ET SIG: The On-going Revolution in Embedded Systems
Open Source Linux and MontaVista Software : Next-generation Software Engineering
Jim Ready, CEO - Montavista Systems
In this presentation, MontaVista CEO and industry pioneer Jim Ready offers detailed insight into applying Open Source technology and practices to the embedded marketplace. In particular, Jim shows how MontaVista Software leverages the disruptive nature of Open Source Linux to service the evolving, highly connected nature of intelligent devices and the economics of the OEMs that build them. To support his theses, Jim will delineate the challenges faced in managing and adding value to the rapidly evolving Linux OS, and the core engineering philosophies and processes that help a company like MontaVista to meet those challenges and to thrive. Finally, Jim will put MontaVista's business history and record of strong growth in context, and share his vision for the future of his company, of the embedded systems marketplace, and of how Linux will continue to reinvent how intelligent devices are conceived, developed, and marketed.
About the Presenter
James Ready, with over 25 years of technical and entrepreneurial experience, is a recognized authority in the embedded systems and real-time software industry. Co-founder of Ready Systems, he pioneered the development of the first commercially viable, real-time operating system (RTOS) product - the VRTX real-time kernel. Ready Systems, founded in 1980, merged with Microtec Research in 1993, went public in 1994, and was acquired by Mentor Graphics in 1995. During this period, James served as Ready Systems' President, and as chief technical officer (CTO) at Microtec/Mentor. James founded MontaVista in 1999 to provide the Linux operating system to the embedded systems market, and to offer embedded-system expertise to the open source Linux community. Jim got his BA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1971 and his MA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976.
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