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Wind River Linux 4 debuts

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 7:27am

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Wind River, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, introduces its fourth-generation commercial embedded Linux platform based on the recently released Linux 2.6.34+ kernel, cross-compiling toolchains GCC 4.4, EGLIBC 2.11 and GDB 7, and support for leading ARM, Intel, MIPS and Power architectures. Wind River Linux 4 is also on track for compliancy with forthcoming Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) 5.0 standards for high availability and serviceability and Linux Standard Base (LSB) 4.0 certification requirements for application portability.

“With the introduction of Wind River Linux 4, we’re providing customers with the latest Linux technology in a stable, tested and integrated development environment,” said Paul Anderson, vice president of marketing and strategy for Linux products at Wind River. “Having a fully supported, development-ready Linux platform enables customers to reduce cost and time-to-market by focusing resources on product differentiation and revenue-impacting activities, rather than spending time reinventing base technologies or dealing with potential open source license issues.”

Additional key features and benefits of Wind River Linux 4 include the following:

-Multiple options for virtualization strategies to leverage the power of multi-core hardware, from KVM paravirtualized device drivers in the kernel to Wind River Hypervisor.

-Support for a fully pre-emptible kernel (PREEMPT RT) and a seamless migration path for teams currently developing products on Wind River Linux 3.x

-User space, workflow and tool enhancements to increase productivity and facilitate resource sharing across multiple teams, including a new source management control solution, an improved mechanism for capturing, archiving and sharing patches, analysis tools for memory, footprint and power usage, and new tools to speed cross-compiling and debugging.

-Board support packages for next generation multiprocessors from Cavium Networks, Freescale, Intel, NetLogic Microsystems and Texas Instruments, enabling customers to develop future platform deployments in networking, industrial and medical, aerospace and defense, and consumer device markets.

-Capability for customers to build applications in a native build environment on x86-based machines and reduce customer development and diagnosis time on x86-based platforms.

“In the VDC 2010 Embedded Software Engineering Market Technologies report1, we estimated that Wind River achieved market share lead in 2009 for the Commercial Embedded Linux Distributions segment with greater than 49 percent of total market revenue, more than twenty one percentage points over the next closest competitor,” said Steve Balacco, practice director of the embedded software team at VDC. “The release of Wind River’s latest Linux platform, Wind River Linux 4, leverages the innovation of the open source community in a commercially available and supportable product offering.”

Also, based on customer requests to create a resource of active and accessible experts, Wind River introduced the Wind River Developer Community for Linux in August. This community encourages interactions between Wind River users, Wind River engineers and embedded Linux community experts and provides a platform for exchanging ideas, news, technical knowledge, best practices and tips to help customers maximize their use of Wind River Linux and embedded Linux.

Wind River Linux 4 will be available worldwide later in October. More information about Wind River Linux is available at http://www.windriver.com/announces/linux4.  

To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com.  

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