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Wind River Helix Virtualization Platform Honored with Military & Aerospace Electronics Platinum Innovators Award

ALAMEDA, CA – Dec. 5, 2019 – Wind River®, a leader in delivering software for the intelligent edge, today announced that it has been honored with the Military & Aerospace Electronics Platinum Innovators Award for Wind River Helix™ Virtualization Platform (Helix Platform). The awards recognize companies offering important military, aerospace, and avionics design solutions.

“We are honored to be recognized once again with this top award for our innovations in the aerospace and defense sectors,” said Ray Petty, vice president, global aerospace and defense, Wind River. “Helix Platform supports open architectures and rapidly scales for new technology insertion, allowing suppliers to develop innovative, future-proof, software-defined systems that can deliver increasingly advanced capabilities in a cost-effective and low-risk manner.”

Introduced in February 2019, Helix Platform is an adaptive software development environment for aerospace, defense, and other critical infrastructure systems. Leveraging industry-leading VxWorks® 653 technology as its foundation, Helix Platform comprises of VxWorks along with virtualization technology, integrated with Wind River Linux and Wind River Simics® for system simulation. It meets the stringent safety-certification requirements of the DO-178C, IEC 61508, and ISO 26262 safety standards, and is conformant to the latest Future Airborne Capability Environment™ (FACE™) Technical Standard, Edition 3.0.

Helix Platform supports symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) designs; and RTCA DO-297 Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) considerations reduce safety certification costs and accelerate time to deployment. It offers POSIX® and ARINC 653 support, including for ARINC 653 Part 1 Supplement 5; and Part 2, Supplement 3. The platform operates system-agnostic, providing the ability to run any unmodified guest operating system.

“On behalf of the Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards, I would like to congratulate Wind River on their Platinum-level honoree status,” said Military & Aerospace Electronics Editor in Chief John Keller. “This competitive program allows Military & Aerospace Electronics to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products impacting the aerospace and defense community this year.”

The judging panel consisted of an independent group of esteemed and experienced professionals in the aerospace and defense community. This is the fourth consecutive year that Wind River has been recognized with the Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Award. The company was also recognized earlier this year by Frost & Sullivan with the Avionics Software Platform Technology Leadership Award.

More information about Helix Platform is available at

About Wind River

Wind River is a global leader in delivering software for the intelligent edge. The company’s technology has been powering the safest, most secure devices in the world since 1981 and is found in more than 2 billion products. Wind River offers a comprehensive portfolio, supported by world-class global professional services and support and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River software and expertise are accelerating digital transformation of critical infrastructure systems that demand the highest levels of safety, security, performance, and reliability. To learn more, visit Wind River at




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