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Complete, Vertical Software Solution for Developing Car Information, Navigation, and Entertainment Systems

October 22, 2001 – Wind River today announced Tornado for Car Infotainment, a complete development platform for creating car infotainment and telematic devices such as in car navigation systems, global positioning systems, car entertainment systems, and wireless automotive devices.

Tornado for Car Infotainment provides a pre-integrated software development solution that combines Wind River’s leading embedded software with the latest automotive connectivity and wireless networking protocols. In addition, Wind River partners provide integrated solutions in the area of voice recognition, browser service delivery management, and complementary networking—giving developers all the necessary tools they need to quickly build competitive, reliable, and cost-effective car infotainment and telematic devices.

“In less than ten years, there will be over 150 million telematics-enabled vehicles on the road, forming a telematics network that is ripe for services and applications,” said Phil Magney, principal analyst, Telematics Research Group. “Wind River’s development platform has the potential to help facilitate this growth.”

“We have been using Tornado and VxWorks for our car information systems successfully for several years", said Dr. Erich Geiger, CEO of Harman/Becker Automotive Systems. "As we are facing demands for greater product functionality, Tornado for Car Infotainment is clearly the solution that will help us achieve time to market with more advanced products. In addition, this clearly demonstrates Wind River’s understanding of the automotive developer requirements and their commitment to this market.”

With the growing requirement to be connected to the outside world, protected, productive and entertained while in a car, there is an increasing demand for telematic and infotainment devices in today’s automotive electronics industry.

“The challenge for OEMs and tier one suppliers alike, is to provide competitive, flexible, scalable, and reliable in-car telematic applications that incorporate emerging industry standards and meet tightening development cycles, while still remaining cost effective,” said Scot Morrison, vice president and general manager of Wind River’s Automotive and Industrial business unit. “Wind River is introducing Tornado for Car Infotainment to give them all the necessary pre-integrated tools and components to shift the focus from integration and testing of enabling technologies to their value-added application software.”


Tornado for Car Infotainment will be available during the first quarter of 2002.

About Tornado for Car Infotainment

Tornado for Car Infotainment is a vertical solution for the development of car infotainment and telematic devices. It is comprised of Wind River’s Tornado integrated development environment, market leading VxWorks real-time operating system, embedded development tools, WindML multimedia libraries, Personal JWorks Java solution and automotive-specific components including support for controller area network (CAN), IDB-C, media oriented system transport (MOST), Bluetooth, voice command-and-control, and synthesised voice information for the driver. Tornado for Car Infotainment is designed to shift the focus of automotive device developers from the integration of enabling technologies to the development of the application itself—reducing development cost and speeding time to market. In addition, Tornado for Car Infotainment users benefit from Wind River’s worldwide support and services organisations, embedded expertise and more than 600 WindLink partners bringing complementary t!
echnologies such as speech recognition, browsers, open service gateway initiative (OSGI) and IDB-1394 networking protocol stack.

About Wind River

Wind River,, is a worldwide leader in embedded software and services for creating connected smart devices.

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