Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), announced the availability of the next generation of Wind River Linux, the high-performance, commercial-grade Linux distribution optimized for embedded device development. Offering a greater level of sophistication and functionality demanded by the Linux device developer community, the new release of Wind River Linux will provide a standards-based Linux platform with a unique cross-build environment, enabling both large and small development organizations to deploy devices quickly and efficiently, reducing time-to-market. The latest version will set a new industry standard by which future commercial embedded Linux distributions will be compared.
This release of Wind River Linux will be based on the 2.6.21 Linux kernel. In addition to the advancements made in the 2.6.21 kernel, Wind River will provide users with 64-bit application support, including tools for both kernel and user space debugging across all supported architectures. 64-bit environments are rapidly becoming mainstream within embedded Linux devices, and Wind River acknowledges these customer requirements with this new distribution release.
Wind River Linux will include an advanced cross-build system that incorporates a structured framework for managing device software components as independent “layers.” These layers act as building blocks for developers to manage and organize Linux packages; source code or binaries; metadata or configuration files; test suites, or even extra files – thereby reducing complexity and gaining flexibility. The new release also provides support for additional Board Support Packages (BSP), including more BSPs for Wind River Real-Time Core for Linux.
Additional Wind River Linux Market-specific Enhancements
Wind River Linux Platforms will continue to enhance features geared towards network equipment manufacturers, including conformance with Security Enhanced and Carrier Grade Linux standards to address the scalability, manageability, reliability, security and performance needs of networking and telecommunications equipment providers. Additionally, for consumer device manufacturers, Wind River will continue to enhance features such as the ability to customize the root file system for smaller system footprint for flash memory constrained devices, and accelerated kernel boot time for “instant-on” capabilities.
A new release of Wind River Real-Time Core for Linux will also be available. Wind River Real-Time Core for Linux enables application developers to rapidly develop and deploy devices that require guaranteed real-time capabilities on Linux. This latest version of Wind River Real-Time Core will include support for numerous BSPs, including 64-bit targets across all architectures.
All of the updated Wind River Linux Platforms will be tightly integrated with the company’s latest version of its premier, Eclipse-based device software development suite, Wind River Workbench, and are backed by a broad network of hardware and software partners, a world-class support organization and a specialized professional services team. Wind River Workbench offers customers complete development lifecycle solutions from board bring-up to platform and application development testing. Wind River Workbench can easily be extended to include open source and in-house plug-in tools.
“The next generation of our Wind River Linux Platforms demonstrates our commitment and continued leadership to deliver the latest Linux distribution with the rich feature set that our customers demand,” said Kuljeet Kalkat, Vice President of Product Management, Wind River. “With the advanced suite of developer tools, broad hardware support, guaranteed real-time capabilities and the latest Linux kernel support, Wind River continues to strengthen its commitment to the open source and device developer communities by empowering our customers.”
The next generation of Wind River Linux and Wind River Real-Time Core for Linux is expected to be available in December 2007.
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, California, with operations worldwide.
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