ALAMEDA, Calif., June 4, 2001 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND), a leading provider of software and services for connected smart devices, today announced the general availability of VxOPC, a product aimed at the industrial measurement and control (IMC) market. Fully integrated with Wind River's leading VxWorks® real-time operating system (RTOS), the VxOPC solution implements the OLE for Process Control® (OPC) data access server, a set of standard interfaces that makes interoperability possible between automation/control applications, field devices and business/office applications. Wind River's VxOPC product provides developers with the pre-integrated run-time components and tools to quickly deliver high-performance and advanced connectivity for the IMC market.
For industrial software manufacturers, OPC has become the de facto standard. Thomas Burke, president of the OPC Foundation (www.opcfoundation.org) commented, "Users of embedded computing products are increasingly demanding easy, seamless interconnection with other devices. The OPC foundation is pleased to have industry leaders like Wind River as members of our organization. Wind River's VxWorks RTOS implementation offers a powerful solution with all the necessary run-time components and integrated tools to facilitate and accelerate the development of OPC-based applications."
The VxOPC solution includes a data access server run-time component and associated interactive client tools, all tightly integrated with Wind River's Tornado® integrated development environment (IDE). With the VxOPC product, customers can quickly and efficiently develop industrial applications for process control, robotics, machine builders, semiconductor manufacturing, distributed control systems, discrete controllers, and other industrial devices.
"By introducing VxOPC, Wind River customers now do not have to obtain an OPC server from another automation supplier and go through the integration hassles," said ARC Advisory Group Senior Analyst Dick Slansky. "VxOPC, when combined with the current product offerings from Wind River, provides for a complete industrial automation control development suite for the embedded environment. Wind River is clearly focusing on the industrial measurement and control sector with VxOPC, and with this addition, nicely rounds out their capability to offer automation solutions for both process and discrete control applications."
"Wind River is a leading provider of enabling technology for the industrial market with our VxWorks RTOS, Tornado IDE, VxDCOM™ technology and other important embedded development tools," said Scot Morrison, vice president and general manager of Wind River's Automotive and Industrial business unit. "By adding VxOPC to our extensive product portfolio, industrial customers have an ideal set of tools to quickly create reliable and innovative industrial devices."
The VxOPC product is Wind River's implementation of the OPC specification for the VxWorks RTOS. VxOPC includes an implementation of the OPC data access server and an interactive client tool. VxOPC is tightly integrated with Wind River's Tornado IDE, VxWorks RTOS, and VxDCOM technology, reducing developers time-to-market. VxOPC is used in IMC applications, including process control, robotics, machine builders, semiconductor manufacturing, distributed control systems, discrete controllers, and test and measurement equipment.
The VxOPC implementation is available on Wind River's Tornado II development platform. It requires Tornado II IDE, VxDCOM, MSVC 5.0, or Visual Studio, and a Microsoft Windows NT™ host Supported target systems include PowerPC, x86, ARM, MIPS, 68K, CPU32, and Sparc architecture. The VxOPC will be available in June 2001.
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.
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