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
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.
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
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.
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