London, UK – 5 April 2001 – Wind River, a leading provider of software and services for connected smart devices, has announced a definitive agreement to purchase the software assets of Berkeley Software Design, (BSDi), the world’s first commercial supplier of BSD UNIX, an advanced operating system (OS) for the Internet. Under the agreement, Wind River will purchase the commercial version of the BSD UNIX-based OS (BSD/OS) and development tools. Wind River will also support FreeBSD, a collaborative open source development effort, to advance BSD technologies. Wind River expects to close this transaction by late April 2001.
By integrating BSD into its current suite of end-to-end solutions, Wind River will be able to effectively address the needs of embedded customers who require a robust UNIX-based OS and access to development done on the portable OS interface for UNIX (POSIX). Market segments using BSD include Internet infrastructure, telecommunications and data communications infrastructure, and other such network-centric commercial systems.
“Developers are striving to design products with longer life cycles, shorter development cycles, and higher levels of functionality,” said Jerry Fiddler, Wind River’s chairman and co-founder. “BSD technology, which already runs the Internet’s most highly trafficked sites as well as the mission-critical networked computing environments of many large corporations, is a great solution for an embedded UNIX platform. Wind River will be able to offer a full suite of solutions across the embedded spectrum.”
BSD technology communicates reliably to millions of computers around the world using transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP), offering access to local- and wide-area networks. It includes all of the features necessary for network access, software delivery, and embedded systems development.
Derived from the University of California at Berkeley 4.4BSD releases with BSDi enhancements, the BSD/OS kernel is a fast, scalable, multitasking 32-bit client/server network platform with a small footprint, virtual memory capability, and memory protection. Its compact kernel, high performance, and enhanced networking capabilities make it ideal for the development and management of embedded network applications. Today, BSD/OS powers network firewall products, routers, Internet telephony applications, intelligent network devices, and point-of-sale systems.
Wind River will integrate BSD technologies with the company’s Tornado development tools platform, making it easier for developers to design complete systems from the lowest-level devices up to the infrastructure that manages those devices. Customers will also be able to leverage the entire Wind River technology, services, and partner value chain.
About Wind River
Wind River, www.windriver.com, is a worldwide leader in embedded software and services for creating connected smart devices. Wind River provides software development tools, real-time OSs, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, digital consumer electronics, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial automation and control, and aerospace/defense markets. Wind River is How Smart Things Think™. Founded in 1983, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations in sixteen countries worldwide.
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