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Wind River and Curtiss-Wright Expand Strategic Partnership to Deliver a More Integrated Product and Service Offering to the Aerospace & Defence Market


Curtiss-Wright to Support Wind River Commercial-Grade Linux and Guaranteed Real-Time Linux Technology as standard Linux Operating Environments for its x86-Based Mission-Critical Solutions

Wind River, the global leader in Device Software Optimisation (DSO), and Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, the industry’s most comprehensive designer and manufacturer of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) VME, VPX, and CompactPCI products for the Aerospace and Defence (A&D) market, today announced that Curtiss-Wright’s Linux Center of Excellence, located in San Diego, California, will support Wind RiverÒ General Purpose Platform, Linux Edition and the Wind River Real-Time Core for Linux solution as their standard Linux operating environments for use on the company’s x86-based platforms. Curtiss-Wright has long offered VxWorks as its standard out-of-the-box RTOS solution for its rugged COTS board product line. As a result of this expanded strategic partnership, embedded system integrators now will be able to more easily and rapidly deploy Wind River Linux and VxWorks solutions for rugged deployed military systems, significantly mitigating their risk and speeding their time to market.

“Wind River, the industry leading device software provider, understands how crucial a reliable, durable, efficient and safe device is for the Aerospace & Defence industry,” said Lynn Patterson, Vice President and General Manager of Modular Solutions, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing. “We chose to expand our partnership with Wind River because, in addition to their market-leading VxWorks platform, the company offers best-of-breed guaranteed real-time Linux device software that provides our customers with a quality solution unmatched in the industry today.”

Offering a wealth of solutions to support the entire rugged deployed marketplace, the Curtiss-Wright COTS Continuum strategy has previously standardised on providing comprehensive Wind River VxWorks support, one of the most established and widely deployed real-time operating system solutions. Curtiss-Wright’s COTS Continuum initiative optimises interoperability across its product lines and empowers customers and solution providers to leverage new computing technologies without the cost and risk associated with adopting new software and hardware interfaces. Curtiss-Wright expands its ability to meet growing Aerospace & Defence industry demands by offering Wind River Linux and Real-Time Core on its Intel x86-based board products. With the addition of Wind River Linux and Real-Time Core as standardised solutions, Curtiss-Wright is better able to offer its end-customers a truly integrated solution, fundamental to its long-term goals and strategy.

“Curtiss-Wright is the industry’s most complete and experienced vendor for rugged deployed mission-critical embedded solutions, delivering increasingly complex solutions to the Aerospace & Defence market,” said Vincent Rerolle, Wind River’s vice president of corporate development. “By expanding our relationship and closely partnering with Curtiss-Wright, we are able to offer customers the kind of high-level of comprehensive, integrated solutions that they require on a daily basis.”

"Wind River and Curtiss-Wright are both committed to providing customers with the solutions needed to get a product to market faster, at lower cost, and most importantly, more reliably," said David Lang, SIMS Project Engineer for Howell Instruments Inc. "Understanding exactly what a customer requires and developing solutions that meet or exceed those needs benefits us and ensures Wind River and Curtiss-Wright remain the leaders in their respective industries"

Curtiss-Wright is Wind River’s first board vendor strategic partner in the A&D industry to standardise on VxWorks, Wind River Linux, and Real-Time Core. Wind River Linux solutions are engineered, integrated, tested, validated and maintained by Wind River's world-class service and support. Offered as an add-on to Wind River Linux, Real-Time Core has been regarded in the software industry as one of the best and most mature, guaranteed real-time Linux solutions available today. Real-Time Core provides a guaranteed real-time executive that coexists with Wind River Linux. Together, they combine the guaranteed real-time responsiveness with the broad capabilities of the Linux operating system to enable mission-critical applications.

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About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in Device Software Optimisation (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop, run and manage device software faster, better, at 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 http://www.windriver.com.

About Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is the industry’s most comprehensive and experienced single source for embedded solutions, ranging from Processing, Subsystems, Data Communication, DSP, and Video & Graphics to the most advanced board level components and fully integrated custom systems. The Embedded Computing group serves the defence, aerospace, commercial and industrial markets and is part of Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. For more information about Curtiss-Wright visit www.cwcembedded.com.

About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the motion control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW). With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organisation providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defence markets. For more information, visit www.cwcontrols.com.


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