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Kumaran: We still carry Wind River red

Posted: 24 Sep 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ESC-2010  Indian Design market  Wind River systems 

I think Android is playing a pretty good entrant into mobile. Now if you look at the other side, IVI is again open source, so Wind River has two major solutions—one based on Android and the other is based on Moblin/Meego. We see the automotive market [especially] the in-vehicle infotainment market beginning to take traction now and we see this [trend] coming to emerging markets too. And everybody would like to have an IVI inside the car if its medium sized, right? They would love to have it. They would like to have like a little tablet kind of a thing behind for the kids to play around with. It has got fantastic features. It can connect to the internet, has audio, has video playback. And very shortly, I mean you will have Facebook, Twitter. This is exactly what the kids want, and obviously the phonebook and so on, so forth. So this will be a very powerful driver for auto players to make money. Because if you look at any OEM today, they don't make money on the car. So this particular multimedia piece will give them the money.

Both Tata Elxsi and Wipro were at IIC-Taiwan some time ago showing car navigation and other user interfaces [UI] and development platforms. Does that come from your tools?

I don't know about these two companies. But if you look at the Tier 1 companies, whether it is Siemens BDO or Delphi. They are looking at SI [system integration] by Wind River to kind of put the whole thing together. Because they really don�t understand the electronics behind all this. They are interested in the application software and [hence are] looking at something like an Intel or the Wind River to go and build the whole thing for them so that they can deliver it to OEMs. It�s a market that's slowly cropping up in India too.

Are we coming out of the 2009 recession? What is your opinion?

Frankly, Wind River had a good year. By a good year, I am not saying that we had a great growth, but we are flat. I mean there was no negative growth. That was a good thing and the first half of this year we did exceedingly well.

Are you talking about worldwide or are you talking about India?

No, I'm talking about worldwide. The first half of this year was essentially the second half for the Intel full year and we did very well. The first half, we are seeing good traction in mobile, networking, [and] auto is slowly picking up. [Also] defence [which] has always been a market for Wind River, both in India and the U.S. We did well across the board. Every region, every country including every product and product line did exceedingly well in the first half. For Wind River, U.S. was definitely better but I think Asia and Europe did pretty well.

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