Mobile Linux is the hip thing to talk about this year — Motorola is making a big push, Garnett & Helfrich Capital is buying into the market, and Greenphone is trying for world domination. Now another startup that sells into the mobile Linux market, MontaVista Software, announced this week that the company has raised a sizable round of funding.
Santa Clara-based MontaVista says they’ve raised $21 million in funding led by Siemens Venture Capital, with other investors NEC, Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, and Aplix. The latest funding puts their total funds raised higher than $90 million, says Red Herring. MontaVista sells Linux-based operating systems and development tools for cell phones and mobile devices, as well as telecom infrastructure.
Using Linux for mobile phones and devices is a growing trend as handset makers like Motorola look for options outside of Symbian and Microsoft. Motorola says it can also use Linux to bring down development costs, shorten time to market, and tap the innovation of those savvy Linux developers.