Wind River Targets Mobile Handhelds and Telecommunications Equipment With the Latest Release of Its Commercial Grade Linux Platforms New Release Anticipates Customer Demand in Key Growth Segments of the

Device Software Optimization Industry



    ALAMEDA, Calif., July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wind River Systems,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization
 (DSO), today announced the latest release of its industry-leading
 Commercial Grade Linux product line with specific new features geared
 towards consumer device and network equipment manufacturers. At its
 foundation is a pristine, unmodified, stable version of the Linux 2.6.14
 kernel. Available today, the Linux editions of the Wind River(R) General
 Purpose Platform, Platform for Consumer Devices and Platform for Network
 Equipment ship with the latest version of the company's Eclipse-based
 device software development suite, Wind River(R) Workbench 2.5 and include
 significant new enhancements to runtime performance and footprint size,
 networking protocols, security, file systems and hardware architectures.
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     This release, Wind River's fourth release based on the 2.6 kernel,
 clearly positions Wind River as a Linux distribution leader. The 2.6.14
 Linux kernel, released to the community last October, includes significant
 improvements and dozens of patches that have been applied since the 2.6.10
 kernel release, on which Wind River's previous Linux platforms were based.
 In addition to the advancements made in the kernel, Wind River leveraged
 additional patches, packages, and drivers developed in the open source
 community and integrated them into the distribution. These include
 hardware-specific drivers for additional processors and boards, updates to
 development tools, real-time performance and scheduling-related patches,
 high resolution timer patches, security, networking updates to IPv6, IPsec,
 and Mobile IPv6, the uClibc library to reduce footprint and memory
 consumption, and dynamic power management. Leveraging Wind River's 25 years
 of commercial software expertise in the device industry, Wind River
 Commercial Grade Linux platforms are engineered, integrated, tested,
 validated, and supported just as rigorously as the company's VxWorks
 products.
     Wind River's Linux platforms start with the pristine, unmodified kernel
 downloaded from kernel.org. The platforms ship with all source code just as
 it is available in the open-source community. A unique and intuitive build
 methodology enables device manufacturers to customize and add
 differentiating value to their Linux build without ever losing sight of the
 clear path back to original source. All patches and packages in Wind
 River's Linux platforms are available in open source just as they are found
 in the distribution. This approach helps ensure that customers are able to
 fully leverage the benefits of open source and will not be orphaned by
 using patches that have not been submitted back into open source. Wind
 River also packages over 50 binary reference platforms ranging from SOCs
 for handheld devices to COTS-based ATCA boards.
     "This release addresses two key growth segments for Linux: consumer
 devices and network equipment," said Glenn Seiler, senior manager for Linux
 Platforms at Wind River. "Our key market segments include mobile handsets
 and digital media devices in the consumer space and Carrier Grade Linux
 based equipment in the networking segment. Wind River is in a favorable
 position to address these high-growth markets with our commercial grade
 quality distribution that is based on the open standards adopted by those
 segments, our broad ecosystem of hardware and software partners and our
 industry-leading services and support organizations."
     Wind River(R) Platform for Consumer Devices, Linux Edition 1.3, is an
 ideal fit for customers who require the specific Linux capabilities of
 mobile handheld, consumer electronics, and home entertainment device
 development projects. This Linux platform combines a high-performance Linux
 kernel with a Linux distribution that offers device manufacturers a
 fast-boot, small- footprint run-time environment ideal for
 memory-constrained devices. Wind River optimized this release to
 specifically serve as a framework for Mobile handheld reference profiles.
 As part of its industry-leading partner ecosystem, Wind River worked
 closely with major handheld hardware vendors such as Intel, Freescale and
 others, to provide this run-time profile on their hardware platforms. Wind
 River additionally maintains an unparalleled software partner ecosystem
 geared towards the demands of mobile handhelds, including advanced
 graphics, user interfaces, base band communications and smart phone
 applications such as Web browsers, email and power management capabilities.
 Wind River is working closely with organizations such as the Open Source
 Development Labs (OSDL) in its Mobil Linux Initiative to help drive open
 standards for a Linux-based mobile phone platform.
     "With increasing demand for Linux on consumer devices and in
 telecommunications infrastructure, Wind River provides an attractive
 platform that both supports the very latest specifications and provides
 seamless integration among telecommunications platforms," said Bill
 Weinberg, senior technology analyst at OSDL. "As Linux adoption continues
 to advance, we expect Wind River will continue to be a driving force in
 OSDL working groups and in the marketplace, by collaborating to build the
 next generation of products and services."
     With Wind River(R) Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition 1.3,
 the company is one of the first vendors to register with the OSDL Carrier
 Grade Linux (CGL) 3.2 specification. CGL 3.2 is a key specification for
 equipment providers to use as the base of their Linux solutions. This new
 platform combines a high-performance kernel with powerful networking
 applications, file systems, management, and security features together with
 CGL availability and serviceability features, support for popular ATCA
 telecom systems, and a highly-productive cross-development infrastructure.
 In addition, the platform follows the guidelines for prioritized
 functionality recently defined by the SCOPE Alliance's Linux Operating
 System profile. Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition
 supports all major COTS hardware platforms and enables networking equipment
 manufacturers to deliver CGL with industry- standard ATCA hardware. The
 platform is optimized for a wide range of networking applications including
 control and management system software in 3G wireless infrastructure
 systems and IMS, WiMax elements, Fixed-Mobile convergence, soft switches,
 media gateways, DSLAMs, cable modem head-ends, and multi-service switches.
     The updated Wind River Commercial Grade Linux platforms are tightly
 integrated with the company's latest version of the premier, Eclipse-based
 device software development suite, Wind River(R) Workbench 2.5, and are
 backed by Wind River's twenty-plus years of device software experience, a
 broad network of hardware and software partners, a world-class support
 organization, and a specialized professional services team. Wind River's
 development suite offers customers complete development lifecycle solutions
 from board bring-up to application development to testing. Based on
 Eclipse, the Workbench development suite can be easily extended to include
 open source and in-house plug-in tools.
     Availability
     Wind River Linux 1.3 editions of the Wind River General Purpose
 Platform, Platform for Consumer Devices and Platform for Network Equipment
 are shipping today.
     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
 http://www.windriver.com 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.
 
 

SOURCE Wind River Systems, Inc.

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