Wind River Solidifies Linux Leadership Position in Telecommunications Market

  • Wind River's Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition Reference Design Release (RDR) available now
  • Customers and partners embrace Wind River's Linux products
  • Wind River is the only device software vendor that offers integrated platform for Network Equipment with support for both VxWorks and Linux

ALAMEDA, Calif. — February 14, 2005 — Wind River Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO) today announced availability of the Reference Design Release (RDR) of Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition. Platform for Network Equipment is the first Wind River platform to include a complete Linux reference file system with a rich set of networking middleware and applications. Wind River customers have already licensed over 1,000 developer seats and begun standardizing their Linux-based product development with Wind River. Their commitment, as noted in separate Wind River announcements today, solidifies Wind River's position as the leading provider of Linux-based device software solutions that help customers develop and run device software better, faster, at a lower cost and more reliably.

"With today's announcement, Wind River is delivering on the promise of Linux and helping manufacturers optimize their Linux strategy," said Chris Lanfear, director, VDC software practice. "Because Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition is built on the Linux 2.6 kernel with Open Source Development Lab Carrier Grade Linux 2.0 specification, it meets the high availability, reliability and security requirements of today's carrier grade networking equipment."

Wind River is the only device software vendor that can offer integrated platforms for network equipment with support for both the leading VxWorks real-time operating system and Linux. Customers will be able to implement and deploy carrier grade telecommunications equipment based on a dual operating system strategy more easily. They will now be able to meet high-end product requirements and gain efficiencies by leveraging software across multiple projects and operating systems.

"Other companies have attempted to provide Linux-based device software development solutions in the past, but only Wind River has been able to bring Linux to device software in a meaningful way," said John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer for Wind River. "By working with Wind River, our customers can accelerate their development on Linux to bring more innovative products to the market faster."

Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition:

  • Supports the Carrier Grade Linux 2.0 specification

  • Provides the latest Linux 2.6 kernel technology for device software development

  • Leverages ATCA based commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions for control and management plane applications in carrier grade network equipment

  • Supports TIPC, a standards-based inter-process communication mechanism that connects with Wind River Platform for Network Equipment and Wind River's General Purpose Platform, VxWorks Edition

  • Provides access to a broad ecosystem of third-party runtime and tool vendors

  • Enables the flexible use of open source for device development with a tested, open and expandable Linux cross-build system

  • Mitigates risk by using a tested and validated Linux environment from a reliable vendor

  • Optimizes resources by capitalizing on Wind River Professional Services' extensive device software capabilities

Telecommunications customers and partners are embracing Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition as well as Wind River Workbench development suite.

Announcements made today include:

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Partner support for Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition:
"Freescale has a long-standing history of working with Wind River to help customers create innovative products," said Lynelle McKay, vice president and general manager of the networking and communications systems division, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc . "By leveraging the combination of our PowerQUICC communications processors' exceptional integration and performance and Wind River's Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition, communications and networking equipment manufacturers have the solid foundation they require to bring new system designs to market faster."

"Our customers are increasingly looking for standards-based solutions that enable them to speed time to development while reducing costs," said Shlomo Pri-Tal, director of technology, Motorola Embedded Communications Computing. "Wind River technologies underscore the industry's drive towards hardware and software standardization that will allow customers to focus their efforts on application innovation."

"We are excited to be a continued part of Wind River's development of this platform, helping to enable an entire generation of devices built on their innovative technology," said Asif Naseem, senior vice president, and chief technology officer, GoAhead Software. "The combined power of our SelfReliant® software and Wind River's technologies and services bring a complete portfolio of platform-independent middleware that promises the highest levels of availability and reliability to our joint customers."

"Solid and Wind River both have the end goal of getting networking customers to market much faster," said Jussi Harvela, president and CEO, Solid Information Technology. "Wind River's Platform for Network Equipment Linux Edition combined with Solid’s embeddable, synchronized and resilient data base and data management capabilities, offers our joint customers the advantages of an end-to-end development platform so customers can spend their precious developer time on building differentiated customer value, not building the underlying infrastructure."

About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in Device Software Optimization (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 standardized enterprise-wide development solutions. They reduce effort, cost and risk, and optimize 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 or call Wind River at 1-800-872-4977.

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