HUGHES Telematics Selects Wind River to Deliver Foundation For Next-Generation Automotive Electronics
Wind River's Linux Operating System Will Aggregate All Vehicle Data in a Single, Driver-Friendly Interface
ALAMEDA, CA and ATLANTA, GA — September 30, 2008 — Wind River (NASDAQ: WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), today announced that HUGHES Telematics has selected Wind River as the foundation for its next-generation telematics architecture. Specifically, HUGHES Telematics' telematics control unit (TCU) will deliver information to drivers using Wind River Linux, a commercial-grade Linux operating system, and the recently introduced Wind River hypervisor will enable hardware virtualization. Additionally, Wind River will provide professional services to the HUGHES Telematics software development team throughout the development process.
HUGHES Telematics is developing an advanced end-to-end telematics solution that will embrace a next-generation telematics architecture, which will be largely enabled by Wind River's open operating system and hypervisor technology. Wind River's solution will reduce development and hardware costs and increase the system’s functionality. HUGHES Telematics will begin rolling out its telematics solution in 2009.
"Wind River was able to provide HUGHES Telematics with a growth path for future innovative products by coupling commercial Linux with automotive-specific extensions and virtualization technology, along with deep industry expertise," said Erik Goldman, president of HUGHES Telematics. "Together with Wind River's commercial Linux, we see tremendous value in the company's hypervisor technology, since it allows HUGHES Telematics to expand differentiating functionality as necessitated by market or future demand."
"HUGHES Telematics selecting Wind River is significant since it represents another example of how Wind River's Linux solutions are challenging the traditional approach to proprietary solutions," said Alex Kocher, general manager of the Automotive segment at Wind River. "Further, it represents what we believe is the beginning of hardware consolidation for automotive manufacturers and suppliers, as indicated by early traction of our virtualization technology. With our market-leading operating systems, tools and multicore technology, we believe we have the broadest and deepest set of technologies for the automotive market."
The benefit of Wind River hypervisor to HUGHES Telematics is the ability to minimize hardware costs while being able to create truly innovative and differentiating solutions. Wind River hypervisor virtualizes the hardware, allowing HUGHES Telematics to simultaneously run Wind River Linux and a real-time CAN (Controller Area Network) bus stack on the same processor. This allows the system to meet its real-time requirements for performance and boot time while being able to leverage the rich Linux environment for other applications.
Wind River's hypervisor technology incorporates the same rigorous design practices and technology of its products for aerospace, an adjacent industry that faces similar real-time and mission-critical challenges as the automotive market.
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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.
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About HUGHES Telematics
HUGHES Telematics (www.HUGHEStelematics.com) is a leader in implementing the next generation of connected services for the automobile. Centered on a core platform of safety and security offerings, the company develops and manages vehicle- and driver-centric solutions to enhance the driving and ownership experience. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., HUGHES Telematics offers a portfolio of consumer, manufacturer, fleet and dealer services provided through two-way broadband connectivity to the vehicle. HUGHES Telematics and Polaris Acquisition Corp (AMEX: TKP) have agreed to an all stock merger which, upon satisfaction of certain closing conditions, will result in HUGHES Telematics stockholders and management becoming the controlling stockholders and management of Polaris.
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