NEC Electronics America and Wind River Systems Announce Hardware/Software Development Agreement to Ease Embedded Systems Design

Santa Clara and Alameda, Calif.--Sept. 16, 2003-- NEC Electronics America, Inc. and Wind River Systems, Inc. today announced that customers purchasing NEC Electronics' RockHopper™ development kits, featuring its VR Series™ MIPS-based microprocessors, will receive a free 30-day trial of Wind River Systems' visionPROBE II hardware-assisted software development tools. Customers can use the RockHopper development kits to evaluate Wind River's debugging and programming tools and their range of options and features, which are now available for NEC Electronics' VR Series microprocessors. Offering Wind River's tools with NEC Electronics' RockHopper development kits will enable greater productivity for software and hardware developers.

"Our commitment to facilitating embedded product design and development for our customers led to this agreement. By enabling our customers to evaluate Wind River's feature-rich hardware and software debugging tools, we are making it easier for them to reduce their time to market," said George Wang, general manager, standard LSI solutions strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America. "NEC Electronics' VR Series microprocessors have contained hardware debugging capabilities for many years. Being able to take advantage of these features for embedded products has always been a competitive advantage for our customers. We are leveraging our long-standing working relationship with Wind River to extend our capabilities and benefits to our customers."

"Our visionICE II and visionPROBE II tools, coupled with our hardware-optimized debuggers, provide fast, feature-rich and flexible debugging capabilities for embedded microprocessors, and by combining them with NEC Electronics America's RockHopper kit, we can also offer our customers access to a highly flexible, proven development system," said Michel Genard, general manager, Hardware-Assisted Tools Division, Wind River Systems. "NEC Electronics America customers are in turn provided with a robust, well-supported, N-Wire tools option for debugging and programming."

NEC Electronics America RockHopper Development Kits
The RockHopper development kits are a highly efficient and flexible development environment featuring the capabilities of NEC Electronics' VR Series embedded processors. RockHopper development kits can be used as a reference design or as a platform to evaluate the capabilities of NEC Electronics' processors and companion chips or other vendors' peripherals. The RockHopper kits enable the development and testing of peripheral hardware, device drivers and software applications. The kits use operating systems such as VxWorks®, Windows® CE or Linux®. In addition, GNU tools and other relevant software are also provided by NEC Electronics America for compatibility and add-on value. The RockHopper development platform supports the VR7701™, VR5500™, VR5432™ and VR4131™ microprocessors.

Wind River visionICE II and
visionPROBE II Hardware Development Tools
visionICE II is a fully integrated hardware-assisted software development tool that addresses the entire product development cycle--from board bring-up, to debug, to production test. In addition, visionICE II is flexible by design; support for additional processors is as simple as changing the personality module and updating a license key. The visionPROBE II is a robust, yet cost effective hardware-assisted debugging and test tool used by system developers and software engineers in any phase of the product development lifecycle. visionICE II and visionPROBE II are optimized for support of VxWorks and WIND RIVER®PLATFORMS, but also provide the flexibility to debug any application.

Pricing and Availability
Effective immediately, customers purchasing NEC Electronics America's RockHopper development kits will be provided with a free 30-day evaluation of Wind River's visionPROBE II development tools. Customers wishing to use the visionPROBE II or visionICE II tools beyond the 30-day trial may purchase the hardware bring-up and software-development solutions directly from Wind River Systems. The RockHopper kits are available now, list priced from $1800 to $3050 depending on board and combination of features, through NEC Electronics America's authorized distributors or online at NEC Electronics America's e-commerce site. On the site, customers may purchase the kits with a credit card and typically will receive their orders within 72 hours. (Pricing and availability are subject to change.)

About Wind River Systems, Inc.
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.

NEC Electronics America, Inc., VR Series, VR7701, VR5500, VR5432, VR4131, VR4130 and VR4133 are either registered trademarks or trademarks of NEC Electronics Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. RockHopper is a trademark of NEC Electronics America, Inc. Window CE is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MIPS is a registered trademark of MIPS Technologies, Inc. visionICE, visionICE II, visionPROBE, visionPROBE II and VxWorks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Wind River Systems, Inc. All other registered trademarks or trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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