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THE HISTORY OF WIND RIVER
The Internet of Things, 30 Years in the Making

"The building of the Connected World, with hundreds of billions of smart devices, has hardly begun. It's a spectacular opportunity, and Wind River will lead the way."

—Wind River founder Jerry Fiddler, during the early years of the company

  • 1981

    Jerry Fiddler, a former researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, starts Wind River in a Berkeley, California, garage.

  • 1987

    Wind River introduces VxWorks®, the first real-time operating system (RTOS) with the ability to communicate across computer networks. VxWorks goes on to become the de facto industry standard.

  • 1997

    VxWorks becomes the first and only RTOS on Mars.

  • 2000

    Wind River acquires its first open source technology company, Berkeley Software Designs, signaling a shift to a dual-OS business model.

  • 2004

    Wind River enters the embedded Linux market and announces plans for a Carrier Grade Linux platform targeting the communications infrastructure industry.

  • 2006

    Wind River acquires Interpeak, adding the embedded networking stack to its portfolio and enabling next-generation devices to connect securely to the Internet.

  • 2009

    Wind River is acquired by Intel®, becoming a wholly owned subsidiary and part of its Software and Services Group.

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  • 2009

    Wind River becomes a founding member of the GENIVI® Alliance, whose charter is to shape the future of open source in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems and the connected car.

  • 2010

    Wind River adds the Simics simulation system to its product portfolio through the acquisition of Virtutech.

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  • 2011

    Wind River introduces the Smart Gateway Platform, which enables a new class of IP services.

  • 2011

    Wind River and Magneti Marelli create the first GENIVI-compliant IVI solution for the automotive industry.

  • 2012

    VxWorks powers NASA's exploratory Mars rover, Curiosity.

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  • 2012

    Wind River introduces Wind River Intelligent Device Platform, a software development environment for the Internet of Things.

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  • 2013

    Wind River advances open source innovation for the automotive industry with iOS connectivity for Linux IVI systems.

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  • 2013

    Wind River delivers real-time virtualization software to support Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and cloud initiatives.

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  • 2013

    Wind River becomes part of the Intel Internet of Things Group (IOTG).

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  • 2013

    Wind River expands the capabilities of Intelligent Device Platform with new security, connectivity, and management features.

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  • 2013

    Wind River expands the capabilities of its carrier grade software for supporting NFV.

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  • 2014

    Wind River reinvents is flagship product, VxWorks, for the Internet of Things.

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  • 2014

    Wind River unveils the industry’s first commercial carrier grade platform for supporting NFV.

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  • 2014

    Intel introduces a comprehensive family of IoT platforms that include Wind River software.

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  • 2014

    Wind River adds a security boost for the Internet of Things to its market-leading Linux platform.

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  • 2014

    Wind River integrates virtualization technology into VxWorks, its next-generation RTOS for the Internet of Things.

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  • 2014

    Wind River introduces Security Profile for VxWorks for safeguarding IoT devices.

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  • 2014

    Wind River introduces Wind River Edge Management System (now Wind River Helix Device Cloud), a software platform for connecting devices to the cloud.

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  • 2015

    Wind River receives the 2014 M2M Evolution IoT Excellence Award.

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  • 2015

    Wind River announces the availability of a high-performance RTOS in a tiny footprint to enable the creation of IoT-ready devices.

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  • 2015

    Wind River Helix, the company’s portfolio of products and services for enabling the IoT, expands offerings with new secure cloud connectivity capabilities and an IoT-focused professional services offering.

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  • 2015

    Wind River dramatically simplifies how organizations can build the IoT infrastructure with the announcement of Wind River Helix Cloud, a family of cloud-based tools, and Wind River Rocket, a free OS for tiny devices.

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DEVICES & SENSORS

Wind River has been pioneering ways to make machines intelligent for more than 30 years. We're now using that experience to help companies across industries and around the world harness the data generated by those machines for transformative improvements.

The IoT Challenge

The benefits of intelligent, connected devices are clear. Gaining greater insight into and control of these machines offers nearly unlimited ways for businesses and society to benefit.

But to take advantage of these revolutionary opportunities, businesses can no longer protect devices by simply isolating them from the greater world of the Internet.


