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VirtualLogix changed its name from Jaluna and announced three software products that migrate applications from single-core to dual-core processors.

VirtualLogix announced three software products on Tuesday that will help engineers migrate applications from single core to dual core processors.

VirtualLogix also said it had changed its company name from Jaluna. In addition to changing its name, the company also aligned its products into three vertical market segments, calling them VLX for Digital Multimedia, VLX for Mobile Handsets and VLX for Network Infrastructure, the company said at Intel's Developer Forum trade show in San Francisco.

The mobile handset and multimedia products are already shipping, and the network infrastructure line is scheduled for launch in the fourth quarter of 2006.

Engineers can use VLX for Network Infrastructure to run multiple operating systems on a single multicore processor, hosting both Linux and a real time operating system (RTOS) without incurring the expense of using separate hardware platforms. It also makes it easier to migrate applications from traditional single-core chips to Intel's Core 2 Duo E6400 or T7400 chips.

VLX for Digital Multimedia is a virtualization software platform for embedded devices based on digital signal processors (DSPs) from Texas Instruments, allowing designers to run multiple OSs on a single chip in set-top boxes and video phones.

Likewise, VLX for Mobile Handsets -- now in version 3.0 -- is a secure software architecture that let wireless operators boost security for products like smart phones by hosting the core OS in secure hardware zone protected from viruses and other malware. That could allow the core phone system to continue handling calls even if the Linux OS is infected by a virus in video game, said Mark Milligan, the company's vice president of marketing.

The products work by slipping a middleware-based virtualization layer from VirtualLogix between the OS and the hardware, relying on features like Intel's Virtualization Technology (VT) hardware support for virtualization, Milligan said. The company hopes its changes will help it find a different market niche than other virtualization technology firms like VMWare and Xen.

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