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Powering the World's Real-Time Platforms

The stakes are high for your real-time embedded systems and you can't afford failure. Wind River® has a long history of consistently supporting your key requirements for high performance, absolute determinism, and minimal footprint—a history that has kept VxWorks® the market-leading real-time operating system (RTOS) year after year.

As the first RTOS with 32-bit and 64-bit processing, multi-core and multi-OS support, and diverse connectivity options, VxWorks provides you with the functionality and support you require to stay competitive. And as your platform plans evolve to take advantage of next-generation processor capability, we continue to stay ahead of the technology curve, continually expanding VxWorks’ proficiency to extract maximum performance from the new multi-core landscape. VxWorks’ unique combination of high speed and scalability with trusted safety and security capabilities will keep your platforms running at the leading edge of the latest embedded technology.

Optimized Real-Time Foundation

A Unique Combination of Reliability, Performance, and Scalability

It’s not enough for your real-time platform to be reliable if it isn’t fast, or to be scalable if it isn’t robust. VxWorks is ideally suited to devices requiring a proven combination of high-performance determinism and a flexible modular architecture to optimize footprint and deliver unparalleled scalability. In addition to full 64-bit processing support and comprehensive multi-core support (AMP, SMP, and mixed modes), VxWorks includes a networking stack that features Wind River Advanced Networking Technologies, enhanced memory protection, error management, and POSIX compliance. And every latest edition of VxWorks is also backward-compatible with earlier versions of VxWorks, allowing customers to leverage existing and legacy software assets.

VxWorks’ proven technology is backed by a 30-year track record, an exceptional ecosystem of hardware and software partners, and the industry’s most comprehensive support and services organization.

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Unparalleled Innovation

Maximum Performance for Multi-core and Multi-OS

With its unique multi-core capabilities, VxWorks delivers the most configuration options to extract the highest performance with minimal footprint for your multi-core platforms. You can run VxWorks as a single operating system in symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP), asymmetrical multiprocessing (AMP), multiple SMP images, or mixed SMP/AMP modes, enabling your applications to run at optimal performance and reliability levels. For mixed operating system requirements, you can run VxWorks as a guest RTOS on top of Wind River Hypervisor.

Robust Embedded Security

For projects requiring the highest security standards, the Vxworks embedded RTOS delivers multilevel security (MLS) and high-assurance features, with certification evidence for systems with security certification requirements such as Common Criteria and National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) mandates. VxWorks is also the first RTOS to be certified under Wurldtech's Achilles certification program, an internationally recognized standard for industrial cybersecurity.

Safety Certification

Our leadership in safety critical applications depends on our VxWorks foundation, which is fully equipped for very stringent safety standards such as FAA RTCA DO-178C/EUROCAE ED-12C Level A and ARINC 653 for avionics platforms and IEC 61508 requirements for industrial systems.

Optimized Middleware

VxWorks platforms include comprehensive middleware, graphics, and networking technology that has been pre-integrated, tested, and validated. Our modular design allows you to build your VxWorks platform to suit your real-time capability needs while keeping size, weight, and power demands to a minimum. Leveraging these critical middleware components saves development time and allows you to focus on adding differentiating functionality to your device.

Advanced Development Environments

Based on the Eclipse platform, Wind River Workbench is a collection of tools tightly integrated with the entire VxWorks platform that delivers an advanced open standards–based tool suite for device software design, development, debugging, test, and management. Wind River Test Management and Wind River Simics offer additional testing and full system simulation capabilities to further accelerate your development life cycle.

Market Solutions

Aerospace and Defense

Many defense programs across the globe depend on VxWorks for weapons systems, military communications, and critical systems aboard manned and unmanned vehicles. VxWorks is also the market-leading choice for commercial avionics and space programs that require absolute determinism and high reliability.


The VxWorks industrial capability package provides industrial device manufacturers with essential multimedia and connectivity run-time technologies, including drivers and protocols for connected devices on the factory floor, wireless peripherals, and other devices within the network infrastructure. Targets include industrial automation, building automation, medical, transportation, and test and measurement devices.


The VxWorks networking package enables customers to rapidly create, test, deploy, maintain, and manage high-quality network infrastructure devices. It features an extensive suite of security protocols to protect network data and is ideally suited to wireless infrastructure, enterprise network, core networking, network edge, WiMAX and LTE infrastructure, and broadband access devices.


Designed for the development of automotive applications that require high reliability, low power consumption, and a small memory footprint, VxWorks for automotive platforms is a custom package ideally suited to both vehicle and security control systems and in-vehicle infotainment systems.


The customized packaging of VxWorks built to address challenges that consumer device developers face offers more choice, greater flexibility, essential multimedia and connectivity middleware, fast boot, and a minimal footprint, plus a comprehensive partner ecosystem to facilitate tighter product integration.


The VxWorks medical package provides developers with an embedded software development solution based on industry-proven VxWorks that leverages essential networking, security, and connectivity run-time technologies required for medical devices. The platform addresses the challenges developers face by providing ready-to-use security and safety elements, small footprint, scalability, and tight product integration through a comprehensive partner ecosystem.


VxWorks conforms to or complies with the following standards and certifications:

  • IEEE Std. 1003.1 (POSIX)
  • IEEE Std. 1003.13-2003 PSE52
  • U.S. Department of Defense for Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) Software Communications Architecture (SCA) AEP 2.2.1 and 2.2.2
  • Many RFCs and Internet-Drafts maintained by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
  • IPv6 Ready Logo Program
  • IEEE Std. 802.1X, IEEE Std. 802.11i, and
    IEEE Std. 802.1.AE
  • Virtual Private Network Consortium (VPNC)
  • Wurldtech Achilles
  • ARINC Specification 653, Part 1
  • IEC 61508
  • RTCA DO-178B/C


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