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February - 2008 - issue > Company Spotlight

Offering device software optimization, riding on Linux

Michael Paulraj
Friday, February 1, 2008
Michael Paulraj
Successful device software development means having the flexibility to choose the right platform and tools for deploying your project. Rapid technical advances in embedded hardware and software are creating new opportunities to leverage a broad range of solutions for a variety of embedded device projects. The challenge is that new devices are increasingly more complex and thus create greater demands for standards-based platforms and infrastructure, meaning developers with limited resources have to struggle to build better and progressively advanced devices.

The only way for device manufacturers to differentiate their product offerings at competitive prices is to deliver better features, a richer user experience, and do all this quickly and cost effectively. Commodity hardware and software are keys to delivering this quickly and cheaply, but still there is a need to demonstrate differentiation at the software level. Today, the methodology, tools, and the software platforms have changed dramatically. Device manufacturers are now facing new and evolving standards and intensified competitive pressures. “We understand their needs,” says Venkatesh Kumaran, Country Manager, Wind River India. “They need a solution that goes beyond piecemeal product and service offerings.” Wind River is uniquely positioned to offer a comprehensive solution that addresses these needs with a choice of device operating platforms as well as a complete development and debug environment.

Rooted in operating systems technology
Wind River began as an operating systems development company in 1981. During this period Wind River developed and marketed the VxWorks family of device software operating systems. VxWorks is the most widely used and thoroughly tested real-time operating system available today. And it is deployed in more than 350 million devices worldwide.
Wind River made the decision to enter the Linux market several years ago due to overwhelming customer demand and because it was a natural extension of product line. Their Linux strategy is to provide embedded device developers with a commercial-grade Linux distribution, optimized for specific embedded markets and to address the wide variety of architectures present in the embedded market better than any other provider.

Guaranteed real-time performance
The Linux initiative received a boost in February 2007 when Wind River acquired FSMLabs’ real-time technology and integrated it into their Linux products. Wind River Real-Time Core for Linux enables microsecond response times for mission-critical applications such as high-bandwidth IP communications, robotics, and industrial control. This technology is regarded as one of the best, most mature, guaranteed real-time Linux solutions available in the device software industry. As a result of the real-time technology acquisition and integration, hard real-time performance combined with the flexibility and control of Linux.is enabled.

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