NI Selects Wind River Platform for Industrial Automation

4/21/2004 - Wind River Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: WIND), the global leader in device software optimization (DSO), announced that it entered a strategic relationship with National Instruments to help expand their presence within the industrial market, including test and measurement, machine and process control, and autonomous and embedded applications. National Instruments selected Wind River's Platform for Industrial Automation (Platform IA), an integrated platform for industrial automation devices, to develop its next generation industrial control products. National Instruments' decision to work with Wind River is based on Wind River's ability to satisfy their technology and middleware needs, architecture requirements and real-time performance demands.

"As a leader in the test and measurement market, National Instruments is always looking for ways to leverage our success into other market areas," said Tim Dehne Senior VP of R&D, National Instruments. "By collaborating with Wind River, we are better equipped to develop the most optimal and competitive industrial measurement and control devices on the market, enabling us to strengthen our product offering for the industrial market."

By standardizing on Wind River's Platform IA, National Instruments can effectively reduce the time-to-market of its control devices while also increasing product reliability and minimizing software development.

"This announcement marks a new strategic relationship between Wind River and National Instruments," said Dave Fraser, chief marketing officer, Wind River. "Wind River's Platform for Industrial Automation continues to set the standard for next generation industrial devices. We're excited that Platform IA will be a software foundation for National Instruments' control devices."

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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.

About National Instruments
National Instruments ( is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation - a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,100 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past five years, FORTUNE magazine named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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