BAE SYSTEMS Selects Wind River Technology for Infrared Camera Cores

  • Wind River's VxWorks Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) serves as the foundation for BAE SYSTEMS' SCC500TM Series of infrared (IR) camera cores. The cores are integrated into IR cameras used by fire fighters, military personnel and more.
  • For more than 10 years, Wind River and BAE SYSTEMS have collaborated in the development of safe, secure and reliable products for the commercial, defense and aerospace marketplace.

Alameda, Calif.--December 2, 2003--Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: WIND), the worldwide market leader in embedded software and services, today announced that BAE SYSTEMS has chosen Wind River's VxWorks® Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) as the foundation for its SCC500 TM Series of infrared (IR) camera cores. The camera cores are designed to convert infrared energy (heat) emitted from objects in the field of view into a viewable image, providing enhanced vision independent of darkness, smoke and other common obscurants. This capability makes the camera cores an applicable tool for applications such as fire fighting, border surveillance and military night vision enhancement. The camera is the latest in a ten-year collaboration between Wind River and BAE SYSTEMS to produce safe, secure and reliable products for the aerospace and defense industry.

"Wind River offers highly capable toolsets, standard embedded modules, and processor portability that enable BAE SYSTEMS to efficiently implement unique features for different customers within our standard products," said Roy Rumbaugh, IR Imaging Systems (IRIS) SCC500 TM Series program manager for BAE SYSTEMS. "Wind River's technology provides a key building block in our revolutionary, architectural foundation to provide reconfigurable, interchangeable camera cores with variable features, performance and image resolutions."

The SCC500 TM Series IR camera uses custom, high-efficiency, IR-specific video processing hardware coupled with a commercial processor which runs Wind River's commercial RTOS. The IR camera is designed for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that are developing systems to serve the fire fighting, surveillance, unattended sensors, unmanned vehicles, machine vision, robotics, process monitoring and thermography markets.

"Wind River has a long history of providing reliable and secure solutions to the aerospace and defense market, and continues to sharpen its focus on this market," said Steve Blackman, director of market development for Wind River's aerospace and defense business unit. "We see this new camera from BAE SYSTEMS as a critical tool in securing the safety of fire fighters, military personnel and regular citizens both domestically and around the world, and we are proud that Wind River's technology could play such an important part in bringing this product to the market."

In addition to the SCC500 TM camera, Wind River and BAE SYSTEMS have also collaborated on projects including BAE SYSTEMS’ JCAD ChemSentry™ chemical detection system which provides local detection and early warning of chemical agents and toxic industrial chemicals for military and first responder personnel. The JCAD ChemSentry was developed using Wind River's Tornado® development environment and runs the VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) and Wind River's network management software.

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.

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