IoT World 2016: MontaVista Carrier Grade eXpress 2.0 offers security, data plant optimization, IoT connectivity, virtualization

Embedded Linux commercialization services vendor MontaVista Software announced this week general availability (GA) of MontaVista Carrier Grade eXpress (CGX) 2.0, which allows development across a wide array of device markets, from traditional networking and communication to Network Function Virtualization (NFV), general embedded and industrial control to Internet of Things (IoT). As a fully integrated, pre-tested environment, CGX offers an ‘out of box’ experience for development teams.

MontaVista CGX 2.0 is packaged to address embedded developer’s requirements across various legacy and emerging markets. CGX 2.0 base platform (called CGX Foundation) is equipped with a core feature set needed to produce a high quality embedded product.  Building on Foundation, CGX 2.0 introduces additional technology profiles for IoT, virtualization, security, carrier grade and Dataplane. These technology profiles offer integrated and tested features needed to  bring to market IoT Gateways, VNFs, and robust, high uptime telecom infrastructure equipment.

MontaVista Software, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cavium, 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. As MontaVista users 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.

MontaVista CGX includes new runtime components that integrate with MontaVista DevRocket, an Eclipse-based IDE with development tools that enhance productivity for both kernel level and application-level engineers. Integrated memory leak detection, performance profiling, memory usage analysis, and system tracing combine to accelerate system development and maintenance, and increase system availability.

MontaVista Image Designer GUI simplifies the creation of the smallest and highest performance file-system. Finally, Application developers will benefit from the QEMU simulator, accelerating schedules by beginning development before real silicon platforms are available.

Accelerating product time to market while reducing total cost of ownership and increasing scalability of product requirements is what customers demand. With CGX 2.0’s ready to use platform and long term support backed by MontaVista’s Linux expertise and Professional Services, 5G service providers, IoT Gateway manufacturers, and emerging NFV applications can now take advantage of CGX features to go to market with their solution.

MontaVista plans to follow a rapid release cadence to better align with latest Yocto releases for the CGX product line, while allows adoption of newer Long Term Support (LTS) Kernels, tool-chains, and emerging market technologies on a yearly basis. CGX 2.0 incorporates Yocto 2.0, the LTS 4.1 Linux kernel, and GCC 5.2 initially supporting ARM (v7/v8) and x86 (32/64) SoCs (with MIPS and PowerPC on roadmap).

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