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February 14, 2016 5:19 AM ET


Company Overview of Wind River Systems, Inc.

Company Overview

Wind River Systems, Inc. provides embedded software for intelligent connected systems. It offers Helix, a portfolio of software, technologies, tools, and services for addressing the system-level challenges and opportunities created by the Internet of Things (IoT). Its operating environment portfolio includes VxWorks, a commercial real-time operating system; Linux, a commercial open source software platform for building embedded devices of various kinds; embedded virtualization solutions to build connected devices, systems, and networks; and Workbench, a suite of tools for embedded software development. It also provides Intelligent Device Platform XT, a customizable middleware development env...

500 Wind River Way

Alameda, CA 94501

United States

Founded in 1981

1,673 Employees





Key Executives for Wind River Systems, Inc.

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration
Age: 49
Senior Vice President of Professional Services
Chief Product Officer
Senior Vice President of Research & Development and Worldwide Customer Operations
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Wind River Systems, Inc. Key Developments

Wind River Introduces New Platform, Wind River Titanium Server CPE

Wind River has introduced a new platform, Wind River Titanium Server CPE, that can speed the deployment of early Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) use cases such as virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE). In addition, enhancements to the Titanium Server portfolio (Titanium Server and Titanium Server CPE) accelerate performance, improve scalability, and simplify commissioning. The Titanium Server portfolio comprises commercial NFV infrastructure software solutions that deliver the carrier grade reliability required for telecom networks. CPE applications have emerged as an early use case delivering significant savings in operational costs. The virtualization of CPE functions, traditionally implemented as discrete physical appliances, reduces operating expenses (OPEX) through more efficient utilization of compute resources, increased service deployment agility, and the elimination of “truck rolls” required to update and maintain equipment at remote locations. These OPEX savings may be achieved whether the virtualized CPE functions are hosted in a server at the customer premises, in a service provider point-of-presence (PoP), or in a central data center. Given the undeniable benefits of a more virtualized and intelligent network, service providers will continue to push toward network transformation with the growth of NFV use cases like vCPE and other software-defined and cloud technologies. By leveraging the Titanium Server CPE platform, service providers can deploy cost-sensitive NFV applications such as a virtual business CPE (vBCPE) on only two servers. Each server runs the full set of carrier grade compute, control, and storage functions, while working to deliver best-in-class virtual network function (VNF) performance to maximize the number of users supported per server and thereby also maximize OPEX savings. At the same time, Titanium Server CPE helps service providers to maintain full carrier grade uptime for their vBCPE services, which enables them to minimize any revenue impact resulting from Service Level Agreement (SLA) penalties triggered by service downtime. The latest release of the Titanium Server portfolio provides additional new features including: Dynamic CPU scaling, Increased system scalability, Support for latest high-performance network interface cards (NICs), Virtual switch packet trace tool, Support for “QinQ” tunneling, IPv6 support for all interfaces, Bulk provisioning and automated deployment capabilities and Support for VNF access to hardware acceleration devices, including the Intel® Communications Chipset 8925 to 8955 Series. By using the Titanium Server portfolio as their NFV infrastructure platform, the telecom industry can enjoy the best of both worlds: the rapid service deployment typically found in enterprise networks as well as the carrier grade uptime and reliability mandated by telecom networks. Based on open standards including carrier grade Wind River Linux, real-time Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), OpenStack®, and Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), while incorporating optimizations for Intel® architecture, the Titanium Server portfolio delivers high performance and carrier grade reliability. Titanium Server and Titanium Server CPE will be showcased at the Intel booth Hall 3 Stand 3D30, as well as in multiple locations with partners, at Mobile World Congress 2016.

