CHICAGO, Ill. Wind River Systems, Inc. (Alameda, Calif.) dropped another business bombshell at a corporate earnings call Monday morning, announcing a partnership to jointly develop Red Hat Linux for the embedded devices market.
Wind River, which had previously announced that it is embracing the Linux open source operating system, is expected to make Red Hat Linux the foundation of its Linux-based business. A forthcoming product will be integrated with Wind River's development tools, middleware, and services.
Wind River executives said Monday (Feb. 23) that a team of the company's engineers will join Red Hat, Inc. engineers to work on the new software at Red Hat's technical facility in Westport, Massachusetts. Neither company would say when their new embedded product will be rolled out.
Wind River executives said that they selected Red Hat, rather than other Linux distributors, such as LynuxWorks, Metrowerks, or MontaVista Software, because Red Hat offers a broader technical and business foundation.
"We wanted to have a set of unified tools that could not only deploy Linux, but could be used for Linux, VxWorks, and other products," said Michel Genard, senior director of platform marketing for Wind River. "The others have tool solutions, but only for Linux, and we very quickly realized there was no value there for us. We were looking for something bigger."
Wind River, still the leader in embedded operating systems despite its lackluster performance during the past two years, has said that it plans to market Linux products in tandem with its proprietary VxWorks operating system. Red Hat Embedded Linux will initially be targeted at the commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) segment of the device software market, mostly for carrier-grade network equipment, such as high-end routers and switches.