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February 8, 2010

Wind River unveils new version of Hypervisor

Allows customers to consolidate systems and adopt virtualisation and multicore technology in embedded devices

By CBR Staff Writer

Wind River has released an updated version of Hypervisor, its embedded virtualisation offering for single and multicore processors, which supports the new Intel processors and enables new inter-virtual machine communication capabilities.

The company said that its Hypervisor 1.1 allows customers to consolidate systems and adopt virtualisation and multicore technology in embedded devices. The debugging of virtual boards is supported by the new version of Wind River On-Chip Debugging.

According to Wind River, the Hypervisor 1.1 features include support for the new Intel microarchitecture codename Nehalem-based processors; integration with the company’s operating systems, including the new versions of VxWorks and Wind River Linux; additional capabilities for inter-virtual machine communication, including support for MIPC and virtual network and serial ports.

In addition, the new version when used in conjunction with On-Chip Debugging 3.2, optimised for development of multicore, multi-OS and virtualised environments, allows developers to debug the complex system-level issues such as race conditions, memory corruption and core synchronisation.

Wind River Hypervisor launched in June 2009, allows device software developers to take advantage of multicore and virtualisation to configure unicore and multicore processors and thereby decrease time-to-market for next-generation devices. It supports various processor architectures.

Tomas Evensen, chief technology officer of Wind River, said: “Wind River is mitigating the risk for embedded development teams migrating to multicore architectures. Our product portfolio supports multicore and virtualisation using leading operating systems of today such as VxWorks and Wind River Linux, supported by Wind River Hypervisor.

“The breadth of Wind River’s portfolio mitigates customer risk by providing integrated solutions supporting a broad choice of operating system configurations (SMP/AMP/virtualised). This allows customers to focus on perfecting their software architecture and creating innovative and differentiated devices.”

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