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Wind River VxWorks 6.8 Broadens Multicore Capabilities and Processor Support

ALAMEDA, Calif., January 5, 2010 — Wind River today announced the immediate availability of VxWorks version 6.8, the embedded industry's leading real-time operating system (RTOS). Wind River’s continued investment in VxWorks has delivered improvements in multicore support and fundamental operating system features, decreasing time-to-market while lowering costs and improving quality for device manufacturers.

VxWorks is a proven, high-performance, reliable, commercial-grade real-time operating system addressing the diverse needs of embedded systems. VxWorks 6.8 provides product differentiation via increased performance, a smaller footprint and hardware platform flexibility. Wind River’s newest version of VxWorks also provides choice in multicore architecture allowing customers to select the right solution for their needs. Improved OS primitives, USB support and file system performance with VxWorks 6.8 provide customers with increased product quality, more compatibility and improved product performance.

“Wind River’s continued investment in VxWorks is providing the market with a proven and trusted solution for embedded systems including multicore devices. With each release of VxWorks, Wind River continues to improve performance and broaden hardware support to enable the next generation of devices,” said Marc Brown, vice president, marketing and strategy, VxWorks Product Division, Wind River. “VxWorks 6.8 also demonstrates Wind River’s commitment to delivering a comprehensive solution for embedded systems.”

Additional key features and benefits of VxWorks 6.8 include:

  • A standards-compliant solution and comprehensive mobile IP support to provide devices with next-generation networking capabilities for 4G and pre-4G including LTE and WiMAX technologies;
  • Increased multicore processor support for Intel® Core™ i7 processor, ARM MPCore and Cortex A9; Freescale QorIQ P2020; Cavium 54xx, 55xx, 56xx, 57xx, 58xx; and RMI XLR, XLS allowing customers to choose the processor that best fits their needs;
  • Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) performance improvements and SMP core reservation;
  • Asymmetric Multiprocessing (AMP) enhancements such as AMP spin locks, and a major upgrade to Wind River’s multi-OS inter-process communication with MIPC version 2.0, raising the bar for multicore capabilities with even higher performance thresholds;
  • New small ARM footprint profile for creating embedded applications with very small memory requirements; and
  • Significant developer tool productivity improvements, including VxWorks core dump file and analysis, and improvements to multicore and multi-OS debugging and user workflows.

VxWorks 6.8, available as part of VxWorks Edition 3.8, is immediately available to customers worldwide. Additional details about VxWorks 6.8 can be found at

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