Wind River, Agere Systems Announce Network Processor Technology Collaboration
Companies Plan to Offer a Hardware and Software Solution for Advanced Routing and Switching Applications using Wind River's Tornado for Managed Switches
ALAMEDA, Calif., and ALLENTOWN, Pa. June 26, 2001 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: WIND), and Agere Systems (NYSE: AGR.A) today announced a cooperative development agreement to provide integrated hardware and software support for advanced routing and switching devices. Wind River and Agere will make Tornado® for Managed Switches (TMS 2.0) and other networking software from Wind River available on Agere's family of network processors and switch fabrics.
Wind River's TMS is an embedded software solution for advanced data networking equipment. Agere's family of network processor and switch fabric products is designed for carrier-class network applications, from 622 megabits per second (Mbits/s) to 40 gigabits per second (Gbits/s). Developers of networked devices will be able to take advantage of Wind River's software technology and the Agere PayloadPlus™ network processor without focusing their development time and money on hardware and software integration. This cooperative development agreement will make Wind River's TMS 2.0, WindNet™ MPLS (multi-protocol label switching), and WindNet ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) platform available to PayloadPlus customers. It builds on an existing relationship under which Agere ships Wind River's VxWorks real-time operating system with many of Agere's network processor development systems.
The technology collaboration between Wind River and Agere provides mutual customers with a powerful platform that will allow developers to focus their efforts on those features of their product that provide market differentiation. The standard protocols required for a broad range of networking devices, including Ethernet switches, Internet protocol (IP) routers, MPLS routers, and ATM switches, will be available on the Agere PayloadPlus network processor reference platforms.
"A primary goal for our customers is to significantly cut their development time and focus on getting their solution to market quickly," said Dave Fraser, vice president and general manager of Wind River's Networks business unit. "Network processors represent a tremendous change in the networking marketplace. The speed and carrier-class feature set of Agere's PayloadPlus allow developers to take advantage of the flexibility that software provides. Our joint development work with Agere lets the user get right to the part of the development that adds the most value to their final product. Our enterprise and carrier networking software products integrate seamlessly for a complete solution giving customers a very versatile and powerful solution."
"This hardware and software integration will give our joint customers a more complete integrated solution that further magnifies their time-to-market competitive advantage," said Ford Tamer, general manager of Agere's network processing and switch business. "Wind River's networked software support platform, especially with its advanced routing protocols and quality of service (QoS) instrumentation, is a good complement to the wire-speed switching and routing multi-protocol capabilities of Agere's network processor family of products."
TMS combines Wind River's industry-leading VxWorks® real-time operating system and powerful Tornado development tools with integrated switching and routing protocols and management applications. Wind River's latest release, TMS 2.0 provides advanced QoS features to support applications such as Internet telephony ("voice over IP" or "VoIP") and video conferencing. TMS 2.0 is the first off-the-shelf solution for Layer 3 IP routing. It addresses the needs of optical networking and broadband access concentrators, as well as enterprise Ethernet switches and routers.
About Wind River
Wind River is a worldwide leader in embedded software and services for creating connected smart devices. Wind River provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, digital consumer electronics, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial automation and control, and aerospace/defense markets. Wind River is How Smart Things Think™. Founded in 1983, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations in sixteen countries worldwide.
Agere System's PayloadPlus is a multi-protocol OC-48c network processor solution that performs all of the classification, policing, traffic management, QoS/CoS, traffic shaping and packet modification functions needed for carrier-class network platforms. The PayloadPlus product family allows the construction of intelligent communication equipment with multi-protocol processing capabilities.
The PayloadPlus processor family includes the Fast Pattern Processor (FPP), Routing Switch Processor (RSP), and the Agere System Interface (ASI). Agere systems has also announced the Voice Packet Processor (VPP) capable of AAL2 segmentation and reassembly (SAR) and switching functions supporting up to 32,000 conversations for ATM networks.
About Agere Systems
Agere Systems, formerly the Microelectronics Group of Lucent Technologies, is the world leader in semiconductors for communications applications. Lucent has announced it intends to spin off Agere Systems as an independent company. Agere Systems offers integrated optoelectronics and integrated circuits solutions to help customers reduce the time and expense of developing the new communications equipment. It also provides wireless computer networking solutions through its ORiNOCO(tm) product line. More information about Agere Systems is available from its Web site at www.agere.com.
Wind River Systems, the Wind River Systems logo, Tornado, and VxWorks are registered trademarks, and WindNet and How Smart Things Think are trademarks of Wind River Systems, Inc. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of their respective companies. Agere safe harbor statement: This release contains forward-looking statements based on information available to Agere as of the date hereof. Agere's actual results could differ materially from those results stated or implied by such forward-looking statements due to a number of risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, completion of the distribution of Agere stock by Lucent Technologies Inc., price and product competition, keeping pace with technological change, dependence on new product development, reliance on major customers and suppliers, customer demand for our products and services, availability of manufacturing capacity, components and materials, control of costs and expenses, general industry and market conditions and growth rates and general domestic and international economic conditions including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations. For a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, see the prospectus filed by Agere with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 28, 2001. Agere disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Director, Global Communications