ORLANDO, Florida (Wind River Worldwide User Conference) — May 16, 2006 — Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL, FSL.B) and Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND) have announced a strategic alliance aimed at helping customers enhance system performance, reduce cost and accelerate time to market. The alliance unites the breadth and depth of each company's products and technologies to enable optimized solutions designed to offer an easy, productive "out-of-the-box" experience for embedded system and device software developers.
"The ultimate goal of this alliance is simple: offer our mutual customers easier-to-use, better integrated and higher performance solutions than competitive standalone offerings," said David Perkins, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale's Networking and Computing Systems Group. "Freescale and Wind River have a long and fruitful history of collaboration. This alliance deepens our partnership to enable a comprehensive set of highly integrated, performance-optimized solutions for home, enterprise, and networking and communications infrastructure markets."
A cornerstone of the alliance is to provide extensive support for Freescale's PowerQUICC™ communications processors and host processors containing PowerPC® cores. This support will be delivered across Wind River's broad portfolio of Device Software Optimization (DSO) solutions, including its VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) platforms, carrier-grade Linux® platforms and eclipse-based development suite. Customers can leverage Wind River's industry-leading DSO solutions throughout the full range of Freescale's communications processors, enabling a common, scalable development environment for applications of any size or complexity.
The alliance is designed to combine Wind River's run-time software platforms and Freescale's hardware acceleration architectures, including integrated security engines, to provide performance-optimized solutions for customers in the communications and networking markets. Target applications for the joint solutions include wireline and wireless communications infrastructure, enterprise switching and routing, SOHO and home networking and high-end industrial control.
"As undisputed market leaders, Wind River and Freescale can jointly leverage the scale and breadth of our products, capabilities and market presence to deliver easy-to-use solutions our customers require," said Ken Klein, chairman, president and chief executive office at Wind River. "Customers increasingly demand whole-product solutions that tightly integrate silicon, operating systems, tools, boards and applications and are easy to use and deploy. This alliance will expedite the delivery of these integrated solutions and enhance our customers' time to market."
To underscore the momentum of their alliance, Freescale and Wind River joined forces at the 2006 Worldwide User Conference on a demonstration milestone. The two companies are showcasing the first public demonstration of Freescale's dual-core MPC8641D processor running the VxWorks RTOS on both cores in concert with Wind River's innovative multicore debugger capabilities. The MPC8641D contains two high-performance e600 PowerPC cores unified in a system-on-chip architecture that combines high-speed interconnects, such as Serial RapidIO™ interconnect technology, Gigabit Ethernet and PCI Express.
Based on key elements of the alliance, Freescale and Wind River plan to:
- Provide broad enablement for Freescale's PowerQUICC and host processors across Wind River's flagship software platforms, including the VxWorks RTOS, commercial Linux OS editions and development tools.
- Develop performance-optimized operating system and software stacks that leverage Freescale's SoC hardware acceleration blocks and high-speed interfaces. This combination of Freescale silicon and Wind River software is designed to deliver best-in-class performance for embedded applications.
- Offer customers an easy "out-of-the-box" experience for a wide range of evaluation and reference platforms based on VxWorks and Linux OS
- Increase the availability and performance of middleware "proof-of-concept" platform demonstrations and reference designs for specific applications.
- Promote Freescale's and Wind River's combined platform solutions through joint marketing initiatives and global sales efforts.
About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE:FSL, FSL.B) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola, Inc. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale, a member of the S&P 500®, is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with 2005 sales of $5.8 billion (USD).
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.
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