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Wind Rivers intros extensive cloud, software line-up for IoT

Posted: 06 Nov 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wind River  IoT  cloud  operating system  MCU 

Wind River has extended its product line-up with the release of a comprehensive cloud suite, Wind River Helix Cloud, and free cloud-connected multi-architecture operating systems, Wind River Rocket and Wind River Pulsar Linux, which are all aimed at the Internet of Things (IoT). According to the company, the latest offering will allow them to expand its presence in the cloud, as well as bringing its well-established OS footprint at the edge beyond devices and gateways, to MCUs.

With Wind River Helix Cloud, Wind River delivers a family of software-as-a-service (SaaS) products providing anytime, anywhere access to development tools, virtual labs and deployed devices, stated the company. It claims to simplify and automate how developers build and manage their IoT technologies throughout their entire lifecycle, from design and testing to deployment and decommissioning.

The Wind River Helix Cloud SaaS products include: the Wind River Helix App Cloud, which is a cloud-based development environment for building IoT applications; the Wind River Helix Lab Cloud, which is a cloud-based virtual hardware lab for simulating and testing IoT devices and complex systems; and the Wind River Helix Device Cloud, which is a cloud-based platform for managing deployed IoT devices and their data.

A critical component of simplifying edge-to-cloud development is having an OS that can support connectivity and communications between the device and the cloud. Based on Wind River commercially proven OS technology and expertise, the following free cloud-connected operating systems are now available: Wind River Rocket and Wind River Pulsar Linux.

The Wind River Rocket is a tiny-footprint commercial-grade quality real-time operating system that is directly connected to Wind River Helix Cloud. It offers multi-architecture support, and is designed for applications running on 32bit MCUs such as those used in small-footprint sensor hubs, wearables, and devices comprising the IoT edge.

The Wind River Pulsar Linux is a small-footprint commercial-grade quality binary Linux OS based on the Wind River Linux distribution that is directly connected to Wind River Helix Cloud. It offers multi-architecture support, and is designed to run on applications scaling from 32bit MCUs to 64bit CPUs.

Wind River Rocket and Wind River Pulsar Linux are platform-independent, and in addition to support for Intel and ARM architectures, will support a range of mainstream commercial boards. This will provide application portability across devices for customers and foster an open collaborative ecosystem.

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