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Wind River Accelerates Car Infotainment System and Telematics Standardization—Supports COMET Program Expansion in Europe

  • Wind River and COMET bring integrated telematics solutions to the European automotive market
  • Wind River and COMET Program Partners aim to speed time to market and lower overall development costs

ALAMEDA, Calif. — November 11, 2004 — Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO) today announced that it continues to drive car infotainment system and telematics standards through its support of the COMET (Community Enabling Telematics Objectives) program expansion in Europe. Wind River delivers device software that provides manufacturers with the connectivity, security, reliability and quality they require to build next generation car infotainment and telematics devices better, faster, at a lower cost and more reliably.

Launched by Renesas Technology, the COMET consortium was first launched in the US, aimed at bringing integrated systems solutions to the car infotainment and telematics market. Wind River's participation in the US program, and now the European program, signifies the company's commitment to building and growing long-term relationships with other industry leaders within the automotive market. The COMET program will help promote industry standardization through collaboration, thus supplying proven integrated platform-based solutions to the automotive market that allow customers to focus on their core differentiators.

“We look forward to expanding our support of the COMET initiative in Europe,” said John
Bruggeman, chief marketing officer for Wind River. “With Wind River and COMET Progam partners, automotive makers can accelerate the development of car infotainment and telematics solutions while simultaneously reducing overall development costs.”

COMET was formed in 2002 with a goal to accelerate the proliferation of car infotainment system and telematics products. With a consortium of top technology company support, COMET is able to offer customers comprehensive systems solutions by utilizing a readily available and optimized pool of application software. COMET aims to provide vertically integrated car infotainment system and telematics solutions to the automotive industry through middleware from third-parties, such as Wind River’s market-leading Platforms.

Wind River joins COMET’s European initiative with 24 other companies, including 3Soft, Acapela, Altia, Navigon and MPC Data. The program was announced in Europe during the Electronica Conference in Munich.

“We are pleased that Wind River is continuing its support to the COMET program in Europe,” said Chris Briggs, Automotive System Solutions Manager for Renesas. “As one of the leaders in automotive and telematics middleware, the company has provided the consortium with the kind of technological support the automotive industry requires. In partnership with the other technology companies in COMET, Wind River is an integral part of the growth of automotive sophistication.”

About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in device software optimization (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop and run device software faster, better, at a lower cost and more reliably. Wind River Platforms are pre-integrated, fully standardized enterprise-wide development solutions. They 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.

About Renesas Technology Corp.
Renesas Technology Corp. designs and manufactures highly integrated semiconductor system solutions for mobile, automotive, and PC and Audio Visual markets. Established on April 1, 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503) and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Renesas Technology is one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world and the number one microcontroller supplier globally. Besides microcontrollers, Renesas Technology offers system-on-chip devices, Smart Card ICs, mixed-signal products, flash memories, SRAMs and more.


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