred Cohen, director, OMAP wireless ecosystem, TI.
Red Bend Software, the leader in Mobile Software Management (MSM), entered the high-growth mobile virtualization market yesterday with its acquisition of VirtualLogix. The addition of the VLX mobile virtualization product broadens Red Bend’s management solutions for device manufacturers, semiconductor vendors, software developers and service providers in order to make feature-rich, highly customizable, affordable and secure mobile phones and connected devices a reality.
About VLX VirtualLogix’s VLX™ includes fully virtualized versions of Android and other operating systems, which isolate the operating system from the hardware platform core components, multimedia and graphics subsystems and peripheral devices. Removing direct hardware dependencies in a VLX virtualized operating system make it easier and faster to integrate on hardware platforms and upgrade to new releases. Conversely, it allows hardware platform providers to concentrate on their differentiators and bring their innovations to market without the need for painful integration into their multiple customer operating environments. VLX supports all ARM Cortex-A architectures and all operating systems on all ARM Cortex-A Series processor core platforms, including those with deterministic real-time constraints. For more information, visit: www.virtuallogix.com.
About Red Bend Software
Red Bend® Software (www.redbend.com), the leader in Mobile Software Management (MSM), provides software solutions for managing firmware, applications and devices over the air. The company’s award-winning products enable device manufacturers, mobile operators and software developers to increase revenues, reduce support costs and achieve faster time to market by remotely managing their software assets on mobile devices. Red Bend’s software has been deployed in 750 million mobile devices by eight of the top 10 handset manufacturers and leading mobile operators such as NTT DOCOMO and China Mobile, as well as dozens of other companies in the mobile, M2M and WiMAX markets. Unlike device management vendors with proprietary end-to-end systems and manufacturers’ internally developed solutions that are platform specific, Red Bend is the only company offering independent client software that is interoperable with any standards-based server and that works with any platform on any type of mobile device. Red Bend entered the high-growth mobile virtualization market with its acquisition of VirtualLogix in September 2010. Founded in 1999, Red Bend is a privately held, venture capital-financed company with offices in China, France, Israel, Japan, Korea, the U.K. and the U.S.