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Wind River becomes a strategic developer member of Eclipse; proposes the foundation’s first Device Software Development Project


  • Joins broad ecosystem of premier industry players including IBM, Intel, MontaVista and QNX for the device space
  • Drives next level of industry standardisation; helps companies further industry standardisation

London, March 8, 2005 — Wind River Systems, Inc., the global leader in Device Software Optimisation (DSO) and the Eclipse Foundation today announced that Wind River will propose and lead an Eclipse Device Software Development Platform project, the first project specifically for device software development. Wind River elevated its membership status with the Eclipse Foundation from being an add-in provider to Strategic Developer and will further incorporate Eclipse-based technology into Wind River products. With the Device Software Development Project, Wind River is bringing its expertise in device software development and run-time solutions to the Eclipse community to foster industry standardisation and innovation to help companies develop and run device software better, faster, more reliably and at a lower cost.

"The goal of Eclipse is to create a universal development platform to enable global enterprises to develop software more efficiently," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director, Eclipse Foundation, Inc. "Wind River has deep experience in device software and will provide the vision, technology and resources to enhance the Eclipse platform specifically for embedded software development. The addition of the Device Software Development Platform project will help expand Eclipse's presence in embedded computing, a key focus area for the foundation as outlined in the recently unveiled Eclipse Roadmap."

Eclipse has gained tremendous traction in the enterprise market and is focused on replicating this success into several key areas, including embedded systems where vendors have started to adopt Eclipse technology for development tools in the device space. The Device Software Development Platform project will build on this success by creating an open source tools infrastructure that is supported by multiple vendors. In the future, developers will find that the Device Software Development Platform enables them to easily create software that operates across a wide range of operating systems, connection mechanisms and target architectures. The Device Software Development Platform will initially focus on a framework and exemplary tools for target management that will enable developers to deploy, debug, and analyse applications on a device as well as the configuration of operating system and middleware components.

"By bringing the Device Software Development Project to the market, Wind River will help change the way device software development is done," said John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer for Wind River. "Manufacturers will now be able to standardise on choice – using a widely accepted, fully integrated development platform that supports all Eclipse technologies and is backed by an unprecedented ecosystem of industry-leading companies."

Eclipse Strategic Developers have pledged support for the Device Software Development Platform:
"Intel welcomes Wind River's participation in Eclipse and looks forward to their initiation of the new Device Software Development Platform project," said Jon Khazam, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Software Products Division and Eclipse Foundation board member. "There is a strong interest in Eclipse-based development tools for device-level software. Wind River's efforts will help accelerate the move to a common shared infrastructure among tools vendors, reducing time to market and providing greater consistency and interoperability to developers."

"As a founding member of Eclipse, IBM welcomes Wind River's proposal to help standardise device development via the Device Software Development Platform project, bringing the benefits of Wind River's experience and Eclipse's open environment to the device development community," said Stephen Saunders, development director, IBM Rational. "Providing a standard way to build embedded applications will help accelerate software development and innovation in the rapidly-growing device space."

About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in Device Software Optimisation (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 standardised enterprise-wide development solutions. They reduce effort, cost and risk, and optimise 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 www.windriver.com or call Wind River at 1-800-872-4977.

About the Eclipse Foundation
Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for building software. Eclipse provides extensible tools and frameworks that span the software development lifecycle, including support for modeling, language development environments for Java, C/C++ and others, testing and performance, business intelligence, rich client applications and embedded development. A large, vibrant ecosystem of major technology vendors, innovative start-ups, universities and research institutions and individuals extend, complement and support the Eclipse Platform.

The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member-supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects. Full details of Eclipse and the Eclipse Foundation are available at www.eclipse.org.

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