ATLANTA, GA — April 16, 2009 — Wind River (NASDAQ: WIND) today announced the donation of 4,000 licenses for its VxWorks platform and Wind River Workbench to the 2009 FIRST™ (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. The donated software was provided to 1,680 teams comprising 42,000 high school students, giving them the opportunity to work in a real industrial development environment as they built robots for the 2009 competition season. The FIRST Robotics Competition Championship begins today in Atlanta, GA, with 349 competing teams.
“We are thrilled with Wind River’s VxWorks donation to the robotics competition,” commented Bill Miller, director, FIRST Robotics Competition. “Providing high school students with the opportunity to tackle real-world issues in robotic design is critical to our mission of helping inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers.”
Longtime industrial customer and collaborator National Instruments chose VxWorks as the provider of the C programming software that can be used to program the National Instruments CompactRIO control and data acquisition system adopted by the FIRST Robotics Competition. Wind River’s software was selected based on its ability to improve and accelerate the development of software on industrial applications, as well as to provide students with a real-world development environment. All 1,680 registered robots include Wind River’s VxWorks platform on the CompactRIO.
“We have been impressed by the robust platform that Wind River offers and its ability to help speed time-to-development and reduce cost for the FIRST teams who program CompactRIO using the C programming software,” said Joel Sumner, senior software group manager at National Instruments. “It seemed only natural that we collaborate with them on the solution that we provided to FIRST.”
The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of high school students and their mentors to build robots in a six-week timeframe using a standard set of software and parts. By using the VxWorks platform, students gain the same advantages as Wind River’s industrial customers including decreased development time, debugging/tuning capabilities and a proven, robust real-time operating system rich in supportive middleware components.
“Through this donation, Wind River joins FIRST in its mission to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders,” said Warren Kurisu, senior director of product management, VxWorks Product Division, Wind River. “This continues our commitment at Wind River to helping educate and spark the inventiveness of a new generation of scientists.”
The FIRST Robotics Competition Championship is the culmination of the students’ 2009 season and takes place on April 16—18, 2009 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Students garner valuable hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering and math. More information can be found at http://www.usfirst.org/. For more information on Wind River’s industrial software portfolio, please visit: http://www.windriver.com/solutions/industrial/.
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Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif., with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at http://www.windriver.com/.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With the support of many of the world’s most well-known companies, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge for high-school students, the FIRST LEGO® League for children 9-14 years old, and the Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6 to 9 year-olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to http://www.usfirst.org/.
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