Smiths Aerospace Selects Wind River for Use in Boeing 7E7 Common Core System

  • Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 to power Boeing's 7E7 Dreamliner Common Core System--the backbone of the airplane's computers, networks and interfacing electronics
  • Wind River and Smith's longstanding partnership continues to drive excellence in safety and mission critical systems

ALAMEDA, Calif.--March 30, 2004--Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: WIND), the global leader in device software optimization (DSO), today announced that Smiths Aerospace selected Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 for use in the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner Program. Specifically, Wind River will be used in the 7E7's Common Core System, which hosts many of the airplane's avionics and utilities functions.

"Wind River is honored to be selected by Smiths and for use in their Common Core System on the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner program," said Ken Klein, CEO, president and chairman for Wind River. "Our device software expertise in safety critical markets was a key factor for the selection and also underscores our technical excellence. Wind River is proud to be developing applications that will shape the future of commercial aviation."

Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 is part of the company's Safe and Secure Program, which is designed to provide fully integrated device software platforms that meet the stringent safety certifications required by the FAA. The 7E7 Common Core System is comprised of extremely complex device software with 80 to 100 applications running simultaneously. Smith and Wind River provided the technology and expertise Boeing requires for this next generation airplane.

Designed to be the most advanced and efficient commercial airplane in its class and predicted to dramatically alter the future of avionics, the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner will set new standards for environmental responsibility and passenger comfort. Developed to seat 200- to 250-passengers, the 7E7 will fly between 3,500 and 8,500 nautical miles at the same speeds as today's fastest twin-aisle commercial airplanes - the 777 and 747. The Boeing 7E7 stands to dramatically change the avionics market and Boeing projects to sell up to 3,500 7E7s over the next 20 years. Boeing began offering the new airplane to customers in early 2004.

Smiths Aerospace is an industry leader in developing software applications and integrating systems utilizing software partitioned architectures, essential for developing safety critical systems.

"Smiths Aerospace and Wind River have a long history of partnering to develop innovative, reliable and FAA-certifiable commercial partitioned operating systems and Smiths is delighted to once again be working with Wind River and its Platform Safety Critical ARINC 653," Mike Grady , vice president, Civil and Military Air Transport of Smiths Aerospace. "Working together on this groundbreaking program, we will enable Boeing to further reduce costs, size, and power consumption for the 7E7, while simultaneously providing the interoperability, flexibility and reliability needed to meet today's stringent security and safety requirements.

About Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653
Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 is based on VxWorks AE653, a fully ARINC653 Supplement 1 compliant operating system that includes time and space based protection domains integrated with Wind River's leading device software development tools and partner solutions including Ada, test and verification tools, and market specific hardware board support packages. Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 enables application of different safety levels to share computing resources and is specifically designed to support applications such as integrated modular avionics. It is currently being used in developments such as the C130 Avionics Modernization Program. For additional information about the Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653, please visit

About Wind River
Wind River is the market leader in device software optimization. Wind River enables companies to develop and run software faster, better, at a lower cost and more reliably. Wind River Platforms tightly integrate a rich set of market-leading operating systems, development tools and middleware with services to provide a complete foundation that meets the specific requirements of a vertical market. Wind River's products and professional services are used in multiple markets including aerospace and defense, automotive, digital consumer, industrial, and network infrastructure. 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.

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