Wind River and Smiths Aerospace Partner to Extend Wind River Platform Safety Critical ARINC 653

  • Wind River Platform will meet National Security Agency's Highest Evaluation Assurance Certification Level--EAL 7
  • Boeing's C-130AMP Scheduled to use Wind River's Safe and Secure Platform technology

ALAMEDA, Calif.--March 30, 2004--As part of its Safe and Secure Program, Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: WIND), the global leader in device software optimization (DSO), today announced that it is partnering with Smiths Aerospace to extend Wind River Platform Safety Critical ARINC 653 to meet the National Security Agency's highest evaluation assurance certification level, EAL 7. Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 will further solidify Wind River's position as the leading provider of safe and secure systems for the military and aerospace industry.

By working with Smiths Aerospace, Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 with security certification will be used in Boeing's C-130 Avionics Modernization Program. Under the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program, Boeing will develop a modern, common cockpit avionics system for the approximately 500 C-130 transport aircraft in Air Force service.

"Developing a secure run-time environment that meets safety and security certifications is a significant development effort that requires expertise in project management, device software, safety and security. Smiths and Wind River have enjoyed a long history of collaborating together on projects and programs, and working toward EAL 7 security certification is the next step in this partnership," said Gerry Vossler, Director - Technology Development of Smiths Aerospace.

Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 will be based on a Multiple Independent Level Security (MILS) architecture, evaluated to the highest level in the Common Criteria process. A MILS environment is capable of housing and transferring data at varying security levels--secret, classified and unclassified--in a manner conformant with national security policies. A MILS environment also has secure partitioning, which gives customers the flexibility of adding applications at a later date, without having to go through the costly and time-consuming process of re-certifying the entire system. In addition to security, Wind River Platform for Safety Critical ARINC 653 is certifiable to DO-178B Level A for safety certification.

"Developing technology capable of reaching EAL 7 certification is a significant step forward in secure device software operating system technology," said Dave Fraser, chief marketing officer for Wind River. "To work with Smiths Aerospace and be used by Boeing on the C-130 AMP program is an honor, and Wind River is proud to be developing safe and secure technologies that will help strengthen our country's security infrastructure."

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 embedded 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, less expensively 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.

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