Wind River Advances Interactive Digital Television with Enhanced Embedded Graphics and PersonalJava Products
AMSTERDAM, IBC 2002, Sept. 16, 2002 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND), a leading provider of software and services for creating connected devices, is releasing the next generations of its WindML™ embedded multimedia graphics package and JWorks™ PersonalJava™ operating environment software. WindML and JWorks PersonalJava are fundamental building blocks for interactive digital television (iDTV) products. Combined with Wind River's market-leading VxWorks® real-time operating system (RTOS), Tornado® development tools, networking software and hardware bring-up tools, iDTV manufacturers are able to rapidly develop integrated digital TVs and set-top boxes.
Despite the current downturn in consumer spending, analysts predict considerable growth for the iDTV market. "The digital television market is expected to reach 225.8 million households by the end of 2006, an approximate increase of 128 percent from today," said Alison Bogle, Research Analyst, Intex Management Services (IMS Research). "Wind River's operating systems have been more frequently utilized by the major set-top box manufacturers than any other type of set-top box operating system, with nearly 50 percent market share. Companies in this market with feature-rich and reliable enabling technology are well poised to benefit from this market upturn."
The introduction of Wind River's enhanced WindML and JWorks iDTV products offer customers innovative new features including a compact and efficient graphics library and Java AWT stack, higher performing Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and seamless user interface interoperability between non-Java and Java applications.
"These latest enhancements to key components of our iDTV development solution provide customers with the most comprehensive and reliable iDTV platform in the industry," said Joerg Bertholdt, director of marketing for Wind River's Digital Consumer group. "By freeing consumer electronics manufacturers from the concerns and complexities of developing interoperable embedded systems, they can focus their engineering talent on keeping ahead of the competition with continuous product enhancements."
Wind River's iDTV development solution enables manufacturers and service providers to deliver exciting new iDTV applications for the open Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) standard. The MHP standard links the broadcasting and Internet worlds together by enabling digital content providers to address all types of terminals ranging from low-end to high-end set top boxes, integrated digital TV sets and multimedia PCs. Through MHP, enhanced broadcasts, interactive broadcasts and Internet content from different providers can be accessed through a single device.
Enabling Solutions for the Entire Development Cycle
Wind River's complete hardware/software solution provides integrated building blocks for virtually every step of iDTV development, ensuring that engineering teams can rapidly develop and deploy their iDTV products. VxWorks board support packages (BSP) are available for the leading iDTV segment-specific semiconductor development boards, ensuring quick time-to-productivity. Wind River's Tornado integrated development environment and visionICE™ II on-chip-debug emulator enables BSPs to be modified with additional device drivers implemented, downloaded, and debugged for custom hardware. In addition, the hardware development team can use the visionICE II emulator for base product validation. And finally, runtime software including the VxWorks RTOS, WindML graphics package, and JWorks Java operating environment serve as the ideal foundation for software application development.
WindML 3.0 will be available this fiscal quarter and JWorks 4.1 will be available later this year. Both products, as well as Tornado 2.2, VxWorks 5.5, and visionICE II will be available for the MIPS, PowerPC™, Hitachi SuperH®, ARM, Intel® XScale® and IA32 architectures. For more information on WindML or JWorks, please contact your local Wind River salesperson or go to www.windriver.com.
WindML (Wind River Multimedia Library) dramatically reduces the time-to-market for developing device drivers that support graphics, video and audio technologies. WindML provides an integration layer for user interface technologies and applications. Certified integrations such as the ACCESS NetFront® embedded Internet browser, Agfa Monotype's iType™ embedded font engine and Zi Corporation's eZiText® text input solution are available through the WindLink partner program. WindML device drivers are enhanced with the ability to support multiple video and graphics layers combined into one on-screen image. WindML can be used standalone for low-end applications or as the base graphics technology for high-end applications in combination with Wind Rivers' Java technology or the native C++ Zinc application framework.
JWorks is an embedded PersonalJava operating environment that expands the capabilities of Wind River's VxWorks RTOS to take advantage of Java's "write once, run anywhere" Internet readiness, security, and dynamic extensibility. JWorks is based on Insignia Solutions' high performance Jeode EVM™ JVM with Dynamic Adaptive Compilation (DAC) technology, optimized start-up time and reduced memory consumption. JWorks offers flexible, scalable, pre-integrated, and validated PersonalJava software components to enable faster time-to-market for iDTV products. PersonalJava is the foundation for the leading open-standards for interactive DTV application APIs, such as the DVB's Multimedia Home Platform (MHP), and CableLabs' Open Cable Application Platform (OCAP).
About Wind River
Wind River is a worldwide leader in integrated embedded software solutions for creating reliable and innovative connected devices. Wind River provides development tools, operating systems, and advanced connectivity software for use in products in network infrastructure, digital consumer electronics, automotive, industrial, and aerospace/defense markets. Wind River is How Smart Things Think™. Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide.
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