Alameda, CA--December 16, 2002--Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND), the worldwide market leader in embedded software and services, today unveiled the embedded industry's most comprehensive online Board Support Package (BSP) resource center. The interactive Website offers detailed BSP technical specifications, online discussions and download capabilities¾serving as the definitive way to cross-reference available hardware that integrates with WIND RIVER PLATFORMS and operating systems. Detailed hardware and software integration information, which might take weeks for embedded developers to research, is now available to Wind River customers in just a few clicks.
A BSP provides the collection of start-up code, device drivers and debugging features packaged as a standardized interface between hardware and an embedded operating system. Previously, developers embarking on a new product design spent valuable time researching for compatible hardware through a variety of mechanisms, including an array of sites with varying amounts of information scattered across the Internet. Today, with Wind River's new BSP Website, the hidden cost of the time lost searching for BSPs, which contributes to the fact that 58% of products are late to market,  is dramatically reduced.
By providing a single, comprehensive repository of BSPs for COTS/reference/evaluation hardware that integrates with all WIND RIVER PLATFORMS and operating systems, Wind River's new BSP site provides embedded developers with a significant technical and time saving advantage. Detailed product specifications available on the BSP site are maintained directly by Wind River's silicon and hardware partners, so customers benefit from the most up-to-date BSP technical specifications, reducing development cycles and project risks.
"The BSP resource and community center was specifically designed to connect our ecosystem of hardware partners with our customers, making it easy for them to do business with Wind River and each other," said Caroline Yao, director of partner solutions for Wind River. "Today, this resource further aligns Wind River and its partners with our customers' development requirements and delivers on our value to provide our software on a large variety of integrated hardware platforms, enabling joint customers to deploy their end products faster while reducing risk."
About the Wind River BSP Site
The Wind River BSP site is continuously maintained and updated by Wind River and Wind River's silicon and hardware manufacturer partners. The site can be sorted and searched by vertical market, architecture and hardware manufacturer, providing an easy way to locate hardware that best fits specific project requirements. Up-to-date information available to Wind River customers includes: platform integration details, tested run-time libraries, partner certification levels, technical features and more. Additional information is available through a BSP support community and device driver discussion group, which offers direct interaction between developers, participating partners and Wind River.
The BSP Homepage is located on the Wind River Website and is available to the public at http://www.windriver.com/products/bsp_web/index.html. More in-depth technical specifications linked to each BSP are available as an added feature to Wind River's customers as part of the company's online customer support.
"We are pleased that Wind River has taken the initiative to centralize BSP information into a single resource for its partners and customers," said Paul Rosenfeld, CTO for Ampro Computers, Inc. "Not only has the BSP Homepage made it easy to enter and update information about our PowerPC, MIPS and Pentium BSPs, but it provides a very efficient way for us to communicate the unique features of our COTS boards and BSPs to military/aerospace, medical and industrial control customers."
About Wind River's Partner Program
The Wind River Partner Program is focused on helping hardware and software developers, system integrators and consultants create and sell products and services that complete or are integrated with Wind River products. Wind River partners with leading technology companies in strategic market segments, including Internet infrastructure, telecommunications, Internet appliances, consumer electronics and semiconductors. Partners work hand-in-hand with Wind River to provide total solutions to customers.
About Wind River
Wind River is the worldwide leader in embedded software and services. It is the only company to provide market-specific embedded platforms that integrate real-time operating systems, development tools and technologies. Wind River's products and professional services are used in multiple markets including aerospace and defense, automotive, digital consumer, industrial, and network infrastructure. Wind River provides high-integrity technology and expertise that enables its customers to create superior products more efficiently. Companies from around the world are standardizing on Wind River, creating the most reliable products while also accelerating their time to market.
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 Wind River at 1-800-872-4977 worldwide.
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