Wind River Expands Mobile Expertise With New Android Development Center
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Apr. 18, 2011 — Wind River, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, expanded its global network of development centers with the addition of an engineering team in Stockholm, Sweden focused on mobile technologies. Wind River's increasing research and development investments include a concentrated effort to grow its Android expertise for a wider range of Android-based devices including tablets, media phones and other device classes. In the past year, Wind River has achieved a significant acceleration in the number of mobile solution design wins and triple-digit growth in its mobile business segment.
Wind River's newest development team in Sweden possesses specialized expertise in mobile and Android technologies. Development efforts from this team include advanced user experience capabilities and Android enablement for broader device categories. In total, Wind River currently has over 20 development centers covering not only mobile but also a wide range of technology specialties. Wind River's development centers span the globe with locations in Austria, Canada, Germany, France, Israel and Romania and across the United States and Asia including China, Japan and South Korea. Over the last two years, Wind River's engineering headcount has grown by nearly 30 percent.
Additionally, Jerry Ashford recently joined Wind River as vice president and general manager of mobile solutions. Ashford leads the mobile solutions business worldwide, reporting to Michael Krutz, vice president of worldwide solutions and services at Wind River. Ashford's responsibilities encompass all mobile operations including business planning, growth strategies development and global team management. Ashford brings over 20 years' experience building and leading successful teams around the world with particular emphasis on emerging regions such as Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific with extensive experience in the China market. Prior to joining Wind River, Ashford was vice president of the Emerging Markets Software Line of Business at Sun Microsystems and also previously worked at Motorola.
"With the fast growth of mobile technologies such as Android, OEMs are increasingly under pressure to quickly develop innovative yet industry compliant mobile devices. Customers can turn to Wind River for commercial-quality software solutions to rapidly develop high-quality products," said Ashford. "Wind River has made major strides to grow the mobile business globally. In particular, we’ve achieved strong success in China, the world’s largest mobile market."
In the past year, Wind River has accelerated efforts to grow new mobile customers, including work with VIA Telecom on a low-cost Android smartphone solution for regional original equipment manufacturers and Aava Mobile on a hardware-enhanced software developer kit for Android developers. Wind River also works with major players within the mobile industry such as Qualcomm and Texas Instruments.
Wind River is a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance, joining in 2007 as an original Linux commercialization partner. Today, Wind River delivers a powerful portfolio of mobile solutions and open source expertise including:
- Wind River Platform for Android: A commercial-quality software platform based on the latest versions of the Android software development kit that helps developers achieve a high level of device delivery predictability and software quality for Android projects.
- Wind River Framework for Automated Software Testing (FAST): A completely automated commercial-quality Android software testing solution that expedites compatibility compliance, device quality assurance and user experience validation for operators, device manufacturers, independent software vendors and silicon providers.
- Award-winning support and services, including customization and optimization work for open source platforms such as Android and MeeGo.
About Wind River
Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a world leader in embedded and mobile software. Wind River has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in more than 1 billion products. Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif., with offices in more than 15 countries. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com or blogs.windriver.com.
Director, Global Communications