By Bill Graham
At Wind River, we definitely believe the business case for using commercial embedded Linux is clear. In fact, we’ve come up with some top reasons why you can trust your next embedded Linux project to Wind River. We’ll review our top ten list over the next three blog posts. Additionally, you can find the full list here. Let’s look at the first 4 reasons below, and you’ll no doubt see the diversity and strength Wind River Linux brings to the market.
1) Yocto Project Compatible, cross-architecture, market-leading commercial embedded Linux platform: As the maintainer of key components to the Yocto Project, Wind River is a leader and dedicated contributor to the open source community. The Yocto Project is an open source collaboration that provides standardized high-quality infrastructure, tools, and methodology to help decrease the complexity and increase the portability of Linux implementations. Providing a common build system and core technologies, the Yocto Project is providing an open, community-led approach to embedded Linux. This is great for our customers because there is an ecosystem of vendors basing their products on Yocto preventing vendor lock-in and proprietary approaches. Leading partners in Yocto include Intel, Texas Instruments, LSI Corporation, Juniper Networks, Freescale Semiconductor, Cavium Networks and many others.
2) Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) add-on solutions: Wind River Open Virtualization Profile is the first open source virtualization product that can support hardware consolidation with extremely low latency and high throughput running on standard hardware. It solves the challenges of new network service deployment time constraints, data traffic growth scalability, and budget limitations while remaining true to the spirit of open source. Network Function Virtualization has become a reality due to the low overhead that Open Virtualization Profile provides. Read more about this in our whitepaper.
Carrier Grade Profile for Wind River Linux is the first Linux Foundation Carrier Grade Linux 5.0 registered product with Yocto Project compatibility for Intel Architecture, ARM, MIPS, and Power Architecture. Carrier Grade Linux is ideal for applications requiring high availability and security.
3) The largest ecosystem of hardware and software partners: Together with our partners, Wind River offers the most extensive range of board support packages (BSPs) in the device software industry to aid you with board bring-up and design. Our close relationships with silicon vendors and hardware manufacturers enable us to offer ready-to-use products supporting the latest processors, so you can choose the best development platforms for your specific architecture (Intel Architecture, ARM, Power Architecture, and MIPS). This is a big advantage for our customers because we are more likely to have the board support they need and get them up and running much quicker than doing it by themselves. Not only that, we can offer full board and system simulation via Wind River Simics.
4) Our 30+ years of embedded systems experience, cross-industry expertise, and worldwide presence: As the global leader in embedded technology, Wind River offers the industry’s most comprehensive device development portfolio. Companies around the world such as Alcatel-Lucent, Boeing, and Fujitsu trust Wind River as the foundation for their innovation in the networking, aerospace and defense, industrial, medical, and automotive industries. Wind River Linux is the leading embedded Linux distribution (VDC Research, 2012 Embedded/Real-Time Operating Systems report) and we have a very experience team to help customers get their embedded Linux products to market on time.
In the next post, we’ll discuss some the ways how our customers can save money when developing with embedded Linux.
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