Wind River Strengthens Linux Market Position with Introduction of Latest Linux Platform

ALAMEDA, CA — March 16, 2009 — Wind River (NASDAQ: WIND) today announced the immediate availability of Wind River Linux 3.0, Wind River's most feature-rich Linux platform to date. Wind River Linux 3.0 is a pre-integrated, commercial-grade and fully supported Linux platform.

Based on Linux kernel 2.6.27 and GCC 4.3, Wind River Linux 3.0 provides a flexible and pervasive development environment. Wind River Linux 3.0 now comes with more than 500 software packages, 250 more than the previous product version, including packages for multimedia, graphics and HMI (human-machine interface) technologies, such as, GTK+, GNOME or GStreamer. The new release also offers sophisticated multicore features such as virtualization based on KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and multicore offload, allowing customers to utilize the potential of modern multicore hardware.

"Open source software platforms are rapidly becoming an industry standard among device manufacturers trying to drive innovation while controlling cost," said Nithya Ruff, senior director of product management and marketing for Wind River's Linux Product Division. "Wind River offers a highly advanced Linux platform backed by more than 25 years of experience in the embedded software market and leadership in open source consortia, including GENIVI, Open Handset Alliance and LiMo, enabling our customers to do more with less. More than 15,000 man hours of testing and 500,000 test cases specifically for Wind River Linux 3.0 ensures commercial-grade product quality."

Wind River Linux 3.0 provides a set of pre-configured system profiles for vertical industries including the aerospace and defense, consumer, industrial, networking and medical market segments. Prior to today's introduction of Wind River Linux 3.0, Wind River's Linux distributions were individually packaged to contain different features and hardware support for each specific vertical market. By condensing these stand-alone vertical distributions into a single consolidated platform, Wind River Linux 3.0 provides existing and new customers with reduced purchasing complexity and increased development flexibility at no additional cost.

"VDC Research expects that the company's strategic roles in leading open source consortia, and focus on product quality and world-class support will continue to elevate its position in the embedded Linux market," said Stephen Balacco, director of the Embedded Software and Tools Practice at VDC Research Group. "Last year VDC's market research showed Wind River continuing to strengthen their market position in the embedded Linux market and the results from this year’s research due out in May could show shifts within the competitive landscape and market leaders."

Wind River Linux 3.0 complies with the Carrier Grade Linux 4.0 specification from the Linux Foundation, a critical requirement for the telecommunications and high-end data networking markets. Furthermore, Wind River is the only embedded Linux vendor offering real-time capabilities ranging from soft-to-hard real-time performance.

Additional key features and benefits of Wind River Linux 3.0 include:

  • Wind River Linux 3.0 supports a broad range of hardware platforms including the newest addition, Sun Microsystems' UltraSPARC T2 architecture. Having a development-ready platform enables customers to reduce cost and time-to-market by focusing resources on product differentiation and revenue impacting activities, rather than reinventing non-competitive base technologies or dealing with potential open source license violations.

  • Wind River Linux 3.0 is fully supported by Wind River's world-class global services and award-winning support organizations, providing extensive experience in delivering design, integration and optimization services.

  • Wind River's world-class partner ecosystem ensures customers receive tightly integrated hardware and software solutions through strong partnerships with other industry leaders.

  • Wind River Linux 3.0 will be supported by a release of Wind River's newly acquired Tilcon graphics suite, planned for later in 2009, to enable advanced graphical user interfaces for Linux-based devices.

More information about Wind River Linux 3.0 is available at:

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, Calif., with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at

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