Wind River Announces Product Rollout for Its BSD/OS UNIX-based Operating System

ALAMEDA, Calif., March 14, 2002 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND), a leading provider of software and services for connected smart devices, today announced the release of version 4.3 of BSD/OSTM, the companys commercial UNIX-based operating system, and detailed roadmap plans for the product. Version 4.3 of BSD/OS is available now, and continues the operating systems heritage of providing superior features and performance for enterprise and Internet Service Provider (ISP) servers, server appliances, and other embedded server-like devices. Future releases of the operating system will target server appliances, security and traffic management appliances, network attached storage (NAS) devices, and telecom application processing blades as part of Wind Rivers strategy to provide end-to-end development platforms across the entire spectrum of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and embedded market segments.

Wind River is currently developing the next-generation release of BSD/OS version 5.0 for purpose-built or embedded applications that require a robust UNIX-based operating system. BSD 5.0, to be made available in the first half of 2002, will provide improved performance and exceptional throughput with a new symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) kernel that offers fine-grain locking. In addition to continuing its superior support for Intel Architecture processors, the next release will bring BSD/OS to the PowerPC architecture, with support for the Motorola MPC7400 and IBM PowerPC 750 platforms. Board support packages for Wind Rivers PPMC7400 and PPMC750 boards will be available for developers desiring an off-the-shelf solution. Wind Rivers VisionWare bootloader and the Vision tool suite will also be available for developers using BSD/OS on custom PowerPC boards. Although BSD support for Intel Architecture and PowerPC will enable BSD/OS to span an important class of applications, Wind River will consider further expansion of processor coverage in order to meet customer needs on a continuing basis. In addition, future releases will integrate Wind Rivers Tornado integrated development environment (IDE) with BSD/OS. This will enable developers to build BSD/OS-based applications with the same award-winning development tools already used by thousands of software engineers.

This release delivers on Wind Rivers commitment to current BSD/OS customers with many advanced features and lays the groundwork for more embedded capabilities said Dave Fraser, group vice president and general manager of Wind Rivers Networks business unit. BSD/OS complements Wind River's operating system portfolio and extends our reach into new application areas beyond our traditional VxWorks and VxWorks/AE strongholds. Coupled with our products and services, BSD/OS is a technically superior UNIX-based platform with a commercially oriented license.

BSD/OS 5.0 and other future releases of the product will target servers, server appliances, and purpose-built server applications, as well as non-real-time embedded systems that require a full-featured UNIX-based operating system. Such systems often have high degrees of software complexity and need the capability to run applications developed for UNIX-style operating systems. Wind Rivers VxWorks real-time operating system will continue to be Wind Rivers core offering for embedded applications that require real-time, deterministic performance and constrained memory footprints.

BSD/OS 4.3
Version 4.3 of BSD/OS includes a number of new advanced features including:

  • Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) support that enables remote execution so applications can run remotely from clients.

  • Updated KAME snapshot for enhanced IPv4, IPv6, and IPSec functionality.

  • Fixed priority rate scheduling.

  • Gigabit Ethernet and Compaq 5300 RAID controller support.

  • Updates protecting against the latest security threats.

BSD/OS 4.3 is available now. More information on future releases of BSD/OS will be announced later in 2002. For more information on BSD/OS or any of Wind Rivers development platforms, please visit

About Wind River
Wind River is a worldwide leader in embedded software and services for creating connected smart devices. Wind River provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity software for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, digital consumer electronics, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial automation and control, and aerospace/defense markets. Wind River is How Smart Things Think. Founded in 1983, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide.

Wind River Systems, the Wind River Systems logo, VxWorks and Tornado are registered trademarks; BSD/OS and How Smart Things Think are trademarks of Wind River Systems, Inc. UNIX is a trademark of The Open Group. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective companies.

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