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Wind River Wins 2023 Military + Aerospace Electronics Platinum Innovators Award for VxWorks Container Support

ALAMEDA, CA — Oct. 25, 2023 — Wind River®, a global leader in delivering software for mission-critical intelligent systems, today announced that the 2023 MAE Innovators Awards program has named VxWorks® container support as a Platinum winner in the Embedded Computing category. The voting engineering community recognized the innovative impact of VxWorks as the first and only RTOS (real-time operating system) to support application deployment and management through containers.

“We are honored to earn a 2023 MAE Innovators Award, as it reflects the innovation and competitive edge we deliver to our aerospace and defense customers. As the only RTOS to support an OCI-compliant container engine, VxWorks delivers unmatched capabilities to manage and deploy applications without compromising determinism and performance,” said Avijit Sinha, chief product officer, Wind River. “We are proud to lead the embedded computing industry in supporting open standards–based containerization, which will transform aerospace, defense, and other mission-critical industries, such as automotive.”

The 2023 MAE Innovators Awards program celebrates outstanding innovation in defense and aerospace for the engineering industry. Every fall, it showcases and rewards companies, designers, and innovators who have contributed to the advancement of technology through their creative and impactful designs. The editorial staff at Military + Aerospace Electronics choose the qualified judging panel who selects the MAE Innovators Award winners.

Container support is one of the many reasons VxWorks is the industry’s most widely deployed RTOS. Container technologies, which are key to embedded applications architecture and management, will help accelerate innovation and scale for aerospace and defense organizations. By leveraging containers to package, deploy, and update software in a cloud-native architecture, aerospace and defense businesses can significantly improve scalability, simplify deployment, and enhance system update capabilities.

Wind River helps customers solve complex technology challenges on the journey toward the new intelligent machine economy. For more than four decades, innovation has been a part of the company’s DNA, with Wind River technology playing key roles in NASA space missions — such as the Artemis I mission, the James Webb Space Telescope, and multiple Mars rover missions — and in major 5G milestones that include the world’s first successful 5G data session, and building one of the largest Open RAN networks in the world.  

The MAE Innovators Award recognition is the latest in a series of Wind River industry accolades, which include being named to Newsweek’s Top 100 Global Most Loved Workplaces®, earning Great Place to Work CertificationTM in six regions around the world, winning 2023 Top Workplaces USA and Bay Area awards, and being named the 2022 Leading Lights 5G Technology Vendor of the Year. Wind River Studio, the company’s industry-leading cloud-native platform, captured the 2023 Bronze Stevie in the DevOps Solution category, 2022 Grand Stevie American Business for Highest-Rated New Product of the Year, and the TMC 2022 Communication Solutions Product of the Year award.  

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About Wind River

Wind River is a global leader in delivering software for mission-critical intelligent systems. For more than four decades, the company has been an innovator and pioneer, powering billions of devices and systems that require the highest levels of security, safety, and reliability. Wind River software and expertise are accelerating digital transformation across industries, including automotive, aerospace, defense, industrial, medical, and telecommunications. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio supported by world-class global professional services and support and a broad partner ecosystem. To learn more, visit Wind River at


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