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Wind River Chosen by EADS as Device Software Standard


  • Wind River has signed a contract with EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company worldwide
  • Wind River continues to build strong partnership by supplying EADS with technology to optimize the device software development process

London, July 26 2004 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIND), the global leader in device software optimization (DSO), today announced that it signed a strategic agreement with EADS, the largest aerospace company in Europe and the second largest worldwide. Under this agreement, Wind River will continue to deliver its Platforms to various EADS business units. This agreement illustrates Wind River’s commitment to enable its customers to standardize the device software development process.

Aerospace manufacturers are increasingly challenged by complex, software- development environments, which can result in budget overages, missed market windows and failed products. By selecting Wind River, EADS will standardize its device software development and focus on the features and functionality that differentiate its offerings from competitors. Under Wind River’s subscription-based business model, EADS can streamline its device development across the enterprise, freeing up time, money and resources.

"EADS has worked with Wind River on multiple projects where we required an efficient, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution that wouldn't fail under pressure," said Michel Gendron, senior purchasing manager at MBDA, a subsidiary of EADS . "By engaging with Wind River using their subscription based licensing model, we can leverage their technology across multiple projects, allowing us to increase development efficiencies while also providing our customers with superior products.”

“The transition of EADS to our subscription based licensing model illustrates that device software is strategic to EADS’ business," said Andreas Pabinger, vice president EMEA for Wind River. "Now, EADS can easily access additional Wind River technology year after year, and their developers can standardize their software development processes across the enterprise.”

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

About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in device software optimization (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop and run software faster, better, less expensively and more reliably. Wind River Platforms tightly integrate a rich set of market-leading operating systems, development tools and middleware with services to provide a complete foundation that meets the specific requirements of a vertical market. Wind River's products and professional services are used in multiple markets including aerospace and defence, automotive, digital consumer, industrial, and network infrastructure. Companies from around the world turn to Wind River to create the most reliable products and to accelerate their time to market.

Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif., with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at http://www.europe.windriver.com or call Wind River at +44 (0)1793 831 831.

About EADS
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2003 EADS, generated revenues of € 30.1 billion and employed a workforce of about 109,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the second largest missile producer in the global market. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.

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