MontaVista Software, Inc. and Cavium Networks just announced that they are merging, with MontaVista to be operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cavium. This is explosive news in the embedded world, which earlier this year saw the acquisition of Wind River Systems by Intel, as well as Embedded Alley’s acquisition by Mentor Graphics.

As an employee of MontaVista I am thrilled at this news. Cavium is a very lithe company with a philosophy of processor agnosticism that suits embedded Linux very well. MontaVista’s MVL6 is turning heads in every sector. Embedded Linux is making strong inroads into new markets.

Hang on tight!

UPDATE 11/11 9:26am: LinuxForDevices has a good writeup on the merger