Red Bend Buys VirtualLogix

Red Bend Software, which specializes in Mobile Software Management (MSM), has acquired VirtualLogix, which provides Real-Time Virtualization technology for mobile handsets, for an undisclosed sum. The deal enables Red Bend to enter the high-growth mobile virtualization market and broaden its management solutions for device manufacturers, semiconductor vendors, software developers and service providers.

Red Bend notes that the mobile industry is at a crossroads, as consumers demand smarter devices, richer applications, personalized services and faster connections. Legacy technical and commercial constraints have created a tight coupling between software, services and hardware, slowing innovation and driving up costs. The challenge is how to enable innovation and competition across the industry to bring affordable, exciting mobile services to consumers and enterprises. Market entrants from the internet and computer industries have offered a vertically integrated mobile experience, but this controlling approach limits consumer choice and increases costs.

Red Bend says it will meet this challenge by combining its mobile software management products with the VLX mobile virtualization software from VirtualLogix. It says its solutions will enable each player in the ecosystem to securely and independently manage different software assets on mobile devices and bring advanced, cloud-based mobile services to market faster and more profitably.

“Today marks the beginning of a new era for Red Bend Software and a preview of what’s to come in the mobile industry,” says Red Bend CEO, Yoram Salinger. “Mobile software management and mobile virtualization are converging, creating a strategic enabler for our customers to deliver the next generation of devices and services.”

VirtualLogix offers an embedded virtualization solution that is architected for both ARM and Intel x86 microprocessors. Its VLX product enables device manufacturers and semiconductor vendors to achieve lower costs and faster time to market for Android-based smartphones.

The company’s flagship product, VLX, enables multiple operating system environments to run concurrently on shared hardware for both Intel and ARM-based solutions. VLX delivers isolation technology and virtualization that improves power management, performance, application independence, fault tolerance and security options, which can be tailored to address specific market requirements. The company says that this enables developers to reduce R&D costs, accelerate adoption of the latest silicon solutions, improve time-to-market and deliver improved mobile device security.