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Wind River's Central Role in Embedded Connectivity Displayed At Networld+Interop.

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NetWorld Interop 2000

Booth No. 6563


Demonstrations of New Tornado for Managed Switches Partners, Devices;

Creation of Embedded Technologies Zone

Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), a leading provider of software and services for smart devices in the Internet age, today demonstrated at the Networld+Interop tradeshow the strength of its recently shipped Tornado(R) for Managed Switches (TMS) product and Wind River's key role in creating networking-specific embedded software.

Semiconductor partners, including Intel, Allayer, MMC Networks, and Music Semiconductor, are demonstrating their new TMS-compatible technologies at Networld+Interop (see attached quote addendum). Several partners took advantage of Wind River's professional services to develop hardware/software reference designs. In addition, devices built on TMS will also be demonstrated at Wind River's booth (No. 6563) at Networld+Interop.

Wind River assisted Ziff Davis, Networld+Interop's show management, with the creation of the Embedded Networking Technologies (ENT) Zone, the latest addition to the Networld+Interop exhibit floor. The ENT Zone is another example of how important embedded technology has become in networking as well as the central role Wind River plays in this arena. Beyond Wind River's booth in the ENT Zone featuring Wind River's networks and professional services capabilities, the company will host a WindLink(R) Partner Pavilion where

compatible partner technologies will be demonstrated.

"Embedded development is very complex and adding in the unique needs of the networking industry makes it even more difficult," said David Fraser, vice president and general manager of Wind River's Networks business unit. "That is why we work so closely with networking-oriented semiconductor partners and invested so much time and effort into creating a standard platform for network equipment vendors. And, with additional compatible components from 200 networking-specific partners and a professional services capability that has proven networking expertise, Wind River is the clear leader in networking-specific embedded software. Our significant presence at Networld+Interop shows both our commitment to this space as well as our unrivaled ability to execute."

Reducing Complexity, Enabling Innovation

Announced in January with support from several semiconductor vendors and customers, TMS helps networking equipment manufacturers build enterprise, small office/home office (SOHO) and some service provider class network devices.

Tornado for Managed Switches is an integrated software platform for delivering Layer 2 and 3 switches, routers and network device solutions. It is comprised of the standard Tornado development environment, VxWorks(R) real time operating system (RTOS) and source code for the supplied networking and management components. Using TMS in network equipment design drastically reduces development burden, allowing developers to improve time-to-market and reduce costs. Manufacturers of network processors are also combining their microprocessors with the TMS software platform to provide an "off-the-shelf" solution to equipment vendors.

"Networking chipsets without software address only a portion of the equation," added Fraser. "By teaming with Wind River, semiconductor vendors leverage the industry's only fully integrated switching software solution. Networking equipment manufacturers can now dramatically reduce both their development resource requirements and the time-to-market associated with providing high-performance switching solutions by purchasing off-the-shelf integrated hardware and software solutions."

In addition, manufacturers can use TMS as a platform for creating any switch or router based network device, freeing developers from having to create and maintain standard components. This flexibility improves time-to-market, empowers the developer and offers a way to really differentiate its products. A standard platform also allows network equipment vendors to invest development time on developing new, additional components rather than integrating discreet basic technology.

About Wind River

Wind River,, is a worldwide leader in embedded software. Wind River provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, and aerospace/defense markets. Wind River is how smart things think. Founded in 1983, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations in fifteen countries worldwide.

Wind River Systems, the Wind River Systems logo, Tornado and VxWorks are registered trademarks of Wind River Systems, Inc. Other names are registered trademarks or trademarks of the respective companies or organizations.

Partner Quote Addendum

Allayer Communications

"By partnering with Wind River, Allayer is changing the rules for developing high-performance managed Ethernet switching solutions for edge networking," said Claus Stetter, Marketing Manager at Allayer Communications. "Together we supply a higher percentage of the end solution and decrease the development effort for the customer. The result is an off-the-shelf solution that expands the number of companies that can design and market high-performance switches."

MMC Networks

"Our networking and communications customers gain rapid time-to-market advantages from the complete hardware and software platform we can deliver together with Wind River," said Robin Melnick, director of marketing, MMC Networks. "The combination of TMS software and MMC network processors and switching fabrics supplies a flexible, high-performance, cost-effective foundation for accelerating the development of 10/100/1000 Ethernet switching."

MUSIC Semiconductors

"We chose to work with Wind River because we were impressed with their combination of strong product portfolio and professional services capabilities. Specifically, we partnered together to design the Epoch Reference Design, a board-level layer 3+ switching solution complete with software," said Dave Feldmeier, vice president of technology and chief technical officer for MUSIC Semiconductors.

"Wind River's commitment to making network technologies core to the embedded space is evident in the effort behind Tornado for Managed Switches and the degree to which Wind River partners with semiconductor vendors such as MUSIC. Wind River creates a significant advantage for customers facing tight market windows by providing an off-the-shelf networking software solution that interfaces seamlessly with our Epoch chip. The resulting integrated solution decreases design time and is exactly what the networking market needs at the moment."
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