Wind River VxWorks 653 Extends Market Leadership, Reaches 300 Program Milestone


  • Wind River COTS platform for delivering safety-critical, IMA applications further extends its market leadership.
  • VxWorks 653 used in over 300 programs by more than 165 customers on over 60 aircraft.
  • Wind River enables customers to address safety requirements and drive advances in mission-critical applications.

AUVSI’S UNMANNED SYSTEMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. — August 13, 2013 — Wind River®, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, has announced that the total number of Wind River VxWorks® 653 Platform design wins has reached 300 programs, advancing the product's industry leadership and customer momentum. VxWorks 653, a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platform for delivering safety-critical, integrated modular avionics (IMA) applications, is used by more than 165 customers on over 60 aircraft.

Part of the Wind River portfolio of trusted systems, VxWorks 653 delivers a stringent IMA foundation for companies to address the safety, security, portability, and reusability requirements of global avionics applications. In addition, the widespread adoption of the IMA architecture has played a key role in propelling the growth of VxWorks 653 beyond avionics systems, and into industrial and transportation systems.

Backed by a comprehensive set of COTS certification evidence, the platform delivers complete ARINC 653 Part 1, Supplement 2 conformance and expands the ARINC 653 XML configuration capabilities to enable a true multi-vendor platform that supports fully independent RTCA DO-297 and EUROCAE ED-124 IMA supplier sourcing. It also provides DO-178C Level A certification evidence that can be used in the certification efforts of global airborne systems, rail transportation systems and industrial systems.

For more than three decades, Wind River has been a trusted advisor in the development of safety and mission-critical products. VxWorks 653 serves as a key technology in a wide range of commercial, space, safety and mission-critical programs, both manned and unmanned, around the globe. These include Airbus and Boeing commercial and military aircraft such as the Airbus A400M and Boeing 787, NASA space vehicles, as well as advanced autonomous vehicles such as the nEUROn.

VxWorks 653 provides a trusted foundation for IMA architectures, not only in hundreds of avionics applications, but increasingly in industrial, transportation, and space systems.

“With its industry-leading capabilities, VxWorks 653 enables customers to address safety requirements and drive advances in mission-critical applications,” said Joe Wlad, senior director of product management. “We are very proud to reach this significant milestone; the continued growth and momentum of our VxWorks 653 global customer base demonstrates Wind River’s commitment to delivering a superior product, and providing them with improved capabilities as they expand their platforms to include multi-core silicon designs in the future.”

More information about Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform is available at

Wind River is exhibiting at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2013, August 12—15 at booth no. 2807. For more information on Wind River’s leadership in unmanned systems visit

About Wind River
Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel® Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a world leader in embedded and mobile software. Wind River has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in more than 1 billion products. Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif., with offices in more than 20 countries. To learn more, visit Wind River at or on Facebook.

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