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Wind River General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition, Available Now


  • Seamless migration from VxWorks 5.5
  • Immediate access to memory management unit (MMU) based memory protection
  • Enhanced error detection and reporting
  • VxWorks and Linux messaging channels

Alameda, Calif.–November 1, 2004–Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIND), the global leader in device software optimization (DSO), today announced the general availability of the Wind River General Purpose Platform 3.0, which is based on VxWorks 6.0. The General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition, offers device manufacturers a runtime environment that seamlessly integrates the industry’s leading real-time operating system, with Wind River Workbench, the industry’s most comprehensive development suite, and robust middleware. Companies that use the next generation of Wind River General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition, can deliver device software with increased connectivity, security, reliability and quality.

“The General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition provides the device software industry with the most mature and reliable support,” said Craig Lund, Chief Technology Officer, Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. “Mercury leverages this strength across our product offerings to provide a comprehensive solution set for our customers’ requirements.”

The General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition, is backward compatible with VxWorks 5.5 and supports open standards. With the General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition, customers can leverage existing VxWorks 5.5 code as well as in-house proprietary and open source code, allowing them to migrate easily to their next generation projects. Enhanced memory protection and error management features accelerate debugging, shorten time to market and raise product quality. And, with the integration of industry-standard middleware such as a dual mode IPv4 and IPv6 networking stack and enhanced POSIX compliance, the General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition, provides customers with increased connectivity and security.

“Today’s announcement of the General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition, illustrates that Wind River is dedicated to furthering the most widely adopted real-time operating system, VxWorks, while simultaneously taking it to another level,” said Chris Lanfear, director, VDC Software Practices. “By integrating proven and standards-based technology into its Platform, Wind River offers OEMs a compelling, commercial device software solution for their next generation connected, intelligent devices.”

Wind River General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition features include:

  • Optional MMU-based memory protection
  • Enhanced error management, before and after deployment
  • Support for VxWorks and Linux messaging channels
  • Dual mode IPv4 and IPv6 networking stack
  • Enhanced POSIX compliance

"Wind River supports IBM's Power Everywhere™ initiative and encourages industry collaboration around open standards on the Power Architecture™ platform. With Wind River's General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition, we will drive the next wave of open, innovative applications that span from devices to enterprise systems," said Raymond Bryant, director of Power Products, IBM® Systems & Technology Group.

"Wind River's General Purpose Platform, VxWorks edition, provides a foundational layer of functionality, reliability and security to our technology, it also supports our business objectives of accelerating time-to-market and reducing costs," said Shlomo Pri-Tal, director of technology, Motorola Embedded Communications Computing Group.

Wind River will also host a series of developer conferences around the world, beginning November 9, 2004. The conferences will showcase Wind River’s core product lines–Workbench, General Purpose Platform and Market Specific Platforms¾and provide developers with hands-on access to the technology. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.windriver.com/email/2004/09/reg_dev_conf/

“Wind River invested a tremendous amount of time, resources and R&D dollars into enhancing the world’s most widely adopted real-time operating system, VxWorks,” said John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer for Wind River. “This investment provides our customers with a solution that meets the growing needs of device software developers worldwide. So far, customer response has been overwhelmingly positive.”

To learn more about Wind River General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition please visit http://www.windriver.com/products/platforms/general_purpose/

About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in device software optimization (DSO). The company enables customers to develop and run device software better, faster, at a lower cost and more reliably. Wind River’s Workbench, General Purpose Platform and Market-Specific Platforms reduce effort, cost and risk, and optimize quality and reliability at all phases of the device software development process from concept to deployed product.

Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at http://www.windriver.com or call Wind River at 1-800-872-4977.

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