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Wind River Helix Virtualization Platform

The Best of All Worlds

The evolution of edge computing is rapidly changing the embedded development landscape. The days of purpose-built hardware with application-specific software are giving way to new, heterogeneous environments where virtualization and multiple operating systems are enabling the consolidation and modernization of applications. Now, what were once considered classic embedded designs, like command and control systems, can evolve and run alongside new applications with greater intelligence and dynamic functionality.

Wind River® Helix Virtualization Platform truly delivers the best of all worlds—a proven real-time operating system (RTOS), open source Linux, and virtualization. The platform utilizes the VxWorks® RTOS, Wind River Linux, and a hypervisor together as a foundation for mixed-criticality applications, opening the door for a variety of new use cases.

The Best of All Worlds

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Use Cases

Time and Space Partitioning

Time and Space Partitioning

  • VxWorks with virtualization technology
  • Safety-certified functionality
  • Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) certification evidence
Multi-OS and Mixed Criticality

Multi-OS and Mixed Criticality

  • Support for certification of safety-critical applications
  • Ability to run applications on an RTOS, open source Linux, or other guest OSes
Application Consolidation

Application Consolidation

  • One platform to serve diverse needs
  • Ability to run VxWorks alongside Linux applications and frameworks for machine learning and computer vision



  • Predictive maintenance
  • Remote monitoring and assistance
  • Intelligent control
  • Medical devices and systems
  • Machine learning
  • Advanced robotics
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Aerospace & Defense

  • Airborne systems
  • Integrated modular avionics (IMA)
  • Flight control
  • Radar
  • Graphic displays
  • C4ISR
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  • Autonomous
  • Connected cars
  • Control systems
  • Braking systems
  • Electric cars
  • In-cabin experience