Wind River Enhances On-Chip Device Debugging Solutions to Address Growing Complexities in Multicore and Linux Device Development


Embedded Systems Conference, San Jose, CA – April 2, 2007 – Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), today announced enhancements to Wind River Workbench® 2.6.1On-Chip Debugging Edition, the company’s comprehensive device software development toolset for mitigating the complexities of on-chip debugging. The upgraded Wind River Workbench, OCD Edition, provides a development toolset that does not require kernel instrumentation to debug the Linux kernel and user applications, and will also offer multicore device developers a more fully supported, standards-based development environment.

"Wind River understands the unique and often times, frustrating difficulties device developers face when debugging 32-bit and 64-bit device projects," said Sandy Orlando, Vice President and General Manager of Wind River On-Chip Debugging. "With the newly upgraded Workbench toolset for on-chip debugging, Wind River will offer customers a rich set of Eclipse-based development tools that allow them to harness the full advantages today's hardware innovations offer, including multicore and multiprocessing technologies."

Workbench 2.6.1, OCD Edition Enhancements:

  • Broadened Multicore Support: Among the industry's leading JTAG development solution, the product offers support for debugging complex device projects while providing Ethernet to JTAG/EJTAG/BDM connectivity for a broad range of operating systems and 32-bit and 64-bit processors. Additionally, the upgraded solution also offers the advantages of debugging multiple devices on the same scan chain. Customers will now be able to debug up to eight devices simultaneously and share a single ICE unit across networks of multiple developers on a broad range of new multicore processors.

  • Enhanced Linux Debugging Capabilities: Wind River Workbench for On-Chip Debugging provides developers with the ability to debug the Linux kernel, User Applications and Shared Libraries, without requiring kernel instrumentation. Workbench OCD enables developers to see both System and User Application contexts when debugging in Linux and eases debugging of system-application interaction issues.

  • Improved Usability: Workbench OCD, an industry-leading Eclipse-based JTAG development environment for hardware bring-up through application development, provides additional plug-ins to Eclipse in the form of new "Views" targeted at improving the Eclipse development environment for device software developers and initial hardware bring-up.


"Two essential elements that enable developers to fully harness the performance benefits of multicore technologies are quality tools and well-designed devices," said Jeff Timbs, marketing director for Freescale Semiconductor's Networking Systems Division. "Wind River's ICE solution and Workbench for On-Chip Debugging multicore development are quality tools that speed and simplify the creation of world class products based on advanced multicore platforms from Freescale, including our MPC8641D and MCP8572 chips."

New Workbench Eclipse Plug-In "View" Features:

  • Quick Target Launch Utility: Enables device software developers to easily define cross-target launches. Developers select from a list of predefined launches, either taking control of an already running target or starting a target from reset, which results in the user quickly moving from target launch selection to debugging complex hardware and software problems.

  • Launch Configuration Utility: Provides a more efficient and streamlined workflow by guiding developers through an intuitive workflow, stepping through the required configuration options to correctly set up devices. Developers can move readily from one area of the configuration utility to another, only configuring areas that pertain to their device.

  • Binary Upload Utility: Enables developers to graphically select an area of memory on their device, including sectors of Flash, and upload the image into a file on their host PC. The file can then be stored, compared with other files, or used in other areas of development.

  • Compare Utility: Allows developers to easily compare a selected area of memory on their device with a file on the host PC or network. Any differences between the files will be displayed graphically in the Workbench editor view. This feature can be used to help identify differences between the images.


"The new 'View' features and enhanced capabilities in Wind River Workbench for On-Chip Debugging helped us to develop our multicore processor boards faster and more efficiently," said Lynn Patterson, Vice President and General Manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing's Modular Solutions group. "By utilizing Workbench OCD, we saved valuable development time and resources while still providing seamless support for our operating system and application layer requirements. As developers migrate to the new multicore system-on-a-chip (SOC) platforms, they will need a comprehensive tool set that provides them with the ability to not only develop the software that will run on these complex platforms, but also delivers robust defect resolution capabilities."

Expanded Support
Wind River Workbench, On-Chip Debugging Edition, supports a wide range of processors and operating systems. Wind River is expanding its support for multicore devices with the support of the following processors:

  • Broadcom Sibyte: BCM1125, 1125H, 1250, 1255, 1280, 1455

  • ntel XScale: IOP 342

  • Freescale: MPC8641D Rev 2.0

  • PA Semi: PA6T-1682M


Additionally, Wind River is continuing its investment in support of the major device software architectures, including:

  • ARM: ARM Thumb 2, Cortex M3, and SOCs from Freescale and ATMEL

  • CF: SoCs from Freescale

  • MIPS: SoCs from Broadcom

  • Power: PA Semi PA6T-1682M

  • PowerPC: SoCs from Freescale and AMCC

  • XScale: SoCs from Intel


Supported operating systems include Wind River's industry-leading VxWorks and Linux, in addition to Linux and Express Logic's ThreadX. Other commercial operating systems and in-house proprietary operating systems can be integrated by Wind River Professional Services.

For More Information on Wind River Workbench 2.6.1, OCD Edition
Wind River Workbench 2.6.1, OCD Edition is sold under Wind River's Enterprise and Licensing Business Models. There are various hardware, software and bundle options available. To learn more, please contact your local Wind River sales contact, write to, or visit

About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop, run and manage device software faster, better, at lower cost and more reliably. Wind River platforms are pre-integrated, fully standardized, enterprise-wide development solutions. They reduce effort, cost and risk and optimize quality and reliability at all phases of the device software development process, from concept to deployed product.

Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at or call 1-800-872-4977.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those relating to the benefits of Wind River's product enhancements, as well as general statements about our business and its direction. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated herein. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include but are not limited to accounting, the success of Wind River's implementation of its new and current products (including but not limited to the Wind River Workbench 2.6.1, OCD Edition), the business models and market strategies, the ability to address rapidly changing technology and markets and to deliver our products on a timely basis with desirable features, the ability of our customers to sell products that include the company's software, the impact of competitive products and pricing, weakness in the economy generally or in the technology sector specifically, the success of the company's strategic relationships, the impact of other costs and risk factors detailed in Wind River's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2006, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Wind River undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

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