Wind River Extends its Leadership in Device Software Optimization

ALAMEDA, Calif.--()--Feb. 23, 2004--Wind River Systems (Nasdaq:WIND)

-- Major expansion to Wind River Platform

-- Partnership with Red Hat

-- Releases VxWorks 6.0 and WindPower IDE 2

-- Expands subscription-based enterprise licensing model to include production free option Wind River Systems (Nasdaq:WIND), the global leader in device software optimization (DSO), today significantly expanded its Platform and extended its leadership in device software optimization. DSO is the industry strategy that (a) minimizes the inefficiencies and complexities in the device software development process, (b) maximizes the reliability, security, and interoperability of devices and (c) accelerates the standardization of device development, release and enhancement across multiple environments. By standardizing on a Wind River Platform -- a tightly integrated set of operating systems, development tools and industry-specific middleware with services -- companies benefit from device software optimization, gaining the ability to develop and run device software faster, better, less expensively and more reliably.

    In support of DSO, Wind River's strategic announcements include:

    --  Red Hat Partnership - Wind River and Red Hat, industry
        leaders, align to create Red Hat Embedded Linux for the device
        software optimization market. Wind River and Red Hat jointly
        developed technology will form the basis of future Linux-based
        Wind River Platforms, which will also include Wind River's
        industry-leading development tools, middleware and services.
        For more information, see today's release:

    --  Linux Based Platforms - Wind River is committed to integrating
        its industry leading development tools, middleware and service
        capabilities to offer complete solutions around a Linux-based
        Platform. For more information, please visit

        --  VxWorks 6.0 - Wind River's next generation RTOS provides
            significant extensions to the capabilities of VxWorks(R)
            6.0, including MMU-based memory protection and scalable
            message passing architecture that enables VxWorks to
            communicate with Linux as well as other technologies.
            Through these capabilities, VxWorks 6.0 enables new levels
            of openness, service and reliability. For more
            information, see today's release:

        --  WindPower IDE 2 - WindPower(TM) IDE 2, built upon the
            Eclipse open framework, extends support for VxWorks and
            Linux -- the standards in device software development --
            as well as additional operating systems. Combining the
            strengths of Wind River development tools and the Eclipse
            framework, WindPower IDE 2 integrates best in class device
            software development capabilities into an open environment
            that can be used across a range of projects to drive
            software optimization, increased collaboration and a more
            productive development. For more information, see today's

    --  Production free licensing option - Wind River has expanded its
        enterprise licensing options to include a per-seat
        subscription model with no production licenses. By expanding
        Wind River's subscription based licensing model, customers can
        now choose between the "shared success" model that includes
        production license fees or a pure "per-seat" subscription
        model without production licenses. Customers can benefit from
        increased flexibility over how they budget and expense their
        product development costs, particularly between R&D expense
        and cost of goods expense. For more information, please visit

"A new chapter for Wind River begins today with our partnership with Red Hat and with significant technological upgrades of core Wind River technology, VxWorks and WindPower IDE," said Ken Klein, chairman, chief executive and president of Wind River. "Wind River is committed to enabling device software optimization by providing our customers with Wind River Platforms based on industry standards -- VxWorks and Linux."

"Linux is an undeniable force in IT today, and Wind River has taken all the right steps toward embracing it," said Ross Mauri, General Manager, e-business on demand, IBM. "As embedded Linux matures, the realm of possibilities for embedded operating systems will only grow, and Wind River has put itself into a strong position to be able to take advantage of the growth opportunity."

Industry organizations, leading analysts and Wind River's partners support today's news with the following comments:

Stuart Cohen, CEO


"We're very pleased to see Wind River offering Linux-based solutions. The company's clout in the embedded space, contributions to OSDL, and growing product support for Linux are creating tremendous momentum in our quest to accelerate customer adoption of carrier grade Linux."

Skip McGaughey, Spokesperson


"Eclipse celebrates the release of Wind River's new WindPower IDE, an offering that embraces technology provided by developers within the Eclipse ecosystem. Through the integration of Eclipse based tools which come from a wide range of developers across a variety of industries, new levels of functionality and usability will be reached."

