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Wind River CEO says company is better than usual

Posted: 28 Oct 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wind River Intel deal  software  processor 

Multicore edge
"We were, and are early leaders in developing and providing software for multi-core and saw it could represent and inflection point. But it still early days and will clearly work very closely with Intel in this area, who are also a significant player already, for instance with their Nehalem processor. Which is not to say we will not continue to work with existing partners in multi-core for embedded applications, people like Freescale, Cavium, Texas Instruments and RMI," said Klein.

He added Wind River does not only provide a hypervisor for multi-core, but complete solutions, including run time tools, the VxWorks RTOS and the tools for multi-core debugging and performance analysis.

"For quite a while now, it seems silicon vendors have done just about enough in software development to win a socket. With the need for integrated solutions, that is just not good enough. A joint approach is crucial, and the deal with Intel plays into that perfectly, even though we will continue to take an open or agnostic OS approach," Klein said.

Mobile, emebedded Linux strategies
Klein stresses Wind River has a three-pronged approach to the mobile and embedded Linux sectors: The Open Handset Alliance's Android work, LiMo and Intel's Linux-based Moblin strategy, which, he stresses, is coming on strong.

"Our role has been, and will now be even more pertinently, to commercialise Moblin, make sure it gets into real devices and that it has lots of application support behind it via third party developers. We demonstrated how this can be achieved at the recent Intel Developers Forum with an MID (mobile Internet device) where we had a significant input into the prototype product's graphics and interface capabilities."

Klein added he is slightly disappointed at the pace of progress in adoption of LiMo-based phones, despite the recent breakthrough at Vodafone, but excited by the commitment of Intel to the Linux OS and supporting multiple versions of the open source OS as a means to play in the whole embedded Linux segment as this migrates into other end user sectors such as set-top boxes, automotive and even aerospace and defence.

- John Walko
EE Times Europe

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