Our Expertise

Building safe and secure systems is the hallmark of Wind River. For the past 30 years we've been ensuring that safety-critical systems, for everything from industrial plants and electrical substations to jet airliners and commuter trains, absolutely work without fail.

We're now harnessing our decades of field experience to deploy advanced technologies such as software agents and microkernels to more fully integrate our ultra-reliable operating systems into the Internet of Things.

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VxWorks   Wind River Linux   Rocket   Pulsar

IoT Reality

Data generated by machines is expected to grow 15-fold by 2020.

GATEWAYS

No one knows embedded devices better than Wind River. We're now applying our knowledge to help translate and manage machine data for travel across networks and into cloud systems.

The IoT Challenge

Intelligent devices and systems are nothing new. They've been used in the manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, healthcare, transportation, and other industries for decades.

The challenge for IoT is that many of these devices are not connected to the Internet and are cloistered in specialized systems with unique communications protocols.


Our Expertise

Because of our expert understanding of intelligent machines and systems, we are uniquely qualified to help manage diverse devices and translate all kinds of data for travel across networks and into analytical cloud systems, where businesses and other organizations can gain insights for operational efficiencies and transformative improvements.

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Wind River Intelligent Device Platform XT

IoT Reality

85% of devices and machines are not yet connected to the Internet.

NETWORKS

Wind River leads the industry in building real-time operating systems that perform without delays or failure. We're now bringing our expertise to help networks support IoT with seamless connectivity and flawless reliability.

The IoT Challenge

"Good enough" is not good enough for the Internet of Things. The best-effort networks of today will need to provide fail-safe connectivity to run the devices, machines, and systems powering the critical digital infrastructure that businesses and society will depend on.

At the same time, all kinds of networks will need to be far more flexible and adaptable to keep up with the often unpredictable and dynamic demands of the real world.


Our Expertise

As with embedded devices at the edge of the network, networking devices themselves need far greater intelligence, flexibility, and reliability to evolve communications infrastructures to support the highly dynamic needs of sensors and devices that are connecting the physical and digital worlds.

Wind River technologies are used by virtually every networking equipment maker in the industry. We are now tapping this experience and harnessing our knowledge of extremely reliable real-time operating systems to build networks with "six nines" (99.9999%) always-on reliability and peerless high performance.

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Wind River Titanium Server  Carrier-Grade Profile for Wind River Linux

IoT Reality

Today's accepted "three nines" of 99.9% availability for enterprise networks equals almost nine hours of downtime a year.

CLOUDS

Wind River has been helping top companies from across industries and around the globe harness critical information from their embedded devices. We are now using our experience to build better ways to create embedded clouds.

The IoT Challenge

Clouds hold the key to extracting insights, operational improvements, and transformative advancement from the Internet of Things. They provide the necessary on-demand, immensely expandable computing capacity necessary for storing, processing, and analyzing the rapidly increasing streams of data flowing from the physical and digital worlds.

But cloud computing systems face significant security and performance challenges for supporting the real-time and safety-critical needs of many industrial, transportation, medical, and public infrastructure systems.


Our Expertise

The embedded cloud brings the performance, security, real-time management, and analytical capabilities necessary for extracting, combining, and analyzing device information to support real-time decisions and systems controls.

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  Wind River Helix App Cloud   Wind River Helix Lab Cloud   Wind River Helix Device Cloud

IoT Reality

Only 15% of today's data is structured, while the amount of stored data will increase 50-fold by 2020.

SYSTEM SIMULATION

The Internet of Things is the ultimate system of systems. Using physical hardware to test such an interconnection of devices, gateways, networks, and cloud computing environments is daunting, if not impossible.
Enter Wind River Simics®.

The IoT Challenge

IoT poses an extreme design challenge for software engineers: vast complexity, byzantine interconnections, and extensive systems residing outside of controlled IT environments. Failure or degraded performance of any one part will hamper this network of networks from delivering its full potential.


Our Expertise

Simics simulates devices and systems—from the smallest to the most complex—so you can adopt new development techniques that are simply not possible with physical hardware.

Simics frees software and hardware teams to explore new approaches to building pioneering technologies, products, and systems for harnessing IoT.

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Wind River Simics

IoT Reality

According to industry estimates, as many as 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet of Things by 2020.