Wind River's Embedded Solutions Drive Support for WiFi and Network Security

  • Wind River integrates key wireless and security components in PLATFORM for Network Equipment, allowing vendors of wireless access points, home gateways, cable and DSL modems, and Enterprise and SOHO routers and switches to get to market quickly to meet the growing demand for a secure, connected world.
  • The broadband access market is expected to grow at an ACGR of 25% per year through 2006, driving the demand for network infrastructure equipment. OEMs for these devices are facing shortened time-to-market cycles. Being first to market and focusing on differentiation is key to their success.

ALAMEDA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 10, 2003 -- Wind River Systems, Inc., the worldwide market leader in embedded software and services, today announced availability of the second generation of its industry-leading Wind River® PLATFORM for Network Equipment (PNE), with enhanced WiFi capabilities, expanded security features and significantly increased networking performance. By integrating these core technologies, Wind River's PNE 2.0 enables manufacturers of network equipment to focus on product differentiation and being first to market with innovative, leading edge products. The integration of wireless and security protocols in PNE 2.0 enables companies to easily meet the growing demand for products such as wireless access points, home gateways, cable and DSL modems, and Enterprise and SOHO routers and switches.

The WiFi and broadband access markets are the fastest growing network equipment segments, and represent a huge opportunity for Wind River's network equipment customers. By 2006, analysts predict there will be 99 million WiFi users and 89 thousand public WiFi access points around the world, while the number of worldwide cable modem subscribers will reach 68 million by 2007. This sizeable growth in wireless and broadband access is also driving the need for network infrastructure equipment, such as routers and switches. Manufacturers of next generation network equipment are looking to standardize on integrated solutions that can be re-used across multiple product lines in order to keep development costs down. Wind River has been working closely with industry leaders including Intel and Motorola to anticipate customers' needs, combining proven networking technologies with the most up to date components to become the ideal solution for a wide variety of network projects.

Designed expressly for developers of network infrastructure systems, PLATFORM NE 2.0 is a highly integrated platform, which enables the rapid development of reliable network infrastructure equipment. PLATFORM NE integrates the industry's most widely deployed real-time operating system with advanced hardware and software development tools, complete device management software, and essential embedded networking protocols including:

  • Wireless protocols

  • Security protocols

  • High performance router stack and routing protocols

  • Connectivity and remote access protocols

PLATFORM NE is compatible with a broad range of processor architectures, including Intel® StrongARM, Intel® XScale® microarchitecture, Intel® Architecture, PowerPC, MIPS, ARM, and SuperH, allowing the developer to select the architecture that provides the best cost/performance for the product under development.

"Wind River is committed to helping our customers create cutting edge products to meet new market opportunities," said Dave Fraser group vice president & GM, products, for Wind River. "Wind River PLATFORMS are a proven, effective and reliable foundation for development success, and our enterprise-wide subscription licensing model enables network equipment manufacturers to incorporate market-specific technology required to stay competitive, year over year."

PLATFORM NE 2.0 is available immediately for the full line of Intel network processors. Current Wind River PLATFORM NE customers will receive a free upgrade to PLATFORM NE 2.0. For more information about WIND RIVER PLATFORM for Network Equipment please visit

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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