Wind River Technology Selected by NETGEAR for Its New Line of Layer 3 Network Switches

Alameda, Calif.--December 22, 2003--Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND), the worldwide market leader in embedded software and services, today announced that NETGEAR, a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, used Wind River technology to get the first of a new line of network switches, the NETGEAR GSM7324 24 Port Layer 3 Managed Gigabit Switch, to market faster than anyone else in their industry. Wind River's platform approach, which combines the leading real-time operating system, development tools and support along with unparalleled partnerships in the space, enabled NETGEAR to reduce development risk, and get to market quickly, in this case, three months from inception to product shipment.

"Our GSM7324 switch offers our customers the lowest price for a Layer 3 Gigabit switch in the industry," said Peter Newton, Product Manager at NETGEAR. "Working with Wind River and utilizing VxWorks as the foundation of our Layer 3 switch allowed us to greatly accelerate our time to market. Wind River's VxWorks real time operating system and industry leading tools were of critical importance in our rapid development cycle. The proven nature of the OS based on the millions of copies shipped significantly reduced our development risk."

Increased competition is driving network equipment manufacturers to cut costs and reduce development time, while simultaneously increasing functionality and performance levels to meet customer demand. Wind River helped NETGEAR meet those requirements with Wind River's VxWorks(R) DEVELOPER'S TOOLKIT, a platform that integrates the industry's most proven and advanced real-time operating system, VxWorks, network stack, runtime utilities, and development tools, to bring products to market on time and on budget. By using on Wind River, NETGEAR benefited from Wind River's enterprise-wide licensing terms that allow the platform to be applied across multiple projects, thereby reducing licensing costs. Plus, Wind River's existing partnerships with key hardware and software providers in the space reduced NETGEAR's time-to-market by cutting integration and testing time - typically the most time-consuming stages of a development process.

"We are very pleased that Wind River technology was selected by NETGEAR," said Joerg Bertholdt, director of marketing for digital consumer and network infrastructure at Wind River. "NETGEAR's success with this product demonstrates how the combination of Wind River's integrated products, services and unmatched partnerships can help our network equipment customers speed commercial product development and gain competitive advantage. We look forward to providing these benefits across a broad range of NETGEAR's products."

About Wind River
Wind River is the worldwide leader in embedded software and services. It provides market-specific embedded platforms that integrate real-time operating systems, development tools and technologies. Wind River's products and professional services are used in multiple markets including aerospace and defense, automotive, digital consumer, industrial, and network infrastructure. Wind River provides high-integrity technology and expertise that enables its customers to create superior products more efficiently. Companies from around the world turn to Wind River to create the most reliable products and to accelerate their time to market.

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. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective companies. NETGEAR and the NETGEAR logo are registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective holders. Information is subject to change without notice.

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