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Wind River Contributes Code To Open Source Community

Releases Over 300,000 Lines Of Code To The Eclipse Foundation

Wind River Systems announced the release of over 300,000 lines of code to the Eclipse Foundation to help make the restrictions associated with closed, proprietary developer tools a thing of the past. The contributions are being made to four Eclipse projects: the C/C++ Development Tools (CDT) Project, the Platform Project, and both the Target Management  and Device Debugging (DD) subprojects within the Device Software Development Platform (DSDP) Project. Importantly, many of the contributions made today will benefit not only device software developers, but will mutually benefit enterprise and desktop C and C++ software developers by accelerating the maturity of the open, industry standard development framework.

“As a strategic member of the Eclipse Foundation, Wind River is committed to making an ongoing investment in Eclipse through our technology and engineering capital, as well as financial support,” said Steven Heintz, director of product management for developer tools at Wind River. “Eclipse is built on companies leading by giving. With this contribution, Wind River is demonstrating our belief in the long-term benefits of guiding the DSO industry towards an open development tools framework.”

After taking up citizenship in the Eclipse open-source community, Wind River helped to establish and now plays a key leadership role in the DSDP project in order to bring the flexibility and power of open standards and Eclipse technologies to the DSO industry. Since joining Eclipse, Wind River engineering has invested hundreds of person-years integrating device debugging capabilities into the Core Eclipse platform and subprojects within DSDP to help build the most advanced, exceptionally broad environment for device software developers.

The code contributed by Wind River is derived from the latest version of the company’s commercial, Eclipse-based device software development suite, Wind River Workbench 2.5. The Eclipse framework makes it possible for developers to leverage more than 400 commercial and open source plug-ins that aid in the design, development, testing and support of device software. Major hardware, software, and device manufacturing companies such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Motorola and Texas Instruments, have recently turned to Eclipse and the DSDP project as a platform to develop their commercial tools offerings.

Fundamental to Wind River’s close involvement with Eclipse is an unwavering commitment to frequently reevaluate the commercial elements of its developer tools product portfolio and identify technologies that may be appropriate for future contributions. As new contributions help accelerate the commoditization of certain device software development tools, especially broad and standard processes, Wind River will continue to make engineering investments in plug-ins and tools that integrate deeply with a device operating system and accelerate development by automating or abstracting complex development and testing tasks. A widely adopted industry standard tools framework allows Wind River and other independent software vendors to provide higher level, more specialized commercial tools that address the complexities of bringing different types of devices to market faster, better, at lower cost and more reliably.

Wind River will continue to offer unique differentiation in the company’s commercial Wind River Workbench product by providing tools that enable visual configuration of a device operating system and middleware, tools to visually analyze the performance of a running system, software diagnostics tools that accelerate system level testing and advanced multi-core debugging capabilities. New to Wind River Workbench 2.5 are significant enhancements that help customers rapidly develop and test devices based on Wind River’s Linux-based platforms. With Wind River Workbench, developers can “see inside” a running target device to assess system behavior and performance. This functionality shortens edit-compile-debug cycles, for faster time-to-market and higher-quality devices.

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