Boeing Selects Wind River Carrier Grade Linux for the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft Mission System

Wind River's Unique Build Methodology Enables Use of Standard Open Source

Linux for Aerospace and Defense Application

Jul 31, 2006, 01:00 ET from Wind River Systems, Inc.

    ALAMEDA, Calif., July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wind River Systems,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization
 (DSO), today announced that Boeing has selected Wind River(R) Platform for
 Networking Equipment, Linux Edition, the industry's leading Carrier Grade
 Linux (CGL) run-time, which includes Wind River(R) Workbench, the company's
 Eclipse-based development suite, for the P-8A Multi-mission Maritime
 Aircraft (MMA) mission system. This expansion of Wind River Linux into the
 aerospace and defense (A&D) industry demonstrates the company's continued
 position as the leading DSO provider to A&D.
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     The P-8A is a long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare,
 intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft. It possesses an
 advanced mission system for maximum interoperability in battle space.
 Capable of broad-area, maritime, and littoral operations, the P-8A is
 expected to improve training, deployment, and operation of the U.S. Navy's
 maritime patrol and reconnaissance forces. The U.S. Navy plans to purchase
 108 P-8As to replace its fleet of P-3 aircraft and expects initial
 operational capability in 2013.
     As part of an extensive evaluation process, Boeing considered several
 commercial Linux solutions for its advanced mission system before
 ultimately selecting Wind River's open-source solution based on a
 commercial-grade quality Carrier Grade Linux distribution.
     Key was complete visibility into the Linux build. To that end, Wind
 River's Linux platform starts with the pristine, unmodified 2.6 kernel
 downloadable from It ships with complete source code, just as
 it's delivered in the open-source world. Wind River's build methodology
 enables customers to customize and add differentiating value to their Linux
 build without ever losing sight of the clear path back to this pristine
 source. Boeing can, therefore, confidently build unique, competitive
 products while also maintaining their citizenship in the open-source
     The deal also includes Wind River Workbench, the company's device
 software development suite, on which Boeing has standardized for the U.S.
 Army's Future Combat System program. Wind River Workbench addresses the
 challenges individual developers and project teams face by increasing
 productivity, enabling collaboration between hardware and software
 developers, and meeting diverse development needs across an enterprise.
 Workbench offers an open, unifying, Eclipse-based framework that provides
 seamless integration of third-party tools developed to meet specific needs
 and also supports multiple target operating systems, including VxWorks 6,
 VxWorks 653, VxWorks MILS, VxWorks 5.5, Linux, and third party /
 proprietary operating systems such as Express Logic's ThreadX. Wind River
 also offers a variety of independent tools to assist device software
 developers from hardware bring-up to application development, enabling
 increased productivity and on-time, high-quality project delivery.
     "Wind River is emerging as the go-to vendor for commercial Linux in the
 intensely-competitive and standards-driven A&D industry," said Chip
 Downing, senior aerospace and defense marketing manager at Wind River. "The
 P-8A program will now have a commercial-grade quality Carrier Grade Linux
 distribution, delivered and supported by the largest DSO provider -- Wind
 River. Our solution will also provide the program with the industry-leading
 open, extensible Wind River Workbench development suite, integrated and
 validated run-time technologies, as well as the most proven and reliable
 partner in this application space."
     About Wind River
     Wind River is the global leader in device software optimization (DSO).
 Wind River enables companies to develop, run and manage device software
 faster, better, at lower cost and more reliably. Wind River platforms are
 pre-integrated, fully standardized enterprise-wide development solutions.
 They reduce effort, cost and risk and optimize quality and reliability at
 all phases of the device software development process from concept to
 deployed product.
     Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California,
 with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at or call 1-800-872-4977.
     NOTE: The Wind River logo is a trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc.,
 and Wind River and VxWorks are registered trademarks of Wind River Systems,
 Inc. Other marks used herein are the property of the respective owners.

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