Wind River partners with its ecosystem to deliver embedded-development kits that give developers a head start on building applications.
, a maker of embedded and mobile software, has
partnered with its ecosystem of processor board vendors to offer up embedded development
kits that enable developers to begin application development in less than one
hour versus what traditionally can take days or weeks, the company said.
According to the Wind River press release, as part of the new program,
called the Wind River On-Board Program, the kits comprise processor boards with
optimized trial versions of Wind River's operating systems, development tools,
and embedded hypervisor and graphics software. Embedded development kits from
Emerson Network Power, Eurotech and Kontron are available as of Sept. 8; additional
kits from Advantech, ADLINK, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, GE
Intelligent Platforms and RadiSys will be available in fourth quarter of 2010.
Each kit includes a bootable USB flash
drive that immediately turns any host computer into a fully integrated
development environment, or IDE, with no
installation required, say Wind River. Each commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)
processor board comes with a pre-flashed 30-day run-time trial version of Wind
River's VxWorks real-time operating system and/or Wind River
Linux. The software from Wind River is optimized for
developing, running, debugging and prototyping embedded software directly onto
the chosen COTS processor board using Wind River Workbench. Options including
trial versions of Wind River Hypervisor; Wind River Tilcon Graphics Suite is also
available, depending on the specific kit configuration.
"Wind River and its board vendor partners have worked diligently for
the past year to formalize an out-of-the-box hardware and software solution
that provides our joint customers with a foundation to begin innovating in
minutes rather than in weeks," said Barry Mainz, chief operating officer
at Wind River, in a statement. "To achieve the desired results required new
thinking and some innovative technology. We are extremely pleased with the
outcome, and the reaction from initial partners and customers has been
overwhelmingly positive. We are confident our joint customers will greatly
benefit by not only mitigating risks associated with software integration but
by accelerating time-to-productivity."
Eurotech is one of the inaugural ecosystem members of the Wind River
On-Board Program, validating multiple embedded computing boards and platforms
from Eurotech's product line, including the Catalyst LP computer-on-module and
Helios edge controller platform, for a total of six Eurotech products available
to order now. The first embedded development kits run Intel processors,
including Series Z5xx and higher speed N450 single-core and D510 dual-core
"We have been working closely with Wind River, and today's announcement
formalizes our tight collaboration," said Arlen Nipper, chief technology
officer of Eurotech in North America. "We've recently completed development
efforts to ensure our Intel Atom processor-based product line can not only run
a standard Wind River Linux BSP, but that each OS available on our products has
been optimized to our individual platforms.
"Now we can offer Wind River Linux 3.0x kernels on many of our Intel
Atom-based platforms as fully validated implementations of Wind River Linux
with a pre-licensed kernel run-time, which will mitigate risks associated with
software integration and rapidly increase time-to-market."
Each kit is customized with a startup guide and a set of step-by-step
tutorials that walk the user through use cases and workflows intended to make
the developer productive in a matter of hours, using the self-directed
documentation, play-by-play videos, or both.
According to Chris Rommel, senior analyst at VDC Research Group: "We
are beginning to see a shift in the embedded market, where engineering
organizations are considering a more integrated hardware and software approach
in an effort to extract efficiencies and improve time-to-market. What Wind
River and its board partners have delivered caters to this demand and can help
companies consolidate their ecosystems and provide the embedded market with
something closer to the out-of-the-box PC-development experience."