Customers Benefit from Synergy Microsystems and Wind River Alliance

4/12/2004 - Synergy Microsystems, Inc. (Synergy), a leading developer of board-level solutions for real-time embedded applications, announced it has formed an alliance partnership with Wind River, the global leader in device software optimization.

The partnership provides Synergy with early access to next-generation, market-specific Wind River Platforms and software development licenses for a range of real-time operating systems and development environments. By optimizing the company’s high-performance VxWorks Board-Support Packages (BSPs) for these platforms, Synergy engineers enable customer programs to benefit from this early technology access by speeding time to market for new applications while ensuring forward- and backward-compatibility.

“This partnership formalizes the close collaboration we have had with Wind River over the past several years. It will allow us to work even more synergistically with Wind River engineers at earlier stages of development to maximize the performance of our single-board computers (SBCs) and BSPs on current and future versions of VxWorks, the industry’s leading real-time operating system,” said Synergy CEO Thomas Powell. “Ultimately, it’s a win for our customers, who will receive hardware/software systems that run better, faster, and more reliably at significantly lower development costs.”

“We’re delighted to be able to engage more closely with Synergy -- a top-tier provider of ultra-reliable, high-performance SBCs,” said Steve Blackman, senior director of business development, aerospace and defense, for Wind River. “Synergy’s proven track record of design wins illustrates how they are able to deliver the complete range of cost-effective solutions that OEMs and their customers need to optimize their device software development.”

The seamless migration of applications to new and more complex platforms hinges on the ability of hardware and software vendors to work closely together, noted Powell. “Customers need to be assured there will be no compromises in reliability and performance in their technology refresh programs. As systems become more complex, closer collaboration between all technology partners is vital.”

Powell said that he welcomed the updates that Wind River was making to VxWorks 6.0 and the Wind River Workbench. “Absolute determinism and high-availability are must-haves, especially in the aerospace and defense sector. We welcome the fact that VxWorks 6.0, which is the foundation for Wind River Platforms, delivers state-of-the-art memory protection and improved error-detection and reporting mechanisms.”

Synergy officials said specific support for Wind River Platforms will be announced soon.

About Synergy
Synergy Microsystems, Inc. ( specializes in the design, manufacture and integration of single- and multi-processor, single-board computers for VME and CompactPCI systems to meet the needs of demanding real-time applications in military, aerospace, DSP, and industrial/commercial markets. Synergy has a long track record of extracting the highest possible performance from current and emerging SBC technologies, then supporting these technologies through extended product lifecycles. In business since 1985 under the original ownership, the corporation is privately held, with facilities in San Diego, CA. and Tucson, AZ.

About Wind River
Wind River is the market leader in device software optimization. Wind River enables companies to develop and run software faster, better, at a lower cost and more reliably. Wind River Platforms tightly integrate a rich set of market-leading operating systems, development tools and middleware with services to provide a complete foundation that meets the specific requirements of a vertical market. Wind River's products and professional services are used in multiple markets including aerospace and defense, automotive, digital consumer, industrial, and network infrastructure. Companies from around the world turn to Wind River to create the most reliable products and to accelerate their time to market.

Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at or call Wind River at 1-800-872-4977.

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