Motorola's Metrowerks subsidiary, which sells the CodeWarrior programming tool package, will take over Embedix's software and about 30 of its employees under the acquisition plan. The move will give Metrowerks three versions of Lineo's Embedix operating system--for handheld computers,and home networking devices--as well as the programming kit to configure the software.
While Embedix's software powers Sharp'shandheld computer, the company didn't sell its software widely enough to remain independent.
Back when Linux was ato initial public offerings, Embedix went on a , snapping up more than a half-dozen embedded Linux companies. But the collapse of technology investor enthusiasm led the company to its IPO plan and several assets.
The terms of the deal weren't disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close shortly, pending some approvals, the companies said. Most of the Embedix employees will remain in the company's Lindon, Utah, facilities, but some will move to Metrowerks' Austin, Texas, offices, said Jeff Tieszen, a Metrowerks spokesman.
To manage the Embedix software and other Linux work, Metrowerks has created a new business unit--the Linux Solutions Group--headed by Chief Technology Officer Berardino Baratta, according to a Metrowerks statement.
Meanwhile, Lineo competitor MontaVista said Tuesday that consumer-electronics giant Toshiba participated in a $28 million funding round in January. Other consumer-electronics companies that during that round are Sony, Yamaha, Panasonic and NEC.
MontaVista has created a version of Linux to work on Toshiba's TMPR3927 and TMPR4927 processors, which are chips based on MIPS designs and geared for devices such as printers, DVD players, game consoles and set-top boxes.
MontaVista, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., remains independent, but it's had tough times also, includingin 2001.