Wind River Announces Tornado for Managed Switches Support for the Intel IXP 1200 Network Processor Family
ALAMEDA, Calif., July 18, 2001 — Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND), a leading provider of software and services for connected smart devices, today announced Tornado® for Managed Switches
(TMS) 2.0 support for the Intel® IXP1200 Network Processor, a widely used programmable processor that accelerates development of next-generation Internet products. This announcement extends Wind River's strategy to offer customers integrated development platforms that support industry leading processors.
By combining Intel's IXP1200 Network Processor with an infrastructure development platform such as TMS, network equipment vendors can quickly and easily develop leading edge Internet infrastructure equipment. TMS 2.0 enables flexible integration of customer-specific features into networked equipment. The TMS development platform is portable and upgradeable across a wide range of hardware architectures, has comprehensive packet or cell processing in real time for Layer 3 communications applications, and quickly adapts to new and evolving software standards.
The TMS platform incorporates Wind River's powerful Tornado integrated development environment (IDE), the VxWorks® real-time operating system (RTOS), and the common set of protocol and management components required for enterprise-class routing and switch-based devices. In addition, the TMS platform can easily be extended to address a variety of network devices, making it a more complete network application solution.
"Companies who buy the best and build the rest have an overwhelming edge in the communications market because they can get their products to market quicker," said Dave Fraser, vice president and general manager of Wind River's Networks business unit. "Customers want to be able to cut development time, especially with new emerging competitive technology. The TMS 2.0 platform can run on a variety of the industry's leading switching fabrics and communication processors, giving customers more choices and more flexibility. Since TMS 2.0 can supply up to 100 percent of the standard features required in any switching or routing device, developers begin with a fully integrated platform that enables them to focus on designing the unique features and product innovations that differentiate their products."
Wind River's TMS 2.0 platform and Intel's IXP1200 Network Processor are designed to meet the performance requirements of switches, routers, and other high-speed communication equipment used in access and edge applications in service provider's networks. The combination of these products is expected to help communication equipment manufacturers speed the development of next-generation equipment. As it offers a complete solution, the TMS 2.0 platform has been widely adopted in the emerging market for Layer 3 switches, a segment that The Dell´Oro Group research firm forecasts to grow to $8.4 billion by 2004.
"Wind River's TMS 2.0 routing software will help to accelerate deployment of integrated hardware and software Layer 3 switching solutions that use the Intel IXP1200 Network Processor," said Nick Finamore, general manager of Intel's Network Processor Division. "Networking software support, especially advanced routing protocols optimized to take advantage of the IXP1200 microengine processors, enables real-time wire-speed switching and routing of packets and cells. The result is accelerated development— getting products to market quicker while preserving technology investment."
About Wind River Systems
Wind River is a worldwide leader in embedded software and services for creating connected smart devices. Wind River provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, digital consumer electronics, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial automation and control, and aerospace/defense markets. Wind River is How Smart Things Think™. Founded in 1983, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations in sixteen countries worldwide.
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