Paul Zorfass, Senior Analyst


"Creating more flexible and responsive devices and equipment in diverse areas such as factory work centers, mobile employees and building safety systems yields more productive and profitable enterprises. With embedded systems as their building blocks, these connected smart devices, servers, equipment and backbone networks are in the preliminary stages of build-out. Current, early, embedded enterprise solutions are expected to grow rapidly as the decade progresses. The focus is to solve more critical enterprise requirements with an extended network of smart devices and further empowered mobile workers to create connected and converged systems of resources to benefit the enterprise and its customers."

Jerry Krasner, PhD, Chief Analyst

Embedded Market Forecasters

"EMF research has demonstrated two points of interest: that it's expensive to develop with current Linux tools; and that 40% of OEMs that use Linux do not use tools from embedded Linux vendors. Wind River's initiatives should ease the pain of OEMs that use Linux as well as address the needs of those that need real-time solutions. Wind River is making a bold move in the market by releasing its latest revision of the VxWorks operating system at the same time as it makes major news about its continued forays into embedded Linux. Clearly Wind River is confident that there will be enough room in the marketplace for VxWorks to coexist with embedded Linux, and that both technologies will play a key role in Wind River's Platform strategy and are deserving of Wind River's R&D investment."

Ray Bryan, Director, Power PC Products

IBM Technology Group

"The introduction of VxWorks 6.0 and its Eclipse-based WindPower IDE 2 that supports VxWorks and Linux provides an alternative that allows our customers to turn to Wind River for leading embedded knowledge and expertise while using the operating system of their choice. Through these latest announcements, Wind River is illustrating its commitment to support multiple operating systems, and IBM and Wind River will work together to provide solutions that best fit the needs of the embedded marketplace."

Franco Gasperoni, Managing Director, Europe


"The advanced capabilities of VxWorks 6.0 combined with GNAT Pro, the complete Ada 95 native/cross development environment, provides our customers with a powerful and integrated solution. The combination of the Ada language, the GNAT Pro and WindPower cross development environments, and the new VxWorks target OS ensure that more than ever, applications remain maintainable, reliable, efficient and portable."

Lori Fraleigh, Director of the ScopeTools Business Unit

Real-Time Innovations (RTI)

"VxWorks 6.0 gives developers higher performance and productivity and adds a foundation they need to make their applications more reliable. With the new Eclipse-based WindPower IDE including integration with ScopeTools, RTI's dynamic visualization tools, customers will have the most powerful development platform available."

Dave Wormstone, Director, Single Board Computer Integrated Product Team

Dy 4

"VxWorks remains the most popular real-time operating system among our customers. We are sure the improvements and new features of VxWorks 6.0 will be well received by our mutual customers."

Prosanto Sarkar, Vice President of Marketing

Tilcon Software

"Tilcon and Wind River offer advanced operating system and graphics technologies in a pre-integrated platform solution. As a Premier Partner, Tilcon is excited to support the advanced capabilities introduced in VxWorks 6.0. Now, OEMs in automotive, industrial and medical markets can leverage VxWorks 6.0 state of the art memory-protected architecture, while maintaining seamless migration from VxWorks 5.5. The advanced development and runtime technologies of both Wind River and Tilcon are now an even more potent combination. By providing pre-integrated solutions, OEMs can reduce development risks and accelerate their time-to-market."

David Cloutier, President


"Using Wind River's new WindPower IDE 2, it will be easier than ever to integrate Datalight's fault-tolerant file system Reliance and flash media manager FlashFX into VxWorks-based designs. Wind River's focus on enhancing developer productivity with the Eclipse framework results in decreased time to market for OEMs that adopt VxWorks 6.0."

Ron Fredericks, U.S. Country Manager

Visuality Systems, Ltd.

"Wind River's announcement today is closely aligned with Visuality Systems strategic commitment to offer the most reliable solutions for embedded network connectivity. RQ, our Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol takes advantage of the enhanced reliability features of VxWorks 6.0 to solve network file sharing requirements for embedded developers while demonstrating the new possibilities resulting from our true partnership."

For more information about Wind River and device software optimization, please visit

About Wind River

Wind River is the global leader in device software optimization (DSO). 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.

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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Kathleen Shanahan or Alissa Vasilevskis,
510-207-0769 or 415-786-7204
Bite Communications
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