Wind River Announces Platform for Industrial Automation

  • The Industrial market is estimated to be an $8 billion dollar market¹
  • WIND RIVER PLATFORM for Industrial Automation adds to the growing number of market-specific integrated embedded platforms from Wind River
  • WIND RIVER PLATFORM for Industrial Automation helps customers reduce software development costs and speed time to market

Alameda, CA--March 31, 2003--Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: WIND), the worldwide market leader in embedded software and services, today unveiled WIND RIVER® PLATFORM for Industrial Automation (PLATFORM IA), an integrated embedded platform that serves as the software foundation for industrial automation applications such as robotics controllers, process controllers, network gateways and bridges, and more. With PLATFORM IA, companies can standardize on a single platform across multiple projects, thereby reducing software development costs and increasing product reliability and time to market.

Device makers in the industrial automation market are faced with demands for device management and connectivity that enable seamless data integration on the factory floor. Ethernet adoption is becoming crucial to the success of industrial devices, and according to recent research from ARC Advisory Group, Ethernet adoption at the device level will be a key determinant of the emergence of a common network architecture throughout the manufacturing enterprise.

"WIND RIVER PLATFORM for Industrial Automation is customized to meet the unique needs of today's intelligent industrial automation systems with increased software content and connectivity requirements," said Tony Tryba, vice president and general manager, automotive, industrial, defense and aerospace for Wind River. "By providing a rigorously tested and integrated software base for developing industrial automation devices, Wind River is making it possible for our customers to leverage code across multiple designs and focus their resources on innovation and new markets, rather than spending time "gluing" together the necessary software and hardware."

PLATFORM IA offers manufacturers a market-specific integrated embedded platform that pre-integrates the industry’s most reliable real-time operating system (RTOS),Wind River’s VxWorks® RTOS, development tools, and key industrial automation networking technologies such as traditional and Ethernet fieldbuses, DCOM and OPC. PLATFORM IA enables developers to provide enterprise, monitoring and control connectivity to devices and focus on application development -- significantly reducing time consuming development, integration and test of foundation technologies
Key features of PLATFORM IA include:

  • Operating System: PLATFORM IA relies on the VxWorks RTOS and its graphics, file systems and connectivity components (TCP/IP, Serial, USB and more). VxWorks RTOS is the most widely adopted RTOS in the embedded industry.

  • Industrial Automation Protocols: PLATFORM IA provides integrated protocol stacks such as DCOM and OPC for back-office and supervisory systems connectivity and Ethernet/IP and DeviceNet for factory floor connectivity. In addition, a wide range of additional fieldbus technologies, including PROFIBUS, Modbus and CANopen are available through Wind River’s extensive partner community.

Embedded development tools and graphics: PLATFORM IA provides a complete suite of embedded development tools enabling users to easily browse source code, compile, link, download and analyze their applications.
PLATFORM IA adds to the growing number of market-specific integrated embedded platforms from Wind River, the first five of which were made available in November. PLATFORM IA is available immediately. For more information on PLATFORM IA please visit

Wind River is going beyond the operating system by offering the most reliable integrated embedded platforms. With WIND RIVER PLATFORMS, manufacturers can now quickly build more complex and efficient products while delivering increased intelligence, connectivity and security without jeopardizing reliability. All WIND RIVER PLATFORMS tightly integrate a rich set of Wind River’s market-leading operating systems, tools, connectivity software and management features with reference hardware and service credits to provide a complete foundation that meets the specific requirements of a vertical market. WIND RIVER PLATFORMS also include extensive source code. The depth of these platforms reduces project risk and enables developers to focus on differentiation and enhanced product performance.

About Wind River
Wind River is the worldwide leader in embedded software and services. It is the only company to provide 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.

¹ McKinsey; 2002

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