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Encyclopedia > Wind River Systems
Wind River Systems Inc.
Wind River Systems logo
Type Public (NASDAQ: WIND)
Founded 1981
Location Alameda, California
Key people Ken Klein, Chairman, President and CEO
Website www.windriver.com

Wind River Systems, Inc. is a publicly-owned company providing embedded systems, development tools for embedded systems, middleware, and other types of software. The company was founded in Berkeley, California in 1981 by Jerry Fiddler. Image File history File links Wind_River_Systems_Logo. ... A public company is a company owned by the public rather than by a relatively few individuals. ... NASDAQ (originally an acronym for National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations ) is a U.S. electronic stock exchange. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: The Island City Motto: Official website: City of Alameda Location Location in the state of California and Alameda County Government County Alameda Mayor Beverley Johnson (D) Geographical characteristics Area Total 59. ... Kenneth R. Klein has been a director of Wind River since July 2003 and in January 2004 became the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wind River. ... The front page of the English Wikipedia Website. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... Berkeley as seen from the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. ...


Wind River concentrates on middleware: software and operating systems, for information appliances and devices. Their products are used in cellular phones, auto braking systems, routers, digital cameras, projectors, set-top boxes, traffic signals, Mars Rovers MER-A and MER-B and other things. They were the final proprietors of BSD/OS, the commercial BSD operating system. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... An operating system is a special computer program that manages the relationship between application software, the wide variety of hardware that makes up a computer system, and the user of the system. ... An information appliance (IA) is any device that can process information, signals, graphics, animation, video and audio; and can exchange such information with another IA device. ... Cellular redirects here. ... A router is a computer networking device that forwards data packet across an internetwork toward their destinations, through a process known as routing. ... A SiPix digital camera next to a matchbox to show scale. ... The term set-top box (STB) describes a device that connects to a television and some external source of signal, and turns the signal into content then displayed on the screen. ... Traffic lights will sometimes differ where there are several lanes of traffic. ... A Mars Rover is an unmanned land vehicle for exploration of the planet Mars. ... MER-A (Spirit) is the first of the two Mars Exploration Rover Missions. ... MER-B (Opportunity) is the second of the two rovers of NASAs Mars Exploration Rover Mission. ... BSD/OS (also known as BSDi and BSD/386) was a commercial version of the Berkeley Software Distribution operating system that had been developed by the University of California, Berkeleys Computer Science Research Group in the 1970s and 1980s. ... BSD redirects here; for other uses see BSD (disambiguation). ...


Among their flagship products are the VxWorks real-time operating system (which began as an add-on to the VRTX operating system in the early 1980s), the Eclipse-based Wind River Workbench integrated development environment (which has superseded the previous Tornado environment) and the Wind River Compiler (formerly the DIAB compiler, bought from the Swedish company Dataindustrier AB). Wind River's head offices are located at 500 Wind River Way, Alameda, California. As of 2004, their strategic theme is device software optimization. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter uses VxWorks VxWorks, made and sold by Wind River Systems of Alameda, California, USA, is a real-time operating system. ... A real-time operating system (RTOS) is a class of operating system intended for real-time applications. ... RT-11 (for Run Time or Real Time) was a real-time operating system for the DEC PDP-11. ... Eclipse is an open source platform-independent software framework for delivering what the project calls rich-client applications, as opposed to thin client browser-based applications. ... An integrated development environment (IDE), also known as integrated design environment and integrated debugging environment, is a type of computer software that assists computer programmers to develop software. ... Dataindustrier AB or DIAB was a Swedish computer engineering and manufacturing firm, founded in 1970 by Lars Karlsson and active in the 1970s through 1990s. ... Nickname: The Island City Motto: Official website: City of Alameda Location Location in the state of California and Alameda County Government County Alameda Mayor Beverley Johnson (D) Geographical characteristics Area Total 59. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1999 Wind River bought one of their major competitors, Integrated Systems Inc., makers of pSOS. Wind River has since discontinued the pSOS product line and has recommended existing pSOS customers transition to VxWorks. The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ...


In 2004 Wind River announced a partnership with Red Hat to create a new Linux-based distribution for embedded devices, and in 2005 Wind River released the first version of its embedded Linux distribution.


Today, their competitors include Green Hills Software (makers of the INTEGRITY and VelOSity RTOS), QNX Inc. (makers of the QNX neutrino system), LynuxWorks (makers of the LynxOS RTOS) and to a lesser extent the real-time and embedded product lines of Microsoft (largely Windows CE and Windows NT Embedded) and various products based on Linux made by MontaVista, Timesys and others. Green Hills Software, headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, USA, is a company that markets operating systems and development tools for embedded systems. ... QNX (pronounced either Q-N-X or Q-nix) is a commercial POSIX-compliant Unix-like real-time operating system, aimed primarily at the embedded systems market. ... LynuxWorks, Inc. ... The LynxOS RTOS is a Unix-like real-time operating system from LynuxWorks (formerly Lynx Real-Time Systems). Sometimes known as the Lynx Operating System, LynxOS features POSIX compliance and, more recently, Linux compatibility. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, SEHK: 4338) is an international computer technology corporation with 2005 global annual sales of close to $40 billion USD and about 64,000 employees in 85 countries and regions which develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices. ... Windows CE for Handheld PC 3. ... Windows NT is a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft, the first version of which was released in July 1993. ... Linux (also known as GNU/Linux) is a computer operating system. ... MontaVista Software develops systems software, development tools and Embedded Linux-based software targeting consumer electronics which includes automotive electronics, communications equipment, and television set-top boxes and other connected devices and infrastructure. ...


Wind River also sponsors the BASIC WonderCup Challenge, a San Francisco Bay Area science knowledge competition for high school students.


External references

  • Company page
  • Lord of the Toasters an article from Wired magazine
  • Wind River's Linux Transformation an article from CNET

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