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Wind River, Freescale partner on device designs

May 16, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Wind River and Freescale have announced a sweeping partnership aimed in part at creating a variety of hardware/software reference platforms for device designs targeting home, enterprise, and networking/communications applications. The broadly sketched deal will “unite the breadth and depth of each company's products and technologies,” Wind River says.

Key alliance elements are described as follows:

  • Provide broad enablement for Freescale's PowerQUICC and host processors across Wind River's flagship software platforms, including the VxWorks RTOS, commercial Linux OS editions, and development tools
  • Develop performance-optimized operating system and software stacks that leverage Freescale's SoC (system-on-chip) hardware acceleration blocks and high-speed interfaces
  • Offer customers an easy “out-of-the-box” experience for a wide range of evaluation and reference platforms based on VxWorks and Linux OS
  • Increase availability and performance of middleware “proof-of-concept” platform demonstrations and reference designs for specific applications
  • Promote Freescale's and Wind River's combined platform solutions through joint marketing initiatives and global sales efforts

Wind River CEO Ken Klein stated, “Customers increasingly demand whole-product solutions that tightly integrate silicon, operating systems, tools, boards, and applications.”

David Perkins, SVP of Freescale's networking and computing systems group, stated, “The goal of this alliance is [to] enable a comprehensive set of highly integrated, performance-optimized solutions for home, enterprise, and networking and communications infrastructure markets.”

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