Wind River Teams with IBM to Accelerate Edge-to-Cloud IoT Deployments for Industrial Customers

Wind River announced it is collaborating with IBM to advance Internet of Things (IoT) deployments for industrial customers with new “edge-to-cloud” recipes designed to simplify and accelerate the development of smart connected devices. The new recipes guide customers on how to integrate services from IBM Watson IoT Cloud Platform with products from the Wind River HelixTM portfolio. Industrial customers using the recipes will now be able to connect industrial devices running Wind River software to the IBM Watson IoT Cloud Platform and access IBM Bluemix cloud services and analytics, allowing IoT developers to more quickly and easily develop smart connected devices. The IBM and Wind River recipes and reference architectures also provide the necessary building blocks required for a complete IoT solution, including device management and the application of IBM machine learning to IoT. The reference architectures will include capabilities to manage and deploy devices and systems across market segments, including smart building, transportation, factory automation, and healthcare. Through the arrangement, Wind River and IBM will be able to provide elements that may be combined for a complete edge-to-cloud IoT solution. Specifically, recipes for Wind River operating systems VxWorks®, Wind River RocketTM, and Wind River PulsarTM Linux, as well as for Wind River HelixCloud, its software-as-a-service (SaaS) family of products, will instruct customers on how to integrate with IBM Watson IoT Cloud Platform, IBM Bluemix, and IBM IoT Real-Time Insights for processing device data.

Wind River Introduces Automotive Software Platform for the Command Center of the Connected Car, Wind River Helix™ Cockpit

Wind River introduced a automotive software platform for the command center of the connected car, Wind River Helix™ Cockpit. Cockpit was designed from the ground up to meet the intersecting needs of the automotive and IoT landscapes. Wind River has also updated its software for ISO 26262 certifiable automotive safety-critical applications, Wind River Helix Drive. Cockpit and Drive are the latest offerings under Wind River Helix Chassis. Cockpit is a GENIVI®-aligned, Linux Yocto Project–based software platform that helps customers rapidly develop rich in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), telematics, and automotive instrument cluster systems capable of advanced connectivity features in a secure environment. As a flexible, extensible, and pre-integrated platform that can support a variety of industry hardware and HMI tools, Cockpit provides the framework for a complex IVI system that allows customers to get to market faster. Additionally, Cockpit customers will have access to Wind River Helix App Cloud, a cloud-based software development environment for building IoT applications across multiple development centers. Key features for Cockpit include the following: Connectivity framework: Integrated connectivity solutions help to extend and bridge the car experience to the IoT devices and landscape, including the cloud. Firmware and software over-the-air (OTA) management: Cockpit includes the ability to manage and update software over-the-air throughout its lifecycle. Flexible platform: Flexibility in car system design, from consolidated to distributed architecture, allows functional services to be distributed across ECUs. Long term support: A secure Linux base from the market leader in commercial embedded Linux allows for extensibility over time with evolving IoT offerings, protocols, and developments. Built-in security: Security Profile for Wind River Linux delivers secure data handling from boot to run time. Additionally, Wind River has updated Drive, previously called Automotive Profile for VxWorks®, to include the latest knowledge and technologies around certification systems for ADAS and autonomous driving use cases. Drive is an AUTOSAR-oriented software offering to help customers develop ISO 26262 certifiable automotive safety-critical applications. Based on VxWorks, the real-time operating system (RTOS) for mission-critical software systems, Drive is designed to perform at the high safety levels to address the growing needs for safe, secure, and certifiable software-driven driving applications. To address these complexities, the Helix Chassis portfolio is designed to unite the internal network of the car with the external IoT, and ultimately, to bridge the technology siloes within a vehicle to deliver new business opportunities. Helix Chassis make it possible for data, services, and actions to flow from one environment to another, seamlessly and securely. As a result, it is possible to extract greater insights from the connected car, so that automakers can optimize the space, weight, and power of the vehicle and implement new capabilities, such as autonomous driving, that depend on interconnectivity among diverse software elements. The end result is safer, more efficient cars, a better driving experience, and new sources of brand differentiation and market opportunity.

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