Citrix has bought a raft of technology from Insignia Solutions. Under the terms of the $17.5 million (#10.87 million) deal, Citrix will acquire toolmaker Insignia's X.11 and Keoke technologies, Mac and Unix ICA clients, and all modifications and enhancements to Citrix's WinFrame software, marketed by Intrigue under the Ntrigue brand name. "The technologies we will be purchasing will provide a basis for enhancing the capabilities of our thin-client/server software products, making it easier for customers to extend the reach of Windows-based applications to any type of client device," said Roger Roberts, Citrix's president and chief executive officer. The acquisition is part of Citrix's strategy to sell add-on management tools for multi-user NT. About 50% of the Insignia development team will move to High Wycombe to Citrix's new research and development centre. Insignia said it plans to plough the proceeds from the sale back into research and development. Current Insignia Ntrigue customers will be offered a migration path to Citrix's WinFrame software, as well as its thin-client/server software for Windows NT 4.0 Server, code-named pICAsso. Simultaneously, Citrix licensed Epicon's thin client software for $8 million (#4.97 million). The tools are designed to provide centralised installation and maintenance of Windows appliations. Citrix intends to use the technology to develop installation and replication capabilities for its entire thin client software range. In related news, Insignia has announced it is to release a new Embedded Virtual Machine (EVM) for Java-based embedded systems at the end of this year. The product will offer a migration path that allows developers to move seamlessly back and forth between their old and new environments, and will be supported by a number of tools compatible with Real Time Operating System environments. Insignia's background is in emulation software, and the company was the first to produce a PC emulator for the Macintosh. "This new line of business goes back to our core competencies and exploits the technology that built Insignia," said Richard Noling, president and CEO of Insignia.
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