Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), announced that the LiMo Foundation has selected Wind River’s commercial Linux technology as the foundation for its Common Integration Environment (CIE). The CIE solution, including Wind River’s unique build and configuration system with layers, mobile-optimized kernel distribution, and tool chain provides the fundamental building blocks that will help LiMo members fulfill the Foundation’s goal of reducing fragmentation in the Linux mobile handset market. This selection further validates Wind River’s position as the mobile industry’s standard open source platform provider since all LiMo member contributions will be based on this CIE.
“LiMo selected Wind River’s technology because its unique environment is specifically designed to solve the fundamental problem of managing and integrating a rapidly evolving mobile phone stack and ecosystem, with contributions from numerous developers including mobile phone manufacturers, ISVs and the open source community,” said Morgan Gillis, Executive Director of the LiMo Foundation. “With all future member contributions using Wind River’s unique layers build system, Wind River will deliver a significant competitive advantage for LiMo. Wind River’s support will further unify the mobile Linux industry and ecosystem.”
To eliminate unnecessary complexity that increases time to market and development costs, OEMs and operators must reduce fragmentation in the Linux handset market. One means of reducing fragmentation is to standardize the mobile handset stack, from the Linux distribution to application framework and above – LiMo’s core objective. To integrate these stack components, a common integration environment is needed where all component providers’ contributions may be managed as both independent modules and an integrated whole.
By contributing key components of its commercial technology, Wind River provides a platform for LiMo to develop, test, certify, and deploy commercial products consisting of components provided by various members of the Foundation. The CIE will:
- Allow LiMo to easily manage components developed by the diverse engineering teams of its members, maintaining quality and ultimately time to market as different application and middleware components are contributed, assembled, and tested within the LiMo platform.
- Allow LiMo to easily update or exchange components, allowing OEMs and operators to differentiate their handsets while remaining within the LiMo standard.
- Allow LiMo to leverage a standard suite of components and applications for multiple projects, which is key to the LiMo mission of reducing time to market for Linux handsets while driving the greatest innovation and differentiation.
- Reduce debugging, test, and validation cycle time by minimizing challenges working with multiple versions of merged software.
“The selection by the LiMo Foundation to standardize its CIE on components of Wind River technology signifies that Wind River is rapidly becoming the commercial Linux platform of choice in the mobile handset industry,” said Jason Whitmire, general manager of mobile solutions at Wind River.
Wind River’s CIE components deliver a software-based layered build system that allows LiMo Foundation members to intelligently build runtimes containing the modules and components by configuring in or out layers to tailor the build to the unique needs of each member. Each layer with the CIE may contain binaries, source code, differences to source code from other components, metadata, extra files; each can be at any level (libraries, middleware, userspace applications, kernel patches, kernel configuration changes, or new kernel modules). The CIE can co-exist with existing build systems and can support multiple ARM-core based hardware implementations. The CIE allows LiMo members to keep separate each class of intellectual property as defined by the Foundation: Open Source, Foundation Public License, and Proprietary within the same integration environment and build system.
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. To learn more, call 1-800-872-4977.
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