Wind River, Motorola Create Center of Excellence to Deliver Leading Software for Prominent PowerPC Microprocessors
AUSTIN Tex. and ALAMEDA, Calif. - February 12, 2001 - Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: WIND) today announced that Motorola has joined Wind River's "Center of Excellence" program. Motorola and Wind River have signed a multi-year agreement to facilitate the development, optimization, marketing, and distribution of Wind River's premier embedded software products across Motorola's line of PowerPC™ microprocessors. With over 80% market share+, Motorola is the leading supplier of communications processors which enable customers to develop a wide range of products for next generation networks, and Wind River is the worldwide leader in embedded software and services for creating connected smart devices.
This strategic initiative will deliver optimized solutions when silicon first becomes available, allowing customers to leverage the latest advances in Motorola's silicon technology. By using an off-the-shelf, integrated solution, customers developing products with Motorola's line of PowerPC microprocessors and Wind River's embedded software gain greater advantage over their competitors, realizing reduced costs and shortened development cycle times. This relationship demonstrates Wind River's strategy for building close relationships with key semiconductor partners to reduce the complexity of embedded technology development and facilitate the creation, availability, and innovation of sophisticated leading edge products. It also demonstrates Motorola's strategy of continuing strong alliances with valued third parties as a crucial element in delivering Smart Networks Platform solutions.
"Motorola and Wind River have each previously introduced key strategic initiatives focused on delivering optimized solutions to their customers rather than just point products - the Motorola Smart
Networks Platform and Wind River's Center of Excellence program," said John G. Metz, Vice President of Sterling Research. "An agreement such as this between these two industry leaders which combines the strength of Motorola's PowerPC family of microprocessors with Wind River's embedded software
products will significantly strengthen their ability to support and grow their market positions by providing best in class integrated solutions for the networking industry."
Through the Center of Excellence, Wind River and Motorola will establish joint engineering and marketing relationships for Motorola PowerPC processor focused products. Wind River products, including the Tornado® Tools development environment, VxWorks® and VxWorks AE real-time operating systems, and Diab™ C/C++ compilers, RTA Suite™, SingleStep™ debuggers and Personal JWorks™ PersonalJava™ application environment will provide optimized support for Motorola's PowerPC architecture family. These software products, distributed by Wind River, are planned to cover current and future PowerPC processor families from Motorola that are ideal for network control and storage, telecommunications, high-end embedded, scientific and computing applications.
"With the creation of the Motorola and Wind River Center of Excellence we expect to provide our customers a more comprehensive hardware and software solution earlier in the processor product life cycle, enabling them to begin their application development with early silicon," said Daniel Artusi, corporate vice president and general manager of Motorola's Networking and Computing Systems Group. "Motorola has more than 300 customers and thousands of design wins based on our Smart Networks Platform. We are extremely pleased to work with Wind River to provide these customers comprehensive, reliable, and adaptable software solutions in order to speed their time-to-market and encourage continuous innovation."
"Wind River is pleased to take our already strong relationship with Motorola to the next-level through our Center of Excellence Initiative," said John Fogelin, vice president and general manager of Wind River's Platforms business unit. "The PowerPC architecture is extremely popular with our customers and we are pleased to help these customers by having Motorola in our Center of Excellence program. Motorola is a recognized leader in the industry, and by working together we will ensure timely availability of leading embedded software and hardware technologies, simplifying our customers' development process and reducing their costs so that they can build cutting-edge applications and devices with more functionality in less time."
The Center of Excellence for Motorola's PowerPC architecture will be jointly funded and will create a dedicated team of engineers committed to the implementation, optimization, and deployment of new products for mutual customers. The Wind River / Motorola Joint Steering Committee plans to ensure a long-term solution-based road map and tighter integration between Motorola PowerPC processors and Wind River's software development tools and integrated software solutions. Specific product enhancements include compiler, debugger, and kernel optimizations, support for future PowerPC cores, and new Motorola evaluation Board Support Packages (BSPs) for Tornado® II and Tornado AE during the term of this agreement.
The first scheduled products from Motorola and Wind River's Center of Excellence are expected to include Tornado support for Motorola's MPC7410 and MPC7450 processors with the delivery anticipated to begin in the first half of 2001. This support adds to Wind River's extensive PowerPC architecture product portfolio from Motorola with support currently available for Motorola's MPC5xx, MPC6xx, MPC7xx, MPC8xx, MPC74xx, and MPC82xx PowerPC microprocessor families. This includes support for the MPC7400 processor with AltiVec technology with Diab C/C++ Compilers, RTA Suite, visionCLICK, visionICE II, visionPROBE II and visionTRACE products. Additional Wind River product offerings supporting the PowerPC architecture include Tornado for OSEKWorks™, Wind River's implementation of the OSEK/VDX specification designed for the automotive market, with support for the MPC555 processor and Tornado for Managed Switches, a complete embedded software solution for building manageable data networking switch and router equipment, with support for the MPC6xx, MPC7xx, MPC74xx, MPC8xx, and MPC82xx processor families. Wind River is also a Motorola certified PowerPC silicon training representative for PowerPC MPC7xx, MPC860, MPC74xx and MPC8260 processors and was recently selected by Motorola to offer specialist microcode and protocol optimization capabilities for the MPC8260 PowerQUICC II and related communications processor architectures through it's extensive design services organization.
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 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 in sixteen countries worldwide.
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