Wind River Partners with Kontron to Develop Linux Based Industry Standard Telecom Solutions
Kontron Joins Wind River To Help Drive Carrier Grade Linux Standardization on ATCA, AMC and MicroTCA Platforms
ALAMEDA, Calif., October 16, 2006 — Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), today announced that Kontron, one of the world's largest suppliers of embedded computer technology, has joined Wind River's partner program as a strategic partner and will bundle Wind River's Carrier-Grade Linux with Kontron’s next generation of Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA), MicroTCA and Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) platforms. The integrated Wind River and Kontron solutions create a complete COTS-based platform built on highly available, standards-based platforms for ATCA. Using COTS hardware and software enables application developers to simplify the overall product development effort and speed time-to-market of next-generation telecommunications equipment solutions.
"We are pleased to become one of Wind River's strategic partners for Linux-based platforms," said Tom Meyer, director, Kontron Communications Division. "Wind River is a pre-eminent supplier of real-time operating systems and has taken the lead in offering an integrated development and run-time environment for Carrier-Grade Linux. Integrating Wind River Linux into our next-generation platforms will enable us to offer customers the future-proof, stable and true carrier-grade system solution that only Wind River can help us provide."
Based on the Carrier Grade Linux specification from Open Source Development Labs, Wind River® Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition, supports many of the industry's most popular telecommunications boards, making it an ideal fit for the telecommunications and high-end data networking markets. Platform for Network Equipment is a fully standards-based platform with support for key APIs such as the Hardware Platform Interface (HPI) specification from Service Availability Forum and the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI). The result is a fully integrated and optimized support for the PICMG 3.x ATCA.
Platform for Network Equipment includes a standards-based interprocess communication (IPC) mechanism that connects the Linux and VxWorks editions of the platform. This capability is an especially viable configuration for many ATCA solutions that require both a true RTOS for data-plane communications and a Linux based solution for management and control. Only Wind River can offer a complete supported solution from a single vendor for all software required on ATCA platforms. This tested and validated Linux platform is supported and maintained by Wind River.
"We are very pleased to add Kontron as a strategic partner," said Glenn Seiler, director of product management for Wind River's Linux Platforms. "Kontron has become a major supplier of telecommunications equipment and both Kontron and Wind River are committed to driving standards for a COTS environment for telecom. We look forward to working together to provide our joint customers with fully integrated, standards-based DSO solutions that are cost effective and easily support a wide range of development environments."
Wind River Linux is currently available on Kontron's AT8001 ATCA processor board, AM4001 AMC module and AT8020 ATCA processor board.
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, visit Wind River at http://www.windriver.com or call 1-800-872-4977.
A global leader in embedded computer technology and mobile rugged solutions, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators, and application providers in the: automation, test and measurement, communications, medical, gaming and entertainment, military, aerospace, transportation, and energy markets. The company helps its customers considerably reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage with products including: high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single board computers, human-machine interfaces, and mobile rugged computers and displays. Kontron employs more than 2,300 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. The company is listed on the German TecDAX 30 stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". Kontron is a Premier member in the Intel ® Communications Alliance. For additional information on Kontron, please visit www.kontron.com.
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Director, Global Communications