Wind River Named "Cool Vendor" by Leading Analyst Firm

ALAMEDA, Calif. — April 6, 2005 — Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), today announced that it has been included in the list of "Cool Vendors" in the "Cool Vendors in Application Development, 2005" report, published March 30, 2005 by Matt Light, Theresa Lanowitz and Joseph Feiman of Gartner, Inc.

According to the report, "Because companies are under increasing pressure to build more intelligent and connected devices, it is a fundamental requirement that device software be developed more quickly and efficiently, with more reliability while controlling cost. In an embedded systems environment, developers must manage a variety of silicon architectures, middleware and development tools, and operating systems. DSO offers a complete integrated development environment (IDE) and the ability to commercialize market-specific middleware."

"We believe that Gartner's decision to name Wind River as a 'cool vendor' is particularly significant, as it confirms the industry shift toward Device Software Optimization," said Ken Klein, president, chairman and CEO, Wind River. "Embedded grew up. It became DSO, and we at Wind River will continue to drive the industry forward and deliver state-of-the-art device software optimization solutions to our customers."

Wind River offers a complete line of solutions for DSO. Wind River Workbench, the industry's only Eclipse-based integrated development suite, supports both Wind River's VxWorks operating system and Linux. Wind River also brings to the industry the first fully integrated Platforms, a complete set of tools and technologies that provide customers with a reliable foundation on which they can build high-value applications to get their products to market on time.

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About Gartner's Cool Vendors Selection Process
Gartner's listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.

Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn’t do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner's interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

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.

Wind River Systems and the Wind River Systems logo are trademarks of Wind River Systems, Inc., and VxWorks is a registered trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Third party marks and brands are the property of their respective holders.

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